Oh when the updates come marching in…

October 18th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

We’ve been quiet here lately, but that’s not because we haven’t been busy. Far from it; we’ve been testing our apps with Mavericks, and making changes where necessary (mostly cosmetic in nature). We’ve also addressed a number of minor bugs that have been reported (thanks!) since our last updates. So be prepared, we’re updating nearly the entire lineup today—everything here is Mavericks-ready, for whenever Apple ships the system.

As always, direct purchasers can update within the app, or by downloading a new version from our servers. App Store buyers should see the updates (soon, if not already) in the Updates tab of the App Store application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following updates will bump the minimum system requirement to 10.7 or newer; if you’re still running 10.6, DO NOT INSTALL THESE UPDATES.

Why 10.7 or newer? Apple recently declared an old security-related API dead (i.e. deprecated), and recommended that all developers switch to the newer API, which we did. But that new API requires 10.7 or newer.

So what’s new and improved today? It’s quite a list…

  • Butler 4.1.16: A number of behind-the-scenes updates for improved Mavericks compatibility, and a couple minor bug fixes.
  • Leech 2.2: We’ve fixed a fuzzy date bug, improved the ‘resume download,’ and squashed a couple of bugs.
  • Moom 3.1: Lots of goodness here, but the biggie is that you can now specify resize dimensions as a percentage of available space. We’ve also changed how custom names work for saved window layouts, added a new AppleScript command, and made a number of other little changes. Check out the Moom release notes page for all the details.
  • Name Mangler 3.3: The big news here is that Mavericks users can use Tags in renaming operations. We also fixed a couple of minor bugs, and added a checkbox to the Terms List dialog that will make Name Mangler check the source file for updates. Full details on the Name Mangler release notes page.
  • Witch 3.9.3: We’ve updated the “how to enable” text for Mavericks users, and worked around a glitch for those using XtraFinder.
  • If you’re scoring at home, that’s five apps updated; the missing suspects (Desktop Curtain, Keymo, Time Sink, and Usher) all have updates in the works, and we hope to have those out shortly as well. Even without updates, those apps will work fine on Mavericks—so if you’re upgrading your OS, you should be in good shape with all of our apps, assuming you apply the updates we have released.

Saying Goodbye to ‘Buy with Google’

June 24th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

If you didn’t see the news, Google recently announced that they would be shutting down Google Checkout come November, 2013. Here at Many Tricks, we presently offer Google Checkout as one of our three payment options (direct credit card and PayPal are the other two).

When we relaunched Many Tricks in 2010, having Google Checkout was important, as it was the only alternative to PayPal available to our customers. As such, Checkout accounted for over 20% of our sales in that first year.

But over time, this 20% figure began to drop—even before we added support for direct credit card transactions as a third buying option, it seemed people were moving away from Checkout. Then, when we did add direct credit card purchases, Checkout fell even further. How far? So far in 2013, Checkout accounts for less than 5% of Many Tricks’ buyers.

Given that Google is walking away from Checkout this fall, and looking at Checkout’s greatly-diminished importance to our customers, we’ve made the decision to turn off Checkout at the end of June. So on June 30th, no earlier than 6PM Pacific time, Google Checkout will no longer be available as an option on our site.

If, in the future, we find a decent alternative to Google Checkout that works with our transaction processing house, we’ll see about adding them to our site as a third purchase option. For the short term, though, you’ll be able to choose between using PayPal or paying directly via credit card.

Name Mangler and Butler updates released

June 11th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

We held these off for a day, so as to not steal the thunder from Apple’s WWDC keynote. But now that that’s over with, we’re releasing Name Mangler 3.2 and Butler 4.1.15 into the wild.

Name Mangler 3.2 adds support for Notification Center, and the ability to highlight spaces (including special emphasis on leading, trailing, and double spaces) in your filenames. We added/fixed some other stuff, too—for more details, check out the release notes. Direct buyers can get the update via in-app updating, or by downloading the new version from our site. App Store buyers should see the update in the App Store application (if not now, then shortly).

