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The Use File Information Action

The Use File Information Action

This action is rather powerful, and lets you use information stored within your files when renaming them. Not only can you utilise the standard file information, such as the created or modified dates, but you can also use MP3, JPEG and RAW file information. This lets you easily use the name of the album's artist or the shutter speed of a photo in the new name of the file. Apart from the standard 'Rename Area' and 'Beginning at' options, there are a couple of other options.

The first is the 'From the directory' drop down box, which shows you every available directory (i.e. category) of information in the file. The second is only filled when you select a directory, and this is a list of all of the names of the information within that directory.

When you select a name, the files in the Preview screen will be renamed using the value for that name that exists in each file. A file will only have information inserted into it's name or extension if that information comes from inside itself - another file's data will never be used. And if a file doesn't have that directory, name or value inside itself, nothing will be inserted into it's name or extension.

Important note: None of the information inside the file will ever be deleted or altered in any way.
Example 1 - Insert 'Parent +1 folder name'
Option Selected Choice
Insert into Every name
Beginning at The start
Directory name 'General information'
Information name 'Parent +1 folder name'
Original File 1
C:\folA\folB\dirC\old fILE Name.txt
Renaming Preview 1
C:\folA\folB\dirC\folBold fILE Name.txt
Original File 2
C:\folA\folB\dirC\dirD\old file Name 2.TXT
Renaming Preview 2
C:\folA\folB\dirC\dirD\dirCold file Name 2.TXT
Original File 3
C:\folA\folB\dirC\Old fILE NaMe 3.tXt
Renaming Preview 3
C:\folA\folB\dirC\folBOld fILE NaMe 3.tXt

Example 2 - Insert 'File extension'
Option Selected Choice
Insert into Every name
Beginning at The start
Directory name 'General information'
Information name 'File extension'
Original File 1
File Name.txt
Renaming Preview 1
txtFile Name.txt
Original File 2
First Photo.jpg
Renaming Preview 2
jpgFirst Photo.jpg
Original File 3
Audio file.MP3
Renaming Preview 3
MP3Audio file.MP3

Example 3 - Insert 'Image Height'
Option Selected Choice
Insert into Every name
Beginning at The end
Directory name 'File' (some photo files only)
Information name 'ImageHeight'
Original File 1
photo file .jpg (dimensions 3487 x 1284)
Renaming Preview 1
photo file 1284.jpg
Original File 2
First Photo.jpg (dimensions 600 x 400)
Renaming Preview 2
First Photo400.jpg

Example 4 - Insert 'CreatorCountry'
Option Selected Choice
Insert into Every name
Beginning at The start
Directory name 'XMP-iptcCore' (some photo files only)
Information name 'CreatorCore'
Original File 1
photo file.jpg
Renaming Preview 1
Englandphoto file.jpg
Original File 2
First Photo.jpg
Renaming Preview 2
EnglandFirst Photo.jpg