This page created 29 May 2020
Version note: Applies to ORA 1.00
This article describes one of my example Templates for Online Repository Assistant (ORA). The other example Templates can be found in the index of Example Templates. Other articles in my ORA Section cover various topics about using the software. The "How it Works" section below includes links to articles describing the ORA features used in this Template.
The Template described here creates a filename for downloaded images, using formats specific to a Collection. It produces text that can be copied and pasted into the File Save dialog that opens as you save a copy of the image.
D:\Genealogy\Sources\Census Images\1870\1870 TN Shelby - Gilmore, Carrie
Text – intended to be copied and pasted into File Save dialog
Before downloading an image, copy the filename produced by the Template to the clipboard by clicking the icon on the ORA Control Panel. Then save the image as usual, and when the File Save dialog opens, paste the filename into the filename field.
The first part of the filename produced is the path (route to desired folder) to where the file is to be stored. This is optional because you can select the desired folder manually, but if images from a given collection are always stored in the same folder it eliminates the need to do that.
A path statement includes the " \ " character, which is used in ORA as an escape character to enable one to enter other characters in literal text that would otherwise be interpreted as control characters by ORA. In order to enter the " \ " itself requires it be "escaped," that is, two are required: " \\ ". In the illustration below the escaped backslash characters are colored in pink.D:\\Genealogy\\Sources\\Census Images\\1870\\
In my system the path to the folder is "D:\Genealogy\Sources\Census Images\1870\" but yours is no doubt different so you would need to edit this part of the Template to suit your system. If you are not sure of how to write the path to your desired folder you can find the required string with this procedure:
Note that when you specify the path with the filename as described above there is no need to navigate to the desired folder before saving the file.
If this seems like too much trouble, just remove the path from the Template and let it write only the actual filename.
The rest of the Template creates the filename itself. I use this format for filenames of census images:1870 TN Shelby - Gilmore, Carrie
The Template uses the :split Transformation to extract the name of the state and county, and also to separate the surname and given names of the person. The function of each of the segments of the Template is explained below:
The Template will, of course, not always be successful in extracting the person's name as desired. Presence of suffixes or alternate names in the name field may produce unexpected results.
The following is the complete Template. It can be copied from the area below and pasted into either a Text Template or Auto Type Template in the OraSettings window.
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