What’s the trick to renaming a file on your Mac? Select the file in the Finder, press the Return/Enter key, and type in the new name. That’s not a trick. That’s drop dead easy. But what if you need to rename a dozen files on your Mac, perhaps adding a number to each one to keep them in order? Repeat the above steps a dozen times, right?
Something simple just became something tedious and time-consuming.
What if you need to rename a a few dozen files, a hundred files, or a thousand files, even adding a number or letter or changing the prefix or extension?
See the problem?
While the steps to rename a file or a few files or folders are simple enough, repeating those same steps dozens, hundreds, or a thousand times is fraught with problems. Mistakes, bleary eyes, finger fatigue, carpel tunnel syndrome, not to mention the mind-numbing tediousness. And those are just a few of the issues that come to mind for what should be simple and easy.
Try this. Name Mangler is a Mac app that renames files in batches. Dozens. Hundreds. Thousands.
Look at how easy file renaming can be when you have a few hundred files to rename.
Select the files you want to rename or renumber. Select what you want to do from the pull down menu. Done.
Options abound. Find and Replace. Number Sequentially. Change Case. Add Prefix. Add Suffix. Even string renaming commands together for complicated renaming schemes.
Despite the plethora of options, Name Mangler can make renaming files even easier and faster with presets and this special feature. Create simple droplets that do all the work. A Droplet is a standalone app that stores particular renaming options that you would use frequently. Think of them as self-made preset apps.
Grab the files to rename and drop them onto the droplet. Done.
Name Mangler works very well for any Mac user with plenty of files and folders which need renaming, but it works especially well with photos. Photos? Why? Metadata. There are over 150 metadata fields which can be used in renaming actions, perfect for photos.
You may not need to rename files in large numbers, but when you do, let your Mac do the dirty work. This very handy utility is excellent for handling photographs, graphic files, music files, even movie clips– by the hundreds. Caveats? Not many. Plenty of four and five star reviews on the Mac App Store, plus a try-before-you-buy option. Speaking of try, that’s where the fun begins. Name Manglers is fun to use and you get to see the new file names in a preview before making the changes so what’s not to like?