For those who save everything– files, photos, documents, images, web pages, and snippets of text along with anything else a Mac can produce or capture, life could get cluttered very fast. Having it all is not always a good thing.
Fortunately, there’s a way to file and find again almost anything. All you need is the right Mac app.
Where Eagles Dare To Collect
My wife is a teacher, a long time Mac user (a MacBook Air goes with her almost everywhere), and a collector. She collects anything and everything so long as it’s digital.
A few years ago she turned me on to a Mac app which archives files, makes it easy to archive files, but just as easy to find what gets archived.
The app is called EagleFiler. It’s been around a few years so it’s robust, fast, and feature laden. Features?
EagleFiler stores files. Email, Office files, PDFs, webpages, photos, snippets, almost anything you can see on a Mac’s screen can be saved, organized, archived, and retrieved in this very handy Mac tool.
Handy? EagleFiler uses keyboard shortcuts to import webpages, snippets of text, an email message into the archive. RTF documents, Word documents, photos, and anything else is a keystroke away from being captured, saved, organized, and archived.
EagleFiler doesn’t impose some arcane or proprietary file format to your archive. Everything you save is saved in the original file format. Files can be encrypted, tagged, labeled and you can add notes to make it easier to find what you archive.
What good is EagleFiler to the non-digital pack rat who saves everything?
I’m glad you asked. EagleFiler lets you customize how and what you want to collect and organize, and that makes it a nearly perfect app for writers, researchers, a paperless office, teachers, accountants and financial advisors, or simply as an archive for valued files– email, spreadsheets, books, scientific papers, legal papers, or something simple and straightforward as a digital scrapbook.
In other words, if you save almost anything in digital form, EagleFiler is a good choice to manage it. Alright, with that said, there are a couple of caveats. The first has to do with complexity. EagleFiler is mature and that means plenty of features and that usually means a learning curve.
The second has to do with how handy EagleFiler is, and how adept it is at storing and retrieving files. It works with Dropbox and other online storage options, which makes the files available for iPhone and iPad. The only real negative here is that there’s no iPhone or iPad app to help capture and store files, though files saved to EagleFiler on the Mac, stored in, say, Dropbox, can be opened and read or viewed on an iPhone and iPad.