For most of us it’s Spotlight or the Finder, both of which deliver different results, and take a few extra clicks (especially the Finder). Here’s a fresh way to use Fresh to find files.
Finder, Spotlight, Meet Fresh
I would venture to say that most Mac users use the Finder to find files. That’s especially true if we have any kind of file organization or management going on.
Other Mac users may prefer OS X’s Spotlight app because it indexes files, but I find the results to be more chilling than warm and fuzzy. Too many options.
Fresh is a fresh new approach to Mac file management. Fresh watches which files you use, and makes them easily available without using Finder or Spotlight.
Fresh displays files two ways using Zones. The first zone displays files currently being used, downloaded, or saved. New files show up here, too. Files in this zone can be removed without being deleted from the Mac.
The other zone acts like a shelf where you can store files (similar to the Desktop but available everywhere). Both zones simply display aliases or pointers instead of the real file, so if you delete a file from the zone it stays on the Mac.
Spotlight can be used to find files and place them into a Fresh zone for easier access.
Fresh works using drag and drop, too. Drag a file from Fresh to move elsewhere, and the onscreen zone disappears.
Preferences in Fresh are nominal but give you some control over the Fresh zone background colors and text color. You can also assign your own global hotkey to invoke Fresh and bring it to the screen.
Fresh can also tag files for easier search and retrieval. Files can be rated with one to five stars, too. The secret to using Fresh is basically understanding your document or file flow, and keeping those you use the most frequently within a Fresh zone.
Fresh is really pretty cool and helps you to focus on files as part of your daily workflow. But Fresh is sufficiently different that it takes time to make an adjustment in your routine that not every Mac user will have the patience to make it work. Used appropriately, Fresh is great, and modestly priced, otherwise it’s an exercise in diminishing returns.