Batch renaming files in Finder

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  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

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    How can I batch rename a series of files in a folder using finder?
    In Windows Explorer, I can select a group of files in a folder and right click on the group and choose rename, then once I rename one file all the rest take on the same name with just a number different.
    This is very useful if you have lots of digital camera photos that all have similar names (dcs001.jpg, dcs002.jpg., etc.) and you have several folders with photo files with the same names (dcs001.jpg, dcs002.jpg., etc.) and you want to combine those files into one folder or batch rename them into something more descriptive.
    Thanks for any advice.
     
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  3. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    Easily done with Automator.

    Here is a screenshot of the one I made a while back:
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    Then once you get that all set up, you go to "File" and "Save as Plugin." This way you select the things you want to rename in finder then Right Click > More > Automator > Select the plugin you just made.

    Very Easy :)
     
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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5B108 Safari/525.20)

    Apple also packages every mac with some Apple Scripts to do it.
     
  5. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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  6. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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