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BatchRename Free Edition

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Our hard drives often end up cluttered with files whose names are meaningless, especially when it comes to image files--the file names assigned by cameras are often just random strings of numbers. This makes it extremely difficult to keep files organized and easy to access. BatchRename Free is a powerful way to rename groups of files, and we feel confident that it can meet the renaming needs of just about anyone.

The program's interface isn't the most intuitive we've ever seen, but it's not too difficult to figure out, especially with a visit to the online Help file. Users first add files that they want to rename, either individually or in directories. Then it's time to select the format for the new file names. The program comes with over 100 renaming rules, everything from adding prefixes and suffixes to deleting parts of file names and changing to upper or lower case. The program even includes rules for resizing, rotating, and converting images, and file names can be created based on EXIF data for images and ID3 tags for music files. If that's not enough, users can also create custom rules by selecting parameters from a series of drop-down menus. Not sure if the format you've selected is exactly what you want? Click the Preview button to see what your file names will look like without actually making the changes. We've seen numerous programs that rename batches of files, but we don't think we've ever seen one that's quite so versatile. BatchRename is a great choice for users who like a high level of customization with their file names, but it also works well for users who aren't so demanding. In short, we think this program is a great choice for just about everyone.

BatchRename Free installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Confusing UI"

    May 30, 2013  |   By Merry_Masters

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 4.09

    Pros

    Maybe it was FREE don't know about the spyware, adware. Hopefully it will uninstall completely..

    Cons

    UI Could not be bothered to learn...

    Few Uninstall Problems..

    Leave it for the experts who want to walk backwards..

    Summary

    Waste of time or a good time waster. Reminds me of Win8, maybe it was design for Win8 making me dumb or old fashion.

    Look like everyone wants to reinvents the wheel. better free one's out there.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not worth downloading: Basically a trial version"

    December 28, 2012  |   By ReynardL

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 4.03

    Pros

    It lets you batch rename very precisely

    Cons

    Only lets you rename the first 300 files

    Summary

    Not worth downloading, just get a renamer that wasn't made to milk money out of a simple function.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good application"

    September 18, 2012  |   By Epikurosz

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 4.01

    Pros

    It has an intuitive, well bult UI.

    Cons

    In contrary to what is shown here, this is not a free software. You may try it for free for a period of 30 days.

    Summary

    OK for a month.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not good enough"

    August 6, 2012  |   By gnrsu

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.76

    Pros

    small and easy to use

    Cons

    but too big and not powerful enough

    Summary

    i think Bulk Rename Utility is the best free batch renaming utility indeed!

    appnee.com/bulk-rename-utility/

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Full of Adware or some other company hidenware"

    February 16, 2012  |   By HumbleUser

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.75

    Pros

    Free but not worth it, cheaper to buy it or find a real free product..

    Cons

    Full of Adware / spyware, I suppose they have to make money some how. Can it be remove ? maybe not!!!.. The Hidenware does slow down the computer, even on startup - Costing me time and money. best to pay for it. Freezes on files. Don't rename with the same name..

    Summary

    Take 10 seconds to rename each file. Maybe it just the adware sending data on files. Few files went corrupt on renaming (This could be the adware accessing files while renaming)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pro ver. 30 day trial ... Free ver. free for Life"

    December 31, 2011  |   By pasqualejr

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.72

    Pros

    Works very well once you learn how the rules work.
    BatchRename Free Edition is free for life.
    Be sure you download and install the FREE version and not the Pro version.

    Cons

    Takes a bit of time to learn how the rules work, but once you get it, the program works nicely.
    Sometimes you don't see the changes in the original file window, but just refresh the window and the changes will be shown.
    Minor problem with "Uppercase the first letter of each word" - the first letter after an apostrophe gets capitalized, example: don't = Don'T ... i've = I'Ve ... etc
    These are minor inconveniences for a pretty nice piece of free software.

    Summary

    I have used BatchRename Free Edition regularly for many months now and I just updated to the current free version. I love this program, it works well for me and I recommend it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bait and switch! NOT FREE!"

    December 29, 2011  |   By vvvvv123

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.72

    Pros

    none, it did not even work for simple uppercase.

    Cons

    1. This didn't work to simple file renames to uppercase file names! Didn't even preview!
    2. This is 30-day TRIALWARE!! I never would have installed this if it were not free. There are real free renamer software available that work better.
    3. Shame on you cnet! Trial ware and adware should be made clear. As of this writing it is posted as completely FREE. Whatever I downloaded is a Pro version asking to activate with a key or try for 30 days. Really annoyed as I can't stand trialware.

    Summary

    TRIALWARE for 30 days! 0 stars

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely perfect program for batch renaming files"

    July 16, 2011  |   By a2zuniforms

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.67

    Pros

    a. FREE
    1. Easy to use
    2. Very fast
    3. It has alot of "renaming rules" already defined or you can add any amount of your own (which are easy to build using their "rule builder"
    4. Works great on Windows 7 64bit

    Cons

    1. Limit of 500 files at one time (so I purchased the pro version for $22)

    Summary

    I used a program called Filerenamer 2005 and then upgraded to a new version. When I moved to Windows 7 64bit that program would not work properly. So I had to begin the hunt and found this.

    You can build rules to do just about anything you want. I have not figured out how to to delete characters before a _ in a file name yet. So if you have files named " Alpha_001.jpg , Omega_002.jpg and so forth, then you want to remove anything in front of (and including) the "_", .... could not figure that one out.

    But bottom line is this FREE program is awesome!! I purchased the pro version because I have to rename images files in batches of more than 500. You will not be disapointed in this program. It was the only one that CNET editor gave 5 stars and I can see why. I am not sure why anyone else would not give it 5 stars. The only negative is the batch limit of 500 but it is the free version! What do you expect.

    TD

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great tool with a lot of options"

    April 3, 2011  |   By yanscott

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.65

    Pros

    The best option, IMO, is using the EXIF data to rename photos according to date and time.

    Cons

    One thing is missing - reformatting the date and time according to a desired data format.

    Summary

    Great and free.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Program did not work as I would expect"

    January 14, 2011  |   By dvana

    Version: BatchRename Free Edition 3.62

    Pros

    The program is very light.

    Cons

    The program is light on features. There is no preview, no drag-and-drop, and no undo. In fact, many features seem to be removed in this free edition. I'm going to keep looking.

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