That’s Beanflows, a green and straightforward project file manager that’s actually useful, affordable, and has a minimal learning curve. Where’s the green in Beanflows? It starts with the window dressing.
Beans Is Green, So Is Flows
The Mac’s Finder is a file manager, but it’s up to you to figure out how to use it and to match it with your specific workflow and requirements.
Beanflows is a little different. First, visually, Beanflows is actually green. That’s right. Green. As in beans (or, rather, a lighter colored version of a bean).
Secondly, Beanflows lets you organize files by projects, which means it can keep files separate from any organizing scheme you have in the Mac’s Finder.
Third, Beanflows gives you focus. Instead of digging through mounds of files and folders in the Mac’s Documents folder, you organize only those files which pertain to specific projects you’re working on.
That gives you added focus, and removes the Finder from your list of visual distractions.
Beanflows doesn’t care about file type, only about file organization. Photos, graphics, documents, text files, code, links, audio files or anything else that needs to be managed can be.
See? I told you it was green.
Files and folders of files are then organized based upon their respective projects. That kind of focus is similar to what you find in GTD— the getting things done method.
Did I mention Finder? Beanflows uses a unique Bean and Flow metaphor to help you organize files, not replace the Finder as a document library manager.
The key to using Beanflows is working in context and focus. As files arrive or are created for a project, Beanflows takes care of them.
I like some of the terms used in Beanflows, too. Bean statuses include sowing, growing, shaping, maturing, and harvesting. That’s clever. Beanflows doesn’t store files in a database (it merely remembers where they are, so they’re always ready to use when you focus on a project).
It’s a pleasant diversion from the complexity of file and folder management in the Finder, priced as if the developer is proud of the creation, but there’s a trial version to see if the beans are worth it.