Note: If you’re running OS X 10.6 or 10.7 and downloaded or updated to Name Mangler 3.2 earlier today, please check again for updates. We just pushed out Name Mangler 3.2.1, which fixes a post-rename crashing bug.

We’re sorry we didn’t catch this one in our testing prior to release. We’ve given ourselves a good talking to, and we’ll do our best to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Butler 4.1.15 fixes a couple of minor bugs and updates how Butler handles clipboard content. The Butler release notes page contains the details on these thrilling changes. Update within the app, or by downloading the new version from our site.

Announcing two free Safari extensions for tab addicts

April 30th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

Today we’re releasing two free Safari extensions, targeted at those of us who rely on tabs to speed our browsing. Here are the details on each.

⌘-Click Avenger

About a week ago, I tweeted this:

I really really hate sites (autotrader.com is another) that use JavaScript and onclick events to break this functionality. Unbeknownst to me, this behavior also irked the other half of Many Tricks, and Peter was already at work on fixing the problem. A few hours after my tweet, Peter sent this one:

After downloading and testing, I discovered it didn’t actually fix the autotrader.com site, because they were using a global onclick handler. After some revisions (including splitting the two functions into separate extensions), though, the extension now works on ESPN, autotrader.com, and many other similar sites. It may not work for 100% of the sites out there, but it’s been pretty robust in our testing.

Download ⌘-Click Avenger


This extension is for those who use vBulletin forum sites. It adds a contextual menu that lets you open all unread article links in new tabs, with a single click. As of now, it only works for vBulletin, but if you use forum sites based on other systems, we may be able to get it working if you can give us a URL to look at.

Download Unread→Tabs

Technical details

These are free extensions (MIT license), and we’ll be submitting them to Apple’s Safari extensions gallery. However, as we don’t know how long that process may take, we’re releasing them here for those who’d like to use them now.

These extensions are provided as is, without any formal support. If you have the “Install Updates Automatically” box checked in Safari’s Extensions preferences panel, you’ll automatically get any updates we release.

Source code: If you’d like to see the source for either extension, here’s where to get it…

⌘-Click Avenger: BitbucketGitHub
Unread→Tabs: BitbucketGitHub

Alternatively, you can just unpack the extension on your Mac, via Terminal: xar -xf /path/to/extension.

Name Mangler 3.1 released

April 8th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

Yes, it was just six weeks ago that we released Name Mangler 3, but today, Name Mangler 3.1 has hit the streets. Direct purchasers will find the upgrade in the Update section of Name Mangler’s preferences, if they haven’t set the program to automatically check for udpates. App Store users will see an update for Name Mangler within the App Store application.

So why so quickl for a “full dot” upgrade? Here’s why…

With the 3.0 release, we attracted a lot of new customers, and we received a fair bit of feedback about how Name Mangler’s file list area didn’t act like Finder—you couldn’t select more than one file, making it hard to remove a number of files from a renaming list, or to quickly reorder many files. With Name Mangler 3.1, we’ve changed the file list area to behave more like Finder, addressing this feedback. (We also added a new View > Click in List To menu item to control this behavior. If you prefer the original Name Mangler behavior, set this menu option to Cycle Detail.)

In addition, we were asked for a few additional time and date formatting options, so we’ve added those. In the longer term, we’re looking at adding a full date/time formatter to Name Mangler, but these additional formats address all the requests we’ve had since 3.0 came out.)

The other big change is that Name Mangler no longer commandeers the Command key plus arrow keys text navigation shortcuts—if you’re editing a text field, you can use these shortcuts to jump to the start or end of that text field. Previously, these shortcuts were used to cycle history; those keys have been changed to Control-Command plus the arrow keys.

There are a number of other changes, which you can read about on the Name Mangler release notes page.

Name Mangler 3 is new and noteworthy…

March 8th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

We, of course, have already proclaimed as much, but Apple has now decided the same, featuring Name Mangler 3 in their current New and Noteworthy category.

