How do I convert BookSmart's *.original files into *.jpg files?
I need help. Lots of help.
I just had a cascade of failures with such perfect timing that I’ve lost about 12,000 photos, among many gigs of other files. My laptop needed a full restore, so I made sure I had backups of everything and wiped it clean to start fresh. Before it could be restored, my backup laptop (which had a copy of all files) suddenly died. When I started to transfer my files from my external hard drive to my restored computer, the hard drive just simply fried itself…taking EVERYTHING with it.
I can deal with everything being gone – except for my cousin’s wedding photos, as I had the only three copies (two laptops and the external hard drive). However, I was in the process of making a Blurb book with about 150 of them. I still have, by some miracle, a copy of that folder.
I can open the book-in-progress in BookSmart, but how do I get all of the photos back into *.jpg (or other photo) format instead of their current *.original format?
It’s painful seeing the files RIGHT THERE, but not being able to have "usable" copies/formats.
There has to be a way – please…help me avoid/fix this catastrophe.
Really sorry to hear of your problems – what a bummer!
BUT – all is far from lost…
First off – take your drives to a recovery expert! You will be amazed at just how much they can recover from apparently dead drives… You’ll have to Google one out for wherever you are located…
Next – to bulk rename the .original files do this;
- Copy all the .original files to a holding folder on your C:\ drive. Call the folder "BS_TEMP"
- Open up a DOS Command window. [Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Promp]
- You will get a black background window with a flashing cursor…
- Type : C:\ and hit enter… Just to make sure you are at the C: prompt
- Type : cd\bs_temp and hit enter…
- Type : rename *.original *.jpg and hit enter… NOTE the spaces between rename and *.original and between original and *.jpg
- You will then see a list of renamed files with the extention of .jpg
- Type : exit and hit enter…
That will close the Command Prompt window. Your files will now open in any image editing software, but…
Now you need to do a batch re-name from that horrendously long file name back to something manageable – like "wedding####.jpg where #### will be an incremental number. You can do this in any image editing software. I like ACDSee for the ease that you can do so… You can download a trial version from here if you don’t have it…
Hope that all helps;
GOOD LUCK !
I’m honestly shaking a little bit and close to tears.
There are no words for how much I love you.
I don’t even really have anything to add to that, aside from the fact that you just saved 320 wedding photos nine days before their first anniversary.
That is great. It works on Windows XP and Vista but, does not work on windows 7.
Thank you so much
Well, I had the same problem with windows 7 not working. I assume the * is in place of the name of the book. I followed all the instructions and kept getting the warning that it was the wrong syntax. I had the same litany of crashed computers and failing external hard drives, so i was really excited I would get these photos back. Help! Thanks, Corky
I guess I’m unclear as to the *.original files and how to copy them. I have spent eons on the command prompt and am definitely doing something wrong. More help, please, Tony!! Corky
Leave the * as it is. It is a “wild card” character.
*.original means: any file that matches the pattern “[any file name].original”
I’m staying with friends for a long weekend and only have access to their mac. I’ll be home late tomorrow and have access to my Windows 7 PC again, if you still feel you need help let me know and I’ll try and post some screenshots walking you through the process.