What's New

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Version 9.54

21st October 2015

Minor release notes version 10 has shipped.

Version 9.53

7th September 2015

Minor release notes version 10 beta 1 is out.

Version 9.52

29th July 2015

This release improves behaviour when an attempt to rename files on read-only media is made.

Version 9.51

10th June 2015

This release fixes a minor bug and features a lot of behind the scenes changes.

Version 9.50

28th April 2015

This release improves the startup behaviour.

Version 9.49

24th March 2015

This release fixes a bug in the regular expressions implementation.

Version 9.48

17th March 2015

This release modernizes the preview table implementation and fixes a number of minor bugs.

Version 9.47

17th March 2015

This release was only out for a few hours and contains a major bug. Please update to version 9.48 or later to correctthis.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Version 9.46

25th February 2015

This release refines the preferences dialog.

Version 9.45

11th February 2015

This release adds a new tag that allows users to insert the contents of the clipboard into file names.

Version 9.44

22nd January 2015

This release fixes the "Show Invisibles" preview option that allows you to see invisible characters, suchas spaces and tabs.

Version 9.43

3rd December 2014

This release fixes a multi-threading issue.

Version 9.42

19th November 2014

This release fixes a sorting bug related to Yosemite's sqlite database.

Version 9.41

5th November 2014

This release adopts a new "flatter" look to blend more easily with the refreshedMac OS X 10.10 Yosemite user interface.

The new look is only applied on Yosemite, so the application should look much the same onolder Mac OS X versions.

Version 9.40

24th September 2014

This release features a major overhaul of the music tag renaming actions.

The user interface is brought in line with the "Tag-Based Renaming" actions and nowfeatures a drag & drop basedtoken interface.

We have also added a number of advanced AAC and MP3 tags to the tag library.

Version 9.39

20th August 2014

This release makes a minor improvement to the "Change Existing Number" action.

Version 9.38

28th July 2014

This release solves a rare crashing bug.

Version 9.37

22nd July 2014

This release adds online crash reporting to help us more quickly identify stability issues infuture.

Version 9.36

18th June 2014

This release improves stability under heavy load.

We appear to have had some issues due to changes in how Xcode's LLVM compiler deals withmulti-threaded memory management.

A great thank you to the people who have quickly reported these issues. Please remember thatwe can only fix bugs that we know about and that some bugs simply do not occur on all Macmodels and configurations.

Please let us know immediately if you find a crashing bug, so wecan react quickly!

Version 9.34/5

17th June 2014

This release fixes an intermittent bug that has been causing trouble for many users.

It looks like this was a multi-threading bug that has been around since version 8.0, butnever manifested until the latest Mavericks updates.

We are genuinely sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Version 9.33

5th June 2014

This release ensures that A Better Finder Rename will retain its file selection when youauto-update in the future.

Version 9.32

6th May 2014

This release fixes inaccuracies in the progress reporting.

Version 9.31

19th March 2014

This release improves droplets on Mavericks.

Version 9.30

27th January 2014

This release is the first to adopt the modern Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) memorymanagement architecture and thus benefits from significant performance gains in someareas.

Version 9.29

14th January 2014

This release introduces the new <ShootingDateSubSecond> tag.

Version 9.28

10th December 2013

This new release makes a series of small enhancements and minor bug fixes.

Version 9.27

20th November 2013

This new release fixes a minor bug that could make A Better Finder Rename fail without anerror message.

Version 9.26

15th October 2013

This new release finally retires our beloved multi-step action drawer and replaces it with amore modern design.

Version 9.25

23rd September 2013

This latest version fixes a bug in the "Keep Specific Characters" action.

Version 9.24

14th August 2013

This latest version adds the ability to display invisible/ non-printing characters in thefile name preview.

Version 9.23

16th July 2013

This release adds a shortcut for going full screen.

Version 9.22

2nd July 2013

This release adds keyboard shortcuts for removing individual items from the preview list andfor clearing the entire list.

Version 9.21

18th June 2013

This release makes it easier to join our new opt-in mailinglist.

Version 9.20

11th June 2013

This release improves the unlocking mechanism to handle additional special cases.

Version 9.19

6th March 2013

This release adds support for reading meta-data tags in a variety of video formats.

Version 9.18

30th January 2013

This release adds support for the global position system (GPS) tags in photographicimages.

Version 9.17

15th January 2013

This release delivers some UI improvements.

Version 9.16

28th November 2012

This release fixes a manual sorting bug.

Version 9.15

18th October 2012

This releases adds the ability to limit file names to a specific set of letters.

Version 9.14

12th September 2012

This releases fixes a number of minor improvements and fixes.

Version 9.13

21st August 2012

This is a bug fix release.

Version 9.12

20th August 2012

The new version improves integration with the Mac App Store version.

Version 9.11

2nd August 2012

The new version automatically upgrades old droplets to the new Mountain Lion-compatibleversion.

Version 9.10

31st July 2012

This latest update fixes a startup problem.

Version 9.09

31st July 2012

This latest update fixes an intermittent droplet problem on Mountain Lion affecting someusers.

Update: This problem was fixed with the Apple's 10.8.1 update.

Version 9.08

3rd July 2012

The new version is ready for Mountain Lion.

Version 9.07

26th June 2012

The new version optimizes drawing and artwork for the new MacBook Pro Retina Display.

The 9.07 update substantially reduces the download size, which ballooned up to 24Mb due tothe larger artwork and is now back down to 5.7Mb.

Version 9.06

26th June 2012

The new version optimizes drawing and artwork for the new MacBook Pro Retina Display.

Version 9.05

20th June 2012

The new version improves the manual ordering feature by letting you drag multiple items inthe preview simultaneously.

