How can I get multiple file names translated?

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I have been looking for a program to batch-translate files from one language to another in explorer, but couldn't find one. I am a language teacher who designs my own material and I have a database of images, documents, audio and video files carefully named in English. 50% of it is useful for my Spanish classes as long as I change the names of the file names from English to Spanish, but it takes forever to translate over 30000 files manually, created over a 5-year period. I am only interested in translating the names, not the contents, and the goal is to have the files in Spanish in a new/same folder (not as a separate list in some kind of text form). The words in the files are pretty simple (i.e. jacket, a dog with a bow tie, etc.) and I am willing to proofread all the files for possible mistakes (much faster than translating them myself). I couldn't find a program that would do it straight up and, although I am not a programmer, I am willing to try any method to do it. Thank you for your ideas
 

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I do not understand which you what?
You want only the Files name to translated?
Or do you want only the data within the files to be translated?
Or both?
 

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I've thought about this problem and can't think of a programmatic way to translate. Not the worlds most knowledgeable programmer.

I have a vb script that will make .cvs listing of the file names and paths. It removes odd characters and spaces from the filenames and makes a column called "new name". This was used to move files from SharePoint to a file share. Apparently you can have crappy file names in SharePoint but not on in a real directory structure. I digress..

If you were to run the script on your file you would then have a listing of the file names. From that list if you could find something to translate the NewFile name we could then have the script copy a version the old files to the new file name. "New File Name" could be left alone easily. Perhaps you could divvy the file up to your students and let them translate?

I don't know if a search and replace for dog to perro on that column would be an efficient way to do this. Possibly a vb dictionary could be created to look up dog and replace with perro.

I see some options, none real clean but doable.
 
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First, I do NOT know of any third-party software that will do everything you asked for.

Second, 30,000 files is a LOT of file names to be translated.

Third, I have no knowledge of your specific computer's operating system.

However, some thoughts occur to me:

1. There are some free translation services on the Internet. Google, Microsoft's Bing and Translate.com come to mind and I am sure there are others.

2. There should be a way (depending on your operating system) to get a text file that lists the files in a folder.

3. I would then use a "batch file" to rename the old file name to the translated and new file name.

4. I would work with copies of the files, keeping the originals separate in case of mistakes.

5. Work with a much smaller sub-set of the files until you gain confidence with whatever technique you come up with.

Good Luck!

RS
 
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