Help me clear up the mess I've made!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by PrinceAlexander, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. PrinceAlexander macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2008
    I’m trying to get organised! I have files and folders everywhere. Every now and then I go through and dump stuff into folders, make new ones, etc. I then promptly forget what I have, and where it is. Default folders like Movies, Pictures, etc. are great, and I access them through the finder a million times a day. It doesn’t quite work the same with all of those “other” folders though. They’re full of papers, receipts, web pages, ebooks, and documents of every sort and in every format. My ‘system’ is pretty half-arsed, and I’m to blame.

    What I’m looking for is an app that will help me manage them better. I want associated file structures. I want to be able to tag and categorize all of the crap I have so that it’s findable, and useable. I’d like to be able to drag things together, like photos, web pages, text, pdfs, etc.

    I DON’T want a steep learning curve. I DON’T want to fork over a fortune. I NEED something that simply works, intuitively …something Mac-like. This is because, as is probably obvious to the GTD crowd, I have NO IDEA what I’m doing!

  2. vandozza macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2006
  3. pit29 macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2006
    The Golden State
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Well kind of... by entering tag type words in the Spotlight comments field for a file, but it is kind of clumsy in the end. I still try to remember to do that if a particular file does not fit cleanly into one of my several major categories that I made folders for.
  5. PrinceAlexander thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Leap certainly looks interesting.

    Has anyone used Curio, or something similar for this sort of thing? A GTD type app with file integration, perhaps?

    EDIT: You're all amazing, as always :D
  6. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    Metadata is a popular method these days...
  7. rickdude macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    Clearing up your mess

    I would second this suggestion. The learning curve, arguably, isn't quite as gentle as you would prefer, but I think it's well worth it to have a file browser that doesn't care about the file hierarchy (but lets you use it when appropriate). You can just start by tagging new files and old files as you open them, so that the organization just gradually spreads out through your files.

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