|Aug 11, 2004, 02:39 PM||#1|
on windows you can rename a bunch of files the same thing and then it instantly numbers them like this :
als pics 1
als pics 2
als pics 3
als pics 4
how do you do this in mac osx???
it saves me renaming a million pics
thanks in advance
|Aug 11, 2004, 03:03 PM||#4|
windows 1 mac 1293994939
|Aug 12, 2004, 07:01 AM||#7|
I wrote a script in AppleScript that will do it (although quite slowly), based loosely on some Apple sample code. It's not very advanced and could use a lot of improvements, but you can set it up as follows if you don't like the other solutions. Be warned that the order it renames them in isn't always in alphabetical order, although I think it usually is if you're in list or column view (I'm not sure on the specifics, the script just gets the information from Finder), so if order is important, the script may not be very useful.
Firstly, copy and paste the following code into Script Editor (located at /Applications/AppleScript/Script Editor)
property nameString : "" property extension : "" tell application "Finder" to set theFiles to selection if number of items in theFiles is greater than 0 then display dialog "Please enter the new name for the files:" default answer nameString set nameString to text returned of the result display dialog "Enter a file extension, or leave blank for none:" default answer extension set extension to text returned of the result if the nameString is not "" then repeat with i from 1 to number of items in theFiles set thisItem to item i of theFiles as alias set thisInfo to info for thisItem set currentName to name of thisInfo if extension is "" then set extensionString to "" else set extensionString to "." & extension end if if i is 1 then set newName to nameString & extensionString else set newName to nameString & " " & (i as string) & extensionString end if my setItemName(thisItem, newName) end repeat end if else display dialog "No items are selected" buttons "OK" default button 1 end if on setItemName(thisItem, newName) tell application "Finder" set parentFolder to (container of thisItem) as text if not (exists item (parentFolder & newName)) then try set name of thisItem to newName on error errorMessage number errorNumber tell me to display dialog ("An error occured when renaming to" & newName & ". The file will not be renamed.") buttons "OK" default button 1 return 0 end try else --the name already exists tell me to display dialog ("A file named" & newName & " already exists. The file will not be renamed.") buttons "OK" default button 1 return 0 end if end tell end setItemName
1. Save the script as an application, with none of the options checked
2. Drag the application to the Dock
3. Select the files you want renamed and click on the application's icon in the Dock
4. Enter the new name and extension of the files and watch them be renamed
If you're wondering why it's necessary to put it in the Dock, it's because if you opened it from Finder, it would take the focus away from the selected files and rename the application instead.
If you want to run the script from the Script menu, follow these steps:
1. Save the script as a script, again with none of the options checked. Save it somewhere in ~/Library/Scripts so that you can run it from the Script menu.
2. Now you need to make sure that the Script menu is available. If it's not (most likely), just open /Applications/AppleScript/Install Script Menu (open Remove Script Menu later if you like, or command-drag the menu of the menubar to remove it)
3. Select the files in Finder, and run the script from the Script menu
4. Enter the new name and extension
Hope it helps
|Aug 13, 2004, 12:23 AM||#8|
Thanks mucho, HexMonkey. I don't need that particular script, but your instructions are wonderfully detailed and helpful. You even mention how to uninstall!
Oh do pay attention 007. In the wrong hands, this 12-core Mac Pro with three 4K displays, FirePro graphics, and Thunderbolt 2 could be very dangerous.
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