For those of you who use their computer for watching TV-Series, the following problem must sound familiar:
Filenames are inconsistent, odd characters in the filenames, missing titles, weird numbering, etc… Finding the correct names and renaming them all manually can be quite labor intense.
Thats is one of the reasons why I wrote: “Name My TV Series”.
It’s available for free for Windows, Linux, and MacOS X.
The main information source it uses is TheTVDB.com which offers the data for free. The only thing they ask, is that, if you’re up for it, you help in maintaining the database with TV Series information.
Note: Name My TV Series can now also be found on AlternativeTo.net, AddictiveTips.com and the Lazarus Application Gallery …
This version is outdated and replaced by a newer version …
This version is still working but outdated.
A new version is available: Rename My TV Series 2.
First reason for me to write this program was to do an experiment:
How easy (or complicated) is it to develop with Lazarus a program that directly can be compiled for the following platforms: Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS X, and Linux?
Lazarus is a free (Open Source) application development environment that shows similarities to Delphi. If you’re interested in developing applications, specially when you have Delphi experience, then I can highly recommend taking it for a spin!
This exercise did proof (for me) that it’s actually easier than expected to write the same program for 3 platforms. Sure it’s a little bit more limited than a platform dedicated IDE like Delphi, but it sure works darn good for a free IDE.
I developed this for personal use, which means:
No warranties, no support, and if you goof up – you’re screwed.
This program renames files – be careful what you do!
This application is FREE, so don’t get fooled by anyone that is trying to charge money for it.
The “manual” below is very very limited, but I’m sure most of you will figure it out.
Keep in mind that this is not a full fledge manual.
First you’ll need to download the application:
Download - Name My TV Series Windows (32 bits)
Download - Name My TV Series MacOSX
Download - Name My TV Series Linux 32bit
Download - Name My TV Series Linux 64bit
SoftPedia reviewed Name My TV Series and confirmed it to be safe.
After downloading the file, unpack it with you favorite tool, for example WinRar (mijn favoriet), WinZip, 7-Zip (free), or unzippers build into Windows, Linux of MacOS.
Linux users might have to change permission.
Retina support for Mac OS X users
Name My TV Series can be adjusted for Retina to display a much clearer interface. Unfortunately, I have yet to find the proper way to do this in code. In the meanwhile execute the following on the command line (Terminal) and the application will look much better on a Retina screen:
defaults write com.Tweaking4All.NameMyTVSeries AppleMagnifiedMode NO
Start the application.
Screenshots below are based on version 1.4 and shows that the application looks pretty similar on all 3 platforms.
Name My TV Series – Opened and found my TV Show
In the above picture, you will see that the window is divided in two parts; on the left Find TV Series) and on the right Rename Scheme). Each has two sub tabs;
Left (what you’re looking for):
Find TV Series
Right (file renaming and show info):
The first step is to enter the TV Show you’re looking for (for example: stargate), enter the name or part of the name in “What are you looking for?“. You can press the ENTER key after that or click the button next to the field to start the search.
If only one show was found, the program will automatically select it and download episode numbers and titles.
If more than 1 show was found, then a list is shown.
Click a title once to see show details, double click it to select it. (only TheTVDB.com shows images)
At the bottom an indicator will show download progress and once completed the screen will switch to the other tabs so you now see individual episodes and filenames.
Next step is to add your files – they can be in multiple directories. Name My TV Series supports most video formats (that I know of).
On the “Rename Scheme” part of the window you can use the “Add” (under “Files:”) to add files.
Windows users can also use drag and drop – this can be a file, multiple files, multiple folders, multiple files and folders – Name My TV Series will figure it out for you.
MacOS user can use drag and drop as well, with the only difference that they need to drop on the icon in the dock. Dropping on the application window itself unfortunately does not work (Lazarus limitation).
After adding the files, you can sort them using the “Guess Sort” button.
Next select the needed episodes on the left (“Select Episodes“) and double click or use the “Add” button (under “Episodes:”) to add them to the list on the right.
Verify that the episode titles and files line up just fine and click “Rename Files“.
Name My TV Series – Renaming screen (MacOS X)
Name My TV Series – Renaming screen (Windows)
Name My TV Series – Renaming screen (Ubuntu)
Extra Options and Settings
As you might have noticed; there appear to be a lot more options – play with them and see how well it works – like dragging files to change the order, import of lists, export of lists, etc.
Don’t forget to take a peek at the preferences. Windows and Linux users will find it under the File menu and MacOS X will find it in the usual place.
Changes will be saved for the next time you start Name My TV Series.
A few key topics in Preferences you should look at:
Name My TV Series – Preference tab 1
The source of information: TheTVDB.com or EPGuide.
I prefer TheTVDB.com but EPGuide is a good backup for unfound shows of when TheTVDB.com is down (haven’t seen that happening yet).
Other options on this first tab involve what to display, renaming similar named files, warnings, hints, window sizes, and proxy use (experimental).
Name My TV Series – Preference tab 2
Users of previous version will notice a big jump in options here. Since version 1.4 you can use format string and quite a few are already predefined (click the dropdown button next to the “Format String” field). Whatever you change; the blue example text on top will show the effect right away.
Play a little with the strings and you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.