A Better Finder Rename
A Better Finder Rename


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A Better Finder Rename

14 September 2019

File, photo, and MP3 batch renamer.


A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.

What's new in A Better Finder Rename

Version 10.45:
  • The new version fixes a crashing bug and is a recommended update for all users for version 10.44

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19 November 2009

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This is getting to be a joke. A new version released evry day practically. The developers either want to keep the software name in front of people ( a form of advertising) or they are a bunch of incompetent idiots who can't test their software properly before a release.
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Version 8.41
13 September 2019
Ridiculous that the "most helpful" review displayed at the top of the page is a 10 year old post by "Bluestar" complaining that ABFR is supposedly updated almost every day. This may have been true when it was posted in 2009 - but it's not the case in 2019 and is now irrelevant.
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Version 10.45
31 July 2019
The best file re-naming solution available for photographers, studios & anyone who works with large digital libraries. Highly recommended.
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Version 10.44
25 July 2019
I have been a registered user of File Buddy for a number of years now. Version 10 still works with Mojave, and there is a version 11 in the works, although the developer has been dragging his feet about it.

File Buddy is similar to ABFR and has a lot of great features and functions, some of which ABFR may not have. However, I would seriously consider switching to A Better Finder Rename if -- as other commenters note below -- it incorporated an undo option.

Sometimes we make mistakes, or perhaps change our minds about a naming change. When you are working with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of files, as I do, being able to undo a change on multiple files becomes very important. Developer, please consider implementing undo in ABFR. Thank you.
Version 10.43
2 answer(s)
31 July 2019
I hear you and I do like giving people what they are asking for.

Unfortunately, while an "undo" feature sounds great and somewhat obvious, it is not the silver bullet that one might imagine.. it would only be an "undo*" (* within system limits, with a long list of assumptions) and as such it would give you a false sense of security.

The "normal" undo feature in an application relies on the assumption that the application has total control over the data and that those operations are revertable only in the same backwards sequence. Also generally when you quit the application, the undo history is lost.

A Better Finder Rename is not the only application that has access to the file system. Far from it. After you perform your rename, you are free to move files and folders, changes names manually, make copies, duplicates, etc.. other programs can manipulate the file system, etc.. all without A Better Finder Rename's knowledge or consent.

Worse than that, if your files are not on a standard APFS or HFS+ file system (NTFS, FAT, NAS, etc.), the new names that A Better Finder Rename requests for your files may not actually be the ones on the file system. Most third-party file systems are mounted via file system drivers that do their own name translations. If you use non-standard characters such as emoji (or accents, umlauts, some punctuation, etc), for instance, the APIs may report that the name change was successful, but the real name on the file system would be different. That makes reversing the change impossible.

A successful undo could thus only be guaranteed on the assumption of a standard file system and nothing having changed since the rename was performed. The sell-by date of that kind of undo would be very short. If you quit the program, it would be gone. A "long lived" undo on the other hand would risk being out of date quickly. If an undo was attempted but failed, it would leave your file system in an unconsistent state, which could be far, far worse than not having an undo at all.

I don't think it is a good idea to include a feature that can only work some of the time, but would have potentially grave consequences if it goes wrong and it would be very hard to communicate those limits properly. Users would expect the feature to work every time and they would be right to be mad when it has worked on dozens of previous occassions, but suddendly stops working.

By far the best way of avoiding renaming problems is to spot problems BEFORE you perform the changes, and that is exactly why A Better Finder Rename goes to such extreme lengths to preview and confirm those changes. An undo feature may sound great, but it just couldn't be 100% reliable and would have the potential of leaving your file system in a huge mess.

As I think you might have noticed, it is not as if I had never considered adding an undo. I think I could even do a fairly decent job at it.. a fairly nifty version of it was on the initial scope for v11.. but it would not be bullet proof.. it would give a false sense of security.. and it would fail for some users, some of the time for entirely valid reasons that those users would be not at all interested in.. and in my book that makes it a bad idea.

Normal best practices for important data have always applied to critical files: Make backups, use version control (or something like Dropbox which has built-in versioning). Moreover, the file name is rarely as important as the file content. If the file names are crucial, you can also use the "save file list" feature to create a permanent record of the name changes, just in case.

I know that is not the answer you want, sorry.
01 August 2019
@Publicspace.net (Developer), thank you for your lengthy reply. I appreciate it. For the time being, I will be remaining with File Buddy, because I believe it has a lot more functionality than ABFR.
Bento de Espinosa
24 July 2019
It can do so much, it is amazing! It is the best one for renaming.
Version 10.43
Big Johnson
01 April 2019
BEWARE - there's still no undo function!

That's unconscionable in a seasoned app like this, and is vital!

Even Path Finder has that available for its renaming window, and renaming is just a secondary function, not its PRIMARY JOB!
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Version 10.40
3 answer(s)
01 June 2019
The app does give you a preview of the new file names before it renames them. Of course, you should already be using Time Machine for other reasons, but it'll also give you the undo you seek.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
01 June 2019
FYI, preview and undo are not the same.

Sometimes after renaming I find I want to rename differently, but I can't start over without undo.

And no, I haven't used TM in years.
I use SD or CCC for frequent clones.
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26 June 2019
As much as I like this app, I completely agree the lack of an UNDO is a critical fault. I've been bitten MANY a time by not having an UNDO; sometimes as humans you just make a mistake, or you change your mind. And it's not like an UNDO would be that hard to implement, it's simply a matter of keeping a log of actions taken and recursing back through it and reversing it.
06 December 2018
Suoperb tool. By far the best in it's class.
Version 10.37
07 October 2018
My favorite tool to automate renames of pictures according to their EXIF data. I hate all those cloud or library „You shouldn’t know how we store your data“ solutions like Apples Photos and prefer to have them stored without overhead of GB wasted space. A Better Finder Rename helps there a lot renaming my photos according to EXIF data. This would be an app I really miss if it’s gone.
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Version 10.34
21 September 2018
Very useful and flexible. Works great ★★★★★.. Give it a test drive
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Version 10.33
31 May 2018
Does what it claims to do in a pleasant and easy to understand GUI.
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Version 10.29
10 February 2018
As a basic user, you don't often need to rename huge quantities of files, but when you need, you worship an app like this! With the use of RegEx (in Advanced & Special), it gives you nearly infinite power! Here's an example: being French, I've appended the date in French format on many files names across the years (DD/MM/YYYY) — which was not a good idea to keep them sorted... :-/ With ABFR, It took just the time to figure out how to do it, and I've renamed them all with YYYY-MM-DD instead. Awesome!
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Version 10.25


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  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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