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by John F. Braun


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by Daniel Azuma

Often a file downloaded from the internet doesn't have its type and creator codes set correctly, and therefore either can't be opened or opens using the wrong application. Then there are times you want to work with a file that's either invisible or locked. FileTyper can help you fix these and other "attributes" of your files faster than ever before.

FileTyper is a popular shareware file and folder attribute editor for Mac OS 7 and beyond. It was one of the pioneer "drop-box" applications, and its power, speed and simplicity have drawn rave reviews since its first release in 1991. Distributed with FileTyper is MakeAutoTyper, a widely-used utility for creating customized automatic changers called "AutoTypers", and FileTyper Menu, an extension that adds a useful "FileTyper" item to the Finder's File menu.

Simply select one or more files in the finder and hit command-T (or any other key you assign) to call up FileTyper. From one powerful window you can change all those options that you either used ResEdit to fix or you just plain ignored because you didn't know what to do about them. If you find yourself making the same changes repeatedly, a companion utility can create an "AutoTyper" - a drop-box that automagically modifies anything dropped onto it, optionally filtering the files dropped on it to make sure they match certain requirements first. FileTyper's batch processing, finder integration, small size and small cost make it a great way to change any attribute of your files. You may never use resedit again.

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Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you with those cool things that we all just have to have on our Macs. Shareware, Freeware, Postcardware, Emailware, and even commercial apps, Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you find and use the best of these programs.

John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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