Variable Text

Variable text is text that can include a series of codes that tells the program to include not a fixed piece of information, but instead a certain kind of information about a picture—its output can "vary." You can mix ordinary unchanging text and these codes freely within variable text. The program evaluates the codes, examines the picture's picture information, and fills in the relevant text. Each code must have exactly the form listed below, and must be enclosed in {curly braces}. However, any place where you can use variable text offers either a menu or an entire window that can take care of both of these requirements for you.

For example, the variable text

{PATH}{NAME}.{EXT} Dimensions: {W} x {H}

might lead to this for a particular picture:

E:PhotosPhoto.JPG Dimensions: 1209 x 984

{PATH} is replaced by the path to the file, "E:Photos," {NAME} by the filename, "." is kept as-is, {EXT} is replaced by the filename extension "JPG," " Dimensions: " is kept as-is, and {W} and {H} are replaced by the picture's width and height.

To reach the window for adding these codes, click the small button with the triangle next to the text field where you want to use variable text. The left part of this window lists all the available variable-text codes. After you select a code and click Add, the code will be inserted at the position of the text cursor. The precise format of the code can vary depending on your settings under Include descriptor, Separator, Time and date format, and Uppercase/lowercase.

If you are willing and know how, you can also modify variable text directly without using this window.