Naming schemes for applications and products have always intrigued me. Apple. Macintosh. Not descriptive, but memorable. Microsoft Word is obvious. So is Pages and Numbers, but Keynote not quite so much.
Safari? Surfs the web. Mail? Obvious. So are Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Notes, Maps, and Reminders. iTunes is way off base but started on the right path. A utility I’ve used since way back in the latter days of the last century, prior to OS X going public has added features that take it beyond the original name, which was a bit goofy anyway.
This app is called A Better Finder Rename, a quick and easy way to rename files and folders by the thousands. Yes, it’s a better way to rename files than the Finder, which remains anemic, even in OS X Yosemite.
A Better Finder Rename is easy to use, but far more powerful than the name suggests. Drag and drop files and folders to the app window, set the renaming parameters, check it out with preview, then click to do the renaming.
Some of the same functions can be performed from within the Finder using the right-click and menu selection on files or folders, but I’ve always preferred drag and drop to the app because the options are so visible.
Choose renaming options from 15 different categories which add or subtract about every renaming scheme you can think of, including text and character positioning, conversion and truncating, prefix and suffix and crazy numbering schemes. It’s almost easy to get complicated.
Renaming files and folders is one thing, but A Better Finder Rename can also convert names for Windows, exploit the id3 metadata tags in music files and bring them into the naming process. It works much the same to rename photo renaming using sequence number and time and date features in the files (including other metadata).
Basic and less expensive file renaming apps for the Mac just don’t hold a candle to how A Better Finder Rename functions. Also useful is the option to create droplets and presets. Setup a complicated renaming droplet, then drag and drop the files to get them named automagically. Even renaming options that could result in a renamed file having the same name as another file are resolved, but you control the parameters.
Since you can download it and try it before you buy it there’s no reason not to try A Better Finder Rename if you have to rename files or folders by the dozens or hundreds or thousands.
On thing to note is that the Mac App Store version is called Better Rename 9 but is priced the same.