How to Batch Rename images based on caption in IPTC?
August 10, 2006 10:02 AM   Subscribe

How to Batch Rename images based on caption in IPTC?

I'm trying to batch rename a whole load of photos. They all have IPTC captions, and I'd like the filename to reflect the caption.
For example, say I have 50 photos...
10 of those photos are of Jane Smith, all captioned 'Jane Smith' in the IPTC.
The batch program will rename these 10 photos to
'Jane Smith01.jpg'
'Jane Smith02.jpg'
'Jane Smith03.jpg'
'Jane Smith04.jpg'
and so on!
Same with all the other 40 photos.

I don't want to spend any money on this!

I've spent a bit of time looking for a solution, but nothing quite seems to do what I'm after.

Help will be most appreciated!
posted by BobsterLobster to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
I *think* ImageMagic can read IPTC captions, based on something I heard someone else say once -- I've never needed to do it myself. The captions are embedded, right?
posted by baylink at 10:05 AM on August 10, 2006

Thumbs Plus has all sorts of IPTC macro/batch renaming goodness. But it does cost $. It has an incredibly ugly interface but is one of the most powerful and customizable image managers I've found.
posted by meehawl at 10:30 AM on August 10, 2006

If you don't want to spend money, you can easily do this with a quick PHP script -- PHP has the proper extensions to read IPTC data, and can rename files, so that'd do just fine.
posted by delfuego at 10:52 AM on August 10, 2006

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