Organizing More than Projects

With all the technology we have today, particularly digital photography, we are inundated with photos and files and keeping them organized is a major challenge. Once upon a time I organized my photos by type, e.g., quilts, family, etc. However, the category overlap can make that complicated. Thus, in the past two years, I have organized photos in folders by date. Having photo organizing software like Picasa, PaintShopPro or software that comes with one’s camera is most helpful b/c one can browse large thumbnails from folder to folder to find photos so long as you know the general time frame.

One of the most important things that I do is rename each photo file by date. Most photos have a timestamp that can be seen via software, but one has to actually view the photo individually to see that. Timestamps sometimes get changed when photos are resized or otherwise modified. For me, it is helpful to have the date as the beginning of the filename and then a description of the photo as the rest of the filename. For that reason I use software that renames multiple files in one batch.

For years I used MultiRenamer from PC Magazine, but with new computers and Win7, I decided to look for something new. I love the software that I found and want to share with you. It is free (or you can donate to help support them). I found this software with a google search and and chose it after comparing the many products that showed up in the search.

This software is called Advanced Renamer and the website is I can specify lots of different parameters, select the files I want to be renamed sequentially, and voila–a whole set of files are renamed. It’s pretty nice. Here’s a partial screen shot. The whole screen was too large. It looks complicated with the codes, but really isn’t at all–just type in the base name, click on how you want to sequence (numbers or letters) and check to be sure the file name you want shows up in the right panel. Yes, there are lots of more sophisticated features, but I’m happy with my simple method. Click on the photo below to see a full view.


Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

2 thoughts on “Organizing More than Projects”

  1. that looks really helpful. I have never undertaken that task as I have 1000’s of photos but this looks easy enough for me to use. Thanks for shating this!!

  2. Thanks for sharing tips on organization and the renamer utility. I’ll definitely check it out. I have enjoyed the “tag” feature of Win 7 to tag images, but indexing, categorizing, organizing can be a daunting task. And, I love any tool that helps me organize.


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