renaming question

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    BakedBeans

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    on windows you can rename a bunch of files the same thing and then it instantly numbers them like this :

    dsf100303020
    dsf100303021
    ect ect

    renamed to

    als pics
    als pics 1
    als pics 2
    als pics 3
    als pics 4
    ect ect

    how do you do this in mac osx???



    it saves me renaming a million pics

    thanks in advance
     
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    jeremy.king

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    #2
    Curious how you do that in windows, as that would save me some time.

    To do on the mac, I know you could write a shell script.
     
  3. emw
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    emw

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    #3
    Several are mentioned in this thread.

    Check 'em out.
     
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    BakedBeans

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    just highlight all the files from the bottom up, then right click on the top file and rename als pics(eg) and it will name them all als pics then the number... big up for windows on this one... why not in mac osx...its the first case

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    BakedBeans

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    still having troubles with this guys.... i cant seem to use those suggested remedies... any others..
     
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    kettle

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    #6
    Easy way

    If you are renaming graphic files try Graphic Converter it'll bulk rename anything as well as graphic files.
     
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    HexMonkey

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    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)
    Code:
    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
    At this stage, you need to decide whether to have the script activated from the Script menu or from the Dock. If from the Dock, follow these steps:

    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 :)
     
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    Doctor Q

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    #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!
     

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