Any utility for your Mac that saves time and reduces tedious tasks to a few clicks is totally worthy in my book. Name Mangler is the wrong name for a Mac app that does so much so right, and for free.
Simply put, Name Mangler lets you rename files on your Mac—one, two, twenty, hundreds or thousands of files can be renamed in any number of ways with a few clicks of the mouse.
Tedious Barbarians At The Gate
I don’t mind a little manual labor here and there, so renaming a few files in the Finder won’t kill me. Select the file, hit the Return key, type in a new name, move to the next file.
That’s not exactly brain science or rocket surgery.
What do you do in the case of hundreds or thousands of files, all with different file names, all which need to be changed to something different.
This is was the misnamed Name Mangler does. In reality, it un-mangles a folder full of files, all with different names, and brings some sense and order to the names. And it does all this with a limited number of clicks and is donationware to boot.
Simple Batch Renaming Defined
Once you have to rename more than a dozen files in the Finder you’ll want to put Name Mangler to the test. The easy methods are obvious. Find and Replace, Number Files Sequentially, Change File Name Case, Set A Different Extensions, Add Prefix, Add Suffix, Insert Characters, or Remove Characters.
Preferences are a no brainer. Select the files you want to rename in the Finder.
The glaring omission is the ability to click an Open button to find the files via navigation, but it’s a minor nit. Select the files to rename, select the rename function, and you’re good to go.
The Name Mangler toolbar couldn’t be much easier to use. Select the function from the pull down menu, click the Check Mark button to apply your changes. Files are listed in the left column, Find and Replace in the right column.
The small down Arrow button in the upper right corner is used to create a droplet—frequently used name changes. Select the files you want to rename, drag and drop them to the droplet—done.
Renaming many hundreds of files carries a certain risk, so make sure to use copies of originals. However, Name Mangler always shows you onscreen what name changes will take place before you make the changes. Even then, permanent name changes don’t occur until you click.
Easier Said Than Done
One of the two coolest aspects of Name Mangler is how quickly you can put it to work, so it’s a great utility for the average Mac user who is faced with the daunting task of renaming hundreds of files.
The second cool feature is how geeky you can get.
Name Mangler comes with an Advanced Mode which lets you combine the basic batch file rename functions.
There’s also a straightforward query language for conditional statements, nested counters, and other cool features. Combine the Advanced Mode functions into a droplet, and anyone in your office can perform complex renaming tasks with a mere drag and drop.
Name Mangler is donationware, which is as close as you can get to free without being perfectly free. If you like it, donate. If you’re poor, and still like it, you won’t be any poorer.