FWIW, I am already naming all my files in a consistent format with a unique ID for every single image in the format YYMMDD-HHMMSSxy where "x" is a sequential number to differentiate multiple shots taken in the same second (camera in burst mode), and "y" is an alphabetical character (a-z) to designate whether the file is the first version (a), a derivative eg cross processed or black & white etc (b, c, d etc) or the RAW untouched version (z).
After that code I insert "-wprasek-" as a URL "breadcrumb" so ppl obtaining my images can always hopefully find my website (www.wprasek.com
), and only *THEN* do I add several descriptive "keywords" in order to improve my google image search results, and also anyone searching thru my images using eg Windows explorer/ Mac Finder wihtout the benefit of an IPTC-aware app.
So yep I'm fully aware of the critical need for a unique ID for every single image, and have been painstakingly renaming 30,000+ images to fit this format, and for 22,000 so far, have also added copyright & contact info, geotags, IPTC location/city/region/country/ISO country code, IPTC scenes, keywords, ratings, colours, etc...!
But I'm at a loss why iView wouldn't just SKIP files which don't meet the requested renaming criteria. Why change them when no change has been requested? Anyway as Peter says, now I have to (waste my time) selecting the exact files which need batch renaming rather than a whole directory.
I still feel this is yet another limitation of a program now getting very, very long in the tooth. Fingers crossed that MS finally pulls its finger out, but i'm not hopeful... :-(