Name Mangler

I have been looking for something like Name Mangler for a while now, and as typical when you aren’t looking for something you find it. That was the case for me with Name Mangler.

Every now and then I have large numbers of files, that I need to rename to a sequential naming scheme, like 20080521_##.XXX, and I had some clunky scripts that worked, but were always a pain to deal with, so much so that I usually don’t even bother unless I’m dealing with more then 20 or so files. So I was actually looking for secure file deletion tool, and I googled File Mangler, not seeing what I want now, but I do see “Bulk Rename” in one of the titles, and knowing how annoyed I get going though the file rename drill I find myself in on a nearly weekly basis, I follow the link that eventually leads me to Many Tricks Name Mangler, and I am pleasantly surprised to find a great utility that does exactly what I want it to do.

The interface is simple utilizing simple drag and drop, or populate from the application, based on the current finder selection or path contents. You can also filter that down by folder or folder contents, as well a sort by various file attributes. There are 7 different methods for renaming your files:

  1. Find and Replace, which provide a simple character substitution rename, as well as a REGEX rename.
  2. Number Sequentially, providing exactly what I have been looking for, for a while sequentially rename a number files while applying a specific prefix or suffix to the file name, while not impacting the extension.
  3. Change Case, which does exactly as the name implies.
  4. Set ExtensionRenames just the extension
  5. Add Prefix/SuffixSimply add a prefix or suffix to the file with or without impacting the extension
  6. Remove/Insert CharactersThis is a great feature, as I used to have to make several passes with the script to accomplish this, say you have files named Picture-01 through Picture-20, and you need to make the files appear as Pict_img_01, you can do it. 
  7. Advanced Which is fairly robust scripting tool that can take care of anything that the previous 6 couldn’t handle.

Another cool thing is that all the above can be made into customized droplets that are totally fire and forget.

Name Mangler despite its name, is a great little app that id donationware, and is a valuable tool to have at your disposal…


Where Is The Value?

I have been reading quite a bit about the “Apple Alternative” Psystar’s Open Computing, and their “Mac Clone”, and I am not really seeing the value here. What is the value in something that is essentially not going to exist in the near future, or as soon as apple’s lawyers get their hands on them, which I am surprised they haven’t done already.

I still cannot understand this hang-up that everyone has with a company such as Apple making a profit. Everyone has this altruistic view that corporations are no longer allowed to make a profit, but I don’t see people out there giving away any extra money that they may have after they pay their bills each month. Even Psystar charges $155 for leopard, that only costs them $129, there’s that evil profit thing again.

You know I probably wouldn’t have such an issue with this, if it was a re-engineered clone of OS X, but it is not.

So if you have an extra $700 or so, and want something that will be a minor footnote in the history of Apple, go for it.



Looking into something better TextEdit for doing offline blog posts, and I am trying MarsEdit, even though I am connected right now. I think I’ll load it up on the laptop and give it a go offline. So far it seems pretty nice, and does most of what I want it to do.

Anyone have any other suggestions, I am willing to give it a try…


Under My Nose…

Okay this one is really stupid…

Did you ever notice that the iCal icons date changes daily…
I’ve always gone up and clicked on the time in the menu bar….

LowKey Part II

After my previous post, I decided to look around, to see what others had to say about the LowKey, partly because I felt I was being to negative….

$16 for ground shipping is still outrageous, no way to make a positive about that…
One thing I noticed, was that all the people that wrote about it, apparently actually never saw one in real life, and essentially cut and pasted the press release from Macessity. The comments in a lot of places echoed my dislike of the placement of the USB hub, which made me think, does the USB hub have to be on the front, and the answer is no. I have enough ports now that I don’t need swap things out all the time. 
A quick reversal, and things look a lot nicer/cleaner, and all the cables are in the rats nest in the back of my Mac where they belong…