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Last post Author Topic: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)  (Read 53479 times)

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Ryan over at cybernetnews.com has a post up on his favorite file renamer, called appropriately, ReNamer.

I must admit it looks quite compelling, with a simple clean interface that supports chaining of operations and a nice preview window.

--> However, looking at the screenshots I worry that it might be a little low on renaming options compared to some others..

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Is it the best? How does it stack up against the shareware competition?
I don't know the answer to that, but there are a few long threads on the DonationCoder forum discussing renamer tools that you might want to check out if you are in the market for a renamer:


Anyone who has tried ReNamer want to chime in with a better replacement?

The cybernetnews.com blog post is here: http://cybernetnews....t-free-file-renamer/
And ReNamer website here: http://www.den4b.com....php?project=ReNamer

ps.
Ryan over at Cybernetnews as been absolutely on fire lately, with tons of great posts coming out every days it seems -- I don't know how he's keeping up this pace but it's truly becoming a daily must-read.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2007, 07:42:35 AM by mouser »

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 08:08:02 AM »
My favorite is PFrank (http://www3.telus.net/pfrank). With the regular expressions you just can do anything...

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2007, 08:11:03 AM »
PFrank needs a website intervention.  ;D

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2007, 08:15:47 AM »
You're right. It's a pity. But the application itself is very well done. Worth trying, unless you hate regex!  :P

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2007, 08:29:52 AM »
PFRANK looks very good.

Personally I just use the internal rename tool in Total Commander, however I've use RenameMaster from www.joejoesoft.com as well a couple of times.

I might check out ReNamer, though I'll still mainly use TC

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2007, 09:52:44 AM »
my favorite is Bulk Rename Utility

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2007, 09:57:16 AM »
I've been using Rename Master

http://www.joejoesoft.com/vcms/108/

Just looked through the manual for ReNamer.  Looks promising.  I'll give it a shot.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2007, 10:07:09 AM by s2h »

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2007, 12:23:29 PM »
I tried ReNamer a while ago, and came up very impressed. The addition of the Pascal-like syntax is worth mentioning. I myself use a combination of various ones: xplorer² built-in functions for everyday use, jv16 PowerTools when you need some power and Mp3tag for audio files. Maybe I should opt for a all-in-one file renamer instead of juggling between three programs (after all, those three are going to stay in my computer for a while, well maybe xplorer² will get a timeout card soon... ;)) :tellme:

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2007, 01:06:36 PM »
my favorite is Bulk Rename Utility

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/

+1 for Bulk Rename Utility  :Thmbsup: I've tried a number of renamers (including PFrank, The Rename, Oscars Renamer, etc.) and BRU is by far the best, in my (ever so humble) opinion. Jim Wilsher, the developer is constantly tweaking it. He accepts donations so if you like the app, consider donating.
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2007, 01:50:55 PM »
Rename Master for me also.

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2007, 01:53:26 PM »
The Bulk Rename Utility interface looks a bit messy and overcrowded though :/
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2007, 01:55:47 PM »
The Bulk Rename Utility interface looks a bit messy and overcrowded though :/

i agree - hence the use of Rename Master - it seemed the most intuitive to me.

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2007, 02:04:18 PM »
I dunno... what I LIKE about BRU is that everything is right there in front of you. I actually find the interface to be extremely intuitive. It's one of its strengths in my (not so) humble opinion. Anyway, to each his or her own.
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2007, 02:07:50 PM »
To tell you the truth, one of the reasons ReNamer is a bit more appealling than the other options is the interface is well designed. Browsing through the other options shows either a overload of tabs or checkboxes, or too much cascading menus (PFrank). Perhaps the other one which has a decent interface design is Flash Renamer, another favourite around here.

