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Old 26th November 2009, 17:30   #1
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Default Utility for numbering files/folders on USB drive for Car Music Players

Hi Guys,
I have made a small utility app to number the files/folders on USB drive as per our preferences.

This tool basically lets you arrange the folder order and then numbers them with prefixes like 000_, 001_ etc so that car music player will play it as per the order you selected.
Please let me know if you have issues/feedback.

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Are you using a USB drive to carry music along and play it in the Car Music Player? If yes, then you might have come across a situation when you want to order the files/folders as per your preference rather than letting the car music player play it alphabetically. This tool tries to solve this problem by giving user a chance to arrange the files/folders as per their liking and then assign number prefixes(like 000_ 001_ etc) to file/folder names.

Download the tool here.

This is a free software and does not come with any warranty. Use at your own risk.

Then follow following steps.

1. Extract the zip file in a separate folder.

2. Go to command prompt(windows) or console(OS X/Linux) and issue following command to start the tool from the extracted folder

java -jar MyMusicMyWay.jar

3. Go to File -> Select Folder option to select a folder containing your music files
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4. You will see the list of sub folders/files which are inside the selected folder
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5. Drag the folder names to rearrange as per your preferences
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6. Click on 'Save' button on the right hand side to number the folders in the selected order. You will see a message confirming the same.
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7. Now if you check the original folder which you selected, it should list the folders/files numbered as per the drag-and-drop list prepared by you.
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8. Copy this structure to your USB stick and enjoy the music in your car.


Requirements:

* Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Mac OS X 10.6 and above.
* Sun JDK 1.6 and above

Last edited by Rehaan : 28th November 2009 at 14:29. Reason: Will be sending you a PM regarding the edit. Thanks for your contribution!
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Old 26th November 2009, 17:43   #2
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Hi Guys,
I have made a small utility app to number the files/folders on USB drive as per our preferences. Check it out here.
This tool basically lets you arrange the folder order and then numbers them with prefixes like 000_, 001_ etc so that car music player will play it as per the order you selected.
Please let me know if you have issues/feedback.

-Sandesh
Nice app Sandesh,
Will surely make use of it while choosing songs. It would be really easy to remember.
Thanks a ton!
Keep posting more such stuff!
Cheers!
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Old 26th November 2009, 18:37   #3
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Hi Sandesh,

Thanks for the utility. This comes handy when I need to rearrange my entire music album. As I have a collection of few GBs on my harddrive, arranging them based on my preference (which change from time to time) was hard.

However, I have one suggestion:

If you could add 'Up' and 'Down' arrows, moving the files/folders would be easier. I've attached a screenshot with those buttons.
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Hi Sandesh,

Thanks for the utility. This comes handy when I need to rearrange my entire music album. As I have a collection of few GBs on my harddrive, arranging them based on my preference (which change from time to time) was hard.

However, I have one suggestion:

If you could add 'Up' and 'Down' arrows, moving the files/folders would be easier. I've attached a screenshot with those buttons.
Thanks for feedback Paradox. I will add it soon and update the thread.
-Sandesh
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Old 26th November 2009, 20:21   #5
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Nice initiative. Just one query.

If I try to rearrange the previously rearranged folder, will it be renamed as 001_003_xyz, etc?

Sorry if I sound stupid
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Sorry if I sound stupid
Good question mjothi

This utility is smart enough to pick the existing index, so when you re-arrange the same folders, its NOT creating folders like 001_003_xyz, instead just renames folders with new numbers 001_xyz.

Nice job Sandesh!
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wow nice job, very usefull
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Old 27th November 2009, 10:53   #8
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Excellent thought friend. Very useful!
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Hi Sandesh,

Appreciate you sharing the app with us. I for sure will find it useful. Thank you.
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I'm getting this exception on Mac OS X 10.5

$ java -jar MyMusicMyWay.jar
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/swing/GroupLayout$Group
at com.sandeshmore.mymusicmyway.ui.MyMusicMyWayApp.st artup(MyMusicMyWayApp.java:19)
at org.jdesktop.application.Application$1.run(Applica tion.java:171)
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(Invocation Event.java:209)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(EventQueue.java: 461)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForHierar chy(EventDispatchThread.java:269)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarch y(EventDispatchThread.java:190)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispa tchThread.java:184)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispa tchThread.java:176)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(EventDispatchThre ad.java:110)
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I'm getting this exception on Mac OS X 10.5

$ java -jar MyMusicMyWay.jar
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/swing/GroupLayout$Group
at com.sandeshmore.mymusicmyway.ui.MyMusicMyWayApp.st artup(MyMusicMyWayApp.java:19)
at org.jdesktop.application.Application$1.run(Applica tion.java:171)
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(Invocation Event.java:209)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(EventQueue.java: 461)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForHierar chy(EventDispatchThread.java:269)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarch y(EventDispatchThread.java:190)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispa tchThread.java:184)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispa tchThread.java:176)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(EventDispatchThre ad.java:110)
Hi Gandhi,
This tool requires latest JDK from Apple, I guess 1.5/1.6. Please try updating JDK and check again.

-Sandesh
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Hi Gandhi,
This tool requires latest JDK from Apple, I guess 1.5/1.6. Please try updating JDK and check again.

-Sandesh
I have the latest possible version of Java for Mac.

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$ java -version
java version "1.5.0_20"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_20-b02-315)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_20-141, mixed mode, sharing)
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I have the latest possible version of Java for Mac.
Hi Gandhi,
Sorry for your troubles! I checked the error and its due to JDK 1.5. We need JDK 1.6 and above. I have updated the requirements section on the web page as well. I am using JDK 1.6 on Snow Leopard which was used to develop this app. Thanks for pointing this out.
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New version of this utility is available now. Added some options as per feedback from forum.

Updates in New Version - 1.1
* Support for removing prefixes/numbering
* Number prefixes adjusted by number of files/folders - '00_' for 0-99 files, '000_' for 100-999 files etc.
* Support for multiple file/folder selection and movement
* Movement buttons - move selected items to first/last, up/down
* Reload base folder after numbering
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Excellent tool . I use USB's a lot like one for English, one for Hindi, etc.. This is definitely a good tool in reorganizing your preferences frequently.

Thanks a lot for the tool, Sandesh
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