What if you want to rename a few dozen files or folders? Repeat ad nauseam. How about renaming a few hundred or a few thousand files or folder? That’s when you delegate the responsibility to an underling or hire a temp from a personnel agency. Why? That’s some seriously tedious work, folks. Thankfully, the Apple Gods have smiled from heaven. There is a better way.
Click, And Ye Shall Rename
Mac users can choose from a dozen or so file and folder renaming apps; some priced as low as a few dollars but with a limited feature set, some actually quite expensive but featured packed enough to edit MP3 ID tags and rename files based on photo EXIF data by the thousands.
In between the two extremes are a few Mac apps such as Renamerox. As the name implies, Renamerox renames Mac files and folders. Not just one and not just a dozen– easily handled in the Mac’s Finder on OS X Yosemite and El Capitan– but hundreds or thousands or many thousands of files can be renamed with just a click.
What kind of renaming does Renamerox do? Add numbers or letters to prefix or suffix or both. Replace a section of a name, change the file extension, add a random or sequential digit, convert case, even add Roman numerals to the name. How? It’s easy. Drag, drop, set, test, review the results, rename the files or folders.
Select the files or folders which need to be renamed and drag them onto Renamerox. Then, select one of the re-naming schemes from the dropdown presets. Check to see how the renaming scheme actually appears before you begin. Then, when the renaming scheme is the way you want, click the Rename button to rename.
The key to efficiency here are the pop down preset menus, each of which can be customized to your needs, then saved and used again. I’ve renamed thousands of photos at a time and Renamerox does the deed in just a few seconds. It’s not the least expensive renamer app, but it works well, has a good balance of features, and the user interface is almost– almost– self explanatory. The try-before-you-buy trial is interesting, though. It adds two letters to each item renamed. Otherwise, it’s well done and worthy and one of those few apps which can actually play for itself over time. Goodbye tedious renaming, hello lunch.