Rename Your Photo Files – FAST!

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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 (26)

Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Corona, 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 - Corona, 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 - Corona, 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 - Corona, 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 - Corona, 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 - Corona, 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
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Hope you get back to blogging again, Michael. This post is still relevant today and good information for batch changes in file photo names. Thanks for that and for commenting on my post today!

Nov 08, 2022 03:45 PM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Corona, CA

Hi Wanda. Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you found it to still be relevant. I do all my batch renaming now in Adobe Bridge. Yeah, I plan to start doing more very soon. Everything I did before is so out dated.

Nov 09, 2022 12:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, the file name is weird when you get it from your phone or camera, and if you don't change it, it could be repeated, and you will lose one of the photos.

Nov 13, 2022 12:48 PM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Corona, CA

Hi Joan,

Thanks for the comment. And great point. Someone can easily overwrite existing photos files with the same name. I rename all my photos as soon as I downl them on my computer. And when I'm doing a virtual tour or property website, I number them in the sequence I want them to appear.

Nov 15, 2022 04:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts.

I hope all is going well for you.

Enjoy the holidays.

Nov 27, 2022 11:28 AM