Apple’s latest versions of OS X even make it easy to rename multiple files. Just select multiple files in the Finder, run through the steps above, and you get multiple files renamed. One file at a time. Therein lies the problem.
OS X’s file renaming methodology is great for a file, even a few files, and maybe up to half a dozen or so files, but try renaming 100 files by altering the suffix or prefix or adding a sequential number.
Easy? Yes. And incredibly time consuming and tedious. If you’re in a donation sort of mood, then you’ll appreciate the effort that went into NameChanger, a donationware Mac file renaming utility. In some respects, NameChanger is easier to use than the Finder to rename Mac files.
What could be easier and more self explanatory than this?
Renaming a folder full of photos is a perfect example, especially if you want the renamed photos to have a sequential number in the name. Drag and drop a folder of files onto NameChanger. Click Add to create a new rename setup. Then select from pop downs or radio buttons the configuration of the folder of files you want.
You’ll be able to see the original file name in the left column and the renamed file name in the righthand column. These are the options to rename files.
- Replace First Occurrence
- Replace Last Occurrence
- Replace All Occurrences
- Character Removal
- Regular Expression
- Change Case
Easy peasy, right?
What if you want to rename a batch of files the same one, but just every so often? NameChanger lets you create and save a preset to be used again later. That makes it drop dead simple to change EXIF data on photos, rename files with uppercase or lowercase, and you can now use it as an OS X System Service right inside the Finder (select Services > Rename with NameChanger). Not only does NameChanger rename dozens of files with ease, it renames hundreds of files at about the same speed. Fast.
Seriously, what’s not to like?
NameChanger is donationware which means you determine how much it’s worth to you.