OverviewThis is a command-line utility for re-ordering (sorting) E-MU/EOS folders & banks.
This is a difficult process on the E-MU itself as EOS allocates prefix numbers (B.nnn) automatically, and these numbers define the browse order. If your data is accessible from a PC (i.e. it's in FAT format), this utility can re-order the prefix numbers so the names appear in alphabetical order.
Example of E-MU folders before
Non-prefixed items added manually
are also handled; e.g. before sorting...
Similarly for bank names; before
EMUReorder -f | -b | -bs [-o] | -?
where -f=sort folders, -b=sort banks, -bs=sort banks in all
subfolders; the '-o' option overrides the safety check to
prevent processing non-E-MU items.
The program assumes the folders & files are in FAT format
(EOS 4.7 does this). Commercial programs are available for
reading E-MU/Eos files directly, although if you have one of
these you probably won't need EMUReorder!
Some factory CDs use dummy items to hold titles, author &
copyright info for the samples. If you want to keep these items
ordered at the start, add a space or underscore character to the
name part before re-ordering,
Warning 1: Eos allows filename characters which are invalid in Microsoft Windows, e.g. some bank names in the factory set of E-MU CDs contain / and " characters. Windows Explorer will display these files but won't let you rename them, so the utility will fail. One work-round is to use the Disk/Browse Find option on the E-MU to replace these characters before re-ordering, e.g. change '/' to '-', and double quotes to single quotes.
Warning 2: The program has been tested ok with my folders & banks, but you use this tool at your own risk. I cannot be held responsible for any loss of data so please make backups of your folders/files before processing.
Minimum system requirementsWindows XP and later.
Tested on Windows XP.
- Parameter prefixes can also be '-' for consistency with other utils
- Parameters now require / prefix to conform to standards
- Added checks if renames fail or more than 1000 items
- Added help info for illegal chars in filenames
The program is free, but if you pass it on, please keep the package intact.
See also the Decode EMU utility.
InstallingThere is no 'installation' - the downloadable file is the batch file you run, so download & save it to a folder of your choice. If the folder is not your 'current folder', it must be added to your search path otherwise you'll need to specify its full pathname in order to run it.
This is a command-line utility so needs to be run from a command window; nothing will happen if you just double-click it. Starting a command window varies according to your version of Windows; some examples are:-
Contact me if you have any problems.
UninstallingJust delete the batch file you downloaded.
© Phil Tipping, 2015