Fine Matter Software


X29-Renamer for OS9 Compatibility Droplet v1.6

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11/21/09 v1.6 = 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.

01/18/09 v1.5 = Filename length preference is now properly retained.


12/07 v1.4 = Tested and works in Mac OS Leopard 10.5.
05/18/07 v1.4 = 1. Injects the old (pre-conversion) file name into the file's Comments/Spotlight Comments field like so: X29 activity: Old Name: <<file's old name>>. It adds this information to the end of whatever comments are already present (it does not destroy any existing comments). 2. Creates a plain-text activity file (X29 Activity) on the user's desktop showing which files were altered, and the result. For example, A really long file name was here.txt shortened to A really long file name-001.txt.
05/15/07 v1.3 = When used as a droplet, i.e. the application is not launched with a double-click (or a single click if in the Dock), but files are dropped on the application's icon, and if it encounters no errors, it will automatically quit 2 seconds after displaying the 'Done!' message. The behavior when the application is launched 'manually' has not changed; it will remain running after the job has been completed.
05/14/06 v1.2 = Corrected behavior so that any folder or file name including the extension that is under 31 characters is untouched.
04/23/06 v1.1= Universal Binary for native use on PowerPC Macs or Intel Macs


Please read software warranty and liability before downloading

David Glass - Gray Matter Computing Peter M. Fine - FinePeter Consulting Inc.

 


The Mac OS9 file system (and ASIP file servers) have a maximum character limitation of 31 for either file or folder names. Mac OSX and for that matter, a number of versions of Windows allow much longer file names than does Mac OS9.

At best these longer file or folder names get truncated with names ending in what is "gibberish". At worst, when attempting to copy a folder containing a few of these files with longer names, the copy will be prevented thereby requiring the user to locate the problematic files. In folders with many files this can become a time consuming task.

This simple drop application was created to take those OSX "unfriendly" long names and truncate them, including and respecting any file extension, to the 31 characters that OS9 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.

Just drop the folder or the files on top of the application and the rest is handled automatically. You can then be assured of no random names being generated and all files uniquely named and numbered as well. If you double click on the file first you will see our splash screen as well. Solutions to problems are our business.

If you have found this free product useful please consider using David for AppleScripting or west coast Mac consulting and Peter for east coast Mac and PC consulting.

 

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