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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 3, 2012 12:12 PM

hi all.

 

can anyone help me find a thread (can i run a search somehow in ("Your Stuff"?) where folks were kind enough to help me understand how to change file names?

 

i am reading through some help documentation on Batch Change but i am trying to remember what i should be doing to most efficiently solve my problem.

 

basically i have images in aperture which have non-sensical names related to their originally existing in a pc folder organization originally and i would like to both rename them in aperture but also be able to have them EXPORTED to my desktop so i can upload them to the web with some reasonable sounding title such as "client1-town1-HousingType-FirmName-photographer.png" or something similar. right now the images i want to publish are ORGANIZED IN ALBUMS and have names like "folio_construction_other_turtle_134543.png"

 

i think i WOULD LIKE to change the name of the master but i am not totally sure about this and when i run a Metadata > Batch Change and pull down version name i get selections that i do not fully understand.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yvu1u7eskbmhcik/Screen%20Shot%202012-12-03%20at%201.58 .46%20PM.png

 

i /am/ familiar with a handle little tool called Name Mangler which basically allows me to easily delete all the PREFIX information (such as "folio_construction_other_turtle" and then to pre-pend something like "client1-town1-HousingType-FirmName-photographer" in front of the image number which would be ideal...

 

apologies for asking this again but until i get through it once i am finding it all a bit tricky.

 

THANKS

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), with 64 bit Win7 in Parallel
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 3:10 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    i think i WOULD LIKE to change the name of the master but i am not totally sure about this and when i run a Metadata > Batch Change and pull down version name i get selections that i do not fully understand.

    Jon,

    to understand, what the presets in the drop-down menu really are, pick on of them, and then use the "Edit" option.

    Look at the Format-text field. Here you see the components of the filename or version name, that will be constructed. You can configure it freely by dragging components from the "Include" menu to the format field.

    In the left column you see all predefined formats. Press "+" to add one of your own.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

    batchhange.png

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    can you /please/ help me or remind me if there is a way to get these images /back/ into Aperture in some way that makes sense? am i correct in thinking now that someone was suggesting a way to add these in Stacks in some way? i mean, ideally i would like to do this with all my images that are important to me so that this is a lot more organized moving forward but i cannot see far enough down the road to know what is important and what is not.

    Jon,

    Stacking is for keeping sets of similar images or image versions together. I do not think that you have exported multiple versions of the same image to upload, so I no reason to stack.

     

    To import:

    • Make sure you have a backup of your library before reorganizing.
    • Delete the images you exported and renamed from your Aperture library before reimporting, to avoid creating duplicates. When deleting from the album that you used to export, use the command "delete version", not "delete from album". Do not delete the projects that the images came from, only the images.
    • Use "File > import" to reimport your image files. I'd put all images that shall be imported into the same project into one folder, and then import each folder on its own.
      • Select the project in the Library Inspector, that you want to import the folder of images into, then set the "Destination" in   "Import settings > Aperture Library" brick to this project  and set "Store Files" to "In the Aperture Library".
      • Set "Rename files" to "None" or "version name". Both will keep the name you edited.

    Then select the folder of images you want to import in the file chooser and press import.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 3:46 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Can you help me understand which images i am deleting? I mean, is there a way to delete just the images in the ALBUM because if i have to go in and delete the images from a Project there are going to be a lot more images in the Project and it is going to be very hard to tell which images have been renamed and which have not been renamed.

    Usually it is better to selete from the projects, because the projects are the containers of the image versions. But since you have albums with the selections of image versions you want to delete, use the albums to select the images.

     

    • Select all images in the album.
    • CTRL-click the selection and use the command "Delete Versions ⌘⌫ ", not "remove from album".

    This way the versions will be removed from the Aperture library, not only from the album.

     

    This is a little tricky for me. Will the old Albums still exist? What if i had more than one Album with an image in it. Also, this "new" image will be in a /new/ Project but will it still be in the OLD PROJECT with the old name? Or, i guess i am getting a little confused as to how this will work.

    That is why I suggest to delete the old versions (after backing up!) before you import the renamed image files. If the old images have been removed, you can import the new versions into the old projects (if you only deleted the image versions, not the projects).

    I am assuming you want to keep your library structure the same and only to rename the images.

    If that is not the case, import the the renamed images into a new project and then drag them to the projects you want them in.

     

    OK. I can try this here soon. What does Store Files in the Aperture Library do? I guess these images are getting imported as if they are new and they are getting imported with no external references?

    yes.

     

    • Set "Rename files" to "None" or "version name". Both will keep the name you edited.

    OK. Not sure i totally understand but i can try this as well. I guess this is making sure Aperture will keep the original names.

    yes.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Jon,

    and now it is starting to become confusing for me, for I am no longer sure, what you want to achieve.

     

    In the beginnin you said, you wanted to rename images for export and upload to a webpage, and wanted to rename the images to something meaningful. But now you want to keep them in Aperture?

     

    If that is wat you want to do, why not batch change and rename the images in Aperture, if you want to have different names in Aperture?

    Select the images in your album, use "Metadata > Batch Change", pick a suitable version name preset, select to apply the changes also to the master files, and that's it.

    then export the images you want to upload using their current version names. Then there will be no need to reimport.

    batchhange.png

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 9:45 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    You are welcome, Jon.

    p.s. i guess i /could/ also see a nice suggestion for the developers to add a Find and Replace and an Append and Prepend option in this dialog if it is not already there and i am missing it.

    That is what the feedback form is for - http://www.apple.com/feedback/aperture.html

     

    Have you tried to edit the available presets? You can do append and prepend by arranging the items freely in the "format" strip. But the "find" would be heplful. Only this would require for Apple to include a full-fledged pattern matcher into the "Batch change" tools.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Dec 16, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    You are welcome, Jon!

     

    Season's greetings!

     

    Léonie

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