You have a folder of files on your Mac and you want to print a list of the contents. The tried and true method is to use Print Window. It works but it’s not free and doesn’t always list information about the files themselves. Here’s a less expensive app that actually does more.
What’s In A Name?
Sometimes an app has a name that’s utterly descriptive. Other times the app’s name is cute and memorable. I’m thinking about Apple’s new Photos app. Apple’s Final Cut Pro is a mismatched name.
So, you want to know the contents of a folder full of files? Use File List Export. The app’s name tells you exactly what it does, but not with enough detail to justify trying it out.
File List Export does one thing well. It grabs the contents of a folder and exports the list and file metadata to an Excel spreadsheet or a CSV file. And… we’re done.
Seriously. That’s it. Got a folder with a long list of files? File List Export exports the list of files. Oh, wait. I forgot about the metadata.
That’s what File List Export does best. Metadata. Each file has various pieces and snippets of data embedded in the file, and File List Export pulls that out, too, then stuffs it into the spreadsheet or CSV file.
Take a look.
The Finder-like, spreadsheet-like list of file name and data can be impressive and contains all sorts of useful information, some of which you never knew existed. Along with standard metadata including file name, data modified and created, kind, size, tabs and the like, there’s more information, depending upon the file type. Music gets title, album, track number, genre, year, duration, audio bitrate and more.
Photos get dimensions, pixel width and height, total pixels, DPI, color space and profile, and much more. Files contain more information than what we think and File List Export is the only app I know of for the Mac which extracts that much detail from a folder of files. Even better, it also lists data details for files in subfolders.
File List Export is an accurate descriptive name, but Big Fat File Lister would be easier to remember.