We were supposed to move Name Mangler 3 to its normal $19 price yesterday, but in lieu of this news, we’ve decided to leave it at $10 through the weekend. So if you were on the fence, now’s the time to make the move—both the App Store and direct versions are $10 each for three more days.

Before buying, please compare the two versions to make sure you know what you’re getting with each one. Two key differences are OS X version required (10.8 for App Store; 10.6.8+ for direct) and Path Finder support (none in App Store version; present in the direct version).

How to: Restore Command+Arrow keys in Name Mangler

March 3rd, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

One of the new features in Name Mangler 3 is a comprehensive history of renaming operations. Name Mangler will remember your last 50 (or more, if you change it in prefs) renaming actions. You can access these saved configurations via our history browser:

To make it easier to browse your history, we provide two keyboard shortcuts: Command-Left Arrow (previous configuration) and Command-Right Arrow (next configuration). Experienced keyboard users will instantly recognize that those are the shortcut keys for jumping to the start and end of text strings in an input box, and may wonder how we have the keys serving both roles.

The short answer is “we don’t.” In Name Mangler 3, you can’t use those shortcut keys to navigate input boxes, only to navigate history.

But there is an easy solution, for those who prefer these keys in their text field roles: change the keyboard shortcuts for the history browser. After changing these shortcuts, the Command plus arrow key shortcuts will work as expected in Name Mangler’s text fields.

If you’re experienced with changing OS X keyboard shortcuts, you just need to assign Previous Configuration and Next Configuration to new shortcuts, and you’re done. If you need more specific how-to help, keep reading.

To reassign keyboard shortcuts for an app in OS X, open System Preferences (Name Mangler can remain running), and go to the Keyboard pane. On the Keyboard pane, click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, click on Application Shortcuts at the bottom left of the window, then click the plus sign at the bottom of the window:

This will drop down a sheet with three fields on it: Application, Menu Title, and Keyboard Shortcut. Click the Application drop-down menu, and look for Name Mangler (or Name Mangler 3, if you’re using the App Store version) in the list. If you don’t see it, click Other and navigate to the app on your hard drive.

In the Menu Title field, type Previous Configuration, and in the Keyboard Shortcut field, type whatever you’d like it to be—Command-Option-Left Arrow, for example. Once you have the panel configured, click Add to save your changes and return to the Keyboard Shortcuts screen.

Click the plus sign once more and repeat the process, but change the Menu Title field to Next Configuration, and assign it different keys (Command-Option-Right Arrow), then click Add.

When you’re done, the Keyboard Shortcuts panel will look something like this:

And that’s all there is to it. When you return to Name Mangler, Command plus arrow keys will work in text fields, and your newly-assigned shortcuts will be used to navigate history.

How not to compete in business

March 1st, 2013 by Rob Griffiths and Peter Maurer

Late in the day on March 1st, we received an explanation/apology from Dietmar Kerschner.
As far as we’re concerned, the personal side of this matter is now closed.

Two days ago, we launched Name Mangler 3, our first major upgrade to the program in nearly three years. This update was user-driven, based on feedback we’ve been tracking since Name Mangler 2 came out. We focused on speed, the ability to perform more than one renaming action, and some user interface improvements. We’re incredibly proud of what we built, and have been thrilled with the initial reaction.

Then yesterday, out of the blue, we received an email claiming we’d violated the copyright of another renaming application. We spent the afternoon researching the other app, and eventually sent an email response back to the accuser, clearly demonstrating our innocence through screenshots and app release timelines. (Name Mangler has existed in pretty much its current form since its initial debut as File List, way back in 2005.)

We thought that would be the end of it, because it was obvious there was no infringement. Today, though, we discovered that our accuser has gone public (despite not replying to our email) with these tweets:

Now that we’re being called thieves in a public forum, we feel we must respond in public as well: we cannot let Dietmar Kerschner trash our hard-earned reputation with baseless accusations that can’t withstand even the most basic level of scrutiny.