Version 9.04

15th May 2012

The shooting date now defaults to the "Time Date Digitized" timestamp if neither"Time Date Original" nor relevant TIFF information is found.

Version 9.03

18th April 2012

The new version enables you to automatically migrate presets from version 8.

In order to use this feature, go to the "File" menu and choose "MigrateVersion 8 Presets...".

Version 9.02

7th March 2012

This minor update fixes a problem that would make the "drag your files and folder here"graphic appear blurry in certain situations.

Version 9.01

1st March 2012

You can now automatically migrate the droplets that you created with version 8 to the newversion by selecting "Migrate Version 8 Droplet..." from the "File"menu.

Version 9.0

29th February 2012

A Better Finder Rename 9 features a beautiful, re-designed single window user experience, theabilitity to re-order items in the preview list via drag & drop and it provides acess toover one hundred image, photo, color, camera, lens, musicand date meta-data tags.

This is the first full version update of A Better Finder Rename since 2008 and we hope youwill enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed developing it!

Version 8.95

29th February 2012

This version is primarily aimed at delivery to existing users via the auto-update feature andprovides information about the version 9 upgrade out today.

Version 8.94

4th January 2012

The new version if necessary attempts to perform renames using a range of different renamingmechanisms to ensure better compatibility with third party and remote file systems.

Version 8.93

6th December 2011

The new version fixes a bug in the id3 tag reading engine.

Version 8.92

2nd November 2011

The new version now supports full screen mode in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Version 8.91

19th October 2011

The new version improves the thumbnail preview in the confirmation dialog and squashes apotential crashing bug.

Note: Version 8.90 was only released on the App Store, but contains only apartial fix for the crashing bug mentioned above. It should make this issue much lessfrequent but does not totally eliminate it. Version 8.91 will be submitted to the Mac AppStore today, but will need to go through the approval process which can take up to twoweeks.

Version 8.89

28th September 2011

The new version adds the ability to expand camel case.

Version 8.88

8th September 2011

This new version makes a very minor change to meet Mac App Store submission guidelines.

Version 8.87

7th September 2011

This new version fixes a minor problem with the new music tag reading engine.

Version 8.86

17th August 2011

This new version adds support for reading music meta information in FLAC, AIFF, M4V, OGG andAPE files.

Version 8.85

20th July 2011

This new version introduces a new "Lion mode" for renaming files more efficientlyon Mac OS X 10.7.

This mode is automatically pre-selected when the program is first run on Mac OS X 10.7Lion.

Version 8.84

14th July 2011

The new version fixes a problem that would cause the new ID3 tag reading engine not to findtrack number and CD number information.

Version 8.83

12th July 2011

The new version adds a new ID3 tag reading engine that can process your music files up to tentimes faster than the old engine.

Version 8.82

15th June 2011

The new version deals more gracefully with symbolic links.

Version 8.81

10th May 2011

This release improves the way that progress information is displayed:

  • progress is shown within the main window rather than a separate window
  • interactive renaming dialogs appear as sheets rather than modal dialogs
  • the multi-step interface drawer closes automatically during renaming and re-opens oncompletetion

The new version also contains a number of minor bug fixes.

Version 8.80

20th April 2011

This release fixes a crashing bug reported yesterday and a cosmetic problem.

Version 8.79

6th April 2011

This is a maintance release addressing a number of minor issues.

  • fixed an unlocking problem affecting customers using Eastern European characterencodings
  • fixed preview for file names whose parent folder contains a percent sign
  • fixed spelling mistake
  • improved debugging information is logged to the console
  • A Better Finder Rename 8 is now compiled using the latest XCode 4 developer tools withthe LLVM 2.0 compiler

Version 8.78

9th March 2011

This release fixes a color space problem that made some JPEG file previews seem hazy andmakes a number of minor tweaks now that new A Better Finder Rename 8 releases haveabandonned Leopard-compatibility.

Version 8.77

28th February 2011

This is the first Snow Leopard only release of A Better Finder Rename. The internals of theprogram have been thoroughly modernized and a lot of Mac OS X 10.5 legacy code has beenremoved in preparation for work starting on ensuring that A Better Finder Rename will befully Mac OS X 10.7 Lion-compatible.

Version 8.76

15th February 2011

This release adds an option to allow the logging of debug information to the console to beswitched off. We recommend that you leave this switched on as it greatly facilitatesdebugging and helps us provide you with a bug-free product.

This is also probably going to be the last Mac OS 10.5 Leopard compatible release.

We usually support the current version of Mac OS X and one previous version to allowcustomers plenty of time to upgrade.

Apple has, however, made a number of moves in the last few weeks that make it harder thanever to maintain backwards compatibility. The Mac App Store requires that code be targetedto Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Apple's XCode 4 development tools that have gone to GoldMaster last week have dropped the Mac OS X 10.5 SDK and PowerPC support entirely.

We now spend a lot of time maintaining backwards compatibility and separate code bases and ABetter Finder Rename is dragging a lot of legacy code, such as preferences panes, contextualmenu plug-ins and PowerPC compatibility around with it.

In other words, the time has come to get ready for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and drop Mac OS X 10.5Leopard compatibility a few months early.

Obviously, the current, I hope you'll agree, very capable 8.76 release will remain on thewebsite indefinitely and we've made sure that the auto-update feature won't overwrite yourcurrent version with an incompatible Mac OS X 10.6-only version by mistake.

For Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users, the next few point releases will deliver a smaller,faster and modernized A Better Finder Rename.

Version 8.75

29th January 2011

This is a minor release making it easier to purchase from the Mac App Store.

Version 8.74

26th January 2011

This release adds the option for new users to buy A Better Finder Rename 8 from the Mac AppStore.

