Name Mangler

Rename your files

Release Notes

Once you know these by heart, you can return to the main product page or seek help.

Name Mangler 3.3.1 - Aug 6 2014

New Features

  • Allows renaming of locked files, via a dialog asking for permission to do so.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Added accessibility descriptions for the file list and renamer configuration area, for those who use VoiceOver.
  • Modified some interface elements in preparation for Yosemite (OS X 10.10).
  • Prepared for upcoming Gatekeeper changes.

Name Mangler 3.3 - Oct 18 2013

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 files and folders in one operation. (Hat tip to Peter N. and Mark H. for reporting this one.)
  • Improved interaction between mouse and keyboard in the metadata browser. (Hat tip to Tobias W. for reporting this one.)

Name Mangler 3.2.1 - Jun 11 2013

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a bug which caused a post-renaming crash in the direct version of Name Mangler 3 on OS X 10.6 and 10.7.

Name Mangler 3.2 - Jun 11 2013

New Features

  • Added Notification Center support.
  • New view option shows spaces, highlighting leading, trailing, and double spaces.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Improved VoiceOver/accessibility support. (Hat tip to Sof suggesting how to improve things.)
  • Fixed a bug related to reordering the file list on OS X 10.6.x.
  • Fixed a bug that didn't allow pasting in certain text fields in certain conditions. (Hat tip to Chris for reporting this one.)

Name Mangler 3.1 - Apr 8 2013

New Features

  • File list area now allows selecting multiple files for removal from the list, or for quick rearranging.
  • Added Suffix to the Sequence command, allowing sequences to easily be added to the front of filenames.
  • Added yyyy and yyyy-MM date formats; HH-mm and HH-mm-ss time formats.
  • Added 'Clear on quit' to History retention options.
  • Added 'Number of Files in Parent Folder' metadata item. (Hat tip to Kristaps A. for the suggestion.)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Command + arrow keys no longer override OS X's built-in text navigation shortcuts.
  • Added a warning dialog if the same renaming action is applied twice in a row to the same source files.
  • Adding steps no longer automatically shows interim results.
  • Fixed a bug related to regular expressions.
  • File count metadata types ignore invisible files, if Name Mangler is set to ignore invisible files.
  • New logic and controls for selecting a detail display mode when selecting files is enabled.

Name Mangler 3.0 - Feb 27 2013

Name Mangler 3 is a paid upgrade from Name Mangler 2. If you are a paid directly-purchased Name Mangler 2 owner, you are eligible for special pricing if you choose to upgrade.

If you'd rather go back after trying Name Mangler 3, you can download the old one right here.

New Features

  • Anywhere from 50 to 100 times faster than Name Mangler 2—rename in excess of 2,000 files per second.
  • Over 150 metadata fields (image dimensions, shutter speed, etc.) can be used in filenames.
  • Create multi-step renaming actions, and use drag-and-drop to reorder steps.
  • Interim name view shows filenames as of any step of a multistep renaming action.
  • Full support for retina display Macs.
  • Save configurations for easy reuse, and share saved configurations automatically via Box or Dropbox.
  • Export configurations to share with others via email, online, etc.
  • Use History browser to access any prior renaming action.
  • Revert the last-used renaming action.
  • Shift-drag to add files to an existing list.
  • Delete saved configurations from within Name Mangler. (Hint: Hold down the Option key.)
  • Optionally display only the files to be renamed.
  • Automatically flag and optionally automatically fix potential duplicates.
  • User interface has been modernized, reorganized, and gorgeousized:
    • The '✓ Rename' button is in a more logical and visible spot.
    • Choose from light or dark backgrounds in the file list area.
    • Horizontally resize the rename action area.
    • Status lights next to each proposed filename reveal renaming state (good, bad, no change) at a glance.
    • Tooltips show full original names, new names, and errors.
    • Query field in Find and Replace makes it more obvious when the user is in regular expression mode.
    • Status light next to regular expression reveals syntax checking state (green is good, red is bad).
    • New large icon view.
    • Automatic view mode determines which details to show based on sort order.
  • New action: Compose, to start with a completely blank filename.
  • New function (Advanced mode): [random (number of characters) from (pool)].

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Finder no longer must be running to use Name Mangler.
  • Checks files' writable status and warns user if files are unwritable.
  • Split Insert/Remove into two distinct actions.
  • Split Prefix/Suffix into two distinct actions.
  • Sequence has been greatly simplified, thanks to multistep renaming.
  • New Sequence formats: Roman Numerals and Letters.
  • Sequence start and increments can be negative.
  • Increased the maximum and minimum limits for Sequence values.
  • Arbitrary Terms is now a format in the Sequence action.
  • Arbitrary Terms can take a CSV formatted file as input.
  • Advances in Advanced mode:
    • Auto-complete functions and variables.
    • Tab to next empty parameter.
    • Resizable edit area with auto-indent.
    • Selection (or line) can be shifted in or out via Command-[ and Command-].
    • Find and replace.
    • Save any Advanced program as a Preset for easy reuse.
    • Create snippets of portions of code for easy reuse in other Advanced programs.
    • Automatically sync snippets to multiple Macs.
  • iTunes music files cannot be renamed (this will break iTunes, so it's not allowed).
  • Faulty regular expression backreferences are ignored.
  • Worked around a Cocoa bug that only appeared when renaming files that begin with a tilde. (Hat tip to Joseph B. for finding this one.)
  • If a filename won't be affected by a renaming operation, the entire line is grayed out, making it easier to spot the files that will be skipped. (Hat tip to Paul S. for the suggestion.)
  • Filenames containing slashes are now changed to colons, matching Finder's behavior.

