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Filename Formatting for Dummies

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It hurts to think that this is necessary, but I can’t ignore it. Formatting is really fucking important to manga translation, yet people ignore it to the point of me needing to unzip the chapter and manually fix everything. srsly, wtf?

Rule number 01

Make it uniform for crying out loud.

If your chapter’s name format changes every 3 or 4 releases then you are failing it. Hard. If you can’t get anything else right, then at least get all of your stuff wrong consistently so I

There’s a reason that fansub groups name their shit identical to the rest of their shit. So it appears in alphabetical order. Contrary to popular belief, the most common method of sorting files in a folder is by name. Except you’re the only person that thinks otherwise. And you are stupid.

If a group I was in was guilty of this so help me God there would be hell to pay.

Rule number 02

Use underscores.

This may not be as blatently obvious as rule number 01 but lets hope I can get this point across. Not everyone has your computer. Different computers can treat files differently than your computer does. Some computers don’t like spaces used in filenames. Capiche? End of story.

Rule number 03

The zero key is there for you buddy. Don’t forget about it.

Nothing is worse than opening a chapter and the page order being:

1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2, 20, 21, ,23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28  etc.

Some PCs don’t automatically add the preceding zero for you so don’t be a dick and hit the extra key.

Rule number 04

Add the volume and chapter count you twit. Some people like to know important information like that.

And if you insist on not doing so, don’t reset the page number for every chapter. Nothing like trying to make a volume-sized batch and needing to rename every file after the first chapter.

Rule number 05

Do not put your group name at the beginning of the chapter’s filename.

I don’t sort through my downloaded manga by group. Don’t act so vain. I already had to go to your website to download it, and there’s a credits page I’ll see at the (probably) beginning of the chaper. It’s the only thing you double check to make sure appears in the right place anyway. And if you’re really wanting to make sure I never forget about you then you’ll have a watermark or web link somewhere on every page. Congratulations you’ve gotten your wish. I’ll never forget you. You’ll always be “that horrible group” in my mind.

Not like anybody will change this ‘rule’ though. Names in front isn’t a mess up. It’s an industry mistake that has become the norm.


It’s hard for me to think of a way to close this up without sounding like a srsbsns fag so I’ll just say that it’s super annoying when people don’t do stuff without thinking first. I guess I’ll link a couple of freeware batch renamers that I’ve found useful as an offering of goodwill:

Oscar’s Renamer – Pretty sweet deal. Opens all of the filenames in the equivalent of a notepad file to let you change them as you see fit.

Space Tornado Renamer – Lacks that coolio free-edit feature Oscar’s has but Space Tornado has better replace/remove/add/etc. scripts so it’s much more useful if you need to remove the same thing from a bazillion files


Written by PIR

January 19, 2009 at 00:00

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