You’re a big user of Automator on your Mac, right? No? It’s common among the average Mac user not to use some of Apple’s more utilitarian tools. That list includes AppleScript, but especially Automator, Apple’s little automating tool for the Mac.
Rotate Files is an Automator action which can be used to add sequential numbers to file names in a folder of files. Using Rotate Files gives you a quick look into the inner workings of Automator, where you’ll find many other uses for one of Apple’s least used utilities.
On the surface, especially if you’ve never used Automator, Rotate Files will look complex and foreign.
Rotate Files installs itself as an Automator action which simply adds a sequential number to file names in a folder of tiles. There’s no upper limit to the number, and this numerical method is used often when creating backup files.
You can also set the start number, the sequence step value, and the upper limit number (if needed). Maybe the most useful function in Rotate Files is getting you to look at all the options in Automator. Like AppleScript, Automator is a powerhouse app, but requires some work to stack up actions to achieve a particular function.