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Best File Renaming Utilities?

Advocate ,
Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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A question came up in another forum about renaming files. That sparked a discussion on file renaming utilities. I thought I'd move that discussion here.

What is your favorite utility for renaming files, on which operating system, and why is it your favorite? Let's help each other find our next best tools.

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Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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On macOS I like...

  • Finder's built-in file renaming for quick and simple replacement, prefix, suffix, and serialization.
  • Rename form Pathos Software for more advanced file renaming operations (look in the macOS App Store).
  • Noodlesoft Hazel for automatic file renaming, such as replacing spaces in filenames with underscores automatically when a file is placed in a particular folder (like my Upload to Website folder) or adding dates (such as with PDFs of receipts).

On Windows I like...

  • File Renamer Deluxe from Sherrod Computers which offers an amazing array of file renaming features including GREP regular expressions.
  • Hazel, running on my Mac, renaming across the network.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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On the Mac, I like "A Better Finder Rename" - http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderRename/version10.html  - it supports a whole bunch of standard naming rules, but also offers regular expressions. And with that, there really is no renaming job that is too complex. Having said that, I have to admit that every now and then I still write a Perl or Python script to handle really complex jobs that don't fit will with regular expressions.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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I like A Better File Rename, but often the renaming options in Bridge are enough. Bridge renaming supports Regular Expressions, and will handle my simpler renaming jobs,

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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I second Bridge. We all already have it, and it's easy.

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Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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BarbBinder  wrote

I second Bridge. We all already have it, and it's easy.

I was getting worried there with Bridge taking a while to get mentioned.  I use Bridge and Irfanview, the latter because I have used it for such a long time and it is so flexible, but Bridge does the job and is convenient because it will always be open if I am working on a batch of images.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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Bulk Rename Utility

I have used this for years and years on Windows platform.

It's free, lightweight, has lots of options & very easy to use.  

It's one my most used, "must have" tools.   A++

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Shots/mainscr.png

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Mar 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017

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The absolute best tool I have found for this is Bulk Rename Utility.

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Mar 31, 2017 Mar 31, 2017

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I use bridge as well... fast and easy when I'm pumping out internet images 20 at a time

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 19, 2017 Apr 19, 2017

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Another positive about Bridge is that it is so easy to organise your files as you rename them.  Being able to filter just the JPG files and folders, and the ease of making new folders.  You can also rearrange images by dragging before renaming.   My other option, Irfanview, is nowhere near as intuitive to use, but is a lot more flexible and powerful.  Thankfully, I have reduced my large event gigs to three a year now, as I don't get the same buzz from trawling through hundreds of images, and people are asking for more video nowadays.  Actually, video is an even bigger PITA to deal with.  I took 100Gb of files from the last event I covered, and I still haven't given them a finished product yet.

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Apr 19, 2017 Apr 19, 2017

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Are you looking how to batch rename files easily. Try "KrojamSoft BatchRename program"..It is a great tool.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 19, 2017 Apr 19, 2017

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I also use Adobe Bridge to batch rename files. I love it!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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I have for a long time used  "Lupas Rename"

Lupas Rename 2000

It is 'old' but still works.

BUT- If you are a Lightroom user -Never rename your image files with anything but Lightroom itself, or you will corrupt the Lightroom Catalog.

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.2, Photoshop 22.3, Lightroom 4.2, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017

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Name Mangler.app for MacOS X

It support GREP regex in its Find feature.

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Jun 02, 2017 Jun 02, 2017

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I use Path Finder from Cocoa Tech on my Mac (not to be confused with the InDesign tool or Illustrator effect). It's an alternative to the Finder. It's not free, but you can try it for 30 days. I originally started using it because I found it made working from a server faster. I also use the dual pane feature constantly. Batch re-naming is very easy and instant.Path Finder.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 04, 2017 Jun 04, 2017

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Bridge... duh...

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Certified Instructor | Adobe User Group Manager

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