A Better Finder Rename is now available on the Mac AppStore under the name "Better Rename8".

Apple asked us to change the product name to remove the "Finder" reference.

A Better Finder Rename 8 will continue to be available from our own web site and we willobviously honour forever upgrades and continue to offer discounted major upgrades andbundles. In other words, nothing will change for existing customers nor will new customersbe treated any different.

The decision to buy on the Mac App Store or directly from us is a matter of your personalpreference. We are happy either way.

Please understand that if you buy from the Mac App Store, you buy into Apple's way of runningthings and we us developers have very limited influence over how Apple manages the Mac AppStore.

Version 8.73

19th January 2011

This release adds two new text moving actions:

  • Move text in front of existing text
  • Move text after existing text

Version 8.72

23rd December 2010

This release fixes the droplet feature which was broken amid Mac App Store changes forversion 8.71. Sorry.

Version 8.71

14th December 2010

This release delivers the first installement of new text moving actions.

  • Move text to position
  • Move text to front
  • Move text to end

Version 8.70

10th November 2010

This release makes performance and memory management improvements.

Version 8.69

13th October 2010

This release makes further improvements to the unicode handling.

Version 8.68

30th September 2010

This is a minor update that:

  • allows for larger starting values for sequence numbers
  • updates uninstall instructions for Snow Leopard

Version 8.67

15th September 2010

This release adds new options for inserting space saving alphabetical sequences into filenames.

Version 8.66

6th September 2010

This release fixes a bug in the 'Insert Sequence Number At Position' renaming actionintroduced in the last release.

Version 8.65

25th August 2010

This release adds the abilitity to insert file path components to the front or the back ofexisting text or at a particular position.

Version 8.64

11th August 2010

This release introduces a new category of renaming actions allowing you to insert pathcomponents in a variety of ways.

Version 8.63

21st July 2010

The new release improves the compatibility of the "rename from file list" featurewith tab delimited text files exported from Mircosoft Excel.

Version 8.62

14th July 2010

The new release adds new renaming actions to the folder name category:

  • insert folder name at position
  • insert folder name in front of existing text
  • insert folder name at the end of existing text

Version 8.61

23rd June 2010

The new release fixes a rare crashing bug.

Version 8.60

2nd June 2010

The new release provides three additional ways of inserting roman numerals into filenames:

  • insert in front of existing text
  • insert to end of existing text
  • insert at position

Version 8.59

10th May 2010

The new release updates the help book with advice on how to best handle very large renamingjobs.

Version 8.58

20th April 2010

The new release allows the automatic loading of EXIF information for image files to beswitched off.

This can result in a huge performance boost for all renaming actions that do not require thisinformation, especially when working with large files over a network.

Disabling the feature will, however, lead to incorrect sorting when using the EXIFinformation.

Our advice would be to leave the option switched on unless you are looking at very large jobsover a network.

Version 8.57

13th April 2010

This new release adds an option to disable the Quick Look thumbnail creation for theconfirmation dialog.

While it can be a great help to see a thumbnail of each picture or document that you areabout to rename, if you are working with very large file sizes (e.g. digital camera rawfiles, medical scans, huge PDFs, etc.) or with files on a slow server, the thumbnailcreation can become very slow.

As this is not such a common scenario, by default thumbnail creation remains switchedoff.

For those special jobs, however, where the thumbnail creation process is slowing you down,you can now disable it in the "Preferences..." dialog and you will be presentedwith the item's icon instead.

Version 8.56

7th April 2010

This release adds support for random sorting in the sequence number, roman numerals andalphabetical sequence renaming actions.

Version 8.55

23rd March 2010

This release fixes a minor bug that would allow the multi-step drawer to be closed but notre-opened under a set of infrequent conditions.

Version 8.54

10th March 2010

The new release allows droplets to be locked so that they cannot be edited by double clickingthem. This can be useful for system administrators who need to distribute droplets toend-user and want to avoid them being edited by mistake.

Version 8.53

3rd March 2010

This release adds a new action that removes all diacritical marks (accents, umlauts, etc)from file names.

Version 8.52

24th February 2010

This release further improves the handling of international character sets and fixes a minorbug.

Version 8.51

2nd February 2010

This release adds a new "Replace using regular expressions" action to the "Advanced& Special" category that acts in a way familiar to most software developers andunix geeks.

The action that was formerly known under that name is still available as "Re-arrangeusing regular expressions" and continues to work as before. You should not have anyproblems with your existing droplets or presets.

Please note that regular expressions are an advanced feature, that may be completelyunsuitable for casual computer users. They are very powerful, but basically also represent aparticularly cryptic programming language in their own right and have a big learning curve.The documentation links to external resources for learning about regular expressions.

Version 8.50

29th January 2010

This new release fixes a problem introduced by the additional safety checks in version 8.49released two days ago.

The problem occured only when you were attempting to change the case of a file name (e.g.convert to uppercase, lowercase, sentence case). In this scenario version 8.49 would refuseto rename the file because a file of the same name already existed (HFS+ is case preservingbut not case sensitive).

Version 8.49

27th January 2010

This is a recommended update for all 8.x users. It fixes an extremely rare but potentiallyserious bug.

Version 8.48

20th January 2010

This is a minor update that removes the current restriction of the step value in the sequencenumber actions having to be no greater than 255.

Version 8.47

6th January 2010

This new version replaces the old RegExLib regular expression library with its modernRegExLibLite counterpart that uses the ICU library that is built into Leopard andSnow Leopard. This should result in faster regular expressions processing and more elegantinternational character set handling, as well as cutting down on the application size.

The next version of A Better Finder Rename 8 will deliver further enhancements based on thisnew library. There are detailed differences between the old and the new libraries, but thisshould not have much effect on run-of-the-mill regular expressions use. Please consult the"Help" menu for more information.

