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It's one of those things that should be easier than it is -- you want to rename a bunch of files in the Finder, using a consistent pattern -- for example, changing 'IMG_0001.JPG,' etc. into 'Party Pic1.JPG', etc. There are many ways to do this, including a few that have been mentioned here before (Pixture Studio, Photoshop / Elements, A Better Finder Rename, and a one-line shell script). Renamer4Mac is yet another way to do the same thing, but more options aren't always a bad thing -- and it's free (donation suggested).

Renamer4Mac has a number of renaming methods -- search and replace (using case sensitivity and/or regular expressions, if you wish), insert/overwrite text, remove characters, renumber files, and convert case. In all cases, you can protect the extension from being modified. The interface is quite clean, with a simple toolbar featuring a delete icon, a preferences button, and plus and minus buttons for adding or removing files and folders from the list (you can, for instance, rename files using the same rule even if those files live in different folders). In the Preferences, you can choose which style of path display you prefer (/new/style or old:style), whether to rename files using the system directly or the Finder (system is much faster, but you'll lose any comments you may have added), and you can enable a contextual menu add-on ("Rename with Renamer4Mac") that makes it really easy to batch rename a selection from the Finder.

Renamer4Mac has some limitations -- you can't, for instance, apply more than one rule in one pass, so if you want to, for instance, replace IMG with Party Pic and renumber the images, you'll have to do it in two steps, and you can't save often-used rules as standards for future use. If you need super-high-powered renaming features, then A Better Finder Rename is probably your best bet. But if your needs are relatively simple and you're looking for an easy-to-use and inexpensive (free!) solution, Renamer4Mac is worth a look.
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Another option
Authored by: bonkydooky on Dec 15, '04 11:13:59AM
I've been using R-Name.

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Another option
Authored by: fracai on Dec 15, '04 02:14:53PM

My gripe with R-Name is that it doesn't allow you to backreferenc regular expressions. ie. You can't search for "Image\ ([0-9]+).(jpg|png|gif)" and rename it to "Party\ \1.\2" There are ways to get around some of these deficiencies, but R4M is ultimately supperior in my view. Plus R-Name hasn't seen development in over a year. R4M is in active development.

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r-name for eas of use - renamer4mac for flexibility
Authored by: nick on Dec 16, '04 11:11:15AM

i used r-name so far. i really like that its so easy to use. just installed renamer4mac and i quite like it for the regex-backref and the context-menu.

i wouldn't install renamer4mac for my girlfriend, though. she doesn't know about regex.

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Renamer4Mac - An easy to use batch file renamer
Authored by: mahuti on Dec 15, '04 11:17:16AM

I use the application R-name, which seems to have most of the same features, plus a few extra. It does have its drawbacks, but the ability to remove extension & replace characters at range don't seem to be present in Renamer4Mac.

And like Renamer4Mac, it's donationware.

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Renamer4Mac - An easy to use batch file renamer
Authored by: mark hunte on Dec 15, '04 12:21:45PM

This app sounds ok, and I will try it out. As I am always looking for better ways to batch rename for work.

I found a applescript few weeks ago while looking at toolbar apps.
on the Apple site http://images.apple.com/applescript/toolbar/

"Change Names — This script functions as both a droplet and an applet. When clicked, this script will replace text in the names of folders and/or files in the front window. Drag items from the front window onto this script's icon to find and change text in their names."

The one thing I have not found is an app that can change two parts of the same file name at the same time leaving the rest unchanged.
Maybe I could change this script to use some sort of double loop.

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There are many more useful scripts on the above page.

There is also a script for this in the finder scripts folder called 'Replace Text in Item Names.scpt'

But the applet is better.


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Renamer4Mac - An easy to use batch file renamer
Authored by: mark hunte on Dec 15, '04 02:30:11PM
I changed the script so it now asks you to enter the two parts of the file name you want to change in the file names. and then change them both. What gets me is I am crap at applescript and did the good old cut and past and change this and that. I got one compile error fixed that and it worked on the first try. But no matter how much I jig it around I can not get it to do is wait until the final "ok" is clicked before it replaces the first part.. Anyone got any idea, I think it has to do with where one of the "my" calls are placed..??

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Batch renaming digital image files.
Authored by: pismomac on Dec 15, '04 12:39:30PM

I have never had to batch rename anything except images. And since the example mentions renaming image files, it is worthy to note that GraphicConverter can rename the images for you. It is under the "Convert/Modify" menu. I have used this several times for my digital images. It is also easy to rename the images using iPhoto.



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Batch renaming digital image files.
Authored by: mark hunte on Dec 15, '04 03:04:10PM

I find the renaming in GC very slow. Thats why I am always looking for something that works fast. Mainly for my job where I am going through about 6000+ images in a day, and always need to edit a lot of filenames in batches.(wrong file names slugs, wrong extensions, illegal characters in file name that would stop other parts of our system processes) Running a script droplet for me is much quicker than opening one more Large program with all its windows and clicks and waiting for it to get its act together.

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Batch renaming digital image files.
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 17, '04 10:47:06PM

Until now, I've used an old free app called "File Renamer", whose home page and developer seem to have disappeared. I've needed to rename batches of text files, sound files, image files, web page files .... I'm very glad to see a discussion of renamers here because I have wanted something better than File Renamer ... or at least, something that's still alive and well. File Renamer has suited me well, but I'm eager to see what these others offer.

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Renamer4Mac - An easy to use batch file renamer
Authored by: oink on Dec 15, '04 04:22:02PM

Despite some lacking features, this has been my favourite renamer for the past few months, Really like the regular expression rename. I have in the past used "a better(?) finder rename" which is extremely slow and confusing, a perl script called rename that I used with unix "find" command. For digital photos, I use jhead which corrects rotation as well as renaming in one pass. My only two complaints with this program are inability recursive rename and save and recall past renames

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Renamer4Mac - An easy to use batch file renamer
Authored by: jonn8n on Dec 16, '04 04:26:19AM
While not free, I created what I think is a more full-featured batch rename utility called Name those Files!:

http://homepage.mac.com/jonn8/ntf/

It's fully functional during the evaluation period and then costs $12.50 for a single license.

Jon

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What about Automator?
Authored by: PCheese on Dec 16, '04 06:43:31PM
Won't Automator be able to do this type of stuff when Tiger is released?
You can easily automate tasks like renaming a large group of files...
and you can chain actions together and save 'workflows' too!
Just another reason to be impatient.

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Renamer4Mac - An easy to use batch file renamer
Authored by: griffin on Dec 19, '04 11:59:59AM

I'm kina of fond of File Renamer by Princeton Software Company. Take a look at it here:

http://www.princetonsoftwarecompany.com/pr_renamer_mac.htm



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Renaming multiple files
Authored by: fulmar2 on Jun 13, '08 07:04:18PM
Better Finder Renamer looked too confusing. I went for Batch File Rename Utility I chose this one because it is really simple, and easy to understand. Best of all, it has an undo feature in case I make a mistake.

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