Using NamePic, Short Version

So you're considering taking Wren's advice and using short consistent file names for all your graphics. Wren has a nifty little program for renaming your graphics automatically, which you can find at:

http://www.mcmains.com/wren/tools/namepic.exe
plus an ICON for it at http://www.mcmains.com/wren/tools/namepic.ico

New version 06/07/2001: fixed problem of letter sequences starting with b instead of a when date changed; 4/20/2001 version fixed problem of strange numeric strings under some versions of Windows

Download them both, saving them in c:\WINDOWS\COMMAND

If your camera starts numbering again from 0001 every time you empty it, skip to Naming Pictures using numbers generated by NamePic, below.

Naming Pictures using your Camera's Numbers

If your camera generates unique numbers for every picture it takes, then just create a shortcut on your desktop to namepic.exe by right clicking on the desktop and choosing New / Shortcut. Fill in the location as c:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\namepic.exe (or use the Browse to select namepic.exe. Choose Next, give it a name like NamePic and click on Finish. Now right click on the NamePic shortcut and choose properties. On the target line add the following after the path to namepic.exe:

  c:\Albums\Original\Kodak01 -u js -c 5 13
Where c:\Albums\Original\Kodak01 is the name of the folder where you are going to keep all your originals and "js" are your initials. While you're there, use the "Change Icon..." button and fill in that path c:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\namepic.ico either by typing it or using the Browse button.

Using NamePic

Double click on NamePic, it will show you what it's going to rename. If you type "y" it will rename the files, if you type "n" it will just leave a rnamepic.bat file in the folder with the pictures with the commands it would have issued. That's all there is to it, for more information see the last two paragraphs on this page.

Naming Pictures using numbers generated by NamePic

Create a shortcut to NamePic exactly as described above, however, when you modify it's properties add the following options to the target line instead of those specified above:

  c:\Albums\Original\Kodak01 -u js -n4 -u .jpg
Where c:\Albums\Original\Kodak01 is the name of the folder where you are going to keep all your originals and "js" are your initials, and -n4 tells it to generate a four digit number base on the current value of number.nxt While you're in Properties, use the "Change Icon..." button and fill in that path c:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\namepic.ico either by typing it or using the Browse button. Create a number.nxt file in the folder where you put namepic.exe. This file should only have one line with the number "1" on it (or whatever number you want to use to start the naming.) The easiest way being to create the one line file with favorite text editor and saving it as c:\Albums\Original\Kodak01. Another technique is to download:
  http://www.mcmains.com/wren/tools/number.nxt

That's all there is to it, see the Using NamePic directions above.

At some point you should move your NamePic shortcut from the Desktop to the Graphics Menu on your Start Menu. You have created a Graphics folder on your Start Menu for all your favorite Graphics programs haven't you? (To move it, Right click on the start button, choose Explore and open the folder where you put your favorite graphic programs; drag the NamePic icon from your desktop to this folder.)

For more information, see Using NamePic, Long Version which contains much of the same information, but all shows you how to name graphics based on the date and how to rename graphics whose name doesn't start with the letters DSC.