Renamer4Mac: Automated File Renaming

LogoOne of the most grudging management tasks is renaming files, especially when you have many and they all need to be similarly renamed. For example: you want to rename a dozen photos from “DSC003123.jpg to something more meaningful like “Wedding-Pictures-23.jpg. Dare to be Creative has released version 3 of it's batch renaming utility, the aptly named Renamer4Mac, a solution to this mind numbing task.

Renamer4Mac allows you to rename files with 5 variables. Search & Replace and Convert Case do exactly what they suggest. Insert and Remove allows you to respectively add or remove characters at any point in a filename. Finally, Renamer4Mac can number files in different ways, as in with numbers or letters or a combination of the two.

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The main application window, with the “Search & Replace module activated.

The application can also save presents of your actions, so you can recall them if you ever need to replicate them again. Although you can manually import files into the application through a dialog box or via drag-and-drop, Renamer4Mac also includes an optional Finder contextual menu plugin which streamlines the process.

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The Finder contextual menu integration.

The biggest new feature in version 3 is the price. Renamer4Mac was previously a donation-ware utility from developer Werner Freytag. the application has since been acquired by Dare to be Creative and bumped up to version 3. Renamer4Mac has gained a price tag… and not much else.

For example, the newly revamped interface: The new design is less cluttered and as a result may be more intuitive for new users, but is also less efficient in its use of screen space. The other minor new feature is the application updater, which automatically finds and installs updates from within the application.

As a user of the previous version, which was free, there's little incentive for me to upgrade to the new paid version. The new interface is nice, but compared to the old one it takes up more space and offers little else besides aesthetics.

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Renamer4Mac v.3 (left) compared with Renamer4Mac v.2 (right).

Renamer4Mac is also a tad expensive, not only because the previous version was free, but compared to it's competitors. For example, Name Those Files! from developer Jonathan Nathan offers pretty much the the same thing and costs only $18.75 USD.

And then there are the free solutions. For example, Name Mangler from ManyTricks is free and offers an equivalent experience with more powerful features. Alternatively, if you know how to use Automator or the Terminal, you can accomplish everything Renamer4Mac offers within Mac OS X without any third party software whatsoever.

If you want to check it out, though, Renamer4Mac 3 is $26 USD and can be found at Dare to be Creative.

Comments

10 Responses to “Renamer4Mac: Automated File Renaming”

  1. MJ Valente on May 4th, 2008 6:44 am

    I’m using Name Mangler and I’m quite happy with it. I’m also considering donating some money to this app.

  2. CitizenJ on May 4th, 2008 8:03 am

    Im’ keeping with version 2 that used to be free. That soft is a wonder.

  3. Brian on May 4th, 2008 10:53 am

    Automator already does enough for my needs.

  4. Tim on May 4th, 2008 11:33 am

    I don’t have any experience with the applications mentioned in this article, but I would like to mention that I’ve been using “A Better Finder Rename” (www.publicspace.net) for years and have always been happy with this solution. It has a very flexible set of options for renaming files and is straight forward to use. This application also allow you to create “Droplets”, stand-alone applications the perform common renaming tasks. The only downside is the price – it retails for about ⚬24.95 or about US$38 – quite a jump from US$20 I paid to register about two years ago.

  5. Bruce A on May 4th, 2008 12:00 pm

    I’m puzzled and disappointed by the decision to price this (formerly FREE) application at $26. $5 I would have paid, gladly. $10 would be pushing it a bit, but I’d still pay; Renamer4Mac is useful, after all. But $26? Forget it! I don’t know where he got that number. He’s free to charge what he likes for his work, but I’m free to say no. I’ll keep using (the FREE) version 2.8 as long as it works.

  6. Dylan on May 4th, 2008 8:44 pm

    Why not just use Automator? It works fine for me…

  7. tariq on May 5th, 2008 11:01 am

    another alternative is r-name
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12259

  8. eric on May 8th, 2008 1:34 am

    Seems nice enough but certainly not worth $26.

  9. Walter on May 16th, 2008 10:15 am
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