FileTyper frequently-asked questions
I changed the type of a file from format "A" to format "B", but my programs can't read it as format "B". What am I doing wrong?
FileTyper is NOT a translation utility. It doesn't convert files from one format to another. It only lets you edit the codes that the Finder and other applications use to determine the kind of file, and what application it belongs to. If you want to translate a file from one word processor format to another, you need to use another utility. (Most programs provide translators for files of similar programs.)
FileTyper won't highlight when I drag something onto it! What's going on?
You probably have a bad desktop database. You will need to rebuild your desktop. To do so, restart, and hold down command and option until the Finder starts and presents you with an alert saying "Are you sure you want to rebuild the desktop...?" Then click OK. The Finder may present you with multiple alerts if you have multiple hard drives or hard drive partitions mounted.
Is there any way to have FileTyper change just one or two attributes on a batch of files? I want FileTyper to change the type and creator of a hundred text files, but not touch the flags and dates.
Yes, what you would do is disable all the other fields. To disable an attribute, option-click it. You can also use the popup arrow to the left of the checkbox (for flags), or uncheck the box to the left of the appropriate field (for dates and codes). When an attribute is disabled, it will be grayed out. In this state, FileTyper will not modify it. You can re-enable the attribute or field in the same way.
Is there a way to get FileTyper or an AutoTyper to batch-rename files? For example, can I add the filename suffix ".txt" to a batch of text files?
Not right now, though that feature is planned for the near future.
Help! I made a volume invisible and now I can't get it back!
Rule 1: Don't do it again.
What does [insert flag name here] do?
FileTyper provides a brief description of all the attributes it can edit in Balloon Help. Turn on Balloon Help, and move the cursor over the check box corresponding to the attribute you are concerned with. For more technical information, see "Inside Macintosh: Macintosh Toolbox Essentials", chapter 7.
I see MakeAutoTyper is a "fat" application that runs native on both 68k and PowerPC MacOS systems. However, it looks like FileTyper is 68k-only. Why?
FileTyper makes extensive use of the part of Mac OS called the "File Manager" to perform its modifications to file and folder attributes. In 7.x versions of Mac OS, the File Manager is written in 68K code, and so is emulated on PowerPC machines. If FileTyper itself were PowerPC native, this would result in hundreds of time-consuming "mode switches" per second between FileTyper's PowerPC code and the File Manager's 68K code, thus slowing down operation. When I compiled a PowerPC-native version of FileTyper and ran benchmarks on several Power Macintosh computers, the PowerPC version actually ran slightly slower than the emulated 68k version. Because MakeAutoTyper does not rely on rapid calls to the File Manager, the PowerPC version does not suffer from this slowdown, and so MakeAutoTyper is distributed as a fat binary. Apple may in the future introduce a PowerPC native version of the File Manager in a future version of Mac OS, at which time I will concurrently make a "fat" FileTyper available.
What's the difference between FileTyper and FileTyper Lite?
FileTyper is the complete FileTyper application with all features intact, whereas FileTyper Lite is a somewhat stripped-down version. The primary difference is that FileTyper Lite does not create a preferences file when you launch it. Therefore, it is ideal for a computer lab setting, for one-time jobs on a co-worker's computer, and for other similar situations when you don't want it leaving behind a preferences file.
Is a complete type/creator list available?
The only COMPLETE list of file types and creators is maintained by Apple Computer, and they won't make it public. There are some good privately maintained lists, but none are complete and they're not guaranteed to be accurate. I recommend the Type/Creator Database maintained by Ilan Szekely. You can download it from the "other support resources" area of the FileTyper home page.
You still haven't answered my question.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will.
Daniel Azuma (email@example.com)