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Mac Essentials: NameChanger


NameChanger, as the name suggests is a simple to use tool to change names of multiple files at the same time. You must have come across many situations when you have a list of files on your Mac machine and wish that they were all named in a particualar format or that they all had the same name with a sequential numbering. NameChanger is a handy tool that helps you do exactly that.

It gives you different options by which you can change names of files. The interface is very simple to use. You can drag and drop files that you need to change names and watch the changes take place as you type them. It also contains Image browser for visual re-arrangement of photos, quicklook and an ability to save the rename for a later use.

It offers a variety of ways by which you can modify names which includes wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence, date, replace by occurrence etc. It is possible to write a script on Mac to be able to do the same thing for you. But como’n, how many of us can actually do that? and moreover, how many of us actually want to do it that way?

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Mac Essentials: AppFresh


If you have used Apple software Update utility before, you would have no problems using AppFresh as it feels very native to the Mac platform. The tool helps you find available updates for all software installed on your Mac including widgets (how cool is that?!)

The look and feel of this software is very Mac like and you feel totally at home when using the software. I would rate the interface to be better than that of Mac’s own software update utility. It does a neat work of classifying software in to Mac, widgets, Microsoft etc. Which means if you have this software installed on your Mac you need not run individual update check for any of the software installed on your machine including Apple and Microsoft.

There are filters available to filter the list based on Vendor. All you need to do to update a software is to mark it for updation and it does the whole thing automatic. In some cases (very rare) when AppFresh cannot update your software automatic, it’ll guide you to the vendor’s page from where you’ll be able to run an update for yourself.

Here’s the type of updates mentioned on AppFresh website.

Apple Updates

Apple software and system updates

Microsoft AutoUpdate

Checks for Microsoft AutoUpdate 1 and 2,

Download and Install

AppFresh enables you to download any number of updates and automatically install them if you want. It also helps locating downloads and sends Growl notifications when the jobs is done.

Widgets, PrefPanes, Plug-ins

Update applications as well as widgets, preference panes and plug-ins.

Sparkle Updates

By fully supporting RSS based Sparkle updates a great percentage of self updating applications can be updated using AppFresh.

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