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Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition by Keir Thomas

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Tip 115Rename Hundreds of Photos

Digital cameras seem to like filenames such as DSCF0407.JPG. I don’t know about you, but I prefer names such as Disneyland Vacation 023.jpg. Renaming each and every file can be somewhat annoying, but a quick and easy solution is to create a simple app to do it for you, and that’s just the kind of thing Automator is for (to learn what Automator is, see Exploring OS X: Automator).

Creating an Automator Renaming Tool

Here are the steps required to create the Automator tool:

  1. Create the folder to store the photos. This can be anywhere and called anything you choose. Then copy the image files into it. Make sure you only copy and don’t move the files—keep the originals safe until you’re sure the renaming has worked ...

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