Seasoned A Better Finder Rename users will probably remember the good old days when A Better Finder Rename was “only” a context menu that was neatly hidden away in the Finder contextual menu.
With version 7.0, however, A Better Finder Rename became a full blown “stand-alone” application that may also be launchied via the context menu. This meant that some user interface rework had to be done. Throughout this, I tried to disrupt the working habits of existing users as little as possible.
New users, who have never known the “context menu only” A Better Finder Rename find some of its behaviour a little odd however.
Chief amongst these annoyances is the behaviour of the default “Rename” button. This, most new users feel, should simply peform the rename and stay open. I tend to agree. It’s only logical..
The problem is that when A Better Finder Rename was only a context menu item, it made more sense that it would be behave like the “Get Info” dialog: You make your changes and then the dialog closes, the Finder window shows you the new file names. Neat.
This is the reason why even the latest version 7.3 (for new users “inexplicably”) quits just after peforming the rename.
With the new version I have added an “Apply” button, which performs the rename, empties the preview list and stays open.
Now it is represented to me that this should be the default behaviour, ie. I should get rid of the “Rename” button behaviour and make the “Apply” button’s behaviour the default. Hitting the return key will apply the changes, but not quit the application.
This is of course the request of a user who has not spent the last decade hitting the return key to perform a one key stroke “rename and quit”. My highly scientific “one user poll” shows that 100 percent of existing users don’t want that.
How is a software developer to know which option to choose? Why, he could just ask his users..
So please cast your vote below:
I will probably only change the behaviour if there is a strong (two thirds?) vote in favour of the change..