Indeed, Apple thinks different, but usually when it disrupts an industry, and not so much during the interim years of incremental improvements. Here’s an example. Where do we manage files on a Mac? The Finder, the built-in tool that’s been around for over 30 years. Is there a better way?
Whether Fresh for the Mac is a better way to manage files I’ll leave for Apple historians, and the Mac power users who look for ways to improve productivity. What Fresh does is somewhat unique, remarkably useful, but comes with a learning curve and a need for discipline.
Fresh manages files on your Mac, but not like the Finder. Instead, Fresh uses two zones on the Mac’s screen to manage files. One keeps track of new files, files you’re working on, almost anything that’s recent.
The second zone is like a shelf which stores files you’ve worked on recently but not too recently. The objective with the second ‘Cooler’ on the bottom in Fresh is to keep clutter to a minimum. What’s cool about this is that Fresh doesn’t actually hold onto files in a folder, but it knows where files were saved. It’s just easier to find them again.
Fresh can use Spotlight to search for files, and Fresh is always available on the Mac’s screen in whatever app you’re using at the moment. Files can be tagged and rated in Fresh which also makes them easier to find.
Of course, Fresh comes with plenty of keyboard shortcuts for Mac power users who have recognized the productivity and efficiency that comes with keeping hands on the keyboard.
Documents can be rearranged to suit your fancy or workflow requirements, and navigating through hundreds of files is easier than in the Finder. Using Fresh requires some mental effort because it’s likely to interrupt your current file management scheme, and definitely impacts your workflow. It’s also one of those apps that after you’ve used it awhile you see the magic but thinking different is your friend, which makes it worth the try-before-you-buy trial.