File Buddy has long been called the Swiss Army knife of Mac utilities and it’s been around since the last century, and before the public internet became, well, so public. What’s so great about File Buddy and why does it make a great gift?
My Friend, The Geek’s Tool
File Buddy isn’t so much a tool, as it is a collection of tools. That’s how it resembles a Swiss Army knife.
I see File Buddy as useful in three specific categories. File Information. Mac Cleaning. File Management.
For example, select a file in the Finder, and right-click to Get Info (or, use the keyboard shortcut). What you get is a list of file information.
With File Buddy on your Mac the amount of information you can see at a glance is far beyond anything the Finder displays.
Not only will you see the file size, but you get options galore, including file type and creator, and tools to lock file names, make files invisible, hide file extensions, and much more.
File Buddy will display the number of files and folders within a folder or a Mac volume. The built-in viewer makes it easy to view the contents of many files in a folder, and you can change file attributes on many files or folders at the same time.
In the Cleaning category, File Buddy finds duplicate files and folders to help you save disk space. It also can be used to eliminate languages in OS X that you’ll never use. And it features a secure way to permanently erase files and folders.
Renaming files and folders on a Mac is easy work until you have to do it to a dozen or more files and folders. File Buddy can batch rename almost anything, and create custom file icons on the way.
What I like about File Buddy is decidedly geeky in nature. Droplets. These are little automated functions which can perform specific tasks much easier than opening File Buddy, finding the option, then running it. Droplets do all that automatically.
There are many dozens of additional functions in File Buddy, hence the analogy to a Swiss Army knife. Mac users who work on multiple Macs will love using File Buddy’s lengthy list of utilities. If I were stranded on a desert island with my Mac and an internet connection, and could have only Mac utility, this would be the one.