The most powerful and complete Mac file renaming application on the market

A Better Finder Rename for Mac

A Better Finder Rename for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    A Better Finder Rename 12.06 LATEST

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    Daniel Leblanc

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    macOS 10.15 Catalina or later

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A Better Finder Rename for Mac has long been the file renamer of choice for tens of thousands of professionals, businesses and hobbyists across the world, but that hasn't stopped us from continuing to perfect product culminating now in the brand-new version 10. The most powerful and complete Mac file renaming application on the market. Download Now for Mac!

Comprehensive Coverage
A Better Finder Rename's huge array of renaming options is organized into 15 intuitive categories that cover all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a great file renamer. On top of this, A Better Finder Rename for macOS provides more advanced features that answer the prayers of many professionals and hobbyists alike.

Digital Photography
Digital Photographers in particular will find the advanced sequence number and date & time features a joy to behold. The tool knows how to extract EXIF shooting date and time information from your digital camera images and exploit them in creating sequence numbers or adding time and date information to the file name. Support for all major RAW formats (including JPEG, CRW, CR2, THM, NEF, TIFF, RAJ, ORF , MRW, DNG, PEF, SRF, etc.) extends this to professional photographers. A Better Finder Rename also deals gracefully with multiple shots captured in the same second and gives access to camera and lens meta-data through its tag-based renaming feature.

Digital Music
Music lovers will be delighted by MP3/AAC renaming feature that allows you to exploit the ID3 meta-data embedded in most music files to create naming schemes of your own for your music collection. Meta-data information from MP3, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, M4V and iTunes music store files are supported.

Instant Preview & Change Highlighting
Instant preview feature displays all changes as you type, making it easy to dial in the right settings and preventing you from making costly mistakes. Version 10's change highlighting feature takes this to the next level by visually marking individual changes.

Tag-Based Renaming
Today's media files come with an abundance of additional information that cannot be glanced from the often meaningless file names themselves. The app allows you to leverage this meta-data to create more meaningful file names using its tag-based renaming feature. Renaming engine can read an extensive array of photo, image, music, movie, camera, lens and location meta-data and you can combine this information to implement any naming scheme you can imagine.

Multi-Step Rename
We don't believe in making simple things unnecessarily complicated. That's why most users will find a single action that does exactly what they want. Sometimes, however, a single action simply isn't enough and that is where multi-step renaming features comes in. It lets you combine multiple simple actions to create a lean mean renaming machine. Intuitive multi-step interface, in conjunction with instant preview, makes it easy to keep track of what's happening.

File Content & Meta-Data Preview Pane
A Better FinderRename for Mac 10's new Preview Pane allows you to peek inside your files and delve into its meta-data, making it much easier to work with meta-data tags and providing additional confidence in your settings.

Beautiful Inside & Out
The app takes file renaming to a new level of sophistication by introducing an advanced 64-bit multi-threaded renaming engine that solves many problems that other file renamers simply leave unaddressed. The database-backed renaming engine automatically resolves file name conflicts (when several files would share the same name) using a range of configurable parameters. The sequence in which files are renamed is optimized to avoid deadlocks which could occur when the order in which the files are renamed becomes significant.

Note: This demo version will allow you to rename only 10 files at a time. Requires 64-bit processor.

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What's new in this version:

A Better Finder Rename 12.06
- The new version features improved keyboard navigation. The return key will now more consistently trigger the rename in all actions, and you can use the arrow up and down keys to change integer values.

A Better Finder Rename 12.05
- The new version adds a new action that removes emoji from file names

A Better Finder Rename 12.04
- The new version now properly displays the command window in dark mode

A Better Finder Rename 12.03
- This new version fixes a few minor bugsmac

A Better Finder Rename 12.02
- a bug affecting case conversions
- a bug affecting moving of actions within the action list
- a dark mode bug

A Better Finder Rename 12.01
- This version makes a few post-launch improvements
- Improved upgrade message to reduce confusion when entering the new unlock code
- Smaller text in the presets table
- Many improvements to the French localization

A Better Finder Rename 12.00
Quick Summary of New Features:
- Many of the existing renaming actions have gained advanced options, such as custom date formats, timezone support, night mode, partial case conversions, etc
- Professional workflows involving mixing movie, image and sidecar files now benefit from file name pairing, custom file date extraction and conflict resolutions.
- The new Advanced Options action allows fine-grained control over shooting date extraction, timezone handling & file pairing, and for the first time enables custom file name conflict resolution to be saved within a preset.

File Pairing:
- Photographers, videographers, audio professionals and even drone pilots frequently encounter multiple files ( JPEG & RAW, XMP sidecar, GPS, etc) that all relate to the same recording.
- A Better Finder Rename 12 allows you to process these files together, ensuring that their file names remain linked. You can even use meta-data from one file time to rename the other.

Custom Shooting Date Order Resolution:
- Many media formats define multiple timestamp tags, some of which may contain incorrect or non-standard data. A Better Finder Rename 12 gives you fine-grained control over which timestamp is used.

Timezone Support:
- Generally users want to use "camera time", e.g. the local time at the place of recording for ordering or renaming files, but there are also situations (say newsrooms, etc.) where editors want to use their own local timezone to guarantee strict chronological ordering. Version 12 supports both.

Custom Date Formats:
- Version 12 gives you increased control over date-based renaming. You can define your own custom date & time formats, including 12/24 hour clocks, month names, zero-padded month and day numbers, separators, etc.
- The new actions also include support for adding or subtracting time for all or only specific file types, to make it easier to quickly fix timezone issues within the action

Night Mode for Event Photography:
- Many social events take place in the evening and only come to an end in the early hours of the day. Technically such events span two days, but event photographers would almost universally prefer them to be catalogued along with their photos from earlier in the day. Version 12 lets you decide at what time of the morning, the new day starts.

Partial Case Conversions:
- While A Better Finder Rename has long supported complex case conversions (even based on lexical units), it has up to now not been possible to apply them selectively to only part of the file name. Version 12 finally adds this ability.

Interactive Action Search:
- A Better Finder Rename's comprehensive list of actions is subdivided into 15 distinct categories, but it can still sometimes be a little daunting to find what you need. The new command window, which is accessible via the icon next to the categories popup button, allows you to filter the available actions based on your keyboard input. It will also accept many different phrasings for the same ideas.

Improved Keyboard Navigation:
- A program like A Better Finder Rename will always be easier to navigate with your mouse than with the keyboard, but version 12 adds the ability to navigate through your action list and select actions via the command window to make common tasks that little bit faster and more convenient.

A New Beginning:
- As our long term customers know, a new major upgrade marks not the end of a development cycle for us, but rather the beginning of a new one. Version 12 will once again provide a solid basis for our monthly update schedule.
- If you are still reading this, chances are that you are a long term Mac user and have noticed that iOS is getting all the attention. For Mac developers that has meant that it is increasingly hard to get any kind of buzz for Mac software going.. so it would be tremendously helpful if you could recommend our software to your friends and colleagues!