The new version also makes the accurate but very slow calculation of folder sizes introducedin 8.43 optional and switches it off by default. If you need accurate folder and bundlesizes you can switchthis feature on in the preferences. Calculating the size of a folder involves calculatingthe size of all the files and sub-folders that it contains and can thus be very slow (tryGet Info... in the Finder). This speed penality can't be justified if like most people younever use the "sort by file size" feature.

Version 8.46

21st December 2009

The new version fixes a minor bug that could cause the preset description not to be savedcorrectly.

Version 8.45

9th December 2009

The new version fixes two minor bugs:

  • full posix path file lists are now correctly recognized again
  • a rare bug in the "remove a range of characters" action

Version 8.44

2nd December 2009

The new version adds support for using roman numerals in file names.

You can produce a roman numeral list (e.g. Chapter I, Chapter II, etc.) or insert romannumerals at the beginning or end of the file name.

Version 8.43

30th November 2009

The new version now correctly calculates the size of bundle files.

Version 8.42

24th November 2009

Improves unicode support for better international character set support.

Version 8.41

19th November 2009

This bug fix release is a recommended upgrade for all users of versions 8.39 and 8.40.

Version 8.39 introduced a regression that broke the handling of case sensitive filenames.

Version 8.40

18th November 2009

This release makes signifcant improvements to the "rename from file list"feature.

It introduces a new simplified way of specifying current name/ new name pairs in tabdelimited text files to complement the existing full path/ new name format. It also featuresseveral minor improvements in error reporting, saving file lists, updates the documentationregarding these features, etc.

Version 8.39

16th November 2009

This release addresses a potentially serious bug and is a recommended upgrade for all ABetter Finder Rename 8 users.

Version 8.38

11th November 2009

This releases fixes a bug affecting fast typists only.

Version 8.37

9th November 2009

The new release dramatically speeds up the file comments (aka spotlight comments) protectionfeature introduced in the previous version.

Version 8.36

28th October 2009

The new release is a recommended upgrade for all A Better Finder Rename 8 users with anup-to-date Leopard or Snow Leopard installation.

It prevents file comment comment loss by explictly copying the file comments from theold file to the "new" file. This behaviour can be switchd off in the preferencesbut is switched on by default.

Apple's file comment (aka Spotlight comment) implementation is notoriously fragile with filecomments disappearing for all kinds of reasons, including moving files to non HFS+ volumes,deleting .DS_Store files, moving files outside of the Finder (e.g. via the terminal), savingdocuments to new locations, archiving and un-archiving files, putting them under versioncontrol, etc, etc. For that reason, we strongly advise against using file comments to keeptrack of important data.

It appears that after taking several years to (recently) fix file comment loss for manystandard API calls, Apple have managed to "break" file comments again with recentupdates to Leopard and Snow Leopard (worked on 10.6.0). It is thus possible that you willlose file comments if you use previous versions of A Better Finder Rename.

Version 8.35

26th October 2009

This release fixes a cosmetic issue on Snow Leopard and enables Command-W closing of theapplication.

Earlier today, version 8.34 was posted with a minor display bug. If you have downloaded thatversion please update it.

Version 8.33

21st October 2009

This release contains significant improvements to the handling of unlock codes and shouldmake unlocking the product significantly less error prone.

Version 8.32

5th October 2009

Fixes a rare problem with composed unicode characters affecting the "rename from filelist" feature.

Version 8.31

1st October 2009

The new release allows A Better Finder Rename to be used as part of your ImageCaptureworkflow on Snow Leopard.

Version 8.30

23rd September 2009

The new release includes a new version of the preferences pane that handles system with alegacy A Better Finder Launcher installation more gracefully.

It also fixes a minor bug where the number of renamed files was reported incorrectly underparticular circumstances.

Version 8.29

16th September 2009

Addresses a problem when trying to rename files containing a forward slash on SnowLeopard.

Version 8.28

9th September 2009

Snow Leopard specific changes only:

  • fixes crash when reading a lot of mp3 tags
  • help book updated with instructions on how to get the "A Better Finder Rename 8..."service to appear in the Finder's contextual menu
  • preference pane updated
  • uninstalls pre-Snow Leopard components that are no loner required

Version 8.27

12th August 2009

This release adds an "A Better Finder Rename 8..." menu item to the services menuand allows A Better Finder Rename to be started by selecting files in the Finder or otherapplications via the "Services" menu.

This also means that the new release is now Snow Leopard compatible.

Version 8.26

29th July 2009

This release contains a number of enhancements:

  • 64-bit mode is re-enabled for PowerPC G5 users; this should provide a bigperformance boost on PowerPC-based Macs. If you experience any problems, please letme know immediately!
  • conflict resolution performance is optimized for a special case
  • error reporting is improved with a numeric stack trace

Version 8.25

23rd July 2009

This release contains multiple bug fixes for rare multi-threading issues:

  • preview thread could potentially become stuck
  • preview thread could potentially fail

The new release also improves the regular expression matching algorithm to more elegantlydeal with unicode composed character sequences (e.g. French accents, umlauts, etc).

Version 8.24

12th July 2009

Fixes a bug affecting 8.23.

Version 8.23

8th July 2009

The new release adds new ways of using MP3/AAC tags to rename rename music files:

  • add tags at the front of the file name
  • add tags to the front of existing text
  • add tags at the end of the file name
  • add tags after existings text
  • add tags at position

Other changes:

  • preference pane now correctly reports A Better Finder Attributes update information
  • fixed a potential crashing bug
  • refined music tags actions on screen layout
  • other minor refinements and fixes

Version 8.22

25th June 2009

This release fixes a display issue with file names that contain forward slashes.

