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:
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.
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!
Bridge has its own set of File Type Associations that are not the same as what your computer system’s file type associations. You can tell bridge to open up files in a certain program, while your OS may want to open it up in another. To set up Bridge’s file type associations, go to Edit > Preferences > File Type Associations.
New in Bridge CS5 is the Export Panel, where you can drag and drop photos (raw images as well) and have it automatically exported out to Flickr, Facebook, Photoshop.com, or to your hard drive!
If you regularly work in a lot of different folders across a large number of projects, this should be a big time saver. In Bridge CS4 and up, the Path Bar, has an icon that looks like a clock with a backwards arrow on it. Click on that, and you can get bridge to display all the recent files you worked on through adobe applications. Hurray for saving time!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to display non-adobe file formats (like text files or excel files) even though bridge is able to see them regularly.
Bridge + Mini Bridge does better previews with InDesign files. Now you can specify it to show multiple pages of the file in the preview. You can also ask Bridge to show you all the files that are linked to the InDesign file. This is especially great if your links are in multiple locations!