A Brief History of Name Mangler presents our side of the story. There you’ll find details on the development of Name Mangler, and that of Renamer(4Mac), the program whose designer has accused us of copyright infringement. Even a quick glance at the page will show that we’ve copied nothing from Renamer—if anything, we could claim that their latest release copied our design.

The purpose of this blog post, though, isn’t to go through a comparison of the two apps. Instead, we’d like to focus on the impact baseless copyright violation accusations have on both developers and (potentially) end users.

The threat

This is the threatening email we received from Dietmar Kerschner:

To whom it ma concern

I am Dietmar Kerschner, the UI/UX designer of Renamer 4. You have choosen to steal my UX concept for namemangler 3 which is a breach of copyright which i own.
It is abvious that you have stolen every part of the concept of Renamer 4, which i have concepted years ago.
I will not accept such copyright abuse.

Please explain the situation and give a statement, otherwise i will have to forward this case to my lawyer.
You also would risk another abusement case which can be forwarded to incrediblebees laywers.

I recommend to act fast.

Dietmar Kerschner

The above is reproduced verbatim, typos and formatting and all. Here’s the actual email message, in case you think we might be making this up. Trust me, we wish we were.

Our response

Needless to say, this email made us extremely angry: we have never stolen a UI concept/design from anyone, ever, and we work incredibly hard on our user interfaces. There are literally thousands of hours of design work and rework in Name Mangler 3’s user interface, and all of it was done internally, without ever looking at our competition.

We spend hours sweating the tiniest of details, often having pages-long Messages conversations about a one-pixel alignment decision. We care about this stuff, and we think it shows in the quality of our applications. So to be accused of interface theft hits us deeply, and it hurts, even when such accusations are false.

But what really got us mad was wondering how often this type of thing goes unnoticed and unmentioned, and the receiver of such a letter simply gives in under the threat of legal action.

Impact on developers

Between the two of us, we’ve now spent the better part of a full day on this project, gathering historical data for File List/Name Mangler (very easy, as we keep everything) and Renamer (much harder, given the name and ownership changes, and the lack of any sort of release notes) and preparing our response to Dietmar.

We’ve been Googling and taking screenshots and generally wasting time, proving something that we knew to be true going in. We called on friends in the software development business, to make sure we weren’t overlooking something about our work that could lead to a copyright infringement claim. We reached out to fellow Mac developers, asking for their thoughts on the situation.

All of these things take time, and time is our most precious commodity. This is time that we could’ve been using to code, to respond to customer inquiries, to visit with family and friends, etc. All that time wasted, because of one threatening letter. And we took the time to respond. Imagine a smaller developer, with a greater fear of legal action. Instead of responding, they may start spending hours changing their app’s appearance—all for no reason at all, beyond a threatening letter.

We love the software business, we love developing excellent products, and we love fair competition between developers: end users benefit greatly when two or more companies are building apps that do similar things. But trying to smother the competition with a baseless copyright violation claim? That’s not how we play, and we don’t think it’s how the software business should work.

Impact on end users

You may think a developers’ debate over copyright violations has no impact on end users. And if your timeframe is very short, you’d be right. But in a slightly longer run, time that developers waste on needless tasks takes away from the time they have to spend supporting end users, to write cool new apps, to update old apps, etc.

In addition, every time a copyright violation accuser forces an unwarranted change in an application, they’re affecting the user experience. If an app is forced away from an ideal layout because someone claims it’s “theirs,” that’s not good for users.

Threats may also dampen a developer’s enthusiasm for developing in general; after all, it’s no fun to spend hours defending your actions under threat of legal action. Irk a developer enough, and they may just decide it’s not worth the hassle, leading to fewer applications available for end users.

Wrapping it all up

Are we arguing that copyright is unimportant, and developers should be free to steal from other apps without any negative effects? Certainly not. Copyright is very important, and violators should be called to the mat for theft.

