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Easily rename files – NameChanger

There is a wide selection of file name changing tools of which several are very powerful but of course also cost money. They are worth it if you need to do batch renaming very often and need quite complex options.

I do file renaming not very often – maybe once a month – and I don’t need any complicated algorithms. Just for things like renaming all images from my camera from ‘IMG0012’ to ‘image_0012’. Very simple. And luckily there is just the right Application for me: NameChanger.

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New free text editor – Tincta

Tincta text editor icon

The History (skip if you want)

A long time ago everyone on the Mac was using Smultron. Smultron was a really Mac like text editor written in Cocoa. It was easy to use, had all the important text editing features and was free. However after version 3 Smultron was abandoned (yet buggy) by its developer. This year with the start of the App Store Smultron 4 returned as a commercial product for 5 Dollars but has lost all the things that once made it valuable, especially the all-in-one-window design but also features like split views. So for me it was no longer an option to use and I had switched to TextWrangler though that never became a happy relationship.

The interesting part

So much more pleasantly surprised I was when I discovered “Tincta“. Tincta is a new free text editor released some time this summer. But despite being still in the 1.x version numbers it already is a very mature editor. It is a one-window app and has a very similar design as the old Smultron, Kod (also an interesting editor but still in version 0.x) and most other modern OS X Apps. All your open documents are displayed in a sidebar so you can easily switch between them (which I prefer over the tab design in Kod). Continue reading

Easily edit audio – Macsome Audio Editor Review

Sometimes you need to edit audio files like when you want to split a recording from your iPhone or if you have some digital copies of your old vinyl records.

Macsome has several audio applications for all purposes like copying from your iPod, conversion of different formats or recording audio. I want to tell you about two products that are free: Audio Editor and Audio Splitter.

Audio Editor shows you the wave form of any audio file and allows you to crop or delete certain parts. You can also add fade in and out effects. This is usefull if you want to trim a recording.

Audio Splitter can split any audio file into several parts. You can either specify the length of the parts or the number of parts you want to get. Unfortunately there is no option to automatically split at silent locations so you can’t automatically split your old Beatles vinyl recording…

Anyway both tools are free and fine for quick and dirty editing. I do audio editing only about twice a year it’s not worth it but if you if you need something more professional you might want to try out  Sound Studio (€45) or Amadeus Pro ($40).

 

Product: Audio Editor / Splitter
Price: Free
Requirements: Mac OS 10.4 (Editor) Mac OS 10.5 (Splitter)
PublisherMacsome

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