Rename Your Photo Files – FAST!

Services for Real Estate Pros with CPG Tours

To me, changing the file names of all my photos from what comes out of the camera is a big pain. But I typically rename everything to show the property address, the photo size, or something else that lets me know what the photo is, who it’s for, or what I’ve done to it. I also use some sort of numeric sequencing.

Well… I just came across a little application that is absolutely AWESOME!

It’s called A BETTER FINDER RENAME and it can rename your files to pretty much whatever you want in a matter of seconds. It can add things, remove things, replace things, determine your photo size and add that to the name, and about a zillion other things.

EDIT: I should mention this is batch processing. So, you could change hundreds of files ina  second or two.


If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you check it out. And they have it for both Mac and PC.Just click the below links.





Here’s a screenshot of the interface, which is extremely easy to use.




Comments (21)

Mandy Buchholz
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Murfreesboro, TN

Thanks for sharing we can always use things that will save us time.

Jan 09, 2010 12:50 AM
Dave Iliff
Patterson Schwartz - Hockessin, DE
Real Estate Agent in Hockessin, DE

Thanks Michael, I will check this out!

Jan 09, 2010 12:56 AM
Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

Easy is always good! thanks for the tidnit of information.

Jan 09, 2010 01:27 AM
Stephen Arnold
HomeSmart Elite Group - Scottsdale, AZ

Michael~  Thank you for posting!  This could come in handy!! 

Jan 09, 2010 01:37 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Kim: Thanks for the comment. I just edited my post. I didn't mention that this is for batch files, and sometimes I have 100 or more at a time to rename. I have my original RAW files, my edited JPG files, files sized for our virtual tours, another size for the MLS...etc., etc. So, when I can do an entire batch all at once it's a HUGE time saver.

Hi Dave: If you're changing more than a couple of file names at a time, it's well worth it. Thanks for the comment.

Hi Jody: You're welcome. I just stumbles across these folks and thought I would share the info. Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 09, 2010 01:43 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Stephen: You're most welcome. I know it's going to come end real handy for me.

Jan 09, 2010 01:44 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Michael! Thanks so much for posting this! I checked it out, and I'm SOLD!


Jan 09, 2010 03:54 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I keep photos on a jump drive and back up to my hard drive by the YEAR and then the property name.  Doing it this way keeps the new files on both drives.

Jan 09, 2010 04:07 AM

This application is nice but you can do pretty much the same thing in Windows Explorer - highlight the files you want to rename and right click on the first one in the list and choose "Rename".

Jan 09, 2010 10:23 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Debi: You're welcome. I'm already getting good use out of it. Thanks for the comment.

Hi Wallace: Thank you for the comment. I have redundancy backup too. But this is about just renaming files.

Hi Anonymous: I'm not much of a PC person, so I wouldn't know. But what I like about this is the ease of use and the flexibility in renaming things.

Jan 11, 2010 03:17 AM
Toronto, ON

Michael - This program sounds useful since I spend a lot of time renaming files.

Jan 13, 2010 09:07 PM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Marc: Yeah, I think it's pretty cool. I'm already getting a lot of use out of it. And if you're changing a lot of file names, I think you'll find it quite helpful - and save a lot of time. Thanks for the comment.

Jan 13, 2010 10:07 PM
Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

I like easy!  Thanks for the post.

Jan 21, 2010 06:12 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Reneee: Me too! Thanks for the comment.

Jan 23, 2010 10:49 PM
Barb Fischer
Big Block Realty - La Mesa, CA
San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate

Thanks Michael, great idea!

Mar 12, 2010 11:34 AM
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

This is so valuable! Thanks for sharing this, I can now rename all of my unnamed photos in a snap!

Apr 04, 2010 10:33 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi William: I know there are other ways to do this, but I find this program extremely helpful. And I use it all the time - primarily for photos. Thanks for the comment.

Apr 05, 2010 04:00 AM
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Michael -- Thanks a lot, this has always been a source of irritation for me as sometimes I have multiple types of photos so I just can't use one addressing scheme as it comes out of the camera.

Dec 16, 2010 03:35 PM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Chris: I almost forgot about this post, but thank you for the comment. I still use this little application a lot. But i also use Bridge, which allows you to rename photos in batches. If someone does a lot of photo or file renaming, it will definitely come in handy.

Dec 17, 2010 12:27 AM
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

I'll have to check it out. I've simply been using Windows Explorer while trying to get used to Bridge in Photoshop CS5, which, so far, I don't really like. Maybe I'm so used to Explorer after all these years that going to something new and a little different just takes time and getting used to.

Dec 07, 2011 12:58 PM