Bulk File Rename

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From the Library, it would be nice if you could select multiple files and perform bulk renames.  For example, if I take 20 screenshots during a webinar, it would be nice to then select them all and rename them WebinarX01, 02, 03, etc.
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Alan Lepofsky

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rene.morales

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Hello, Alan, I believe you could accomplish this through Batch conversion. In step 3 of 4 of the Output Options, you can select, Automatic File Name, then in the Automatic File Name popup, you can format the name along with any additional file name components you'd like to include, like Automatic Number. See screenshot below.


Good luck!

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Alan Lepofsky

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Thank you, that looks useful, but I can't find that feature on the Mac client. There is a simple "Auto Increment File Name" feature but it does not include the Options you show above. Also, this only works when exporting, not for just storing them in the SnagIt library itself, which I'd like to do.
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hp13

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Since you are on Mac you can easily do it with Mac OS system tools. Just select multiple files and right-click on them. You'll get different options to rename them all in common. 
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Alan Lepofsky

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Thank you. Yes, I am aware of the OS level rename which is an option, but I'd hoped to do this right within SnagIt. Often I take the screenshots then drag and drop them elsewhere, like Twitter, Evernote, etc. so I'd hope to make the process as simple as possible. Still, your idea is helpful, so thank you.
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Alan, if you are looking for a real powerful and a cheap utility for Windows I suggest;

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php

It is free for personal use but I like it so much that when I was cataloging more than 3,000 file that I donate some funds to them. I have found this to be a very versatile piece of software.

By the way the idea from Rene M will work too. Gracias Ms Morales.

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Alan Lepofsky

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Thank you for the quick reply. I'm mainly using SnagIt on Mac (which does have native OS batch rename as pointed out above) but I'd hope to see this functionality right inside the SnagIt library so that I could better organize my screen captures.
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Here's a bit better explanation. I spend most of my day attending web-conferences for product briefings. During each meeting I take dozens of screenshots to capture the information being presented. At the end of the call, I wish I could go into the Library and rename all the files to "IBM yyyy-mm-dd", "Google yyyy-mm-dd", "Microsoft yyyy-mm-dd", etc.  Yes, I know I can tag the files, but I'd prefer to actually rename them.
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Hi Alan,

Just a thought that you may not have considered and might save some time. I do the same thing with meetings that I need to make multiple captures for.

First off I am a Windows user and not to familiar with the Mac version so again not sure if this would be a useful option for you.

I have different hotkey capture profiles setup with the naming and other info I need for the different meetings/events. ie; "Google yyyy-mm-dd", "Microsoft yyyy-mm-dd", and they are saved to their respective folders.





 This way all the captures for that session are in a folder and named with the info I need.

:)
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Alan Lepofsky

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Thank you, that's an interesting approach. I'll give it a try.