In this case though, we’ve demonstrated that not only did we not steal, but that any theft may have very well been the other way around: Renamer 4’s “new” interface bears a striking resemblance to one we’ve been using since 2005. But honestly, we don’t care—we like competing on features, performance, and ease of use instead of with legal threats.

So what happens next in this dispute? We have no idea. In an idealized world, Dietmar realizes that he’s wrong in his assumptions, and sends us his apologies for making a false accusation. The chances of that happening, though, are close to zero.

What we hope is that through exposing Dietmar and his threatening but groundless copyright violations email, he’ll think twice before trying such an approach on other developers. This business is hard enough as it is without having to worry about such underhanded tactics.

Late in the day on March 1st, we received an explanation/apology from Dietmar Kerschner.
As far as we’re concerned, the personal side of this matter is now closed.
Because we view the issue as closed, we’ve closed the comments.

The nitty-gritty on buying Name Mangler 3

February 27th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

Have you heard the one about the customer who walks into this confusing mess of prices and stores, and says “Look, just tell me how to buy the new version of Name Mangler?”

OK, so it’s not really that bad, but the fact that there are two versions Name Mangler 3 for sale in two distinct channels does make for some potential confusion for those looking to buy. Hopefully this post will clear up any such confusion.

As background, this is the pricing for Name Mangler 3, in both the direct and App Store sales channels:

  • Normal price is $19 ($18.99 in the App Store).
  • Sale price is $10 ($9.99 in the App Store) through March 5th 2013.
  • Direct purchasers of version 2.x can upgrade for $9 through our web site for the next 30 days. Beyond that, the upgrade price will be $14. The upgrade will, as always, get you

This knowledge base article describes the differences between the App Store and direct versions of the program. There aren’t many, but for certain users, there may be some show stoppers for the App Store version. Please check that document before you buy.

The first topic to address is recent buyers, particularly recent App Store buyers. The good news is that if you purchased Name Mangler within the last two weeks (on or after Feburary 13th, 2013), you’re entitled to a free upgrade to Name Mangler 3.

How do you get that upgrade? That depends on where you bought your copy.

  • For direct buyers, we will be sending you a license file, with no action required on your part. (If you already purchased an upgrade license, we’ll be sending you a refund, too.)
  • For App Store buyers, you face a decision. If you want the App Store version, you’ll have to buy it directly from the App Store—we do not have any way to provide free App Store copies to recent purchasers.

    However, you can get a free license to the direct version, if that’s acceptable to you. To get your free license, email me (rob at our domain, or click here) your iTunes receipt, clearly showing your full name, date of purchase, and Name Mangler as the purchased app. I will then verify the receipt and send you a license file.

Read on for some answers to questions that may come up as you’re looking to buy Name Mangler 3…

  • I previously purchased Name Mangler 2 from the App Store; don’t I get a discount?
    Apple, unfortunately, offers no way to sell upgrades to previous customers. We don’t know who our App Store buyers are (we receive no buyer information at all), and there’s no official upgrade mechanism in place for App Store applications. If this is something you’d like to see, we encourage you to let Apple know.

    Lacking any Apple solution, putting the new app on sale for a limited period of time is the best we can do for an upgrade plan. Make sure you buy within a week, though, to take advantage of the sale price.

  • I bought Name Mangler 2 directly from you, but now want the App Store version. How do I buy an upgrade license?
    If you want Name Mangler 3 from the App Store, you’ll need to buy it there. With the sale price, though, this will only cost you $0.99 more than would buying the upgrade license through our site.
  • I crossgraded to the direct version from the App Store version. How do I buy an upgrade license on your site?
    The crossgrade license is not the same as an actual license for an app purchased from our site. It allows you to run the direct version as a licensed customer, but we cannot use this license as the basis for an upgrade license. (The reasons relate to piracy and the ease with which pirates could use a license conversion tool for bad things.)

    As such, you’ll need to either buy a full license through us or through the App Store, depending on which one you want. Again, during the sale period, this will only cost your $0.99 more than would a true upgrade license.