(Hmmm, tabs overload reminds me of something...)
« Last Edit: September 26, 2007, 07:35:21 AM by Lashiec »

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2007, 02:11:02 PM »
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(Hmmm, tabs overload reminds me of something...)
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Your webbrowser at the moment?  :P

I agree WRT tabs and checkboxes. I guess I'm a victim of being so used to BRU that I am oblivious to its shortcomings... At any rate, I am familiar enough with its interface that I just check off what I want and off I go!
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2007, 02:13:23 PM »
You'll soon discover it. My browser is nothing compared with some of the things you'll see ;D

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2007, 09:26:57 AM »
One more vote for BRU. There hasn't been any renaming task it hasn't been able to acomplish. Also, the live preview is VERY useful.

Note: i haven't tried many, but DOpus' internal renaming utility isn't too bad, and oscar's with vim is also quite acceptable.

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2007, 12:43:08 PM »
 :-*My favorite renamer is the freeware LupasRename. It's portable, powerful and simple to use thanks to a well designed interface.
Unfortunately, it is not developed since april 2005. That is not a concern since the code is well polished and the options cover most of a regular user needs.

Check it at http://rename.lupasfreeware.org/

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2007, 02:05:02 PM »
I'm really happy with ReNamer.  :up:

Whoever designed the user interface for Bulk Rename Utility shouldn't be allowed near computers  :o

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2007, 05:24:08 PM »
I think I've tried them all!

my favorites :

Bulk Rename Utility (I like BRU's UI by the way. It's just a matter of getting used to it.)
Flash Renamer (UI is more sexy, I admit)

I use both, extensively.
I usually prefer BRU (when I have to rename 1000s of files), but I enjoy Flash Renamer better for presets and the ability to save batches of complex regex renaming operations. Indispensable. (Is it only me or is it much harder to do that with BRU?)
Anyway : both are extremely powerful, quick and not too resource hungry.
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2007, 05:33:44 PM »
Also, the live preview is VERY useful.
Yes... Also... Not sure but I think that this is one reason I didn't stick to Rename Master, and why I prefer Bru and Flash renamer

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2007, 10:26:39 AM »
My favorite is flexRenamer - that is real live preview!!!

I think the site is in japanese and I can't find it this minute, but the program is very nice

* simple precanned actions
* can do files or folders, recursive as well
* advanced options supporting supports regular expressions, translation mapping, and normal windows style wildcard
* can use attributes as part of the rename
* can use tmetainformation for certain types of files (music tags, exif and iptc for images, html meta tags and office meta tags)
* instant preview of the effect

The last one took the cookie for me - it is instant (although tag rename can take 3-4 seconds) even on very large trees (10'000 images, say) and means you can figure out your regexp and refine etc.  In one of my previous jobs this program meant that our designers were able to rename/renumber large number of images coming from clients in minutes, without having to involve the techies ;)

Should do a mini review to show all the options

EDIT: found the link in the "about flexible renamer" http://hp.vector.co....s/VA014830/FlexRena/
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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2007, 10:42:58 AM »
My favorite is flexRenamer - that is real live preview!!!

I think the site is in japanese and I can't find it this minute, but the program is very nice

* simple precanned actions
* can do files or folders, recursive as well
* advanced options supporting supports regular expressions, translation mapping, and normal windows style wildcard
* can use attributes as part of the rename
* can use tmetainformation for certain types of files (music tags, exif and iptc for images, html meta tags and office meta tags)
* instant preview of the effect

The last one took the cookie for me - it is instant (although tag rename can take 3-4 seconds) even on very large trees (10'000 images, say) and means you can figure out your regexp and refine etc.  In one of my previous jobs this program meant that our designers were able to rename/renumber large number of images coming from clients in minutes, without having to involve the techies ;)

Should do a mini review to show all the options

EDIT: found the link in the "about flexible renamer" http://hp.vector.co....s/VA014830/FlexRena/


Yes! a good one too!!

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2007, 10:47:17 AM »
Here's a link to Flexible Renamer's English page. Looks like development ceased in 2003.

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Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says cybernetnews.com)
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2007, 11:37:00 AM »
Came across another interesting tool - ARen. Selected features:
   
- Undo functionality
- Real time preview
- MP3/ID3 renaming
- Image renaming
- Thumbnail view
- Supports both files and folders
- Several renaming methods
- Use multiple method at once