The past few years we’ve been involved in a paperless project whereby we move as much classroom material as possible to the school’s servers to be stored and accessible online using the local network. That’s easier said than done, of course, but one little Mac utility has helped us get through the day.
Despite the obvious futility of such an endeavor, creating a paperless routine is difficult just from the standpoint of how to create the folder hierarchy to store files.
A few hundred teachers, times a couple of dozen students each, times many different projects, PCs and Macs, iPads, and dozens of class courses.
Who creates all those folders on the servers (we use a mix of Macs and PCs)? Me. Well, me and another system administrator related to me.
We use a variety of tools to keep organized but one of the easiest and least expensive and most usable is called Loads of Folders. All it does is create folders.
If you look at the simple interface you’ll get an idea of what kinds of folders. Or, rather, how the folders are named. This is a huge time saver.
Loads of Folders can create, with a click of a button, almost any number of folders you want (I’ve done a few hundred at a time), and each with a name– numeric, prefix, and suffix.
Folders can be numbered sequentially, contain spaces, and have a prefix and suffix attached. This is batch folder creation made simple.
When Loads of Folders has completed the folder making you’ll get an alert in Notification Center (but you won’t be waiting long). While the app remembers the last creation settings, it would be useful to have multiple settings from which to choose, and an option to drop in letters and have then sequenced similar to numbers.
It’s a simple, inexpensive app, but a very big time saver for anyone who needs lots of folders, all named a specific way.