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X29-Renamer is created to take those OS X "unfriendly" long names and truncate them, including and respecting any file extension, to the 31 characters that OS 9 accepts. In addition, to avoid name conflicts, the program will uniquely number each file or folder before the extension up to a maximum of 999.

What's New

Version 1.6:
  • Added status text to main window showing the filename length setting. Basic testing on MacBook running Snow Leopard OS 10.6.2 so let us know if you find problems.


Mac OS X 10.1 or later including 10.5 & 10.6.2

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kerryjw1 Member IconReview+0

Please disregard my comments on May 8 2006. What had happened to my files is that it renamed the main folder and moved it up where I could not see the newly renamed folder. So I did not lose any files. It works as it said so my apologies to the Developer pmfine.

My main folder was only 16 characters including spaces so I am not sure why it was renamed? It removed 9 characters and added 001 at the end.

My new appraisal of this app is
Features 3 stars
Ease of use 5 stars
Value (for those that my need this app) 5 stars
Stabiliy 3 stars

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Version 1.1
Fine Matter Software (developer)

Glad you figured this out and that no files were deleted which we could not understand.

On the renaming issue when it was only 16 characters, I will discuss this with my fellow developer and as you said, it should not have renamed any file or folder under 31 characters.


Fine Matter Software (developer)

My main folder was only 16 characters including spaces so I am not sure why it was renamed? It removed 9 characters and added 001 at the end.

We are not sure either but the program has been updated to v1.2 with another check to avoid touching anything under 31 characters.

Thanks for your feedback.


kerryjw1 Member IconComment+0

I have been looking for an app that would check for file name being over 31 and when I saw this app I was ready to try it out. So after testing it and seeing that the app worked as it said it would I've been using it. Today I used it on 3.5 gigs of work files and when it was DONE all my files were gone. This app deleted all my files so this app is in the trash. It is not worth losing 2 weeks of 15 peoples work in 30 seconds. I give this app 1 star for trying to solve this problem but for losing all my files thats a minus -3 stars. It's a good thing we have a daily backup of our server.

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Version 1.1
Fine Matter Software (developer)

While we are sorry for any files you say you lost, we can't imagine how that is possible.

The program has been tested and used by hundreds of users and downloaded by over 2500 members at many locations and not one including the two developers and other consultants have ever reported this or seen that behavior.

Since it only renames files and does not move them to the trash, it is still harder to understand.

Personally, I would always test any product on a small folder of files to see how it behaves in your environment but as I said, your experience is unique and unexplainable.


Wiggus Member IconReview-1

Working in the print industry, we run into this long filename problem continuously. I've found a couple renaming tools that will truncate filenames, but setting them up is a real pain. I'm only rating features a 1 because this only does what it was built to do. It does one thing VERY well. I tried this with a couple-hundred files finally and it did exactly as advertised, and in a very logical manner. Simply drag and drop, then get back to work. Thanks a million.

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Version 1.1b1
Fine Matter Software (developer)

Thanks for your positive comments but rating this a 1 on features because it only does 1 thing )but does it perfectly) is very peculiar logic.

I see ratings based on how well something does what it claims to do. Since we only claim to do one thing, it would be foolish to expect it to do more especially since you said it does that one thing "VERY WELL".

It would be the same logic in buying a powerbook and rating it only a 1 because it does not wash your cloths.

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Downloads 6,718
Version Downloads 1,978
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Date 21 Nov 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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