Name Mangler 2.5.1 - Apr 11 2012

New Features

  • File renaming operations that will remove filename extensions now generate a confirmation prior to the action taking place.

Name Mangler 2.5 - Mar 1 2012

New Features

  • Added File > Populate (Command-O) to the menu, for those who prefer to use the OS X Open dialog to select files to rename.
  • Advanced mode's pad function can now pad at the front (by using a negative length value).
  • Advanced mode's truncate function can now truncate from the beginning (by using a negative maximum length value).
  • Two new Advanced mode variables (name.extension and .extension) ease some Advanced mode renaming tasks.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Assorted minor fixes and improvements.

Name Mangler 2.4.6 - Oct 6 2011

New Features

  • Two new Advanced mode commands (increment and decrement) for doing math-based renaming tasks.
  • If you need to rename files to start with a dot, a new hidden pref (defaults write com.manytricks.NameMangler "Allow Dot Prefix" -bool YES) will allow you to do so. (Hat tip to Phil B. for the suggestion.)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Removed an arbitrary six-digit limit on numbers in sequential renaming. (Hat tip to Siobhan M. for finding this one.)

Name Mangler 2.4.5 - Aug 15 2011

New Features

  • An optional parameter (sequence identifier) has been added to the sequence function in Advanced mode. (Hat tip to Kyle K. for the suggestion.)
  • Optimized the handling of the progress bar when renaming thousands of files. (Hat tip to Sef P. for the suggestion.)

Name Mangler 2.4.4 - Apr 27 2011

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a regression where some renaming modes didn't work after updating to Name Mangler 2.4.3 (Hat tip to Dirk S. for reporting this one.)

Name Mangler 2.4.3 - Apr 26 2011

New Features

  • Advanced mode now supports multiple undo levels (via the Edit menu or Command-Z).
  • The forward slash (/) can now be used in renaming actions.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Modifying an existing droplet and then saving it over itself now works as expected. (Hat tip to Scott P. for reporting this one.)
  • Text copied from Excel and pasted into the Terms List window now retains its line breaks.
  • Newly-created droplets should be better able to find Name Mangler if it's been moved or renamed.

Name Mangler 2.4.2 - Mar 18 2011

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • The 'Ignore trailing...' option, on the Processing tab of Preferences, now works as expected.
  • Text fields now auto-expand if the amount of text entered exceeds the available space for display.

Name Mangler 2.4.1 - Jan 20 2011

New Features

  • Added Title Case option to the Change Case renaming mode, with control over affected word length.
  • Added [titlecase] function in Advanced mode, to control title case options programmatically.
  • Added <parent> variable in Advanced mode; it returns the parent folder name of the selected file(s).
  • Added a status message to empty Name Mangler file area (Drop files and folders here).

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Renamed 'Filter' to 'Show' to more accurately reflect what those checkboxes do.
  • Added a pop-up warning letting users know what happens if they uncheck the Files filter (labeled 'Show' now).
  • Help files updated to reflect new functionality.
  • Modified how extensions are parsed, to better handle names (typically user-created folder names, which generally lack extensions) with other dots and spaces (i.e. a folder named Section 1.1 Images).

Name Mangler 2.4 - not released

There was no Name Mangler 2.4; this version number was skipped in order to keep the version numbers in sync with the Mac App Store version.

NameMangler 2.3.3 - Jan 11 2011

New Features

  • The help files (Help > Name Mangler Help) have been completely rewritten.
  • Trial mode is no longer based on timeout dialogs, but on feature limitations.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Name Mangler no longer accepts dropped files directly from iPhoto and Aperture. (Files weren't renamed in prior versions, but they were accepted.)
  • The file list will now populate when droplets are used when Name Mangler is already running.
  • Modified the dialog that appears when a renaming action creates a naming conflict.
  • Name Mangler now respects the Full Keyboard Access setting in System Preferences.

Name Mangler 2.3.2 - not released

There was no Name Mangler 2.3.2; this version number was skipped in order to keep the version numbers in sync with the Mac App Store version.

Name Mangler 2.3.1 - Dec 8 2010

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a crash that occurred when using the 'populate with Finder selection' button with thousands of files selected.
  • Name Mangler can now rename huge numbers (tens of thousands) of files without crashing.

