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File Renamer Basic 5.0.5

File Renamer Basic Editor's Review

File Renamer Basic enables you to rename files and folders. You can rename MP3 files using the information saved in their ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags. This program also allows you to copy files into another directory, while at the same time renaming them.

Working with this program is quite straightforward. The left side of the main window allows you to select which directory to scan for files. Each filename from the current directory is displayed next to a checkbox, allowing you to select which files to process. The bottom part of the interface is used for selecting the criteria for renaming. It's possible to modify filenames by deleting characters, adding a suffix or prefix, or replacing certain characters.

File Renamer Basic supports filtering the filenames from a directory. The filter editbox allows you to specify wildcard characters. Another feature that caught my eye is the program's ability to select filenames progressively. For example, you can select each second or third filename from the list.

I was unhappy to find out that because this version of the software is free, several important features are not available. In the free version you are not able to scan subfolders, undo any modifications, or view the log files. However, even the free version creates a text log of all the files it modifies. This log is saved in the directory where you install the program.

Pluses: I like very much how the user interface looks like.

Drawbacks / flaws:

In conclusion: I really don't like programs that are advertised as freeware, but in fact they ask you to buy the paid version. Otherwise, the program is a great tool for renaming files and folders. Except the annoying bug when adding ID3 tag properties, the program is stable and reliable.

version reviewed: 5.7.0

What's Required in Version 5.0.5 of File Renamer Basic

P133+ and 32+ RAM

What's New in Version 5.0.5 of File Renamer Basic

Added the ability to rename file lists, complete rewrite for the EXIF handling, added some more features, updated some more graphics, created a full help manual, fixed a few bugs.

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