File management on a Mac is just not that difficult. Not that I’m judging those Mac users who have difficulty figuring out where things are.
If anything, simply dropping all your files into Documents is a form of organizing. The way I see it, there are two choices when it comes to managing files on a Mac. The free way. Or, some way in between free and expensive.
Identify The Problem
Not being a politician, or responsible for the problems caused by politicians (my guy never does wrong), finding a solution without a problem just seems wrong.
Your Mac has a Documents folder. Inside, you can put whatever other folders you want, rename each folder, stack folders within folders.
Then, whatever kind of file you generate on your Mac has a new home. The Documents folder.
See? I said it would be a free solution. It’s logical, reasonable, and requires only one thing extra. A little discipline to organize and stick with the plan to you put all those files, and photos, and movie clips, and snippets, and attachments, and documents into their little home in the Documents folder.
Easier said than done, right?
The In Between Solution Box
inbetweenBox is a file organizing solution if the aforementioned open source method isn’t sufficient for your organization prowess.
This little app does things your Mac’s Finder does, and organizers files smarter than the average bear.
From within the inbetweenbox app window you can move, copy, or link files. You can open and rename files. All files you stick into inbetweenbox are indexed and, therefore, quick and easy to find.
Folders can be grouped together. You can create smart folders which hold specific kinds of files.
Not bad, huh? If all that sounds a little like what your Finder does already, and for free, well, you’re right. Functionality is similar. inbetweenbox is like a window to a different Finder, albeit one with a few more useful features (I love the Folder Watcher function).
It’s not bad and you might like how it works better than the Finder. But inbetweenbox is a Mac App Store only app, and the price tag goes waaaay beyond my recession induced pain threshold for apps without a try-before-you-buy option.