Version 8.21

10th June 2009

This release delivers significant performance improvements and focuses on optimizing therenaming and file name computation.

  • much faster "prepare for renaming" stage
  • much faster preview when using the multi-step rename interface
  • lower memory utilization
  • spelling mistakes corrected
  • improved error reporting

This is the last of our performance and scalability related releases for a while and mostusers should notice dramatic speed improvements, especially on large renaming jobs.

Version 8.20

28th May 2009

The new version provides easy all-in-one error reporting and fixes compatibility with someG5-based systems.

Version 8.19

27th May 2009

This new version delivers an order of magnitude speed improvement for the conflict resolutionfeature.

Further improvements:

  • main window now has a close buttion in the title bar
  • file name swapping is now more reliable
  • addresses a rare situation where the renaming engine could potentially have locked
  • the action drawer now draws and resizes correctly despite a Leopard GC bug
  • improved error reporting

Version 8.18

6th May 2009

The new version features an improved renaming engine that is faster, uses less memory and canprocess larger rename jobs.

It also resolves a crashing issue that affected some Mac OS X configurations under version8.17.

Version 8.17

24th April 2009

This release fixes problems on older Macs equipped with 64-bit PowerPC G5 processors.

Version 8.16

23rd April 2009

This release cleans up some problems with yesterday's 8.15 release.

The move to 64-bit did not go as well with "The Big Mean Folder Machine" a fewmonths ago and some bugs crept in that this releases fixes.

  • The automatic updates that are downloaded by the application are now digitally signed toadded security
  • the Finder contextual menu now works correctly again
  • the main window focuses correctly upon launch

Version 8.15

22nd April 2009

This release takes A Better Finder Rename 8 to a 64-bit garbage collected architecture andprepares the ground for important scalability and performance improvements that we hope todeliver in the next two releases.

A direct link to our brand-new support forums has been added to the "Help"menu and minor updates to the optional contextual menu plugin, hot key and systempreferences modules are included.

Note also that our version numbering scheme has changed. Insteadof the 8.x.x numbering we now use a 8.x scheme, where the "x" is simply therelease number. This gives us more room for more frequent updates now that we have theautomatic update feature firmly in place. Sorry if this causes any confusion for long termusers; it's new but once you get used to the idea it's a win-win.

Version 8.1.4

1st April 2009

This is the latest stable release and the release you'll get by downloading directly from the website. The new 64-bit version is still plagued by a crashing bug on some systems. We hope to have solved the problem within the next few days.

This release fixes a bug affecting file name conflict resolution resolution.

Version 8.1.3

27th March 2009

This release fixes a bug affecting the conversion to legal Windows NTFS/SMB and Mac OS 9 filenames.

Version 8.1.2

18th March 2009

The new version protects iPhoto and iTunes libraries from accidental damage.

You should never directly rename files that are under the control of management applicationsuch as iPhoto and iTunes because you risk damaging meta-data held by such applications,such as albums, play lists, etc. You should first export the files you want to renamebefore changing their names.

A Better Finder Rename 8 now brings up a warning dialog when you attempt to make such amodification.

Version 8.1.1

18th February 2009

This release improves the usability of the "Remove specific characters" and "Replacespecific characters" actions to avoid confusion with similar text-based features.

Version 8.1

9th February 2009

This release focuses on performance and memory utilization. The conflict resolution stage isnow much faster for large jobs and the performance of all stages of the renaming pipelinehas been improved.

Version 8.0.9

27th January 2009

This fixes a problem with the new preview list refresh feature introduced in 8.0.8. Thepreview is now correctly refreshed when the renaming operation is cancelled.

Version 8.0.8

14th January 2009

This release makes a long requested change to the behavior of the program.

  • the preview list is no longer cleared at the end of a renaming session

This enables you to perform multiple renames one step at a time, but in general you shouldstill prefer using the multi-step renaming feature, because this only resolves file nameconflicts once and not multiple times giving you a cleaner result if intermediary stepscause file name conflicts.

The new behavior is switched on by default, so if you prefer the oldbehavior you need to switch it off in the "Preferences..." dialog box.

Version 8.0.7

22nd December 2008

In a recent Mac OS X update, Apple have corrected a long standing bug that affected therenaming of files containing the forward slashcharacter. This has made the workaround used by A Better Finder Rename to remedy this bugobsolete and prevented it from renaming such files correctly itself. This new releaseremoves the workaround and restores A Better Finder Rename's ability to rename to file namescontaining forward slashes.

Version 8.0.6

17th December 2008

This release fixes a bug in the preference pane component.

Version 8.0.5

10th December 2008

This new release adds the ability to remove blocks of numbers from existing file names.

Version 8.0.4

25th November 2008

The new release adds new renaming actions to the Date & Time category:

  • Insert date/ time in front of existing text
  • Insert date/ time after existing text
  • Insert date/ time at position

It also contains a number of minor improvements and fixes.

Version 8.0.3

3rd November 2008

The new release provides the option of switching off the automatic file name conflictresolution feature during the preview. When handling large numbers of files this candramatically speed up the previewing speed of the application since the conflict resolutionis the most time-consuming part of the preview computation.

You can switch the conflict resolution on or off in the little "gear" menuunder preview table at any moment. By default it is switched off, so you'll need to switchit on explicitly to preview conflict resolution results.

Whatever the preview settings, conflict resolution is always performed before any files arerenamed.

In addition, the new version also adds a few new conflict resolution schemes.

Version 8.0.2

27th October 2008

The new version fixes a date sorting bug affecting only dates before the 1st of January2000.

Version 8.0.1

14th October 2008

This new version adds three new ways of adding image dimensions to the file names.

