Can my Mac mass rename files?

Sure it can do! There are more choices here than in the windows world, since you can use the bash command shell to write mass rename scripts! Oh, you are a Mac user and you do not want to write a single line, just some program that ‘just works’… If you want to pay for it there are some interesting utilities available…

File Renamer is a cheap ($9.95) and nice choice, it seems to be easy to use and has a nice interface. Take a look at the screenshot (from their website).

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A Better Finder Rename seems to be the most powerful mac mass rename application I’ve found. It can do a lot more than all other software I’ve tried but costs also more ($19.95). Their website highlights some features:

 
  • Completely rewritten in Cocoa to offer best-of-breed interface
  • Detachable, fully resizable instant preview window
  • Combine multiple steps into a single multi-step rename
  • Simple drag & drop installation, full control over which components are installed
  • Operate as stand-alone application
  • Drag & drop files into the preview window
  • Improved renaming from file lists (imported from Excel, database, etc.)
  • Unicode support for international users
  • Over 100 tweaks and refinements

It can work with meta tags on digital photos and mp3. It is also script-able and a wonderful tool for the power-user. If you can pay for it, this software is the right choice IMHO.

Here follows the screenshot:

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These are neat choices but, like myself, ten bucks will make a difference in the end of the month.

If you wish to find a tool maybe not that powerfull, but that is for free…

Let’s take a look on 2 nice apps I’ve found that are very handy!

The first one is Renamer4Mac.

This app is very fast and reliable, it works with regular expressions and it can perform all the ser of basic operations you would need for mass renaming files. It is easy to use and IMHO the best choice for most mac users. I love the software, it is simple, intuitive and free. If you use it, please consider donating to the developer, who did an amazing work! Take a look:

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If instead you are a power user that came from linux world, loves python and are a GPL zealot, Methamorphose is the software for you.

It needs you to install the last python release and is not as fast as remame4mac, but is far more powerful. It is not that easy to install for a Mac driven mind, it’s a python script!! No nice icon out of the box! Using it is not at all straight foward. There are a lot of options and features most of users do not want to know about! 🙂

It has also support for id3 tagging, so it can be a good choice if you need to rename mp3 files based on tags. Great feature!
Please be aware that this software is not a pieace of cake to digest for a newbie or out-of-the-box style guy. It`s the open source world dude, only the fittest survive! 🙂

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Ok, mates , these apps are all good options and can make your life easier when mass renaming files. It depend now on your budget and user profile to choose one of them.

Oh my!, Mac is sooo adictive!

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iTunes 7 and Coverart

After the battle for partitioning my 120Gb Hd I started playing with my music collection on it. First thing to do was get all music loaded to iTunes library. It was painless, just a few clicks and my 40Gb collection was available to sync and go with my iPod Photo.

About these days Apple released iTunes 7, and advertised a great feature I’d always wished : auto cover art downloading! When I tried to give it a try I got stuck because Apple does not allow people from countrys without Apple Music Store’s account to use the feature. What a frustration! Since developing countries are never on Apple’s plans I think I’l never be able to use iTunes for buying music from them.

I started googling a little and found nice apps and scripts that could get the cover-art from the Internet. Most were commercial, others were free. The set of features differ one from another and the one I choose to use is called clutter.

This small and nice application is NOT a mass cover-art downloader. It will not scan your collection and fill it with covers! Instead it will found the cover art for the album that is playing on iTunes at the moment. So you’re listening to a Bad Religion album? t will fetch the cover or a set of covers for that album. You can apply it to your iTunes library or not. It searches mainly Amazon for the covers, but it can also launch your browser and google for it.

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But if  clutter is unable to find that cover art but you found it on a nice website like Findmycover? You just drag it from the browser to clutter, asks it to apply to iTunes library and it’s done.

Another nice feature of clutter is that you can drag a cover album from it to your desktop and you have a nice iTunes play-list on your desktop that has the cover as an icon! Nice isn’t it?

I hope this tip can be helpful to you!

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Published in: on 10/08/2006 at 7:38 pm  Comments (1)  

WordPress VIP

As I’ve wrote one week ago, WordPress.com is implementing some new services. The hability of hostin your blog on WordPress.com with your own domain name is a feature launched this week and is called VIP Hosting, avaible only to the chosen! 🙂

I hope it suceed, because  I’m very happy to have wordpress and wordpress.com around!

Published in: on 09/27/2006 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Moneydance

It’s great when you find software that suits your needs. On the past I’ve used Quicken Brazilian localized version that could talk with my bank trough a modem connection, but it was discontinued and got obsolete over the years. After I left it I tried Gnucash and Kmymoney2, on linux, but I never was satisfied. First of all it was a pain to get gnucash compiled when it was released. Kmymoney2 came later and was easier to install and manage but had a few bugs that annoyed me.

I gave up personal finance software and tracked records of my expenses on a good old spreadsheet. I never got it to work as I liked though.

One of the biggest issues I encountered while working with Gnucash and Kmymoney2 where related with importing the records I downloaded from the 2 banks I have accounts with. One gave me OFC, the other OFX. And none of the softwares could work with these out of the box.

When my Mac arrived it came with Quicken 2006 preinstalled. I searched a lot thru it trying to import my bank files and discovered it could not be done without third party software I needed to pay for. While googling for converters I found myself on the Moneydance website, and Quiken bundle finished on the trashcan.
They had a Mac OS X version and I downloaded it. It impressed me lot! It has a great Aqua look and fell, is runs fast enough for my needs and it imports my files on a glimpse. It is even localized to Portuguese!

It has less features than Quicken, that’s for sure, but I don’t need big accouting features. I just need to see how big is my deficit monthly! 🙂

It runs on Mac, Windows and Linux, and is not expensive at all. After trying it I payed for the software and I am very happy.

I love free software and I can tell that Gnucash (that can run on MacOS X with fink)  and Kmymoney2 are great apps, but they did not work for me.

Moneydance has few drawbacks:

The help docs in my language are not usefull at all, and to switch to the complete help, I`ve to restart it configured for english.

Their license restricts it’s use one 1 computer (and that’s ok) but also only to one person. When another user tries to start it on the same machine, even after registered, the registration is not recognized. That is I can use it and my wife can’t, witch seems to me to be an absurd. We will not divorce beacuse of that thanks God! 🙂

The exchange rate calculus depends on manual imput and that sucks!

Published in: on 09/14/2006 at 12:37 am  Comments (1)