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 Stand…

Well this may sound a bit on the negative side, but I really do like the LowKey Stand from Macessity. The Design and concept is great…

Okay so lets hit the negatives first, it is either to low or to narrow (way to low if you don’t have a new low profile keyboard) to easily get the keyboard out if you shove it under while the mac is still on and you don’t want to hit any extraneous key while pulling it back out. The USB hub placement is one of those catch-22 situations, great to have the hub right there, but sucky to have the hub right there, and that problem could be solved if I wasn’t lazy and put my cables away. 
The other 2 issues have nothing to do with the actual design. The finish on the edges could be cleaner, I tried several ways, but I couldn’t get it to show up good on a close up picture, it looks like it is something that probably be fixed with a quick pass with some sandpaper. It just looks sloppy, the pictures below show it, but not that clear.
The biggest problem I have is that I think it is outrageous to charge $16 for shipping UPS ground, and then have it take over 2 weeks to arrive. I ordered it the 19th of February, it was supposed to ship on the  22nd, didn’t ship till the 2nd of March and got here on the 7th. 
So now what do I like about it, it is low, low enough that you don’t have that constant sense of impending doom that your Mac is going to fall off. It is sturdy, I think Macessity says it will hold 35 Lbs feels like that is a low estimate, there is now wobble or shaking here. The USB hub is a great thing, and with all the USB junk I have, it is a very welcome addition, I only wish I didn’t have the USB cables to deal with…
The bottom line is would I buy another, and the answer is yes, actually I am ordering 2 more, but I am ordering them from Other World Computing, because they are $5 cheeper, and the shipping for 2nd day is only $8