Serendipity always fascinates me. It is amazing how many times one thinks about something, only to have it appear out of no where when you least expect it! That’s what happened to me a couple of days ago when I went looking for a utility to normalize a bunch of MP3s!
A long time ago, in another universe by now, I had written myself a neat little program that allowed me to do a bulk rename or renumber of a list of files in a directory. It was a command line tool to help fix an ongoing problem that I had at the time. It was great. I could give it a prefix to replace. Give it a number to start at and a range to number with and it worked flawlessly. Unfortunately over the years, across computer crashes and replacements and hard-drive failures it disappeared.
I’ve often lamented my loss and thought many times of sitting down and building a new one, but there were always other priorities. Yesterday my wife received two separate discs of photos of an outing she and her friends took. She wanted them put on the computer, so she could use them in her screen-saver (and by default into the same folder). Unfortunately both sets of pictures used the same file naming scheme AND even the same file names. This required me to once again manually rename half of the pictures before copying them into the same directory and once again I lamented my loss of my utility…
So when I Googled for my MP3 normalizer I was literally stunned when amongst the list of hits, somehow mixed up with all the MP3 utilities, was a listing for a program called Bulk File Renamer by Bexonsoft! It too was freeware…
This program does everything that my old code did and more!
- It can replace or delete characters or symbols
- Add prefixes or suffixes
- Replace names entirely and use a sequential count
- Can make all names upper or lower case
It also allows you to preview the file name changes before you actually implement them. Which as I recall was a constant issue when I ran my code (requiring numerous backups of backups to be safe from losing data.)
According to Bexonsoft this program was specifically designed for the camera file issue that I had, as well as the issue of getting extraneous letters (like %&@) removed from downloaded file names. It is released as freeware, with their promise that there is no hidden spyware or adware embedded.
This program doesn’t even install on your computer. Just unzip it into a folder (it comes compressed in a zip file) and run it. If you don’t like it just delete it. How civilized! For those who have older operating systems (like Windows 95, 98 or NT) they recommend you install the Visual Basic 6.0 Service Patch 5 first.
A great program which fixes a long lamented issue – all for free! Man I like it when that happens!