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Batch File Renamer

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Batch File Renamer from Ezyware is, as its name suggests, a batch file renamer, a utility that can quickly and easily change the name, order, and attributes of files and folders, either singly or in large batches; in this case, up to a million files at once. It can sort file names by name, date, and time, and it previews all changes before making them. It's very small, totally portable, and free, too.

We noted that Batch File Renamer is portable, requiring no formal installation: just click the program file, and it runs. The user interface is a compact, efficient job with a single window displaying customizable fields: Dates, Source Filenames, Destination Filenames, Size, and so on. The scrolling tree view for browsing to the source destination is a bit awkward; a standard file-browsing dialog would be an improvement. We selected LowerCase in the Generate Destination File Names entry field and clicked Generate. Next we entered what we wanted to replace and what to replace it with, selected the File Attributes from a handy check box on the interface, and clicked Replace, which previewed the changes in the destination field. We clicked Start Renaming, and the program quickly did the deed, as we verified by opening the folder to see the changes for ourselves. Batch File Renamer offers a Command Line prompt with CMD and Execute buttons at the bottom of the interface; this option should appeal to system admins and the hard-core, old-school types out there.

If you've got a digital camera, song collection, or just a bunch of files you'd like to rename or reorder, but you dread going in and doing it all one file at a time, you need a tool like Batch File Rename.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.0 stars

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 13
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Using it now.."

    December 21, 2012  |   By Peter_Masters

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    Now it hard to rename under Windows 8 and other software not working anymore. Forced to use this until I have time to downgrade.

    Cons

    90 sec wait, if you can't change a few bytes..

    Summary

    good stop gap measure...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Still uses the old Windows 3.x style of window."

    October 20, 2012  |   By PolarKev

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    The features

    Cons

    Windows 3.x interface. Clumsy. Can't copy paste folder address for quicker use. Just a clunky program. No context menu support.

    Summary

    Free is most often a good thing, except in this case. If you have a lot of time to waste, then this program is fine. If your like most other people, time is important and this program takes you back to the clunky days of Windows 3.x way of doing business.
    In a nutshell, the program is cheap but I still wouldn't pay for it even though it comes with other utilities...that I don't need and probably won't use on a day by day basis.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Almost Awesome"

    September 25, 2012  |   By jsatov

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    Not as hard to figure out as everyone says if you have a little problem solving ability. Incredibly useful if you don't like the file naming structures you tend to get when downloading music, tv shows, etc.

    Cons

    This new "buy me" feature they've added where you have to wait 90 seconds or whatever to use it.

    Summary

    This program is poorly written. It's a pretty simple and straighforward thing to do, but it has some error handling issues. This wasn't really a big deal in the older version. It would crash and you'd just start it up again and carry on. But now you have to wait 90 seconds for it to let you in. It wouldn't be so bad if there were real updates from the last version that warranted having to pay for the software now. But all I can see that they've done is move the main toolbar from the top to the bottom. Not really very helpful.

    This is why it's almost good - the poor error handling coupled with the stupid wait time renders an otherwise great program almost completely inoperable. I hate it now. I really wish my old hard drive hadn't died because I can't seem to find the older, better version of this program.

    Low ratings go to undeserving cash grabs.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This program is terrible. Seek another option."

    April 14, 2012  |   By Tayundo

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    Tiny. That is the only pro.

    Cons

    Extremely high level of the opposite of usability.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked perfectly for what I wanted to do"

    December 22, 2011  |   By 2980CS

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    Quick, Useful, Free !

    Cons

    Don't try to use it without reading the instructions.

    Summary

    Its not a completely intuitive GUI, but if you are an experienced user, you can figure it out. Those who don't like it are the ones who couldn't figure it out. Love the reviewer that calls the programmers rude. Lol, its free, if you can't figure it out, that is on you. Don't bug the programmer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible experience"

    December 10, 2011  |   By La Muralla China

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    None. Never go to try it

    Cons

    All. It' not the first time that downloading from this site, brings viruses or malicious code into computer.

    Summary

    Never got to try program. Downloading from here, it contains such a powerful malicious code that shuts that just downloaded, shuts down every process and the whole computer, it messes antivirus firewall as well as Windows firewall that even by restoration itself those damages can not be undone. Deep operation needed to restore system, easier in Windows 7 through system snapshot and still lot of work, such as standard uninstalling antivirus and firewall plus manual removal of hidden folders for it need to be done. Also cleaning all temp files needs to be done. Bluetooh devices added to system need to be removed and added again. Hope info is useful. Regards.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Don't use it."

    October 31, 2011  |   By spartan2600

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    It works if you get everything perfect.

    Cons

    If you don't get everything perfect, it'll ruin hundreds, thousands or more files. This could be simply solved by having a "revert changes button," but it doesn't have this. Therefore, I didn't check a certain box, so now all my file names for hundreds of photos and videos have been changed to "myfilename2450.mp4" All I wanted to do was change .f4v file extensions to .mp4. Now I have to go back and manually type in each and every file name after referencing the name manually.

    Also, the GUI is from 1998.

    Summary

    Trash.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It`s not free"

    June 17, 2011  |   By gaby40ar

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    I have nothing to say

    Cons

    Now they ask for a pay if you want to download the software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked Great for My Purposes"

    May 16, 2011  |   By BSquared18

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    Has many variables that can be used.

    Cons

    Probably won't work for some needs, but, what the heck, it's free.

    Summary

    I wanted to add the same prefix and suffix to a large number of files. For that application, the program worked great.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great. Does a splendid job."

    May 7, 2011  |   By yrats

    Version: Batch File Renamer 5.1

    Pros

    Fast, good

    Cons

    none that I can think of. Perhaps too many options but that also is a positive because you can do more with it.

    Summary

    Thank you.

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