When it comes to Mac utility apps, I tend swing both ways. I like one trick ponies. Apps that do one thing very well.
On the other end of the likability scale, I like apps that do a little of everything that no other app really does. Apps that are utility players that let me dink and tweak the Mac without causing any grief. The latest find for my collection of apps is File Sheriff. No, I don’t know why it’s named that, but I can guess.
Clean Up Your Mac’s Files
File Sheriff is a file management utility. No, it’s not a replacement for the Finder, but it does a few things which are difficult in the Finder, or, that you just can’t do at all.
Like a Sheriff that cleans up a wayward town, File Sheriff cleans up files.
That’s about all I could come up with for the name.
Apple doesn’t want Mac users to dink around much on files. Otherwise, we’d have tools that generate icon previews, rename music files according to ID3 tags, change file attributes, or edit one of the many hidden file options.
In short, that’s what File Sheriff does. All those things you can’t easily do in the Finder—the kinds of things geeky Mac users drool over, but File Sheriff does easily.
Take a look at the geeky File Sheriff interface. If those options entice you, read on. If not, and you’re curious, read on. If not and you’re not curious, well, there’s nothing to see here, so it’s best to move along.
Mac OS X is capable of much more than Apple lets on.
It’s one thing to change Permissions on files, but something else again to modify Type and Creator. File Sheriff does such things with ease.
If you know of file attributes and how powerful they can be, and what a paint they are to edit, you’ll appreciate File Sheriff’s Batch Module. Change Created and Modified dates and Labels with ease.
File Sheriff’s built in Icon Creator does what you expect.
It creates icons for files and folders. Drag and drop.
Grab a graphic or photo onto the Icon Creator’s editor window and icons are created automatically.
Music geeks will understand the value of ID3 tags for music files. File Sheriff reads those and lets you edit and change them accordingly.
Files on your Mac can be searched according to Metadata instead of Spotlight. Comments can be added, edited, and deleted. These are all the geeky little aspects of file management that most Mac users never get into, but once you go there with File Sheriff, it’s fun and satisfying.
It’s just like a wild west town that’s been cleaned up by a sheriff.