Version 8.0

17th September 2008

Three years, 48 point releases and 7 betas after version 7 was released in 2005, A BetterFinder Rename 8 is finally shipping.

This type of development effort is only made possible by the support of a dedicated team ofalpha testers, who ensure that by the time the first public beta is released, the newversion has already undergone extensive fault and acceptance testing.

Special Thanks to:

Extra special thanks to John Spannenburg who'smanaged to keep me up until late at night for the past few weeks :-)

Version 8.0 beta 7

9th September 2008

This is the first release candidate for version 8.0.

  • includes an Apple Help Book to replace online help
  • fixed a problem with droplet settings not being saved correctly
  • fixed a problem where settings were not preserved between runs

Version 8.0 beta 6

27th August 2008

  • faster conflict resolution
  • more accurate progress information
  • some cosmetic changes

Version 8.0 beta 5

19th August 2008

In this release:

  • introduces the new Saveable Presets feature
  • regular expressions action fixed
  • easier to use on smaller displays
  • context menu no longer displays entry for version 7, if this has been removed

Version 8.0 beta 4

11th August 2008

In this release:

  • the automatic conflict resolution feature now behaves correctly
  • the "silent" setting of droplets is now respected
  • the progress information dialog now appears without delay

Version 8 is a major upgrade and free to customers who have purchased the productafter the 1st of January 2007 or who own a forever license. Other users will need topurchase an upgrade.

Version 8.0 beta 3

7th August 2008

This release fixes a crashing bug introduced in yesterday's second beta.

Version 8.0 beta 2

6th August 2008

This is the second public beta of A Better Finder Rename 8.

Version 8 is a major upgrade and free to customers who have purchased the productafter the 1st of January 2007 or who own a forever license. Other users will need topurchase an upgrade.

This second beta:

  • fixes a rare bug that affects only complex renames
  • correctly shows the hot key component settings in the System Preferences pane, even ifno previous version of A Better Finder Rename is installed
  • delivers an approximate speed increase of 30%
  • upgrades the Sparkle software updateframework
  • adds a shortcut key for activating the multi-step interface
  • makes a few cosmetic improvements

You can download the new beta release from the download page, or via the automaticupdate feature ("Check for Update..." in the "A Better Finder Rename 8"menu).

Version 8.0 beta 1

4th August 2008

This is the first public beta of A Better Finder Rename 8.

Version 8 is a major upgrade and free to customers who have purchased the productafter the 1st of January 2007 or who own a forever license. Other users will need topurchase an upgrade.

Here are some of the highlights of the new version:

  • New User Interface
    • fully resizable single window with larger preview area
    • renaming actions are now organized into 7 intuitive categories
    • and too many other refinements to list individually
  • New Renaming Engine
    • is now database-backed for larger renames and more advanced features
    • automatically resolves file name conflicts by inserting configurabledistinguishers at the end of conflicting file names
    • previews all files that will be renamed (no longer limited to 250 items)
    • fully multi-threaded means that the UI never blocks even when previewingor renaming large renaming jobs
    • optimizes the order in which items are renamed so as to avoid "deadlocks"(i.e. situations where one file can't be renamed because a previous file has notyet been renamed)
    • extensive progress information is provided at each stage (no more beachballing)
  • automatic software updates via Sparkle

The major missing feature from this first beta are save-able presets, a much requestedfeature that will definitely make it into the final release.

You can download the beta release from the downloadpage.


31st July 2008

Like the last minor release this one was prompted by an alpha tester finding a bug in theforthcoming version 8 (beta 1 probably out next week!) that also affects version 7.

The new release fixes a memory leak in the "Add Image Dimensions" renameaction.


16th July 2008

While development on version 8 is fast approaching the public beta stage, my alpha testershave discovered some bugs that go back to version 7..

  • remove vowels action fixed
  • replace with regular expression fixed
  • context menu, preference pane & hot key components updated in anticipation ofversion 8


7th July 2008

Minor bug fix release: fixes contextual menu problems.

Version 7.9.9

25th June 2008

The new release adds support for UTF-16 ID3 tags in MP3 music files.

Version 7.9.8

21st May 2008

This is a minor update that improves the unlock procedure.


2nd April 2008

Improved support for site licensing.

Version 7.9.7

20th February 2008

Adds a new "convert to sentence case" rename action.


7th February 2008

Two minor bug fixes:

  • file names can now never include the illegal ":" character
  • droplet mode has been further bullet-proofed

Version 7.9.6

16th January 2008

It is now possible to add files to the preview using the Finder context menu while theprogramming is running.


2nd January 2008

This is a minor bug fix update.


19th December 2007

This version uses a more robust way of identifying and correctly ignoring invisible filesduring renames.


10th December 2007

This is a very minor update that simply improves consistency between the program and theon-site screencast.

In the screencast the demonstrated action is called "Produce sequence number list"whereas we renamed this to "Create sequence number list" in the 7.9.5 release.This apparently has caught out a lot of people. Sorry about that. The name is back to theoriginal now.

Version 7.9.5

28th November 2007

  • add image width and height to file name
  • action menu re-organized to make it easier to find the right action
  • hot key now inactive in applications other than the Finder

adds the ability to include an image's dimensions to the file name, re-organizes the actionmenu and fixes a minor bug.


11th November 2007

This is a recommend update for all A Better Finder Rename users on Leopard.

It sets the correct default renaming mode appropriate for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Version 7.9.4

23rd October 2007

Improves the default sorting of the preview window and delivers full Leopardcompatibility.


18th October 2007

Fixes a bug affecting the "Renamefrom file list" feature.

