When it comes to my work flow I find myself struggling to keep files organized. Generally I spend most of my day saving my files to the desktop, for easy expose access, and then once I’m finished with them I move them to the appropriate locations. The only problem that I tend to face with this approach is that when I get super busy the first thing I neglect to do is move my files to the appropriate folders. Next thing I know, I’m spending a good chunk of time cleaning up my mess. File My Files, helps to alleviate this problem of mine.
File My Files is an application that automates the clean up process. You can set up a series of folders, assign them a file type, click a button, and the files will start to sort themselves into appropriate folders based on file extensions. This application absolutely shines when you send it to work on your downloads folder.
Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a replacement for Hazel. Instead of filing your files into already precreated folders, the application instead creates a bunch of new folders within the folder you’re organizing.
For me, it worked well in my individual client folders. They always remain a mess for me, code intermingled with Photoshop files, and image files. File My files is meant for a job like this. It’ll keep a particular folder organized. So if you’re planning on giving the application a try keep that in mind. It does not move file types between multiple folders.
They do give you the ability to schedule a cleanup session, as well as “pack up” particular files or folders, which is their way of backing up a folder to another location.
They’re not kidding when they say it’s a one click solution. They present you with information in a backwards way, and if you haven’t set up your folder settings manually, the application will just use the defaults. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but the application only gives you the ability to select a folder you want to organize, or click a button File My Files. You can manually set up your own filing system, but you have to go to the application’s preferences (labelled setup) in the menu bar. It’s not a big deal, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. I mistakenly clicked the File My Files button, hoping to get a setup option, instead it moved all my desktop files. This is not fun if you’re in the middle of working on a project.
The application will set you back $19.95, but it does have a trial period. I’d recommend testing it out before you make the purchase.