Out, Damned Spot! And While We’re At It, Dashes, Underscores, Asterisks, And Spaces Should Get Out Too

ArtsHacker.comIf you’ve ever had to use a batch of images that have a bunch of special characters embedded into the filename, you know how much of a time-suck it is to remove all of those before you get a pretty filename* that’s easy to read. Fortunately, there’s a shortcut out there waiting to save you hours of time.

Better yet, it’s 100 percent free!

All you need to do is download Adobe Bridge CC and use a special trick.

I published an article at ArtsHacker that walks you through the entire process step by step so regardless your skill level or experience with Adobe Bridge, you’ll be able to hit the ground running.

Hidden Productivity Gems: Using Adobe Bridge To Remove Unwanted Characters From Filenames

*In addition to being easier to read, pretty filenames improve your search results when using the media file online. You can even get away with using filenames instead of assigning mutually exclusive captions for lightbox enabled photo galleries.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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