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Bridge is a Better Finder Renamer

There are lots of file renamers out there, Better Finder Renamer being one of the, well, better ones. But since Bridge included a rename function, I often just end up using Bridge instead. And it’s actually not bad, for instance, it can do string substitution, with regular expressions too!

This is what Adobe’s help file says:

String Substitution
Allows you to change all or part of a filename to custom text. First, choose what you want to replace: Original Filename replaces the string from the original filename. Intermediate Filename replaces a string that is defined by preceding options in the New Filenamespop-up menus. Use Regular Expression allows you to use regular expressions to find strings based on patterns in filenames. Replace All replaces all substrings that match the pattern in the source string.

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In this case, I need to find and delete a bunch of sequenced numbers generated by Photoshop’s Export layers to files script. so I need the expression to find any number repeating zero or more times that’s sandwitched between two underscores…

Well, okay, but I don’t really know how to write regular expressions… But I know InDesign has a Grep Search, which allows me to do regular expressions with dropdown menus. So I’ll let InDesign do it.

Then a quick google to find how to do an underscore, and i’m ready to go.

Here’s what it ended up looking like [_\d?_] and it found them. Bingo!

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