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    So I decided to setup a samba share on my Plex Media Server so I could pull off the mobile photos that are uploaded.

    First off you need to know the location of your mobile uploads, on Ubuntu Server 12.04 that would be:

    cd /var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application\ Support/Plex\ Media\ Server/Media\ Upload/Mobile\ Photos/

    Once you are aware of the location you can now define the samba share. Open the following file, with write privileges:

    sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

    At the very end of this file, put in your share details:

    [Pictures]

    path = /var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Media Upload/Mobile Photos/

    available = yes

    valid users = macleod

    read only = yes

    browseable = yes

    public = yes

    writable = no

    Share name is [Pictures], path is obviously path and the rest of the settings are self-explanatory.

    Restart samba using the following command

    sudo service smbd restart

    And to test the syntax use the following:

    testparm

    I used the following link for most of the information provided here:

    I recently decided to rename all my images based on when they were taken, specifically date and time.  It started with a desire to rename the images that I upload to my FTP from my iPhone, but expanded to generally renaming all the images.

    At this time I believe the best format for renaming is: Year, Month, Day, Hours, Minutes, Seconds, however I may expand on this to put location in too.  This format will allow you to view a folder in name order and see all images in the correct chronological order.

    The problem if finding an application to rename all your images based on EXIF information, I did some general Google searches for such applications – but it turned up shareware and the like – in this day and age I find that hard to believe.

    In the end I came across a post referencing my favorite image viewer for accomplishing this task.  , .

    I have been using for longer than I can recall, but never knew about the powers of it’s batch renaming.

    Renaming options are found under File, Batch Rename/Conversion…

    To achieve my renaming format I used the following pattern:

    $E36867(%Y_%m_%d %H%M%S)

    However, some image editors I have used over the years, I guess, strip the EXIF information, which ends up creating a null filename, followed by the next file not being renamed at all (based on settings).

    At this point I chose to name the image based on the creation date, using the following pattern:

    $T(%Y_%m_%d %H%M%S)

    All in all I am fairly happy with the renaming, but like I suggest – location might be a good idea too.

    Additional naming pattern information can be found in the help file.

    Update:  You can also try out the following application, Namexif:

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