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Name Mangler (was File List) is an easy-to-use batch file renamer.

If you need to rename several files at once, this is the application you have always been looking for. Name Mangler is a batch file renamer that supports the following renaming tasks: Find and Replace (including support for regular expressions); Number Sequentially; Change Case; Set Extension; Add Prefix/Suffix; Remove/Insert Characters.

Moreover, you can combine all of these using the Advanced renaming mode, which even comes with some extra features, such as conditional statements, nested counters, and more.

But Name Mangler is more more...

What's New

Version 3.3:

New Features:
  • Added tags to metadata field for Mavericks users.
  • Name Mangler can now check for changes in Terms List files and use updated values, if present.
Bug Fixes and Improvements:
  • Fixed a bug in the open source regular expression engine that Name Mangler uses.
  • Fixed a bug related to renaming both more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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At first glance Name Mangler version 3 doesn't appear to be that much different than version 2 but upon using NM 3 it becomes clear very quickly that a whole lot of work went into this upgrade. With all the new features I can't imagine more...

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Version 3.0
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Mudflapper Member IconReview+260
Mudflapper
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Been using this when it was first released as File List, before Many Tricks. These guys are pretty much my favorite Mac app developers. They gave us Butler, for chrissakes. (You know that app called Alfred that everyone seems to love? They did it first with Butler and I've been using it for a decade. Just sayin'.)

Never had a crash. Never had any issues at all. As a retoucher, it makes my job so much easier when it comes to batch renaming dozens, sometimes hundreds, of images.

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Version 3.3
rosskinard Member IconReview+3
rosskinard
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Been using ABFR for some time and really liked it, but was too difficult to create really advanced workflows.

Found NM and after tinkering for a bit, went ahead and bought it.

Regarding their support, I'm very impressed. I emailed them asking a question about RegEx expressions and they were super helpful. They asked the founder/programmer about it and he put together a workflow step that did what I asked and provided feedback on possible results, which I then created a sequence step to look for and deal with.

In a day and age where it would be easy for them to give a Google link to learning RegEx on my own and brush it off, they showed real customer care and helped me get the software to do what I really *wanted* it to do.

Kickass in my book! Thanks to Rob & Peter at Many Tricks!

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Version 3.3
Big-Mac-XXL Member IconReview+263
Big-Mac-XXL
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Excellent tool. Version 2 was somewhat limited. Doing several steps on a file was only possible by crude hand coding. Version 3 allows simply several steps on a file with a nice GUI. v3 is muuuuch faster and much more reliable. Sometimes v2 did not convert all selected files for some odd reason (maybe a Finder bug?). But v3 runs perfectly. I love it! Especially the speed is light-years better. I don't know how they did this. The Finder is slow and clumsy when renaming files (and was with NM v2), but NM v3 now changes file names instantly no matter how many.

I'm running NM 3.2.1 on OSX 10.6.8. Macupdate says requirements for NM 3.3 is OSX 10.6, but the developer website says 10.7! Also the Macupdate screenshot shows the old NM v2 instead of the fundamentally changed GUI of NM v3.

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Version 3.3
Merl1n Member IconComment+10
Merl1n
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Beware of version 3.2.

Under OS 10.6.8 the program crashes after doing any operation.

I"ve opened a Bug Report Ticket with the developer and sent them a Crash Report.

Stay with version 3.1 until they get this fixed.

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Version 3.2
Merl1n
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From the crash report I sent them, they found the bug and fixed it. The new release is 3.2.1

Great Support!

BigJohnson Member IconComment+171
BigJohnson
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Developer doesn't know the difference between prefix and suffix.

Changes in 3.1: "Added Suffix to the Sequence command, allowing sequences to easily be added to the front of filenames."

A suffix adds to the END of filenames, a prefix adds to the FRONT.

Because of this error, the two functions work opposite as they should, with prefix adding to the end, and suffix adding to the front.

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Version 3.1
BigJohnson
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And when using Sequence>Arabic, NO zeroes should be added to the front of numerals 1-9. Zeroes are not shown in the Arabic option and should not be added - numbering is supposed to be 1, 2, 3 etc. NOT 01, 02, 03 etc.

sjk
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"Developer doesn't know the difference between prefix and suffix."

Forgive an obvious typo?

"And when using Sequence>Arabic, NO zeroes should be added to the front of numerals 1-9. …"

Sounds like the "Number of digits" option is 2. No zeros are added here with it set to Auto or 1.

BigJohnson
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Sorry, Number of Digits was set to Auto. That's the default and I thought that's where it should be. I see that changing it to "1" does remove the zero.

A typo is a spelling error. Knowing the difference between prefix and suffix is a misunderstanding of the words.

sjk
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I disagree that a typo is only a spelling error. Anyway, I'm sure ManyTricks folks know the difference between a prefix and suffix and simply mistyped "front" instead of "end" in the release notes.

