If both are correct, then someone out there is working on a Mac app that solves a problem we didn’t know existed.
Late Friday night the kids were asleep and I was browsing the Mac App Store while enjoying a third glass of wine. I came across an app that solves a problem I’d never heard of before. With a few clicks this cheap Mac app creates a complex, customized set of folders in a specific hierarchy.
Who Needs A Folder Hierarchy?
Maybe it was the euphoria from the wine or the comforting thought that all the kids were asleep at the same time, but I couldn’t help but ask the same question you’re probably thinking right now.
“Who needs a folder hierarchy?” As it turns out, all of us need a folder hierarchy and you probably have one already.
Think about all the files and folders you stuff into your Mac’s Documents folder.
Some of us have a rather complicated folder organization or hierarchy that we’ve cultivated for years. Amazingly, some Mac users need to generate a specific folder structure.
Who? Why? Trust me. I didn’t know this, but it seems that web designers, programmers, photographers, ad agencies often need a set of folders arranged in a specific hierarchy.
Well, that’s what Folda does. It’s a template-based app that builds folders. What? Can’t you just create a folder and drop more folders into it and arrange them however you want?
Sure, but try that with anything more than a dozen folders and tedium sets in. You know what that means. More wine.
Folda uses a simple interface to create the folder hierarchy. Name the top folder, add folders below, then add folders within other folders, right from within the app.
Choose a specific destination for the folders to be created. Create and re-use templates of folders.
You can even add keywords to a template and preview the template and folder hierarchy before clicking the Create The Folders button.
Strangely, Folda’s folder hierarchy is only three levels of folders deep. Why? The folder gods think anything should be found in three clicks or less. Remind me of that the next time my youngest gets lost in Target.
There’s also a limit in the number of destination favorites (4), but there’s a keyboard shortcut for each. If you create folder hierarchies in your work, then you’ll know why Folda can be useful.
If you don’t create folder hierarchies on your Mac but you’ve been dreaming of doing just that, then all it will cost you is a few bucks to join the professional folder hierarchy building class.
While I enjoyed using Folda to recreate some of my Documents folder structure– you know, just for grins– I can’t help but think that the market for automatic folder hierarchy generation is somewhat limited.