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Batch Filename Editor

CNET Editors' review

This program offers people the ability to rename large batches of files in one fell swoop. After we put it to the test, we were left disappointed by its poorly designed user interface and trial limitations.

Batch FileName Editor claims to have an easy-to-use interface, but we found it to be just the opposite. The bright command buttons are vague and don't offer users much direction. We selected a folder that contained the files that we wanted to rename. The Insert command introduced a new window that was just as vague and confusing. We finally found our bearings, but when we tried to apply our changes, the program reminded us of its 10-file limit. We had to go back and manually drag and drop 10 files to the user interface. After that, the program instantly renamed our files. Using the Undo option, we were able to reverse any changes we had made. Continuing the program's unfriendly design, you had to exit the program and reopen it to start a new renaming session, which was really annoying.

A built-in help feature is included with the program, but like the rest of the user interface, it lacked important details to help users navigate the program. On top of the 10-file limit, the program comes with a 20-day trial period. If the program was free, we might suggest you give it a try, but it's certainly not worth the hefty price tag. There are plenty of free, well-designed file management tools worth checking out.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Powerful - Flexible - Easy to Use"

    December 26, 2008  |   By sbrobert

    Version: Batch Filename Editor 5.9.9.200811

    Pros

    The user interface is unique for providing both power, flexibility and ease of use. You can combine counters, folder names and your own text and lots more easily.

    A preview panel gives instant verification feedback.

    I tried others; this is the one.

    Cons

    Too Expensive!

    There was a deal through something called Trial Pay that gives the program for free if you try another service as well.

    Charging $40 for this program is really insulting. A great program, but not for $40. Charge $20 and make sales!

    Summary

    The user interface is unique for providing both power, flexibility and ease of use. You can combine counters, folder names and your own text and lots more easily.

    I tried a lot of other programs and they lacked this flexibility.

    With other programs, you have to select from a set of choices from a bunch of check boxes. They are not at all intuitive and there are really simple things you can't do with these other programs.

    For example, I have a bunch of photos in a folder called 2008-10 which were taken in October 2008. I would like to number them:
    2008-10-001
    2008-10-002
    etc

    Every other program forces you to add a counter at the start or at the end. But there is no way to add that "-" in with other programs.

    With this program, you select to name the file starting with the folder name.
    Then, you can type in the "-" or whatever else you want.
    Then, you can select a counter. Start it with 001 and it knows to make them all be three digit counts.

    I would have given this five stars except they are charging too much. This is a solid program for $20. $40 seems way too high.

    Updated on Dec 26, 2008

    I almost forgot one of the best things about this program:
    It integrates into Windows so that you can select files with a right click and run the program directly on the selected files. Way cool and indispensably convenient!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Program is OK, but not free"

    November 7, 2007  |   By willflint

    Version: Batch Filename Editor 4.5

    Pros

    Multi file processing

    Good number of renaming options

    Cons

    NOT Free

    Couldn't schedule renaming tasks

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