Any file organization apps out there?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by resting, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. resting macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    So I was looking for some apps to help me get to files located at different folders quickly (without moving the physical files).

    Blik does exactly what I want, but I'm wondering if there're other similar apps out there cause I can't seem to find one.

    Maybe some will suggest organizing the files in the folders that you like, but I think instead of moving the physical files everytime, it is much quicker to create "shortcuts" to them in a organized way.

    So maybe you have some files in the 2015 folder and some in 2016 folder, but you want to "bookmark" them under the same category like "Books to read" or "Movies to watch", but leave them in their respective folder organized by year. Extremely useful when you're working on projects too.
  2. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm not sure how elaborate you need this to be, but you can do what you described with the built in tags in Finder.
  4. resting thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Thanks. Looked at but it more like a Finder living in the menubar.
    I'm more to looking at something that functions like a bookmark service.
    Not moving the physical file for organization.
    The main reason is that I want to organize the physical file's differently from the way I access them.
    Favorites and tags doesn't make the cut cause there's no way to manage them in a hierarchical manner.

    Thanks, but never liked the tagging organization style.
    There's no hierarchy and its just clunky imo, to use the search every time.
    But I'll give it a try, maybe I can use it as another layer of organization.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I don't know how deep you need this to be, but if it is a grouping you use frequently you can setup smart folders in Finder based on your tags. That might help.
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Look at Finder alternatives. I like tagging, but the lack of hierarchical tagging is a bummer.

    It may be more than you need, but I've found the best document manager on the Mac is Devonthink (and I'm a lawyer, so I have a LOTTA documents). Not only can it store its own documents (basically a database), but also other files. And if you don't want it to manage say a copy of XYZ.pdf, you can index that same document, meaning XYZ.pdf sits in the same folder in the Finder, but can be virtually in any of numerous groups (like folders) in Devonthink. And those virtual instances update as XYZ is changed. Sorta like how Lightroom references images, or Photos does albums. It's super flexible, works with almost all file types, and of course has tons of other features.

    Of course it sorta begs the question of why the Finder doesn't do this, but it's so far behind what it ought to be I guess it's never changing.
  7. DoctorDoctor Suspended

    Jul 14, 2016
  8. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    So Blik does exactly what you want, but you want a different one?
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I prefer less organization. That way I'm not disappointed when an OS update hoses everything or a third-party developer abandons a software package.
  10. allan.nyholm, Feb 2, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2017

    allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    @resting Not saying this is the thing for you but it has some feature that you might enjoy. Take a look:

    It's different, just to mention one of its strong points. When it was announced some time ago I felt it was worth a try.
    I ended up just using Finder and organize my folders and files by moving them around. Not want you want. Hence the link above.

    They have a beta release of Raskin v2 available too. I haven't tried Raskin since it was announced and certainly not v2beta.

    I couldn't quite remember the name of that Mac App but I did remember that it was a name that honored a person from Apple of Old and I found the name by using a technology called Google Search and the name is; Jef Raskin.

    Actually - please ignore this post. I doubt Raskin is for anyone - even now.

    But, what about Fresh?

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