Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

One of the most wonderful thing about buying a Synology DS1511+ was the “downloading” functionality in the NAS. It allows me to download many huge files at a reasonably fast speed yet it does not require my PC to be on 24 hours. The NAS is 24 hours anyway so why not use it for downloading.

One weird issue using the Synology Download Station to download the (current-favourite-of-the-month) fileserve files were that after the downloads were completed, it leaves behind weird characters in the filenames. This is explained here in the Synology forum too…

For example, in the beginning of filename there is ” symbol and at the end of the filename and extension there is ;” symbols. So a file becomes “xxx.rar”;.

Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

It would be fine if Windows Explorer can recognize the files as it is showing in Synology. Instead…. it looks like this shit:
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+
The problem is that if it cannot be seen as it is in Windows, I cannot use a Windows rename utility to rename it. A good one is Bulk Renamer Utility (good and free).

So I ended up having to do the changes manually ONE BY ONE in Synology…
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

It is a torture especially if u have to do 50 files in a download like Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu Ray Version ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight, I found that the files look as it is in Synology in Mac OSX. That means, while it is still not working, at least in Mac Finder, it looks like Synology (compared to that shit in Windows):
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

Now we are talking. All we need is a renamer file utility in Mac. And I found one (however, it is not free…). It is called…

Renamer

Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+
(and why do all Mac software sellers’ web page look so nice…)

First, open the files in Renamer.. this is assuming you have mounted the Synology folders inside of the Mac. I use another software known as Bonjour Mounter to do this automatically.
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

Create the rules to remove the unwanted characters. The nice thing about Renamer is the concept of a “chain”. Like a programming language, a chain contains separate statements to execute the changes… it is good for me as I have no knowledge of how to use “expressions” (a different method) to get rid of the unwanted characters.
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

In other words, I use a very un-elegant method. First, remove the back. Then remove the front. Done. Only thing is to make sure I set the transformation to apply to both the filename and the suffix:
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

You can see the transformation “live preview” and when you are ready, hit “APPLY”.

And indeed you can see the change in Mac Finder (but of course)
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

But most importantly, i can see the changes in Windows too (important as I do my post-processing of these files in Windows.. such as UN-ZIP, add subtitles, clean up file names, set it up for XBMC with ThumbGen software, transfer back to Synology with FileZilla etc).
Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

One great thing of Renamer is you can save the “chain” as a PRESET (I called mine FILESERVE) and then you can just apply the changes in Finder via the menu bar. Nice..

Now it is much easier to handle the weird files in Synology.. (the easiest way is the company just fix this bug !!!).

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Just noticed that it is MUCH cheaper to buy from Mac App Store ($14.99) instead of on the web page ($19). And apparently, the version is newer. I have version 4.0.3 downloaded but the App Store seemed to say 4.0.4..

Weird..

Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

Renamer for Mac to solve Fileserve Weird Characters in Synology DS1511+

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