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Subject: Re: Suggestion for new file name filter
From: Michael Strong (mjstrong_at_u.washington.edu)
Date: 2002-10-27


I like this idea a lot. I like to name my files the same way, and it
takes so long to wait for the scroll to see what the file name is.

Martin Borus wrote:

>Hi,
>
>here's a suggestion that might make navigation a lot of easier
>in long file lists of the same artist, album or audio book.
>Currently it's not easy to find a file when all files have the same
>beginning.
>
>How about an #optional# directory file filter with an auto-shortening
>function that would only display the parts of file names that differ
>from the previous name.
>
>With the filter activated, it will compare each line with the
>previous line from the left to the right. It will only show the
>part of the filename from the first letter on that is different.
>The first line is always displayed in full.
>
>Example:
>Let's say this is the content of a folder:
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-01 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-02 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-03 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-04 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-05 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-06 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-07 of 8.mp3
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-08 of 8.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 01.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 02.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 03.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 04.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 05.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 06.mp3
>
>
>On my jukebox the folder currently looks like this:
>
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>
>To find a certain part I have to go to each line and let it scroll.
>With a filter that looks for differences the folder would look like
>this:
>
>Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
>2 of 8.mp3
>3 of 8.mp3
>4 of 8.mp3
>5 of 8.mp3
>6 of 8.mp3
>7 of 8.mp3
>8 of 8.mp3
>Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>2.mp3
>3.mp3
>4.mp3
>5.mp3
>6.mp3
>
>This would make it really easy to find the right part. This trick
>would also work great with album files when you have the name of the
>artist in the filename.
>
>What do you think, anybody like this idea?
>
>Martin
>
>



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