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.
From Ezyware Software:
At a tiny size of 332k with no installing needed, this little free portable bit of software can sort, rename and change attributes of up to one million files at once. All renaming results are previewed before the renaming begins. Option for the selection and replacing of extensions, upper, lower case renaming is provided. This app has the added benefits of been design to be copy too and run from any thumb drives. New file names can be copy and pasted from Excel.
What's new in this version:
Version 8.5 adjusted the select directory selection window.
ooops, I thought I was reviewing Bulk file utility. Batch File Renamer is NOT what you want if you just need to rename files. The name is deceiving. If you just need a file renamer, get Bulk File Utility. A bunch of adware and toolbars, etc, got installed but I'm beginning to think that the adware comes from CNET's "secure" installer.
Windows 3.x interface. Clumsy. Can't copy paste folder address for quicker use. Just a clunky program. No context menu support.
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.
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.
This new "buy me" feature they've added where you have to wait 90 seconds or whatever to use it.
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.