There’s a reason that Apple limits file management on iPhone and iPad. Most users, Mac or Windows, have difficulty managing their files.
With Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Music, I’m not sure how Apple could make file management easier. Many Mac and PC users have files scattered all over their screens, as if the Mac was one big desk or box, and everything is sure to be there. Is there a solution? Many, it seems.
One Big Smart Box
There are really only two ways to manage files on a Mac. Take precise care to place your files, whatever they may be (documents, photos, images, music, movies, apps), exactly where they belong.
That means organizing the Documents folder, and being careful not to drop files where they don’t belong.
Maybe Spotlight makes it too easy to be a clutter bug. If so, FileMyFiles makes it even easier to manage all kinds of files without the fear of losing them in the clutter.
Turning over file management to a Mac app has some advantages. First, it tracks everything, including files you forgot you have. Second, it cleans the files off your Desktop and puts them away, but never so deeply embedded into a folder structure that you can’t find them.
One click is all you need to clean up files. Conversely, one click is all you need to find specific files.
The idea is to be able to go from a cluttered Desktop, to a clean Desktop, with a single click, yet still feel that you know where all the files are. First, the clutter.
Second, the clean up.
Where did all the files go? They’re safely tucked into FileMyFiles.
What FindMyFiles does is sort and place files into specific folders according to type.
Instantly, it creates a list of files and folders you can organize. Folder names can be changed, and you decide what type of file goes where.
Trash deletion becomes a management issue, though. FindMyFiles has controls so you don’t delete what you might want.
And, you can schedule FindMyFiles to do a Desktop cleanup. Nice, right? So, where’s the gotcha?
You’re giving up some file management control to an app, so there’s two prices to pay. The price for the app (modest, if it does the job). And the learning curve price to put FindMyFiles to good use.
Regardless, I found it takes an extra layer of discipline just to figure out what it does, how it does, and then implement it into your workflow. You might just be better served by exercising the same effort and discipline by being careful where you put files in the first place.