  • I bought Name Mangler 2 directly from you, and want to buy the upgrade license from you as well.
    Great, an easy one! Just click here and you’ll see the shopping cart with the $9 upgrade license already in it. Complete the checkout, and await your license email. NOTE: You must have a full Name Mangler 2 purchased license in order for the upgrade license to work.
  • I accidentally upgraded to the direct version of Name Mangler 3, but prefer to stay on Name Mangler 2
    No problem, it’s easy to revert to the older version. Delete Name Mangler 3, then download Name Mangler 2. Copy the file off the disk image to your hard drive, and you’re back in business.

If you have any questions I don’t address in the above Q&A, please post them as comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Hello, I’m Name Mangler 3, nice to meet you!

February 27th, 2013 by Rob Griffiths

After a long and intense development period, Name Mangler 3 is now available, either directly from our site or from the App Store (yes, it’s sandboxed). This release is loaded with tons of new features, an updated user interface, and some incredible increases in renaming speed.

Name Mangler 3

The regular price for Name Mangler 3 is $19, but it’s on sale for an astonishing $10 for the next seven days as an introductory special. (Name Mangler 2 users who purchased directly from us can upgrade for $9 for the next 30 days, after which the upgrade price will become $14.)

For a video overview of Name Mangler 3, check out the overview video (also available in ogv and webm formats).

While designing Name Mangler 3, we had four objectives in mind: Safe, Fast, Complete, and Easy. After many months of effort, and lots of great feedback from our beta test team, Name Mangler 3 delivers on all four of these objectives. Keep reading to see just how we’ve added features, improved performance, and revised the user interface to achieve our objectives for Name Mangler 3.


Whether you’re renaming dozens or thousands of files, you want it done safely—losing files during a renaming task is simply not acceptable. That’s why Name Mangler 3 includes these features to insure safe renaming:

  • Duplicate prevention: Creating duplicate filenames during a rename can lead to lost files, as one file overwrites another. That’s why, before you even start a renaming task, Name Mangler 3’s status lights and tooltip text let you know if there’s going to be a naming collision. See a red status light? Check the tooltip for the cause. Name Mangler 3 won’t allow you to rename files until you resolve the duplicate issues.

    Name Mangler can optionally force names to be unique, too, if you’d rather not worry about this issue at all.

  • Undo mistakes: Make a mistake during your renaming? Don’t worry, Name Mangler 3 can undo the last-performed renaming action.
  • Block dangerous actions: Name Mangler 3 won’t let you rename files associated with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture, as that can cause problems within those applications.

Name Mangler 3 also checks files’ write status before renaming, warning you if you don’t have write permission. If your renaming action will remove any filename extensions, you’ll be asked to confirm before proceeding—files without extensions in OS X can be problematic.

The safety features in Name Mangler 3 let you rename your files with confidence, as they provide a safety net you need to help insure nothing is lost in the process. (Of course, you should always have a backup whenever you’re doing anything of a massive scale to your filesystem!)


A super-safe renaming app isn’t much use if it’s slower than a large fruit-named computer company is at releasing new versions of its flagship desktop hardware…but I digress. When renaming thousands—or even tens of thousands—of files, speed is of the essence.

That’s why we’ve optimized Name Mangler 3 to deliver speeds like you’ve never seen before. Depending on your computer, hard drive, renaming configuration, and other such variables, Name Mangler 3 can be anywhere from 50 to 100 times (or more) faster than Name Mangler 2. For example, when renaming 5,000 files, here’s how the two versions compared:

In other words, Name Mangler 3 renamed 5,000 files in just 3.3 seconds, versus 203 seconds—over three minutes—for Name Mangler 2. Name Mangler 3 even scales well for huge jobs: A test renaming of 20,000 files took just 25 seconds. If speed is what you need, Name Mangler 3 delivers, and does so without compromising safety.


