What do Macs do best? Store things? Help you find information? Help you create? All of the above? Yes. Just a few years ago I thought hard disk drives could never store everything we need.
As disk drives got bigger, I thought they could store anything and everything. Now I’m back to my original hypothesis. Why? Because these days I store anything and everything all the time.
Save It All, Find It All
No, I don’t really worry that my Mac’s disk drives will have enough space. It isn’t just photos, movies, music, and video clips. Those are easy enough to manage and adding a bigger disk drive is simple and inexpensive.
It’s everything else. All those files and clips and snippets and notes and images.
Collectively, they don’t take up as much disk drive space as media files.
Collectively, they’re more of a pain to collect and an even larger pain to organize and manage. Mac users rejoice. Apps that grab and store and organize and retrieve are almost a dime a dozen.
The Mac Filer That Flies
One of my favorite Mac apps to grab and store and retrieve is EagleFiler. Yeah, it’s a funky name for an app but it’s easy to remember. Especially the filer part. It files stuff.
EagleFiler stores all sorts of scraps of information—drag and drop or keystroke combo—in an email-like interface so it’s quick to find and list what you’ve saved. Press the F1 key to import text, email messages, a web page, or any kind of file—RTF, PDF, Word, images, whatever.
If you can organize Mail on your Mac, you can organize everything else in EagleFiler. Each file can have tags and notes. The whole library of stuff can be encrypted for security.
Even better, it doesn’t use a proprietary file format system, so your saved files can be opened, viewed and used by other apps.
As easy and useful as EagleFiler is, there’s only one gotcha.
We’re in the 21st century already and everything is going mobile.
Why isn’t my EagleFiler data fully mobile with an iPhone app? It is. Almost. EagleFiler can store files on MobileMe’s iDisk, Dropbox, or SugarSync for remote access.
Going Mobile, Yo? No!
Unfortunately, you’ll have to wade through a variety of mobile apps to retrieve, view, or edit your files on your mobile device. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s a sign of the times. EagleFiler is drop dead simple to set up and use. And highly worthy of your effort. Getting at your data from a mobile source is the only hiccup.
To see how EagleFiler fares against other Mac apps, check out Natalia Nowak’s PIM Shootout: 4 Mac Power Apps Head-to-Head.