Elements 10: "Save As" does not correctly parse file names containing "dots"

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Win7 x64
PSE10

This is PSE10's "dot" behaviour when using "Save As":

1.If you save a new image specifying "jpg" as the file type, and do not use a dot in the filename and do not type in the extension, such as
onename
onename space
PSE automatically adds the ".jpg" extension:
onename.jpg
onename space.jpg

2.If you do the same with dots in the filename, like
erase.this
erase.this.too
another.thing.to.erase
PSE does not add the ".jpg" extension. Those files cannot be opened with anything from Windows Explorer, or in PSE10 by using File...Open. PSE10 will open them just fine if they're in its "Recent File" list, however.

3.A strange part of this is that when a file with multiple dots in the name is open in PSE10, using "Save As" will drop the last word and add the ".jpg" extension:
another.thing.to.erase
will be pre-populated as
another.thing.to.jpg

another.thing.to.erase.yet.again
will be pre-populated as
another.thing.to.erase.yet.jpg

and so on.

4.If you manually add the ".jpg" extension, there's no problem anywhere with opening the file, even with multiple dot-separated names.

Ken
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Posted 6 years ago

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Dan Smith

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One comment on #2, do not use dots except for the file extension.
No matter what anyone says, it leads to nothing but trouble.

Can't comment on the rest as i'm a mac user.

I should say that on a mac when you go to save a file only the filename is highlighted, but on windows the whole name and extension is highlighted
in the save as dialog.
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Sorry, Dan, but for Windows you're wrong:
For those interested in the question of file naming conventions, there's this MSDN article:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libra...

For all practical purposes, for users of PSE on Windows these are the "forbidden" characters:

< (less than)
> (greater than)
: (colon)
" (double quote)
/ (forward slash)
\ (backslash)
| (vertical bar or pipe)
? (question mark)
* (asterisk)

You can see the various characters and spaces in the name of this image I've imported into the Organizer, where it works just fine; and the Editor handles it perfectly, too:


And, yes, the actual filename is

Wilson's phalarope. Aug. 3, '07.jpg

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If i'm wrong then why are seeing that happen then?

Yeah periods in file names may seem to work if your lucky, but sooner or later it'll get ya, so just don't use periods in file names that you save as image files and you won't have problems.

It got you and millions of others have that happen everyday and wonder why won't my file open, so make it easy on yourself and don't use periods in file names except for the file extension.

Right or wrong that's how it works as you showed in your first post.
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No, you don't understand the point of my bug report: PSE has a bug in it's code for handling it's "Save As" function.

You may use as many unsubstantiated terms like "lucky" and "sooner or later" to rationalize your incorrect opinion, but I prefer to believe the experienced, knowlegeable and documented explanation of facts from the Microsoft Developer Network link that I posted.

Ken