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PictureNames - Freeware

This program works by creating copies of your pictures and prefixing their names with the date the picture was taken.

Date is determined via the EXIF data stored inside your JPG files.

The renamed copies are stored in a date-oriented folder structure created by the program. Optionally, you can try the full program version, which also can include the time in the generated name. Experimenting with the full version is free, but the copy function is then disabled during experimentation. If you like the possibilities, the cost is 10 US $ to obtain an unlocking code via e-mail. Try it, and explore the other possibilities in the full version.



After working as a programmer and consultant since around 1965, I now have time for own small projects. The program PictureNames has evolved mostly based on my own needs.


This program has helped me organize my photos ( and video clips ) in chronological order. It is done by prefixing the file names ( e g IMG001.jpg ) with the time when the picture was taken. By using the European date style YYYYMMDD all falls into the correct order in the receiving filesystem folder.


If you want, you can also include the time in the new name, e g IMG001.jpg can become 20110425.141500.IMG001.jpg. I first saw the need for this when we were at least three people taking pictures at the same party, and then wanted to merge the pictures in the correct time sequence… Synchronization is possible, e g by adding 1 hour to all pictures from a certain source folder ( because that camera was set for another time zone ).


The program does not change the original picture, the name change is made when the pictures are copied into a new folder.


Personally, I have organized my photos in a simple date-oriented structure like this: (the green dots are marks from my backup program Carbonite)



The date-oriented filesystem structure is automatically created by the program as needed; you can select between 3 structures:

•Single folder

•Year structure

•Year-month structure ( as in the example above )

•Year-month-day structure


Experiment and select what suits you best!