Introduction: AppleScript to Make Filenames Unique
I needed this when I import photos from several sources and they have overlapping names. Simply select all the files and execute this script, probably from the User Scripts Folder.
Step 1: Add the AppleScript Icon to the OSX Menu Bar
Inside the AppleScript editor (in your OSX Applications - Utilities) go to Preferences - General and check
[x] Show Script menu in menu bar
Step 2: Add This Script to Your User Scripts
# AppleScript (multi) rename script for Finder files.
# Hens Zimmerman, October 16, 2011. # Iterate through all files and rename them. tell application "Finder" set filenames to selection set theCount to number of items in filenames repeat with idx from 1 to theCount set theFile to (item idx of filenames as text) set TheName to name of (theFile as alias) set UUID to do shell script "uuidgen" set NewName to (UUID & " " & TheName) set name of file theFile to NewName end repeat end tell
Now in the OSX Finder, simply select the files you want to give a unique filename and execute the script.