app for adding notes / comments to files in finder?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by borelli, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. borelli macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    I don't mean tags, but short comments attached visually to files within the Finder? like a sticky note. I have huge image archives, and want to add short comments to certain pics / files, which are visible by an icon as I scroll through.

    I'm not after a third-party solution, I prefer to access my images via Finder (which I find the best and least-fuss image browser since Snow Leopard), just wondered if anyone had made such an app?
  2. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    If you go to the Finder, select the folder where you have your images.

    Right-click the window and in the pop-up menu, select "Show View Options."

    In the windoid, under "Show Columns" select "Comments."

    So there's step one, now your comments are visible.

    Here's an AppleScript that you can use to set/edit the comments of a number of files:

    on open droppedItems
    	set numItems to the count of droppedItems
    	-- this will handle multiple items
    	tell application "Finder"
    		repeat with x from 1 to numItems
    			repeat 1 times
    				set theFile to item x of droppedItems
    				set theName to the name of theFile -- this will help user know which file s/he's commenting
    				set currentComments to (get comment of theFile)
    				set title to "Spotlight Comments of " & quote & theName & quote
    				set r to display dialog title default answer currentComments buttons {"Cancel", "Skip", "Change"} default button 3
    				set newComments to text returned of r
    				if button returned of r is "Change" then
    					set comment of theFile to newComments
    				else if button returned of r is "Skip" then
    					exit repeat
    				end if
    			end repeat
    		end repeat
    	end tell
    end open
    (This code was started by open0source, which I later modified; from this thread.)

    You should save it as an application, and then you can drag and drop files onto the script to set/modify the Spotlight comments.

    You could also create a new Service in Automator ... plug this code into a "Run AppleScript" action ... then you can set a command key to it, to give you a more Finder-like experience.


  3. borelli thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    That's really handy thanks for that.

    It's not what I was looking for though. I'm looking for something which allows notes to be added, and seen when looking at the images (or other files) in thumbnail icon view. So you can scroll through a whole window full of images and quickly see added comments / notes as you click on them. Perhaps in quicklook, or a hovering window. Almost like stickies for finder.

    I have just found an app which does this... but it's awful! 'iconxprit.' Does anyone know of a more mac-like implementation?
  4. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    FWIW, you can have comments appear while in CoverFlow


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