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AIStart - User's Guide


Mac software AIStart



4. Using AIStart

When you launch AIStart, the first thing you want to do is open a folder containing files to rename.  If you have enabled 'Open Loader upon startup' in Preferences, the Loader window should be open by now.  (See Screenshot 4-01.)  So simply drag and drop a folder containing files to rename onto the drop box.  (See Screenshot 4-02.)



Mac software AIStart

Screenshot 4-01


Mac software AIStart

Screenshot 4-02



If you prefer to locate a folder with the select-folder window, you can do so by choosing File > Open.  Then you will be prompted to select a folder accordingly.  (See Screenshot 4-03.)  After selecting a folder, simply click on the Select button.  Whether you use Loader or choose File > Open to select a folder, notice that the path to the selected folder will appear at the top-right corner.  (See Screenshot 4-04.)



Mac software AIStart

Screenshot 4-03


Mac software AIStart

Screenshot 4-04



Notice also that the list whose header is shown as Current file names is now filled with the names of all the files from the selected folder.  The second list, whose header is shown as New file names, is still blank.  Your next task is fill the second list with new file names by configuring settings.  The following shows the descriptions of some of the settings.


  • Start number: The files in the selected folder will be systematically numbered.  Enter a number with which to start.

  • Step: This number will determine how the number will increase.  Normally, you should set it to 1.

  • No. of digits: If you set this number to 1, files will be numbered as they appear.  In this case, the first file might be named '1' while 100th file might be named '100.'  In this particular case, if you want to maintain the same number of letters in file names, you might want to set the number of digits to 3 so that the first file would be named '001.'

  • Text and Position: These settings determine how each file will be renamed.  If you choose None (clear), the entire file name will be replaced by the value you enter in the Text field and the number.  If you choose Left (Right), the value you enter in the Text field and the number will be added to the left (right) of each file name.

  • Extension: Leave it blank if you want to keep the same file extensions.  Enter a value (i.e, jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff) only if you want to set the same file extension to all the files.  You need not enter a dot.  If you enable Auto correct, AIStart will automatically remove all periods and spaces in the extension field every 3 seconds.  Or turn off this checkbox to type in the extension field smoothly.



Mac software AIStart

Screenshot 4-05


Mac software AIStart

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When you click on the Change button, AIStart will simply fill the second list with new names.  And what you see in this list is what you will eventually get.  So configure settings and come up with new names to your satisfaction.  Then finally click on Execute to actually rename files in the selected folder.  If you select a radio button that says Show extensions, each file will reveal its extension after AIStart renames files.  Or select Hide extensions to let AIStart hide file extensions.



Mac software AIStart

Screenshot 4-07





If you want to start with the same name settings, choose File > Save or press Command + S.  (See Screenshot 4-07.)  And when you launch AIStart next time, you will start with the last settings you've saved.





























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