Rename Files Like a Pro With Better Rename 9

There are times when we import photos from our cameras or iDevices, and we dump them in a folder in order to leave them there until we have time to rename them all to something that actually makes sense — you know, instead of a bunch of numbers. Perhaps you just downloaded some music from who knows where and you want to rename those tracks, or maybe you just work with a lot of files throughout the day.

Well, if you are looking for something that’ll take care of that for you with ease, you’ve come to the right place. Better Rename 9 is here to help you with those renaming tasks in a variety of ways. Albeit not free, Better Rename is a great tool to have.

The stuff that matters: Batch Renaming

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As a renaming application, batch renaming is perhaps the most paramount function that you want to look out for, and in this department, Better Rename 9 gets the job done with ease. Don’t let that confuse you though, Better Rename 9 can get pretty complex if you want get the most out of it. You have a lot of cool and intricate ways to rename your files depending on a bunch of different factors. From tag-based renaming, to multi-step renaming, you’ll be quite pleased with the renaming power of Better Rename 9.

Multi-Step Renaming

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One of the first features to note is the ability to rename files with the multi-step panel. This easy to use multilayer feature lets you add renaming actions on top of each other. So, say you want to rename a few files with the replacing action converting “Sample.mp3″ to “Mymp3.mp3″. Once you’ve done that, simply activate the panel and then add another action to it. If we use the convert to caps action, we can then turn “Mymp3.mp3″ into “MYMP3.mp3″, thus eliminating the need to rename your files over and over again in different instances. You can add as many steps as you wish, so it should be quite helpful.

Tag-Based Renaming

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So what happens with those files that contain ID3 or other meta-data tags? Well, Better Rename 9 has your back here, too. You don’t have to get messy with complicated code either. See, when you want to rename an MP3 file from “sample.mp3″ to something like “Artist Name – Song Name.mp3″, all you need to do is change the category to MP3/AAC Music and fill in the fields with simple tags like ” – ” which will render “Artist Name – Song Name.mp3″ for you.

The Looks

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While the application doesn’t have an amazingly beautiful UI like some of those sexy applications out there, Better Rename 9 doesn’t quite need it. Sure, it could benefit from it, but it is really to-the-point and there is no harm in that. At least it doesn’t look horrible.

The straight forward nature of the application allows you to rename your files with ease. In the left side you have your actions (and if you open the multi-step panel you’ll have it pop-up in the left as well), while in the right side you will see a list of the files you are about to rename along side a preview of the end result. This gives you the ability to tell exactly what the action you are playing around with will do.

The Cool Extras

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Better Rename 9 has a few little extras that can make things even quicker and simpler. These little additions help the overall usability of the product since you can use it with a set-it-and-forget-it mentality.

Presets and droplets are supported in Better Rename 9 and they are amazingly easy to use. If you have a renaming method that you know you will use often, simply save it as a preset and then come back to it later. If you don’t even want to bother with opening the app, you can take care of the renaming silently like a ninja by creating a droplet and using it instead. Simply drag files to that droplet and they will be magically renamed. You can also enable Better Rename service in the Finder so you can rename files with a simple right click.

In order to edit droplets simply close the application then double click the droplet to edit its contents. You can also turn on “silent droplets” in the preferences. That way the app won’t ask you if you are sure about the renaming you’re about to do.

The Verdict

Based on the amount of power, ease of use, flexibility, and the fact that is Mountain Lion ready, it is easy to recommend Better Rename 9 as a great tool for those out there who need to rename a lot of files.

With that said however, the $20 price may scare a few potential buyers away, after all it is only a renaming application. You could easy say that you can change 50 files manually, but think about how long that will take — forget how annoying that could be.

Still, Better Rename 9 is a great and powerful application that those who need to rename a bunch of files in a daily or weekly basis will be glad to spend the money on.


Summary

A better way to rename your files with ease.

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  • http://www.stygyan.es stygyan

    Apart from the tags renaming (quite useless thing if you, as me, use iTunes as a media organizer), what can this app do that automator can’t?

    I’ve got, for example, an automator folder action that automatically renames whatever is in to a fourteen digits unique number – made out of the year, month, day, hour, minute, second of its creation.

    • qcole

      Ease of use.
      Most normal users will get more use out of this than setting up automator actions.
      For $20, it was a bit high, but I got it as part of Two Dollar Tuesday, and at $2 it was a no brainer.

      As for the tag based renaming, it’s great for photographers, but probably less useful for other types of files.

  • http://iynque.com iynque

    Someone explain the icon to me please.

    • G3t/All

      That my friend is the result of a company that had an icon laying around or didn’t want to pay a graphic designer a premium to make a new one. It looks like a pages icon with the ink color changed and a black belt tied around it. LOL.

    • G3t/All

      Wait, I get it. “Droplets” are what they call their mini applications, because you drag and “Drop” things onto them to perform an action. They’re playing on the word drop. Still kinda strange. You’d think they’d make the icon more to do with renaming stuff than drops…

  • B30

    cit. “You could easy say that you can change 50 files manually, but think about how long that will take — forget how annoying that could be.”

    Every Mac comes with Automator, so why should somebody do that, and on top of that spend 20 extra dollars???

    • spo11

      Another alternative is to learn a bit of regex and just use Debian’s perl script (available as p5-file-rename or something on MacPorts).

      But then not everyone wants to learn regex (understandably).

  • http://www.yummmygum.com Leon

    The price at the bottom of the review says it’s 19.99, but Apple Store says it’s 1.99. That’s a huge difference. Perhaps you guys should edit the price, since it might be scaring off potential buyers.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Actually, that’s a one day special with the $2 Tuesday deals, and it’s normal price is still $19.99.

      • qcole

        Their one day special seems to be going a lot longer than a day…

      • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

        Interesting. Though as you may notice, the description on the App Store does say that it’s discounted for the $2 Tuesday special…

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