BigJohnson
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This was NOT just in the release notes. As I've already pointed out, the app also functions improperly because the Prefix and Suffix boxes work opposite how they should.

sjk
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The Sequence renaming operation works correctly here with text in the Prefix and/or Suffix fields. Switching between different operations that use those fields can populate them counterintuitively/inaccurately, which is probably a bug.

BigJohnson
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Well I'm not adding text to the prefix or suffix fields. All I wanted to do was to add numbers to the front of the filenames. In order to do this, I tried ALL the options in the Prefix box, finally setting the Prefix box at Name, because I want the numbers in front of the names, where the prefix belongs. But no matter which option I chose, I always get the name THEN the number - the number always goes at the end, making it a suffix instead of a prefix. BUT, If I set the Suffix field to Name, the numbers go in FRONT where a prefix should go.

Example: Make a blank text file called Test File.txt.
Add it to the N.M.'s window.
Set Format: Arabic: 1, 2, 3.
Set Prefix field to Name.

Filename is now called Test File1.txt.
Notice that the number is at the END, making it a suffix, NOT a prefix.

But if I leave the Prefix field blank and set Suffix to Name, filename becomes 1Test File.txt. So the number has now become a prefix, NOT a suffix.

As I said, it's BACKWARD.

And I STILL can not get the Undo command to work. Even after renaming that one text file, Undo is not available.


I discovered the cause of the vanishing files: N.M. is not compatible with Path Finder, which I use instead of Finder. If I open Finder and drag the files into N.M., they don't vanish, but if I drag from Path Finder they do, even if Finder is running. There are a LOT of Path Finder users, so I'd suggest making N.M. work with it. They have a 30-day trial you can test with.

sjk
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It's your understanding of how Prefix/Suffix fields work that's backwards. Whatever they contain is prepended/appended to the filename. They don't control where the digits are placed.

So the "Added Suffix to the Sequence command, allowing sequences to easily be added to the front of filenames." release note does match the behavior; I'd misread it. If Suffix contains a "Name" metadata token then Format sequences will be added to the front of filenames (if Prefix is empty).

If you're concerned enough with getting any NM vs. Path Finder issues fixed reporting them directly to the developer(s) is best.

BigJohnson
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Well then there seems to no way at all to simply add numbers to the front of filenames. If I leave the Prefix and Suffix fields empty, then the filenames disappear and only numbers are left. This does me no good at all.

All I wanted to do was to add numbers (and a period and a space would be nice) to the front of the filenames.

sjk
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"Well then there seems to no way at all to simply add numbers to the front of filenames."

As I previously posted:

If Suffix contains a "Name" metadata token then Format sequences will be added to the front of filenames (if Prefix is empty).

"All I wanted to do was to add numbers (and a period and a space would be nice) to the front of the filenames."

That's easy. In the Suffix field: (Name metadata token)

- Suffix is appended after each number of the sequence.
- Prefix is prepended before each number of the sequence.

BigJohnson
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And again, prefix means FRONT, suffix means END.
So Why the hell would I even think of using the Suffix box to add numbers to the FRONT of a filename?


"If Suffix contains a "Name" metadata token then Format sequences will be added to the front of filenames (if Prefix is empty).

If Prefix is empty, then NOTHING should be added to the front.
I don't care what's selected in Suffix, it should NEVER be put at the front, because then it becomes a PREFIX!
Anything chosen in the Suffix box should ALWAYS go at the end.


MAKES NO SENSE! It's Bassackward.

sjk
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You're misunderstanding the purpose of Prefix/Suffix in this context (they don't refer to the Format sequence locations) and apparently only want to continue arguing about it regardless of my attempts to explain it.

BigJohnson Member IconReview+171
BigJohnson
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BEWARE!

I installed N.M. and used it for renaming 2 folders of files. On the third folder I performed one function: removal of first 4 characters from filenames. I decided to undo it, but Undo WOULD NOT WORK! It was greyed out - not even an option. Fortunately I had a copy of the files on an external drive, so I deleted the ones that were now missing their numbers and copied the spares.

And why do all the files disappear from the window when I switch to any other app then click N.M.'s Dock icon again? Doesn't happen if I use ⌘+Tab to switch apps.

I would have sent these bugs to the dev., but you gotta register to contact support.

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Version 3.1
sjk
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"And why do all the files disappear from the window when I switch to any other app then click N.M.'s Dock icon again?"

I couldn't reproduce that problem.

sjk
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"but you gotta register to contact support."

Not really. On the http://manytricks.com/support/index.php page, under Instructions:

Registration is not required to use the system (see note below, though).

And there's an e-mail link there, too.

BigJohnson
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You couldn't reproduce the problem? It happened with 3.0, then I saw there was a 3.1 update so I installed that and it still happens.

I add files, click any other app's Dock icon, then click N.M.'s Dock icon and the files vanish from N.M immediately with an alert sound. Happens EVERY time.

