We Mac users take certain fundamental actions as law. Finding files should be free. Renaming files in the Finder should be free. Copy and paste should be free. Yet, we have Mac apps available– for a nominal price– that find files better than Spotlight, rename files better than the finder, and copy and past files from a library instead of one at a time.
Enter NameChanger, one of my all time favorite free Mac apps. Actually, NameChanger bills itself as free but it’s more donationware. If you like it, help future development. And you will like it. NameChanger does what the name says. Changes names. Specifically, it changes names of dozens of Mac files. Or, hundreds. Or, thousands. Almost instantly.
Renaming a file or two on the Mac is child’s play. Select the file or folder in the Finder. Press the Enter/Return key. Type a new name. Done. What could be easier? The problem with renaming files is the same process is required to rename one file as it is to rename a dozen files as it is to rename a hundred files.
File renaming is tedium personified unless you use NameChanger which has these options that can be applied to change hundreds of file names.
- Replace First Occurrence
- Replace Last Occurrence
- Replace All, Wildcard
- Prepend, Append
- Character Removal
- Case Changing
- Regular Expressions
- Sequence and Date
NameChanger has even more options for file extensions and selective renaming options, and there’s a built-in Image Browser specially created to rename and reorder photos the old fashioned way. Visually.
In other words, it’s a snap to rename a huge list of files. Change the filename to a number, or add a number. Remove certain characters and replace them with others. Add a prefix or change a suffix or extension. Add numbers wherever you want, and arrange files alphabetically, by file date, and in the case of photos, by EXIF date.
Yes, NameChanger is that good.
As you change a file’s name using the drop down menus, the Original Filenames are displayed beside the Renamed Filename. That makes it easy to see exactly what changes NameChanger makes to your files. This is one sweet Mac utility that every Mac user should have because changing file names the old fashioned way is so 1999.
Yes, NameChanger is free. It’s also utterly intuitive to setup and use. Try it out on some photos or any stack of files which could use a little organizing; alphabetically, numerically, or almost any other trick you can think of. It just works. Did I mention it’s free?