Version 7.9.3

26th September 2007

Updates the preview window with an iTunes-like layout, tweaks the user interface for themulti-step rename feature and contains other minor refinements.

Version 7.9.2

29th August 2007

Makes further improvements to the multi-step rename feature:

  • improved user experience
  • improved error handling
  • new "Clear All" button
  • extensive internal changes

Version 7.9.1

8th August 2007

This is a minor bug fix release resolving a launch problem on Mac OS X 10.4.0 only.

Version 7.9

25th July 2007

Introduces a second sorting order for all renaming actions that use ordering.

The second sorting order will be used in situations where the first sorting order assigns thesame rank to two or more items. Up to now the order in which items with identical rankappeared in the sort was essentially random.

Such situations are rare in normal operation, but with the advent of sub-second continuousshooting modes on modern SLR and SLR-like digital cameras, digital photos with identicalEXIF timestamps are becoming more common.

Setting the first sorting order to "By EXIF digital camera date" and the secondsorting order to "By name and sequence number" will allow you to maintain theproper ordering of continuous shooting mode pictures when creating new sequence numbers fromthe original file names.

Version 7.8.6

16th July 2007

Fixes a crashing bug introduced by a recent QuickTime update that affects only droplets.

Version 7.8.5

26th June 2007

This releases introduces "silent" droplets that are capable of being used in fullyautomated workflows without human supervision.

More information is available in the manual.

The are also various minor bug fixes and improvements especially in the confirmationdialog.

Version 7.8.1

11th June 2007

The new release fixes a bug affecting the "Add folder name to beginning" and "Addfolder name to end" rename actions.

Version 7.8

23rd May 2007

The new version adds a few additional renaming actions to make the interface more easilyunderstandable:

  • Remove specific characters
  • Remove text
  • Remove text from beginning
  • Remove text from end

The new release also updates the preferences pane component to correctly reflect the factthat all users who have purchased version 7 after the 1st of January 2007 will be given freeupgrades to version 8 (including minor updates up to, but not including version 9.0)

Version 7.7.7

14th May 2007

This releases fixes two problems:

  • it removes the "ultra-safe, ultra-fast" renaming mode that was broken by arecent Mac OS X update
  • it now correctly encodes file lists as utf8 documents to help international users whorequire extensive character sets

Version 7.7.6

23rd April 2007

This release adds the "ultra-fast, ultra-safe" renaming mode, which uses the samerenaming procedure as the Finder thus optimizing both speed and safety. This is now thedefault renaming mode.

A minor problem with the conflict resolution dialog is also solved.

Version 7.7.5

18th April 2007

The new release upgrades the mp3/mp4 tag reading code:

  • read m4a files correctly
  • read protected m4p files
  • read bookmark-able m4b files
  • added cd number and number of cds for aac files

and introduces new mp3 renaming options:

  • preferred & fallback patterns
  • handles textual track numbers in mp3 tags, e.g. "Track #4" instead of simply"4"

Version 7.7

14th March 2007

The new release

  • adds intelligent sequence number sorting
  • NFTS/SMB file name conversion now takes care of many exotic problems
  • in order to avoid confusion, you can no longer close the multi step drawer while theremaining action is switched off

Version 7.6.5

7th February 2007

The new release makes substantial improvements to the preview list:

  • adds multiple selection
  • adds drag & drop removal
  • adds a "clear" button
  • adds an explanatory table background

Version 7.6.1

5th February 2007

This bug fix releases resolves a problem affecting the ability to edit droplets.

Version 7.6

10th January 2007

The new version improves support for EXIF digital picture format to include thefollowing:

  • JPEG
  • CRW, CR2, THM (Canon)
  • NEF (Nikon)
  • TIFF (Various Manufacturers)
  • RAF (Fuji)
  • ORF (Olympus)
  • MRW (Minolta)
  • DNG (Adobe Digital Negative)
  • SRF (Sony)

Version 7.5.6

8th December 2006

This new release is a recommend update for all 7.5.5 users. It fixes a startup problem.

Version 7.5.5

6th December 2006

The new version substantially improves the preview window, allowing it to be docked tothe top, bottom or the right hand side and assisting with smart resizing and dragging.

The preview drawer is still available but the separate preview window now becomes thedefault.

The new release also adds new options for the date and time-based renaming actions.

This is the first release that requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later!

Version 7.5.1

1st December 2006

Fixes a minor menu error, where the positions of "Add sequence number to beginning"was accidentally swapped with "Add sequence number to end".

Version 7.5

8th November 2006

  • added the ability to use "alphabetical sequences" as well as sequence numbersfor a more compact file name
  • added "Rename" and "Rename & Quit" menu items and shortcuts
  • remove m4p tag reading support forced by Apple imposing new technical restrictions onreading "FairPlay" songs
  • option to only include the files whose name is actually going to be changed whenproducing file lists
  • option to ignore case when reading in tab-delimited file lists (Improved support forcase insensititive file systems)
  • minor UI improvement (tab order in "Replace Text")
  • correct handling of GarageBand bundled file format

Version 7.4.7

14th October 2006

The new version fixes the droplet editing feature that was accidentally broken in version7.4.5.

Version 7.4.6

30th September 2006

The new version updates the optional program components: the systems preferences pane, hotkey and contextual menu plugin.

Version 7.4.5

27th September 2006

  • rename & apply button replaced by option
  • fade out effect can now be switched on or off in the preferences
  • minor bug fix

Version 7.4

30th August 2006

  • adds new date and time formats
  • improves reliability of large drag and drop operations
  • warns of FileVault problems and suggests workaround
  • improves navigation to the product website
  • fixed spelling mistake in file list feature
  • fixed minor usability issues

Version 7.3.5

12th July 2006

Version 7.3.5 makes it easier than ever to use regular expressions to manipulate the filenames through its new expression group preview.

