Batch Rename Your Files Easily – Mac Style (Mac Only)
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Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 00 namechangericon“What’s in the name?”

That famous quote from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” tells us that the quality of an entity – such as a rose or a person – will not change even if the name is changed. But if Shakespeare were born in this modern era, he might rethink the statement carefully.

Name does matter. “Summer Holiday 2007 – 01.jpg” would make a better sense for us compared to “c0081503_8445631.jpg”. And I bet modern-age Romeo would cram his Mac hard drive with lots of files with non-sensible names. Unless he does something about it, he is going to spend most of his valuable time just trying to find the cutest picture of Juliet.

Change The Names With NameChanger

But fret not, Romeo, there are ways out of the naming problem. Use a free batch-renaming application called NameChanger from MRRSoftware. This app does only one thing, but does it good. Maybe it’s better than the paid apps.

The first thing you would see after launching the app is the simple interface. There are several icons that will help you access the commands quickly.

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 01 main window

The first thing to do would be clicking the “Options” icon in the middle. There are checkboxes to Hide Extension, Ignore Case and Force Unique Names.

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 03 options

Then click “Add” to put files into the renaming list. You can also drag and drop files from Finder.

There’s also the list of choices of rules in the middle that will let you do advanced renaming to the files, including the usage of Wildcard, the ability to Remove Characters,

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 02 choices of rules

using Sequence,

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 04 sequence

and also adding Dates.

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 05 date

When you are done meddling with the choices and have the result you desired, click the “Rename” icon.

Image Browser & Other Useful Features

For image files, there’s an additional feature that you can use called the “Image Browser” that can be accessed from the toolbar. This browser will provide you with a quick peek of what images are being renamed.

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 06 image browser

You can also select/deselect individual files from the list by checking/unchecking the box in front of the file name.

Another useful feature that this little app could do is to save the “renaming session” by going to the Renames → Save Current Rename menu or by pressing the Command + S on the keyboard. This way you will be able to save the rules you’ve set in the sessions.

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 07 renames menu

If you have several saved renaming sessions, you can access the session quickly from the Renames menu. You could also erase the saved sessions by going to the Renames → Manage Renames menu, select the one you want to delete and click the minus (-) button below.

Batch Rename Your Files Easily - Mac Style (Mac Only) 08 manage renames

I personally found this app to be very useful as I have literary thousands of image files with inhumane names given by the camera. What about you? Have you tried NameChanger or do you have other favorite renaming apps for your Mac? Share your opinions using the comments below.

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  1. Michael
    September 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I recently switched from Name Mangler to renamer.com after they gave the user interface an overhaul.

  2. Jeffeth Thompson
    August 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Yeah this cool I like this post are you going to do a follow up? I just won a Mac Book Air today :) I am so happy about that found a freebee site http://budurl.com/MacBookAir

  3. G Ray
    May 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I use a shareware names Renamerox ($9.95).

    renamerox.branox.com

    It has many good functions like undo, presets ...

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks for sharing. I'll also give Renamerox a try.

  4. R
    May 5, 2009 at 6:14 am

    I personally use Name Mangler on my Mac. :)

    • Jeffry Thurana
      May 19, 2009 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing. I haven't tried Name Mangler but I will.

  5. Gary Reichel
    April 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

    This tool will come in very handy! Thanks for finding and sharing.

  6. wineybrett
    April 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Yet another excellent article, thanks. I don't have a Mac (more's the pity, but...) so I use a neat file renamer program for my PC called, er, File Renamer: http://www.filerenamer.net/. Simple and easy to use.