Sorry about the support complaint - on your site it looked like I had to register and I didn't want another account.

sjk
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I still can't reproduce your disappearing files problem with NM 3.1 on 10.8.3, regardless of how files are added to the File List Area. I've never seen anything like that happen in other contexts but rarely use Dock clicking to switch apps. Is there anything special with how Dock is configured on your system, e.g. some third-party plugin that changes its behavior? Without more info I can only guess what the cause might be and this really isn't the place to do more in-depth troubleshooting.

I haven't tried reverting renames yet.

manytricks.com isn't my site; I'm only a customer. :)

Donperreault Member IconReview+600
Donperreault
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At first glance Name Mangler version 3 doesn't appear to be that much different than version 2 but upon using NM 3 it becomes clear very quickly that a whole lot of work went into this upgrade. With all the new features I can't imagine there is much code that hasn't been modified and much added.

It is extremely fast and has numerous new features such as working on metadata, steps, history and best of all programming your own renaming tasks.

Many Tricks did a great job. Buy it while you can, I heard this is introductory price.

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Version 3.0
Donperreault Member IconComment+600
Donperreault
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Is there a way to upgrade?

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Version 3.0
Gestalt
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Looks like if you hover over the "Buy" button on the developer's product page there is a link that says "If you already own a Name Mangler 2 license, you can upgrade to Name Mangler 3 here". You can upgrade for $9 (don't know how this applies to App Store version, since that has no license key). Apparently the price is going up to $19 after their introductory sale.

Donperreault
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Thanks, it kind of pisses me off because when I donated to Name Mangler I was under the impression that all future updates were free. I do understand that is not a very good business model in the software business but don't make statements you can't keep.

It appears there has been a considerable amount of work put into Name Mangler 3 and the developer does deserve compensation for his hard work.

All that aside I will gladly save my dollar and purchase the upgrade for $9 instead of $10 ;)

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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If you launch Name Mangler 2 you will get an upgrade notice with a link to the upgrade page. If the price is going to go up, then the relatively paltry upgrade discount makes more sense.

Donperreault
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I spent the extra buck and purchased through the MAS just for the convenience.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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@ Donperreault: The MAS is certainly convenient - no web page or e-mail receipts to worry about. On the other hand, if the price goes up to $20, the differential between the new and the upgrade prices may be greater in the future. Fortunately, Name Mangler has not had many paid upgrades so it may not be an issue for some years to come. That said, Name Mangler is definitely worth the $10.

Many-Tricks
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Donperrault:

Sorry if you got the impression that it would be free forever. What was supposed to be communicated (though this predates my time at the company) was that it would be free through the 2.x series, which it was.

Obviously having it be free forever would impact our ability to deliver new versions :).

So again, my apologies if you were misled; that was clearly not the intent.

-rob.

Nmassello
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Early direct upgraders should just pay the $10 anyway. Getting the upgrade requires retention of the previous license file, an inconvenience that's not worth the (current) $1 savings.

Donperreault
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I thought this was before (Jan 26th 2009) you left OS X Hints and joined Peter. It is no big deal. At first I was aggravated but after using the new version and trying out the improvements, it is well worth every cent. Rob, you turned a hobby into a business and a business has to have income to make money.

sjk
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Until today I had no idea NM 3 existed. I'm still running MAS version 2.5.1, which mutes v3 update offers that direct v2 licensees can see. Yet another MAS purchase pitfall.

The price in this MU listing should now be $19. Hopefully Many Tricks will honor a discounted MAS v2 -> direct v3 upgrade, similar to what other developers have done.

Many-Tricks
+1

This is a reply for 'sjk,' but there's no way here I can see how to do that.

Unfortunately, we have no real way of notifying MAS users about major new releases, though we did put it in our In App News page, but many users opt out of that.

We can't release it as just a new version of 2.x, because then we can't sell it, which means we can't make a living. So we're forced to release it as a new version.

We put it on sale for over two weeks after launch (many developers just do 24 or 48 hour sales), but I can't do anything about the App Store price now. (Another limitation, no coupons.)

If you email me (rob at etc), I can offer a $5 discount (splitting the difference between the full App Store price and the price our direct purchasers pay for the upgrade) if you're interested.

-rob.

sjk
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Thanks for the ultra-speedy reply, rob. I'd already opened a Many Tricks support ticket before seeing it; let's use that for further followup.

Tobias1974 Member IconReview+5
Tobias1974
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It just works! It is clear and it is simple to use.

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Version 2.5.1
Tommy-Montag Member IconReview+54
Tommy-Montag
+2

Love Name Mangler.

I've been using it since it first came out.

Makes things so incredibly easy when trying to batch rename a bunch of stuff. And the advanced use examples/templates have been enormously helpful to in crafting more complex renaming actions as I have no clue about regular expressions.

And, gotta say, it's kinda neat to have the Finder window open where your files to be renamed are, click the button in Name Mangler so it executes the changes, and then watch all the file names change right before your eyes in a split second! (OK, yeah, I'm still easily awed by the wonders of simple computing.)

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Downloads 42,784
Version Downloads 2,018
License Shareware
Date 18 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.00
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