This is just a random tool recommendation – I’ve been meaning to post it for months, but have never made the time. Well, a meeting just finished early, so the time made itself.
I’ve love this tool: Better File Rename
It’s a Windows shell extension that gives you a ton (maybe more) of batch file renaming options. Right-click on a folder or a group of files and you can:
- Add characters to the beginning of a file
- Change the file extension
- Add sequence numbers to the file name
- Add date/time stamps to the file name
- Replace characters or string patterns in the file name
- A staggering number of other possibilities
I’ve been using this delightful little tool since 2002, and it works great on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and I assume Windows Server 2008 as well, although I’ve never personally tested it. If I ever rebuild my primary laptop to run Server 2008 then I’ll know, because this app is one of the few 3rd party "must have" utilities that I install whenever I rebuild my main machine.
Ok, that’s that. Check it out – download a trial version and see if it rocks your world too. Especially with all of the Christmas photos you’ll soon be taking, you know you want it…