Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
by Alan German
looking for a simple way to rename batches of digital
image files? If so, you may wish to try File Renamer
Basic from Sherrod Computers. This program is freeware
and is the little brother of regular and deluxe versions
of the package that are available for purchase.
While the basic program handles straightforward renaming
of one or more files in a given folder, the regular
version of the software adds features like drag-and-drop,
while the deluxe version provides even more
functionality, such as an undo for file renames.
For most users, File Renamer Basic is likely to provide
all the necessary features that such a package might
offer. In fact, the renaming capabilities of this version
are very powerful, yet extremely simple to use.
The basic renaming operation takes place in a graphical
environment, with a file browser allowing the selection
of a folder with files to be renamed. By default, the
file details are listed as text, but a checkbox allows
thumbnails of digital image files to be displayed in the
A series of tabs in the lower
portion of the window provides tools to edit the existing
file names in a variety of ways. In the example shown,
custom filenames and extensions have been assigned to a
series of digital photographs, together with an
underscore character as a separator, and a sequential
numbering scheme. In this way, each file in the selected
group is renamed so that, for example, IMG_3961.JPG is
renamed as Marshall_01.jpg, IMG_3962.JPG as
Other renaming methods include deleting a specific number
of characters at any location in the file name and/or
inserting a new character string; or using a
search-and-replace technique across the file name and/or
The program is configurable through an options screen,
and includes a clearly-written help system.
So, if you need to rename a group of files, File Renamer
Basic will probably provide the tools you need to do the
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