here is a windows alternative version 

I forget not many use linux  

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 1:03 PM Michael Norkun <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
this one has always worked well for me...

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:10 PM Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
If you have a list of what the file names are, and what you want them to be, it's really easy to create a batch file for Windows, or a script for a Mac, to rename the files, using Excel, a google sheet, or whatever.  For instance, on a PC, if your spreadsheet has the from names in column A, the to names in column B, put a formula in C1 that says 

='rename '&A1&' '&B1

Then copy this formula down to all the rows that have file names.  Select column C, copy it, paste it to a text editor.  Save the file in the editor as renamepics.bat, and save it in the same folder as the pictures.  Open a command prompt, change to the directory with the photos, and type renamepics and hit enter.

I could probably do all that in a minute.  I use the same technique for lots of batch operations: creating accounts in active directory, removing old accounts, moving folders around when I do server migrations, changing permissions on things, I could go on and on...

If you don't have a list of before and after to start with, you can always make one just by piping the output of a dir command (ls on a mac) to a file, then import that file into excel, then create the to: file names using another formula. 

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:31 AM, Steve Jarrett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We didn't find an affordable tool for batch renaming.  We will be sending this note to all photographers this summer:

Dear Professional Photographer,

School's expectations for student and staff photos have changed.  In addition to the traditional wishes of parents for their children’s photos, schools must add photos in a timely fashion to the student management system, food service database, library check-out database, website staff directory and staff human resources database.

Photographers wishing to do a school’s student and staff photos are required to meet these minimum guidelines for our databases:

  • Format: jpg

  • Dimensions: minimum of 640 (w) X 800 (h) - 4:5 aspect ratio

  • Size: min of 300KB per image

  • Photos named with our student management system ID. A list of student and staff IDs and names by school and grade level may obtain from the schools.

  • October 1st: Deadline for delivery to data manager of student and staff photos - initial set*

  • November 1st: Deadline for delivery to data manager of student and staff photos - make-up or re-do*

  • Method of delivery of images to data manager: Dropbox, shared folder or similar online tool.

* It is the responsibility of the photographer to schedule with a school principal a date for taking photos that will make the deadline attainable.

Steve Jarrett
District Technology Supervisor
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
211 Bridge Street
Richmond, VT 05477

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:21 AM, Melissa Hayden-Raley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Listers - 
Each of our schools has a different vendor for school photos.  Two of the three vendors do not provide photos with file names matching the student ID.  In order to get the photos loaded into our school lunch program, the file name needs to match the ID number.  Can anyone recommend a program that can do this?

Thank you!


Melissa Hayden-Raley
Technology Supervisor
Milton Town School District

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