Quick question -
In the case where I have to (or want to) change a media file name, how can I change the path for multiple persons in my RM tree?
I know how to use "Properties/change media file" but that is a one by one solution. Is there a faster way to correct a "one (media) to many (persons/facts/sources/etc) ?
Any hints appreciated
There are two reasons why I was asking the question.
1) When I first started using RM, I added many media files to my RM media gallery without any real structured naming conventions per se. I have since developed a complete set of naming conventions and have begun using these to name all new media files added. However the earlier files were named without this structure, which results in searching difficulties in both my RM media gallery and my Win10 media directory. I do wish to rename my older files, using the new naming conventions, which will make the names of my media files more consistent and much easier to search.
2) Since I have begun using Tree Share, I have noticed that Ancestry (or RM??) loads media files to my media gallery with unidentifiable file names. You have to go to the person's record in my tree and copy the path and file named assigned, before you can search either the media gallery or the Win10 media directory. This appears to be an on going problem. My media gallery is filling up with these media files with unidentifiable names. [example - media file for John Doe's grave marker, Ancestry assigned file name like "004779814_00436.jpg". I either need to be able to rename the file, or I'll have to enter tags in the Win10 directory to help with searching. This has to be done each time a new media file is imported through Tree Share. Again this is a slow, very time consuming task. I need a better way of handling this going forward.
I have reviewed the various responses to my post regarding changing RM media names. It seems pretty clear that there is no "automated" method for changing RM media names while maintaining the links between my media gallery and my Win10 media directory files. This means a huge investment in time will be required if I want to keep my media files named in a consistent and identifiable manner.
Of course RM will work OK, so long as the media file names match in both the media gallery and the Win10 media directory. But my preference is to have files that can be readily identified by looking at the file name. [Example - "Doe, John_[GM]"; meaning John Doe Grave Marker].
I appreciate the responses I have received to this issue, and would like to hear more about any ideas others may have.