- When iOS 9 dropped, Marco Arment released the best ad blocker.
- Its problem was that it worked far too well.
- Arment didn’t want to be in this shitstorm so he pulled it.
One weird iTunes Connect glitch
- When I upgraded by iPhone 5s to an iPhone SE in March, about 4 months ago, I was super annoyed there was no way for me to take the software from my 5s and put in on my SE.
- Apple have made it impossible to do. I had hoped to use a 3rd party utility to copy the IPA file over.
- A couple of months ago, I was delighted to see it in the “purchased” section of the AppStore.
Get it here : Halcyon Ad Blocker – More Beautiful Than Crystal With The Biggest Blocklist On The Planet by Jason Lee
- It’s difficult to find this because someone else has bought out an app with the same name, that purports to do the same thing.
- So if you search for it on the AppStore it’s hard to find. So use this direct link instead.
This actually works!
- The only drawback is there’s no ability to whitelist sites, and it hasn’t been updated since October 2015. But it’s free so what do you expect ?
The impetus for this post
- I’ve been using Marco Arment’s Peace. He was pressured to withdraw it from sale
- I was able to get Peace again a few months ago — it reappeared under the “purchased” tab.
- It was working great until a few days ago.
Update – Marco surprised that it was still working !
Update 2: Marco explains the weird glitch that made Peace go live again:
- The developer’s website : http://www.halcyonblocker.com/
- The app’s Twitter page : https://twitter.com/HalcyonBlocker
Get: Mac App Store
Name Mangler is a blazingly-fast multi-file renaming tool that’s incredibly easy to use.
- Create single or multi-step renaming actions, save them, and share them across Macs
- Rename in excess of 2,000 files per second
- Use files’ metadata (e.g. ISO speed, dimensions, bit rate, etc.) in new names
- Before and after views of your filenames insure you rename them as you intend
- Save renaming tasks as droplets: just drag-and-drop files onto a droplet, and they’ll be renamed
- Load any previously-used rename action from the History browser
Name Mangler 3 represents a quantum leap forward in file renaming: speed and beauty combined with ease of use, and loaded with features.
✨I can attest that this is NOT just marketing bullshit. It really is spectacular. ✨
Tons of new features
- Multi-step renaming lets you perform complex renaming tasks without touching Advanced mode
- Metadata accessible for use in all renaming operations, via an intuitive metadata browser
- Save any renaming action as a Preset, and automatically sync those presets across Macs
- Export renaming actions for sharing via email, etc.
- History keeps track of all performed actions, making it simple to reuse these actions
- Revert last-used renaming operation
- Shift-drag to file list will add the dragged files to the existing list
- Delete presets (and snippets, see below) from within Name Mangler by using the Option key
- Optionally display only files that will be renamed, instead of all files in the list
- Automatically detect potential duplicates and flag (or optionally automatically fix)
- Finder is no longer required to be running to use Name Mangler
- Check for file writable status and warn user if files are not writable
User interface improvements
- Fully retinaized for the retina Mac laptops
- The pop-up button for the rename operations has been moved out of the toolbar
- The ‘Rename’ button is in a more logical and visible spot
- Choose a dark or light appearance for the file list area
- The rename action area can be expanded horizontally
- Status lights next to each filename deliver at-a-glance info on renaming state
- Interim results show filenames at each step of a multi-step renaming task
- Tooltips show original names, new names, and errors
- Query field in Find and Replace makes it more obvious when in regular expression mode
- Status light for regular expressions shows syntax checking state (green=good, red=bad)
- New large icon view
- Automatic view mode determines what details to show based on sort order
Mind-boggling speed improvements
- Load tens of thousands of files from Finder in only seconds
- 50 to 100+ times faster than Name Mangler 2
- Rename from 1,000 to in excess of 2,000 files per second
- So fast, you may think it’s not doing anything…but it is!
New/improved renaming actions
- New action: Compose, to start with a completely blank slate
- Split Insert/Remove into two distinct actions
- Split Prefix/Suffix into two distinct actions
- Sequence has been greatly simplified, thanks to multi-step
- New Sequence formats: Roman Numerals and Letters
- Sequence start and increments can be negative
- Increased the maximum and minimum limits for Sequence values
- Arbitrary Terms is now a format in the Sequence action
- Arbitrary Terms can take a CSV formatted file as input
Advances in Advanced mode
- New function: [random (number of character) from (pool)]
- Auto-complete functions and variables
- Tab to next empty parameter
- Selection (or line) can be shifted in or out via Command-[ and Command-]
- Find and replace
- Save any Advanced program as a Preset for easy reuse
- Create snippets of portions of code for easy reuse in other Advanced programs
- Automatically sync snippets to multiple Macs
// app chasers
Name Mangler 2 was already very good.
- This is the sort of graph that smacks of bullshit (i’m a cynic) but I can attest that this is the case. Having used NM3 for more than two years now, I can attest that it is true. It’s not bullshit marketing — it really is a stellar piece of software.
- NM3 is very powerful, and very fast. It really enables you to automate banal stuff.
My sole criticism of Name Mangler
- It has a stupid name that’s hard to remember. (Okay, not “stupid” exactly — the more I think about it, it’s actually very apt!, but it’s not catchy. It doesn’t stick in the head.)
The tl;dr — in a nutshell
- This is really fucking good and you should consider buying it!
Ethics / Declaration
- If you’re like me, you’ll be immediately suspicious of any fawning review.
- I have no connection with the developer – I have not been paid by them; I have the freedom to say exactly what I think — negative and positive.
- This site does not accept or request payment or advertising, anyway, so it really goes without saying.
- The screen quality is just spectacular.
- The screen seems prone to light scratches — nothing major, but a disappointment. (I viscerally hate screen protectors; until now I’ve never managed to scratch the screen of my iPad 2 or iPads Mini. Sure the back casing is all scratched up, but not the Arian screen.)
- Price – you can’t buy a 64 GB configuration so you need to shell out for the 128GB. (If you need to save money, you can get a refurb iPad Air 2 64GB from Apple for £359.
- Camera bump – while a bit annoying at first, it’s actually useful for orienting the device by feel alone.
This is a very good effort.
My only criticism is that:
– transfer to Google Drive is slow – this is (i’m guessing) Google’s fault, since uploading from the official Google app is quicker.
Nowadays, I use iOS far more than macOS.
I’ve decided to migrate completely to Automattic’s WordPress.
So I watched the cringe fest that was WWDC, and was unimpressed.
However, in this interview with Apple execs (Phill Shiller & Craig F) explain “differential privacy”… and it’s actually pretty ingenious.
Like, the penny really dropped.
I despise Facebook (I joined a few months ago) and Google, but they’re both useful services. An authoritarian government in a dystopian future (or just a bad employee*) is able to see everything about your life. It’s potentially dangerous.
* think about what Edward Snowden said about people spying on former partners. That’s unacceptable. No one should have that power.