Thursday, December 29, 2011

QuickTip - Batch Renaming in Mac OSX

    Batch renaming files should be one of the easiest operations to perform in the Mac file system, yet it is seemingly a non-existent feature.  Thankfully, there is an easy way to enable this service.

    It really is quite easy to do via Mac's "Automator" App that comes with every Mac.

    To start, open the Automator App and select "Service" on the initial pop-up choice list.

   After this, you can add any number of automated services.  For our project, in the left-hand column under "library" choose "Files and Folders."  Now a second column will appear with more choices.  From this list, drag and drop "Get selected Finder Items" to the main workspace.  Follow this with the "Rename Finder Items" option.
    Rather than try to walk you through each step, let me show you a screen shot of the options you should change:
    By clicking "Show this action when the workflow runs" you will be able to make any changes in a pop-up dialogue when you run the action.

    Hit "save" and enter the title, "rename."  

    That's all!

    Now, in finder, navigate to a folder of photos that you would like to batch-rename.  Select the desired photos and right click on them.  At the bottom of the context menu you will see a new option, "Rename"  select that, enter your new file name, and your finished!

    What about you, have you found an easier way to perform this action?


Rosa B. February 25, 2012 at 6:44 PM  

Hey! This works great! But how in the world did you figure that out?!! :)
Thanks for posting this!

Rosa B. February 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM  

Question: How do you find this to edit it later if you need to or even delete it?

Captain Schmidio December 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

I have NEVER had any luck with Automation scripts--until now--because I get lost at step 47q. The arrow method is genius!



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