Name Mangler 2.3 - Nov 2 2010

New Features

  • Advanced mode now allows user input via a dialog box, and then using the results of that input when renaming. (Hat tip to Andy R. for requesting this feature.)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • The checkmark button (which applies the defined renaming task) has been replaced with a more-obvious "Rename" button.
  • Modified our licensing mechanism for easier support going forward.

Name Mangler 2.2.4 - Oct 26 2010

New Features

  • It's no longer possible to uncheck all filters, which would effectively disable Name Mangler.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed an issue with decomposable characters (e.g., accented characters) in Change Case mode. (Hat tip to Andy A. for reporting this one.)

Name Mangler 2.2.3 - Sep 21 2010

New Features

  • Added new Replace All button to Name Mangler's duplicate filename warning dialog. (Hat tip to Mike B. for the request.)
  • Added "Prepend original name" to "Prefix" section of Number Sequentially, to match the "Append original name" option already available for Suffix. (Hat tip to David C. for the suggestion.)

Name Mangler 2.2.2 - Aug 16 2010

New Features

  • Copy and paste can be used to copy files, URLs, and paths to the file list area.
  • Drag and drop URLs and paths (e.g., from a text file) to the file list area.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Aliases can now be renamed (prior versions of Name Mangler ignored aliases). (Hat tip to C.P. Williams for reporting this issue.)
  • Fixed a bug where non-ASCII characters could go unmatched in regular expressions and/or advanced mode because of Unicode normalization differences. (Hat tip to Daniel Coradi for reporting this one.)

Name Mangler 2.2.1 - Jun 28 2010

New Features

  • Added in-app purchasing module.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed an issue where renaming both files and folders may not always work. (Hat tip to Shiro W. for reporting this one.)
  • Fixed an issue where dragging both files and folders from Finder could result in duplicate entries, depending on Name Mangler's filter settings.

Name Mangler 2.2 - Jun 2 2010

New Features

  • Large preview images can be seen on hover or click (set in Preferences).
  • Quick Look previews available with click-after-hover or double-click (in non-hover mode).
  • Added 'created' and 'modified' variables to Advanced mode.
  • Added the ability to process several top-level expressions in Advanced mode while assigning each expression's result to the <name> placeholder for each step.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Image previews are now threaded and much more efficient.
  • License files are no longer saved with the wrong file extension after downloading with some webmail apps.
  • Worked around a Sparkle issue that resulted in wrong "last checked" dates being displayed for automatic update attempts under certain circumstances.

Name Mangler 2.1.1 - Mar 25 2010

New Features

  • New 'shuffle' mode (Command-S in Sort pop-up) to sequentially but randomly modify filenames; useful for images for a picture frame, for instance.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed permissions issues for users running on non-admin accounts.

Name Mangler 2.1 - Mar 22 2010

New Features

  • Automatic updating via Sparkle.

Bug Fixes

  • Name Mangler no longer chokes on colons or slashes in pre-existing file names (you still shouldn't use those, though).

Name Mangler 2.0 - Feb 14 2008

New Features

  • Files can now be listed in a less detailed way (cf. "General" preferences), allowing you to survey a larger number of files at once.
  • You can now have File List ignore " ", "-", "_", and "0" characters when determining the common prefix .
  • By default, image files are now represented by previews instead of generic icons (cf. "General" preferences).
  • Streamlined the user interface and turned this into a universal binary.

Bug Fixes

  • Path Finder support on Mac OS X 10.5.
  • Sorting by path.

Other

  • Changed product name to Name Mangler.

File List 1.2 - Aug 22 2005

New Features

  • You can now have the list of files update instead of being cleared after processing files. (Uncheck the "Clear list after processing files" checkbox in File List's "Processing" preferences.)
  • You can now configure File List to quit after processing files successfully. (Check the corresponding checkbox in File List's "Processing" preferences.)
  • New function for File List's Advanced Renaming: [truncate] returns a constant with (source expression) truncated to (maximum length) characters if (source expression) is longer than (maximum length). Returns the orginal (source expression) otherwise.
  • New function for File List's Advanced Renaming: [pad] returns a constant formed from (source expression) by either removing characters from the end, or by appending as many occurrences of (padding expression) as necessary.
  • File List no longer allows making files invisible by specifying a name that starts with a "." character. (Please contact me if you absolutely need this "feature".)
  • Reworded some preferences for better understanding.
  • Updated File List's documentation with a short paragraph on using back references in regular expressions.

File List 1.1 - Aug 9 2005

New Features

  • You can now hide the tool bar of File List's main window.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where droplets didn't behave as documented, i.e., they didn't ignore the "Ask me before actually processing files" setting. (Rebuilding droplets is not required to get this to work as advertised.)

File List 1.0 - June 14 2005

Takeoff

  • Initial release in English and German.

Name Mangler 3.3.1 requires OS X 10.7 "Lion" or newer. You can try it for free. The change log is an interesting read. Name Mangler 3 is VoiceOver compatible, for those who need help seeing what's on the screen. If you bought a Name Mangler 2 license from this site, here's your chance to upgrade to Name Mangler 3 for a mere $9. Finally, for the nostalgically inclined, you can still download older versions of Name Mangler.