What good is safety and speed if you can’t do everything you need to do? Name Mangler 3 is your one-stop multifile renaming solution. As always, a slew of renaming actions await your use: Find and Replace, Sequence, Add Prefix/Suffix, Insert/Delete, and more. Now, Name Mangler 3 adds to its existing skill set with these powerful new features:

  • Metadata: Use the metadata browser to insert “data about data”—image dimensions, audio bit rate, etc.—into any renaming operation. With over 150 metadata fields available, our browser needs to be smart—and it is. As you type, it narrows the list of matching metadata fields, making it easy to find just the one you need.
  • Multi-step renaming: Need to find and replace text within a bunch of filenames and add a sequence number to their names? In Name Mangler 3, you can string together one or more renaming actions to do everything you need to do in one rename operation. No longer will you need to reprocess your filenames; one pass is all it takes.
  • Save presets: Have a renaming operation you use a lot? Just save it as a preset, and it’s always available. Presets can even be automatically shared across Macs using Box or Dropbox.
  • Revisit history: Name Mangler 3 keeps track of every renaming action you perform. Want to re-do that action you ran three months ago, but forgot to save as a preset? No problem; use the history browser to call it up.

    Make any changes you desire, and your action is ready to use again.

  • View interim filenames: If you’re performing a multi-step renaming operation, select any step of the operation, and Name Mangler will show you the filenames as of that step, as well as the ending filename. This makes it easy to insure that Name Mangler 3 is going to do exactly what you want it to do.
  • Advanced mode advances: For those who use Name Mangler’s Advanced mode, you gain all sorts of goodies in this release: resizable edit area, auto-indent, auto-completion of functions and variables, tab to empty parameters, find and replace, and indent and outdent of multiple lines of code. You can also save snippets of code for easy reuse in the future, and share these saved snippets as you can do with saved presets.

Lots of other touches abound to offer the complete renaming experience. Retina graphics for those using retina-enabled display devices. Export renaming configurations to share with others. A new Compose rename command, so you can start with an empty name. Status lights reveal the presence of syntax errors in regular expressions. Rename files using an imported CSV-delimited text file.


Name Mangler has always been about ease of use. Filename previews show you before-and-after views of your filenames before you rename them. You can populate the file list via drag-and-drop, a Finder selection, or an Open dialog. Quick Look lets you check that the files you’re renaming are, in fact, the files you want to rename. A progress bar shows you how your renaming task is proceeding (though it’s onscreen much less often now, thanks to Name Mangler 3’s speed).

We’ve built on these great features in Name Mangler 3, taking ease of use to another level. Among the new ease of use improvements are:

  • Automatic input box sizing If you’ve ever tried to work with lots of text in a small input box, you know how frustrating it can be—lots of scrolling to see everything, difficulty in selecting, etc. Name Mangler solves this problem with automatically-resizing input boxes:

    Type as much or as little as you like, and Name Mangler will make sure you can see what you’re doing.

  • Draggable multi-step actions: When working with multi-step actions, you can change the working order by dragging each individual renaming action around. If you prefer the keyboard, Command and the Up or Down Arrow key will similarly move actions up or down the chain.
  • Export configurations: If you need to share your renaming actions with others, you can easily do so by exporting the configuration file, and sending it to the other person. They can open your configuration with a double-click.
  • Add files to the selection: Forget to include some files you wanted to rename? Shift-drag them from Finder into Name Mangler 3’s file area, and they’ll be added to the existing set.
  • Show only affected files: Sometimes you’ll be dealing with thousands of files, only wanting to rename a few. Name Mangler 3’s new View > Show Modified Files Only menu makes this simple, by removing any files that won’t be renamed from the list of displayed files.
  • Automatic view mode: Change the sort order from Name to Modification Date, and Name Mangler 3 automatically adds the Date Modified field to the file list view. Change the sort order to Size, and each file’s size is automatically displayed.

The total package

Although not everyone needs a multi-file renamer, for those who do, Name Mangler 3 delivers the goods. With safeguards that help prevent data loss, speed to crush even the most demanding of tasks, a complete set of features, and incredible ease of use, there’s not a better renamer out there.

Try the free demo today and see for yourself.