Apologies if this came through blank first time.
One of my all time favourite Freeware utilities is Bulk Rename Utility.
This has saved me hours of work.
I thought I would share how it works just in one instance.
There are so many features in this program, dozens of them, many of which are
incredibly useful, that you do neeed to learn to hold the tab key down to
speed through features. If anybody knows how to jump to the option you want
then please tell me. For myself pressing and holding down the tab key once you
are familiar with where the option you want is is OK as a method.
I will give just one example of how it can save time for me.
I want to create a Daisy Book for my sister from an audio book but
unfortunately the book is organised into 14 folders of CD ripped audio Book
folders, each folder corresponding to a CD that has been ripped. Each CD folder
has identical names like audio track 1, Audio Track 2 etc so that they cannot
simply be copied together as they will have name conflicts and possibly play
out of order.
To create a single audio book directory for daisy conversion this requires all
the files to be renamed and placed in one directory. This actually requires
renaming and then moving over 150 mp3 files.
Some people also just prefer all the audio book files to be in one folder
rather than 14 folders so this process wil help them also.
No problem with bulk rename. However if you want to try this I suggest you work
from a copy of the book until you are used to the program.
1. Navigate to the overall book folder in File Explorer which contains all the
14 CD based folder.
2. Bring up the Bulk Rename utility from the context menu of the folder
containing all the sub folders.
3. When the program opens shift tab until you hear select sub folders not
checked. Press space on that to check it.
4. Now tab about 30 times. I am used to holding down the tab key for about the
right amount of time which gets me there quickly. After hearing the dozens of
options you will eventually find the option called “Append Folder name”.
5. Press the down arrow and this will say prefix, which is what we want.
6. Press control a- this will select all the file.
7. Press control R- this will rename the files. You will get a warning message-
then you will get after pressing enter a message saying something like 154
files have been successfully renamed.
8. Now close the program and and go back to the folder with the 14 sub
directories and you will find that they have all been renamed with the folder
name added to the beginning of the file name. This means that there will not be
any conflicts and provided the folders are name in logical sequence the files
will all play in the correct order when merged into one single book folder.
9. To quickly extract all the files from the 14 folder simply navigate into the
main book folder and then press F3 for search in File Explorer in this folder
and type mp3. This will create a list of all the mp3 files from all the 14
folders in this directory. Tab to the search result list, or press F6 a couple
of time and then press control a to select all and control X to cut the search
10. Now press backspace to leave the search window and you can create a new
complete folder with control shift N – open that up and press control V to
paste all the mp3 files from all 14 folders into a single folder.
11. Finally if you have the excellent Daisy Book Generator program installed
bring up the context menu on this complete book folder and select Daisy Book
Generate and the job is done.
Justg in case it saves time for others with similar jobs.
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