Version 7.3

7th June 2006

The new adds version adds an "Apply" button, which performs a rename withoutclosing the application.

You can vote to change the standard behavior of the tool by participating in our onlinepoll.

Version 7.2.5

3rd May 2006

The new release focuses on improving performance on large rename batches of more than a fewhundred files.

Other changes:

  • fixes a problem with the tab-delimited flavor of "Rename from file list"
  • smaller binary
  • fixes a problem with case changes and manual conflict resolution

Version 7.2.2

19th April 2006

The new version updates the System Preferences Pane and the Hot Key Component to address aminor installation bug.

Version 7.2.1

22nd March 2006

This release fixes a problem with case changes introduced in version 7.2 and is a recommendupdate for 7.2 users.

Version 7.2

22nd March 2006

The new version improves the way in which file name conflicts are handled. It already markspotential name conflicts with warning signs inside the preview and offers a conflictresolution dialog during renaming.

Version 7.1.5

15th February 2006

The new version adds improved RAW photo file handling:

  • adds support for Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) format
  • adds experimental support for Canon's CR2 RAW format under Mac OS X 10.4Tiger
  • adds experimental support for Nikon's NEF RAW format under Tiger Mac OS X10.4 Tiger

The new version also adds more date formats and fixes a startup bug.

Version 7.1

18th January 2006

The new release adds the ability to remove files from the preview window and further refinesthe preview feature. It is also the first Universal binary release of the product, meaningthat it will run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintoshes.

Version 7.0.5

14th December 2005

The new version corrects teething problems with the entirely rewritten 7.0 release.

In particular the tool now supports file names that contain forward slashes or composedunicode characters correctly, the hotkey component (if previously installed) is now upgradedautomatically, minor UI glitches were fixed, etc.

The new version is a recommend upgrade for 7.0 users.

Version 7

16th November 2005

A Better Finder Rename 7 is the result of a complete 10-month rewrite of the 70,000+ lines ofcode that made up the version 6.9.5 release.

Version 7 was engineered from ground-up to take advantage of Mac OS X's Cocoa applicationframeworks to offer a best-of-breed Macintosh user experience.

We have taken the opportunity to improve nearly all aspects of A Better Finder Rename andthere are countless small and not-so-small improvements.

Amongst other features, version 7 adds the long-awaited ability to combine a number ofdifferent rename action in a single rename.

Version 6.9.5

6th July 2005

The new release updates the hot key and preference pane components to provide an improveduser experience:

  • system preference pane now displays all hot keys in a single table
  • user-defined hot key combinations run through a 'sanity check' to avoid problems withother applications
  • hot key component no longer installed by default
  • clean hot key installation and uninstallation from the system preference pane

Version 6.9.4

25th May 2005

This bug fix release correcting a sorting-related problem when you rename more than 1500files at a time.

Version 6.9.3

13th May 2005

Fixes problems under Mac OS 10.3.

Version 6.9.2

12th May 2005

Fixes an installer bug.

Version 6.9.1

11th May 2005

This a bug fix release fixing the "Change Number" feature that allows you to padnumbers embedded in your file names (image1.gif) with additional zeros (image001.gif) or addand subtract values (image005.gif).

Version 6.9

13th April 2005

Version 6.9 now allows you not only to convert Macintosh files names to legal Windows NTFSfile names, but also into account limitations of the SMB Windows file sharing service.

Version 6.8.5

23rd March 2005

The new version provides sentence and title case conversion for MP3and AAC tags.

Version 6.8

23rd FEBRUARY 2005

A Better Finder Rename 6.8 provides a smart truncating feature which preserves fileextensions wherever possible.

Version 6.7.5

26th January 2005

Allows the current date and time to be exploited for renaming files.

Version 6.7

1st December 2004

This update provides more advanced options for renaming MP3/AAC-encoded music files.

More information in the manual.

Version 6.6.6

17th November 2004

This minor update contains the new version of the System Preferences pane shared with theother A Better Finder series tools.

The System Preference Pane update:

  • allows the hot key to be changed to a wider variety of keys
  • displays registration details on all A Better Finder products
  • replaces the old Registration Assistant application
  • unloads the resident A Better Finder hot key application from memory when the feature isswitched off

Version 6.6.5

4th NOVEMBER 2004

A Better Finder Rename now handles Apple iTunes AAC-encoded audio files as well as MP3files.

Version 6.6

13th OCTOBER 2004

A Better Finder Rename can now read MP3 music tags, including:

  • artist
  • song title
  • album
  • track number
  • number of tracks

The new "Rename to MP3 information" actionallows you to combine this information in a variety of ways.

The new feature uses Quicktime extensively and this means that the renaming may not be quiteas fast as usual. We have provided a first level MP3 Tag cache to speed up interactivepreviewing.

Version 6.5.5

15th SEPTEMEBR 2004

The EXIF digital photo metadata support based on QuickTime technology introduced in version6.4.5 proved to be accurate, but also slow. Something that became particularly obvious whendealing with large numbers of files.

This new release thus focuses on EXIF performance improvements:

  1. We have coded our own EXIF implementation which is between 10 and 100 times quicker thanthe QuickTime mechanism.
  2. We have also created a first level cache for date and EXIF metadata.

This has resulted in dramatically faster preview and rename performance for all EXIF ordate-based actions.

Version 6.5

18th AUGUST 2004

The new version improves compatibility with FileVault and some third-party file systems andexternal or remote devices.

You can now choose between a "safe" mode which preserves file comments under Mac OSX but may not work on some third-party file systems, and the "fast" mode whichwill work with FileVault and under other non-standard configurations.

Version 6.4.5


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