Tools of the Trade – Bulk Rename Utility

One of the tasks that fill our day in litigation support is what I like to call “manipulating data”. One of the ways we need to manipulate data is by renaming a list of files. There are a number of scenarios where this renaming task needs to be completed, but the most obvious would be to rename files with a sequential bates number series.

There are several applications floating around in the litigation support arena and I have used several of them over the years. At one point, I found this one and I've stuck with it primarily because it is very robust and it is free. The name of the application is called Bulk Rename Utility.

For instruction on how to use Bulk Rename Utility, see these Fast Tip Friday tutorials:

Batch Rename Using a Text File

Batch Rename Adding a Prefix and Padding

Below are some of the features.

- Rename files, folders or both

- Remove, add or change text in the file names

- Perform text substitution

- Change the case of file names

- Remove characters or words

- Remove digits or symbols

- Append or prepend text to file names

- Append dates in many formats

- Append the parent folder's name

- Auto-number files with flexible rules

- Automatically preview the new names

- Sort the file details by any column

- Group configurations into “favorites”

- “Bulk Rename Here” Windows Explorer extension

- Directory recursion – process sub-directories too!

- Regular Expressions support

- Rename files from an input text-file list

- Create an “Undo” batch file

- Log activity to a log file

- Change file and folder date/timestamps (created, modified, accessed)

- Change file/folder attributes (hidden, read-only, archived)

- All settings retained between sessions

- 32-bit or 64-bit

- Rename photos using EXIF metadata (i.e. “Date Picture Taken”, “Resolution” and other information embedded in all JPG photo files)

- Rename MP3 files using ID3 tags (a.k.a. MP3 ID3 tag renaming).

- Command line support ***

- Bulk Rename Utility is totally free!


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