Export for Screens - Prefix artboard number
In Export for Screens dialog, include the ability to export the Artboard number in Prefix (or Suffix). A checkbox or variable string would do (eg $A). Currently we have to manually add the Artboard number into the Artboard name.
Artboard names are added to the file name while exporting.
Is the ask to replace name by numbers?
Simon Russell commented
As a product designer, I sometimes have a need to export very similar designs (but not exactly the same) and it would be good if I could have the ability to say "Name all the files the same but add a number on the end". So for example, if I'm designing a deck of cards. Sometimes I don't need to name all the cards, I need to add an incremental number to the end. Artboard name. - "Card" then add #1, #2, #3 to the end without going into each artboard and renaming them.
Or to simply add the artboard number. Card + Artboard Number
Mike Choo commented
+1 for Helen M's description - being able to prefix with the artboard number while reordering artboards would be a big time saver.
My primary use case is storyboards, which can change in order quite a bit as a result of feedback, and having to go through 50+ artboards and manually re-number them each time is painful.
I like the approach Sergey Osokin uses in his BatchRenamer script:
(watch the video)
It allows to use a variety of placeholders in both prefix and suffix fields.
It does not have an ability to use the actual artboard numbers, but since they are always consecutive anyways (except for the dreaded bug with extra/missing numbers! https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/39220252-artboards-with-the-same-number) — one can choose an ascending or a descending order to number them.
As I see it, it covers all cases I might need for exporting assets/artboards.
Perhaps using coded placeholders might seem a bit technically, and one can prefer having dropdowns instead, — it’s OK. But since placeholders are common within a variety of renamer tools we have to use to workaround this problem, I assume it’s a level we can handle.
I’d like to know what others think of it.
Dropdowns or annotated placeholders?
I echo Helen M’s comment.
The request is a prefix option like one of the following:
- A simple checkbox to add artboard number as prefix
- Or support some sort of regular expression for the prefix text field that would dynamically be replaced by the artboard number.
Helen M commented
Having the artboard names on export is great, but what would be even more useful is if the artboard number (see 'image_01.jpg') can be automatically added as a prefix on export.
Therefore after export, from this example image, the exported artboard name would include '01_' before the artboard name. E.g '01_D_No-account_not-logged-in'.
Advantages to this mean that if you have exported 30 artboards, all with unique artboard names they go in the order of artboard number, rather than alphabetically based on the artboard name itself.
So for example, when I look in the folder where I have exported them to, they are in the order I intended when ordering the artboards by number, in Illustrator. Not all jumbled because of the first character in alphabetical naming protocol.
Currently when I have exported a batch of artboards, I would have to go through each exported file and rename with the 'artboard number' at the beginning so that they are list in the correct order. This means when I present the images to someone, they are in the order I want them to be.
You could argue that I number them at the time of naming the artboard, however the order of these gets rearranged frequently, and after a review, there may be more artboards added, so it is inconvenient to have to go through all the artboards proceeding the one I have renamed and change the numbers when the numbering is already there as the artboard number.
William Scalia commented
Please add this. Would be super helpful.
Nani Parlapalli commented
Something like this and Just AUTOMATE Adobe.png
Jesse Foster commented
This would be such a nice feature to have. Having to manually enter the number is really frustrating on files with many artboards,. Especially when something new comes along that needs to be inserted in the middle causing you to have to rename each artboard.
Found this post by Googling for exactly this functionality! Sometimes I want the number, other times I don't. Including in the export would be really nice, especially for larger projects.
Great take on the artboard naming!
I'd just like a general set of abilities, like the ability to reset artboard names back to their order number, or auto add artboard name suffix/prefixes, etc. Just some general options for auto artboard naming would be so time saving for storyboarding.
Alex Bruno commented
Would love this as well!
+1 Would love to see the option where artboard number can be used as prefix.
Mike Choo commented
Big plus one on this idea - I end up manually entering artboard numbers and if they need to change it's very time consuming to update
Cathy anderson commented
Would love to see the option where artboard number can be used as prefix.