Most Mac users have a love hate relationship with the Finder. It’s where we go to find files and folders and apps. It has improved over the years, but there are some simple tasks that the Finder just can’t handle well.
What if you want to rename a file? Select the file in the Finder. Press the Enter/Return key. Type in the new name.
That’s not difficult, but the scene changes when you have a dozen files which need to be renamed. Take the steps above and multiple times 12.
What if you have hundreds and hundreds of files which need their names tweaked (add a suffix, change the extension, add a number scheme).
Does Apple expect us to rename a few hundred files one at a time? Yes. But there’s a better way.
A Better Finder Rename is an elegant, embedded Mac app I’ve used for umpteen years to batch rename large numbers of files.
Here’s how it works. Select the files you want to rename (from a folder). Select the Category and Action, modify the Prefix or Suffix accordingly, and click the Perform Renames to finish.
If that appears to be a bit complex, well, it is. Files can be renamed by the hundreds or thousands with a click.
ABFRX (I’m tired of typing A Better Finder Rename) uses drag and drop. Drag the files to ABFRX and drop. The Preview feature gives you a quick look before the renaming actually takes place.
Whatever kind of renaming you need, ABFRX does it. Text, character, position, conversion, truncation, extensions, numbers, and more. There’s even a built-in MP3/ACC option to edit the ID3 meta tags.
My favorite new feature is droplets. Instead of rebuilding a complicated renaming scheme every time you need it, create a renaming droplet. Then, just drag and drop the files you need to rename onto the droplet and it does the work.
Sweet and easy. There’s a reason I’ve kept using ABFRX for years. It works quickly and stays out of the way until needed.