How do I batch-rename multiple files like this: "D2018.1, D2018.2, D2018.3..."?

Nickk

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I’ve got 10 thousand pictures to rename.

They are titled like this now: "46gibberish, 47gibberish, 48gibberish...".


How do I batch-rename the files into something like this: "D2018.1, D2018.2, D2018.3..."?

Am I right that this way they will still open in chronological order?

Also, it would be great to automatically sort them into a hundred folders.

I’m not going to purchase any applications for this task.


So far, I've googled only the following means:

It’s when original "46gibberish, 47gibberish, 48gibberish..."

become:

"46gibberish.1, 47gibberish.2, 48gibberish.3...".
 

sahnert

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I’ve got 10 thousand pictures to rename.

They are titled like this now: "46gibberish, 47gibberish, 48gibberish...".


How do I batch-rename the files into something like this: "D2018.1, D2018.2, D2018.3..."?
Have you looked at the options in Finder under File>Rename...? If I select a group of files and choose this option I can create a custom format similar to what you are looking for, although the syntax might be slightly different.

I suggest using a character other than the period, like a space or dash before the incremented number since traditional file systems reserved the period to begin the file extensions (.jpg for example).
 

whooleytoo

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Have you looked at the options in Finder under File>Rename...? If I select a group of files and choose this option I can create a custom format similar to what you are looking for, although the syntax might be slightly different.
Wow. I've been using Macs since the System 6 days, and needed this, and didn't know this feature existed. (I'm sure it was only added recently.... )
 
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Nickk

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Have you looked at the options in Finder under File>Rename...? If I select a group of files and choose this option I can create a custom format similar to what you are looking for.
Yes, I have. That's why I stated the corresponding thread tags.

But I don't see how to rename the way I've stated above. The Finder seems to offer either concatenation or renaming the only one string. But my files are all have a unique title.

I will use "your" dashes instead of "my" dots.
 

Septercius

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Automator has a batch rename task. Start off your workflow with a 'Get Specified Finder Items' task (or similar) and then add a 'Rename Finder Items' task. It lets you change text, add a sequence number and so on.
 
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sahnert

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Yes, I have. That's why I stated the corresponding thread tags.

But I don't see how to rename the way I've stated above. The Finder seems to offer either concatenation or renaming the only one string. But my files are all have a unique title.

I will use "your" dashes instead of "my" dots.
I might be misunderstanding exactly what you need, but I was able to rename four test files as D2018-1, D2018-2, D2018-3, D2018-4 by selecting them all and using the following steps in File>Rename

1. Choose Format (instead of Replace Text or Add Text
2. Name Format > Name and Index
3. Custom Format: D2018-
4. Where > after name
5. Starts number at: 1


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