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Update On Padding!

Posted on May 15, 2015 by Elsa under Coffee Break, Theimagefile

This is a small update that focuses on a change we have made to our filename padding tool.

Padding is a way of ensuring that all of your files in a collection have the same number of characters and therefore display in the correct order. Here’s an example:

If you numbered a collection’s files as “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13” etc then those files would display as 1,10,11,12 and 13 first (due to them starting with the number one), followed by 2,3,4 and so on. This means that your files would not display in the expected order. As the largest file names in this example are made up of tens and units we must make every file in the collection have two characters. The best way of doing this is to add a zero; for example “01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13”. This would make all files starting with a zero show first (e.g. 01-09) and then those starting with a one (10-19). Equally, if your had 562 files in a collection you would have to pad all of your files up to three characters; for example “001, 010, 100” and so on.

Up until now our filename padding tool was able to pad up to three number occurrences. This meant that if you named your file “name_12_05_2015_1.jpg” then the padding tool would not be able to reach the forth number (1.jpg). Therefore, we have updated our system so that our filename padding tool now automatically recognises up to six number occurrences.

To use the filename padding tool:

  • Go to the collection you need to edit
  • Click “Show all and check all” in the collection toolbar
  • Click the “Edit” button in the collection toolbar
  • Select “Filename” and click “Next”
  • Select the padding option required and click “Next”
  • Check all as expected in the filename column and Save. NOTE: These will not be in the correct order yet
  • Review and edit the collection to ensure all are now as expected.

For more information about padding log in > Help and Support > search “padding”.