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Many users use starring photos to only view the best pictures later. Folders often have event name and date in them and are very important.

Using only free tools on Win system (win8), how can a user copy to a tablet or picture frame or travel laptop a set of 3000+ JPGs in 50+ folders that have 3+ stars (and not copying pictures that have no stars or less then 3 stars).

(paid tools are NOT an option!, light programming using batch files is OK).

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What tools are you using? I would be surprised if the tools you use can't help with any of this. – Dan Wolfgang May 19 '13 at 20:52

In the case of preserving folder structure i would probably copy your top hierarchical folder to another area... run a search of only that newly copied top folder (and subfolders) of: "*. jpg Rating:<3 stars" and delete all the results.... just make sure you know what you are deleting because if you accidentally do a global search you'll delete your originals.... maybe even do a backup onto a thumbdrive and unplug it to be sure...

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I should also state to make sure you are in the correct folder for search, navigate to the folder via file explorer and then use the search box... I'm on win 7 so i'm not sure how win 8 would change things... – rob j crowe May 19 '13 at 18:55
thx, now I need yet to force FS Photo Resizer to resize and PRESERVE star ratings – userJT May 20 '13 at 0:56
well, we are talking 20GB of pictures. thumbdrive is not a good idea. in the 21st century, I need to first copy everything and then purge.... how smart.... (but I agree that this is not a bad workaround...) – userJT May 22 '13 at 2:18

Make the star rating part of the filename when you export your photos from your raw converter or photo organizer program. Best use a prefix such as 3star or 2star or 1star. If your software does not support to include the rating as part of the filename, the workaround is to have seperate export settings for each star rating. E.g. filter to display only 3star pictures and then export them to using the preset which adds the "3star" prefix.

When you then transfer the pictures to your tablet, use the prefix as a filter in the copy operation. E.g. robocopy supports that.

In case your tablet is an iPad, the approach requires another intermediate structure where iTunes draws its pictures from, because it is not possible to filter in iTunes.

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I used file name tags and adopted stars so that filter operations like 3 (or more stars) are possible. Solution beyong file names is preferred. Besides, on 20GB of photos, do a mass rename (5 times by stars...) - the trouble is that no software nicely reads the star ratings (e.g., with win explorer, such mass rename is not possible) – userJT May 22 '13 at 2:21

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