Select text on Pdf after Re: (Just the one line)

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Moderator: Mr_Noodle

Hi, I just bought Hazel and am very impressed! I receive many letters in pdf with generic numbers as the file name, I would like to rename them with the actual subject of the letter which always starts with Re: (then the actual subject, always on one line). Is it possible to find then use that subject to rename the file?

Thanks in advance for your help for what I am sure is a basic question, for which I am struggling to get my head around!
Mache
 
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That should be doable. Look up "match patterns" in the help. You can create a pattern to capture the text after the "Re:" into a custom attribute which you can then use to rename the file.
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Thats wonderful, thanks for a speedy reply! If you can give a little pointer as to what that actually means...

I understand the match patterns, but not how to create the pattern I need, as the result will always be variable
Mache
 
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I can create the rule to find the Pdf, but I get stuck on the rename box "rename (text box) with (text box)
Mache
 
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Are you referring to the "Replace text" function? You should need that here. Use the "Rename" action. In the text box there you can specify a pattern. When using the match pattern, you should have created a custom attribute to match the subject line. That custom attribute should be available to use in the rename pattern.
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Hi Mr Noodle,

Thanks again for your help, but as I have just had Hazel for a week and I am spending a disproportionate amount of time trying unsuccessfully accomplish this "rename", I have decided to ditch the re-name and just do a search instead.

I will just use Hazel to move things around.

Thanks again for your help.
Mache
 
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If you post your rules, I can take a look and see what may be wrong with them.
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Hi Mr Noodle,

Unfortunately I deleted them...
Mache
 
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Hi Mr_Noodle,

I have tried to re-create the rules:

If all of the following conditions are met

If name starts with CB-
If source/url is

Do the following
Rename with pattern Replace Name with Re: (anything)


When the rule operates it finds the file correctly and re-names it to -1

I hope that is of help and again thanks for your patience!
Mache
 
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Maybe that helps: You have to look for contains, contain match, custom text. There you enter the RE: (Anything).

This becomes a token you can use in the renaming process.

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Robert
 
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Hi Robert,

That works perfectly, thanks for you help and the screenshots, it was really kind.
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