Can my Mac mass rename files?

Sure it can do! There are more choices here than in the windows world, since you can use the bash command shell to write mass rename scripts! Oh, you are a Mac user and you do not want to write a single line, just some program that ‘just works’… If you want to pay for it there are some interesting utilities available…

File Renamer is a cheap ($9.95) and nice choice, it seems to be easy to use and has a nice interface. Take a look at the screenshot (from their website).


A Better Finder Rename seems to be the most powerful mac mass rename application I’ve found. It can do a lot more than all other software I’ve tried but costs also more ($19.95). Their website highlights some features:

  • Completely rewritten in Cocoa to offer best-of-breed interface
  • Detachable, fully resizable instant preview window
  • Combine multiple steps into a single multi-step rename
  • Simple drag & drop installation, full control over which components are installed
  • Operate as stand-alone application
  • Drag & drop files into the preview window
  • Improved renaming from file lists (imported from Excel, database, etc.)
  • Unicode support for international users
  • Over 100 tweaks and refinements

It can work with meta tags on digital photos and mp3. It is also script-able and a wonderful tool for the power-user. If you can pay for it, this software is the right choice IMHO.

Here follows the screenshot:


These are neat choices but, like myself, ten bucks will make a difference in the end of the month.

If you wish to find a tool maybe not that powerfull, but that is for free…

Let’s take a look on 2 nice apps I’ve found that are very handy!

The first one is Renamer4Mac.

This app is very fast and reliable, it works with regular expressions and it can perform all the ser of basic operations you would need for mass renaming files. It is easy to use and IMHO the best choice for most mac users. I love the software, it is simple, intuitive and free. If you use it, please consider donating to the developer, who did an amazing work! Take a look:


If instead you are a power user that came from linux world, loves python and are a GPL zealot, Methamorphose is the software for you.

It needs you to install the last python release and is not as fast as remame4mac, but is far more powerful. It is not that easy to install for a Mac driven mind, it’s a python script!! No nice icon out of the box! Using it is not at all straight foward. There are a lot of options and features most of users do not want to know about! 🙂

It has also support for id3 tagging, so it can be a good choice if you need to rename mp3 files based on tags. Great feature!
Please be aware that this software is not a pieace of cake to digest for a newbie or out-of-the-box style guy. It`s the open source world dude, only the fittest survive! 🙂


Ok, mates , these apps are all good options and can make your life easier when mass renaming files. It depend now on your budget and user profile to choose one of them.

Oh my!, Mac is sooo adictive!

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iTunes 7 and Coverart

After the battle for partitioning my 120Gb Hd I started playing with my music collection on it. First thing to do was get all music loaded to iTunes library. It was painless, just a few clicks and my 40Gb collection was available to sync and go with my iPod Photo.

About these days Apple released iTunes 7, and advertised a great feature I’d always wished : auto cover art downloading! When I tried to give it a try I got stuck because Apple does not allow people from countrys without Apple Music Store’s account to use the feature. What a frustration! Since developing countries are never on Apple’s plans I think I’l never be able to use iTunes for buying music from them.

I started googling a little and found nice apps and scripts that could get the cover-art from the Internet. Most were commercial, others were free. The set of features differ one from another and the one I choose to use is called clutter.

This small and nice application is NOT a mass cover-art downloader. It will not scan your collection and fill it with covers! Instead it will found the cover art for the album that is playing on iTunes at the moment. So you’re listening to a Bad Religion album? t will fetch the cover or a set of covers for that album. You can apply it to your iTunes library or not. It searches mainly Amazon for the covers, but it can also launch your browser and google for it.


But if  clutter is unable to find that cover art but you found it on a nice website like Findmycover? You just drag it from the browser to clutter, asks it to apply to iTunes library and it’s done.

Another nice feature of clutter is that you can drag a cover album from it to your desktop and you have a nice iTunes play-list on your desktop that has the cover as an icon! Nice isn’t it?

I hope this tip can be helpful to you!

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Mac OS X and HD Partitions just let me down

I’ve bought an USB External Hard Disk Case (IDE) , and installed an 120GB IDE drive on it. Since the files I store there should be accessed also by my Dual Boot XP/Ubuntu, I’ve started to study wich partition type would be the best choice.
After a little googling I’ve decided to format it as FAT32, that can easily be recognized by all the 3 OSes. I formated the drive plugged it to the Mac, it was recognized and mounted ok. I´ve started transferring some files from Windows to it, until it was almost full (90 GB), with thousands of files (20.000). I have to say that this step was really fast. But when I tried to read the files on the Mac it was very very slow. Most of these files where rar or zip files with jpegs into it, so first it would decompress the file and then show the images. It was a pain in the neck, because all the system overall speed decreased.

I started searching a little more and studied a few option:
NTFS – It can be read by the Mac but not written to. Linux can handle it better with a few tweaks (captivefs), but Mac does not.

  • HFS+ – It can be read and written by Macs, with third party software Windows can handle it, and Linux with limitations can read it (should turn journalizing off and pray the gods to write on it).
  • ext2/ext3 – Linux loves it, Windows handles it and MacOsX hates it, as far as I could understand. It seemed to me that I could lose all my data very easily if something got corrupted.
  • UFS – Unix File System – Mac and Linux SHOULD recognize and work with it. I capitalized “should” because I couls not find real information about it actually happening, just theorectly.Windows is blind to it.

After thinking about it, I created a HFS+ partition, and a Samba share point to get it accessed from Windows/Linux.

It was the best option I found, and it’s pretty fast now on Mac. Windows and Linux are able to access it with slower speeds since it’s done by a 100Mbps network and not directly by USB2 (400Mbps)…

Maybe I’m wrong and someone can point me out a better way to handling my problem, but I could not find a better solution!

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Published in: on 10/02/2006 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment