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MacNames :  automation of Macintosh files renaming on a Windows NT/2000/XP server - Mac to PC converter

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Software solution to automatically rename Macintosh files removing illegal characters and adding the three characters extension to filenames on a Windows NT, 2000 or XP Server to facilitate file types detection and use on Windows machines.

It lets you quickly prepare files created with Macintosh computers and stored on a WinNT , Windows 2000 or Windows XP Server volume for use in a Windows computer as well as shortening Windows long file names for an easy use by a Macintosh: can truncate windows filenames longer than 31 characters . Convert Mac files to PC via a periodic scan of specified folders in interactive Windows application use or Windows service mode use to ensure file names compatibility and cross-platform integration

Does make using Mac files on PC easier: conversion mode takes the illegal characters and turns them into a "-", underscores or any valid Windows character you choose; Windows will identify the appropriate applications associated with renamed files and detects file types. The conversion table can be extended with your custom Mac to PC translations. 

MacNames helps you in Windows-Macintosh cross-platform integration adding Macintosh extensions to win 2000 server in particular migrating documents from Macintosh to Windows NT/2000, renaming multiple files to remove trailing periods and forward slashes.

Site license $750
Corporate license $1300




Viewing extensions for mac files

Free downloads: MacExplorer - lets you display and access Mac Volumes contents on your Windows servers - it's free as well as MacVolumes index status analyzer and MacInfoTipHas been awarded a 4 stars at ZNDnet review is running a program to certify shareware and freeware software. "We are pleased to inform you that your software MacNames 1.1m has been tested on 28 May 2006 by one of our software engineers and has been found "SAFE TO INSTALL" on any computer. It has been granted the "SAFE TO INSTALL" certificate. This means that your software contains no viruses, spyware, adware, trojans and backdoors and causes no threat when installed."

There are many applications allowing to rename filenames for cross-platform purpose. All are Macintosh applications. 

MacNames is probably the only Windows NT/Windows 2000/Windows XP name cleaner software that lets you quickly prepare files created in Macintosh and stored on a WinNT , Windows 2000 or Windows XP Server volume for use in a Windows computer as well as shortening Windows long file names for use by a Macintosh.

Windows NT does not like to have a "." (period) at the end of a file name and can't access files with  "/" (forward slash) anywhere in the file name. If you liked to put dates in filenames on Macintosh side, changing it manually would be a big task that MacNames can automatically deal with during migration of Word, Excel and other documents  to Windows .Your file names will rapidly be cleaned.

Benefits :

  • automated renaming process is on a Server instead of on a Macintosh Workstation

  • there is no network overhead when converting and name cleaning Mac to PC
  • MacNames checks continuously predefined folders to ensure file names compatibility and executes file mass rename
  • when used as a Windows NT or  2000 or XP Service renaming files with illegal file names it increases productivity and is part of administrators toolkit focused on cross-platform needs.
  • automatic translation for transfer of mac folders to windows xp

Some characters like /, \, <, >, ?, etc. are allowed in Macintosh filenames but are illegal for most Windows applications. In addition, Macintosh files do not need any extensions. 

A Quark XPress document named Advert 2003/01/11 - an usual name in Macintosh world - is not easily handled by Windows applications. Moreover this document has no icon and cannot be opened using double-click under PCs.
MacNames renames it automatically in Advert 2003-01
-11.qxd mapping slashes to dashes (for example) and adding the qxd extension which is specific to Quark XPress documents. The renamed document is then usable by Windows applications, gets its Windows icon and can be opened using a double-click. So you can use it to convert Quark Macintosh filenames to windows.

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Main Features

  • Runs on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 server
    ( MacNames will
    run on Windows 95/98/ME but this platform does not support Mac services )
  • MacNames is also available as a Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 or Windows XP Service
  • Supports Microsoft Services for Macintosh (MacFile), Cyan Software MacServerIP or Group Logic ExtremeZ-IP .
  • Option to include sub-folders in renaming processes.
  • Mapping of illegal characters ( /, \, <, >, ?, *, etc.) can be easily modified and will be used by the program to find and replace characters that are correct on Mac platforms but not allowed on Windows machines.
  • Correspondence table Signatures (Type/Creator) / Extensions is easily editable for characters to use in name substitution
  • Can truncate windows filenames longer than 31 characters , allowing to view these files from Macintosh more friendly than DOS shortnames (8+3).
  • Can rename files and sub-folders
  • Can analyze batches of Macintosh files signatures in selected folders.
  • Setting time interval for update. Each folder can be processed using its specific interval for update
  • Setting performance
  • Stores in Log files the list of files renamed.
  • When a folder becomes unknown (folder removed or renamed, lack a connection with a file server, etc.), MacNames can send different kind of warnings: beep, display message, send a message to an administrator, messages in the Log, messages in the Applications EventLog (when MacNames is running as a Windows NT service).
  • Languages: English, French -  Runs on Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 or Windows XP

MacNames works also as a Windows NT/2000/XP Service 

Screen Shot :




Online help for detailed instructions to work with MacNames  (F1)

Useful for NT migration and in prepress environnement for files bulk rename and to automatically add windows extension to mac files.

MacNames Main Screen
Configuration sub-menu screen 

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is complete but needs a registration key to be fully operational if you decide to keep it.
With demo download you will be able to process three folders, get a reminder message after renaming processes.

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