Looking for Mac OS X application like "Advanced Find and Replace"

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  1. anmldr macrumors member

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    In the Windows world, I used a fabulous program called Advanced Find and Replace. I miss it on my Mac.

    It allowed you to add a string before, between and after something. It could search/replace all files in a directory or subdirectories. And it was really fast.

    Today I used TextWrangler. It took over 2 hours to do a find and replace in a directory of html files. Granted, there were a lot of files but I really believe that AFR could have done it in a few minutes.

    Is there a comparable Mac app that can do this?

    Thanks,
    Linda
     
  2. anmldr thread starter macrumors member

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    I found this: TexFinderX. It is fast and it is free. It is great but does not have a feature to add "between". For instance, if I wanted to clear everything between the <head> tags and replace with something else...even if it was different for each file, then AFR would do this.

    Still looking and I will visit your link.

    Thanks,
    Linda
     
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  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    It's a shame you didn't find anything.

    Maybe change your thread title accordingly to "Looking for Mac OS X application like "Advanced Find and Replace"" to get a specialised audience, as I thought you meant the "Find and Replace" function in TextEdit.
    To edit your thread title, just click on the [​IMG]button on the bottom right of your original post and then click the "Go Advanced" button below your message.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm not sure if you're talking about editing file names or text within files. If it's file names, try Name Mangler.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    I think she is talking about the content of HTML files (<head> and <body> tags are hinted at) and not the file names, though I might be wrong and some kind of lyric appears in my head.


    Off I go to search for it.
    Found it: "Did I shave my legs for this?" - Why, strange, I thought it was from someone else. Off I go into the corner.

    Ah, "I might be wrong" is from Radiohead.
     
  7. anmldr thread starter macrumors member

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    To avoid confusion, I want to add some closing tags at the end of a document fragment so that it will validate. But, that is only for this project. "Advanced Find and Replace" was a program for Windows that I used often for many things like replacing text throughout a web site. I would like to find a comparable app to use on my Mac.

    Linda
     
  8. Mal macrumors 603

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    If you use Fraise, or similar apps, then you can add all of your documents to a project, then use it's Advanced Find and Replace tool, which works well. You'll want to know how to use regular expressions if you want to get complex, however.

    jW
     

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