If there is one thing I hate about using a computer it’s performing simply, time wasting, tedious tasks. The kind a computer should be able to do nearly automatically.
For example, what do you do when you need to change the name of one hundred files? It’s simple. Not easy. One by one, change the old file name to the new file name. There must be a better way. There is.
Computers Are Smart And Stupid
It’s easy to say a computer is stupid if it can’t do something simple. On the other hand, a computer, Mac or Windows, is smart if it reduces a tedious, time-consuming effort to a few clicks.
Here’s one of those simple and not easy scenarios.
You have a folder full of files. A hundred photos, or folders, or Word documents, or whatever.
Each file needs to have the name changed. Alphabetized. Serialized. Extension changed. It’s simple but tedious, right? Enter one of half a dozen Mac apps that make the tedious and mundane easy as type and click.
This being the end of the best of free Mac apps week, it’s best to bring your attention to a Mac app that changes file names. That’s what the creatively named NameChanger does.
That looks easy enough, doesn’t it?
In this case, my folder of files has a bunch of different names, numbers and extensions. By a bunch I mean over 100 files. I want to clean up the names, add some order, make sure each file has an extension, and alphabetize the names.
Uh oh. How does that get done? NameChanger employes a little logic to the process. To change the names use the center pull down menu to replace specific text with new text.
See how easy that is?
Replace the first occurrence or last occurrence or all occurrences with specific letters or numbers to get the desired name change. You can also remove characters, add a date, a sequence, even append or prepend with specific characters.
Instead of renaming a few hundred files one at a time, NameChanger lets you do hundreds or thousands with a mere click.
It’s simple, but not necessarily easy because you actually have to think about the process of name changing. Alphabetizing, serializing, or changing extensions is accomplished quickly and easily.
A folder full of crazy named files may take some thought, like working through a name puzzle, but the end result can be much faster than the manual method—one at a time.
NameChanger is one of those free Mac apps you may not use regularly, but when you need it, it can save you all that tedious work. Just like a computer should.