Like most Mac users, I like a good bargain; a utility which does more than expected for less than expected, an app that under promises and over delivers. They’re out there but sometimes you have to do a bit of due diligence to find the right ones.
Here’s a good example of three Mac utilities which rename files in batches. Renaming a file in the Finder is child’s play. Select the file, press Return, type in a new name, done. To rename a dozen files use the Finder; select the files, press Return, type in the new names 12 times, done.
You see where this is leading, right? Renaming a dozen files in the Finder borders on the tedious, so what is it like to rename hundreds or thousands of files? Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Actually, plenty of apps for that.
The Mac renaming app I’ve used the most over the years may be the best; most features, most capabilities, and a price to match. It’s called A Better Finder Rename and worthy of every nickel.
ABFR is so good it’s self explanatory.
A Better Finder Rename may be the best renamer app in town, but it’s not the only one available. Mac users on a budget can head to the Mac App Store and a few knockoffs will arrive with the search term ‘file rename’.
You’ll kill an hour wading through a graveyard of renaming apps, or you could try Renamerox which is priced about half of ABFR, albeit with fewer features, and rename hundreds or thousands of files with a click.
The rest of the Mac App Store renaming app litter ranges from nominal features at 99-cents to a few decent ones up to the same price or more than Renamerox.
That brings me to a Mac app called FileMorph. It’s a file rename utility with a 30-day demo and options to rename files by the dozen. Or, dozens. It’s an intuitive app but that’s more because of a limited feature set than by design.
What is odd here is the price tag. FileMorph is priced at $10 more than A Better Finder Rename, which is largely considered the most feature laden and capable of the file renamer apps. The only thing I can think of is that FileMorph’s developers value ease-of-use over capability. ABFR is more complex, but is laid out in such a way as to be almost self explanatory; plenty of features, but a gentle learning curve.
I don’t want to criticize someone else’s business model but there are more capable file renamer apps for the Mac at far lower prices.