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Bulk Rename Utility

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Bulk Rename Utility takes the pain out of renaming and managing files and folders, assuming you can get past the frightening user interface. This free application can handle everything from simple search-and-replace to Perl 5 regular expressions, but it suffers from a cluttered user interface that fails to offer tool tips and, somewhat incredibly, abbreviates labels and button names.

The application window offers 13 primary functions, including inserting and appending text, auto-numbering, cropping characters, and moving/copying files. Additional menu bar drop-downs let you set global options, such as time stamp formats, color-coding, and activity logging. Bulk Rename Utility tries to help by offering a comprehensive Help file (although it hardly sets the mind at ease when the Getting Started section starts with DO NOT PANIC!!!! in large red letters). The application also pops Confirmation dialogs by default. But we found that experimentation was the best way to learn the program: The interface displays both the original file name along with what the end product would be if you were to make the changes you have proposed. The target file name is updated as you fill in the application's poorly labeled text fields, drop-down menus, and check boxes, but no changes are made until you click the Rename button.

Bulk Rename Utility provides a great and lightning-fast way to manipulate file and folder names in bulk. Its capability to handle file attributes, metadata, and sophisticated regular expressions make it appropriate for power users as well as those with simpler needs. Unfortunately, its poor interface means that new users will likely lack the fortitude to learn the ins and outs of this program.

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All User Reviews
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    out of 65 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best renamer I've found"

    March 30, 2010  |   By HuwWE

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Total versatility, great speed.

    Cons

    Interface is pretty scary until you've played around with it for a while and discovered what everything does.

    Summary

    I love this software. It gives me absolute control of my files, to such an extent that I've started behaving differently, not bothering to change the names of the files I download and renaming them all together later. I can't believe how much time I save. The parameters couldn't be more varied and complete, and once you've got the hang of it you won't find anything missing. Highly recommended.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Full Featured File Naming/Re-Naming Utility"

    March 8, 2010  |   By darrelljohnson

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Those of us who go back to the DOS days will appreciate this very handy naming utility. Every possible aspect of file name attributes is covered here in a straight forward check box and fill in the blank form style layout. Very intuitive.

    Cons

    Requires excellent skill level.You must thoroughly understand the naming nomenclature world to get max benefit of this utility.

    Summary

    Not for the faint of heart or beginners.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best File/Folder Rename Utility - EVER"

    February 4, 2010  |   By tomhallmindspring

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    It is intuitive, and extremely flexible. Moreover, it does everything.

    Cons

    Haven't found any.

    Summary

    This is the best file/folder renaming utility I have ever found.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great!"

    December 8, 2009  |   By tromtez

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Does just about any file renaming action you can think of.

    Cons

    At first glance, the user interface is intimidating.

    Summary

    Don't panic when you start the program. Open the help file and read the getting started section. Once you get over the learning curve (took about 30 seconds, by the way), the program did exactly what I wanted it to do and it was extremely fast. Great program!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This program works!"

    November 6, 2009  |   By dwightrussell

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Rich in options to rename files. Works fast.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this program.

    Summary

    Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1 has worked exactly as I wanted it to work every time I used it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Get the job done"

    October 2, 2009  |   By law8man

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    one screen see everything

    Cons

    need to read the manual to learn the abbrev. first

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Extremely Useful!"

    September 4, 2009  |   By paperpuncher2

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Lets you rename any type of file in any way you can imagine. This program has saved me so much time I can't imagine what I'd do without it.

    Cons

    A little technical if you're not used to utilitarian interfaces. Take it slow and you'll be fine, just don't expect friendly pop-up boxes and flowery descriptions

    Summary

    One of the best time-saver programs I have ever used. Once you have it, you don't know how you did things without it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does the job and then some!"

    September 2, 2009  |   By agamemnon71

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    The multitude of ready to use renaming tools. No hassle with scripts and being able to call the program from explorer-right-click-menu.

    Cons

    It would be not being able to in a macro-mode construct ready to use complex renamings that I do at least once a week.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "woks wonders, excellent software"

    August 8, 2009  |   By Tsuris

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Can move parts
    delete
    auto number
    timestamp
    replace
    copy parts
    pre/suf fix
    change case (upper/lower)
    folder name +
    change extension
    and more

    Cons

    somewhat bulky interface, no real complaints though

    Summary

    I wanted to make
    #### - name (tag).ext
    become
    name (tag)####.ext
    the moving portion wasn't in any other software I tried, this let me move and delete with ease, over 1000 files that I wanted alphabetical, not numerical.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what is it designed to do very well."

    June 2, 2009  |   By pmnb

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.1

    Pros

    Supports all the renaming scenarios you could think of.

    Cons

    Need to poke around a bit to figure out how to select files after you have chosen filtering/renaming options.

    Summary

    Excellent tool for bulk file renaming/moving.

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