Renaming files can sometimes be a necessity and other times something that improves the readability on a computer system. Probably the most common example used to explain this are photos taken with digital cameras. These photos often come with cryptic file names like CIMG2350.JPG that tell you nothing at all about the photo taken. Renaming the file to to a descriptive name can be the solution. The same is true for recurring jobs, e.g. backups or file transfers where the same file is transferred regularly.
Batch Renamer and Mover (Bram) is a program for Windows that you can use to rename and move files. The program needs to be installed on the system. Please note that it requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.
When you start it you see a folder and file browser plus some options in the main interface. The program assumes that you want to rename files. You need to locate the up arrow button next to the Apply button to change that. Available for option there are Move or Copy and Rename, Rename then Copy or only move or copy related operations.
You then start by selecting a root folder for the operation. Only this root folder will be processed by default. You can make changes to the behavior in the configuration bar. Here it is possible to enable subfolder support and to filter for specific file types only.
The renaming options are displayed on the right side of the footer toolbar. Here it is possible to set the new naming scheme for the files. The program supports variables that you can add to the name with a click on the Parts button. Available for selection are for instance the current name, a number, the date or the parent folder.
A click on Preview displays the new name next to the old one in the file listing. This is handy as it allows you to make modifications to the name scheme in case the new name is not after your liking.
A click on apply processes the files in the selected folder structure. If you have selected to copy or move you will see a folder browser window where you can select the target folder for those operations.
Bram creates a log file of the operation automatically. The program has a few usability issues and nuisances that I'd like to point out. The program window (default 1024x768) for one can only be increased in window size. It is not possible to reduce the size of the window.
The arrow button hides the operations, and it is likely that many users won't click on it to see what it does. Lastly an option to restore previously made changes would come in handy.
Bram regardless of that is a handy file renaming and moving software for the Windows operating system. Windows users can download the application directly from the developer website.
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