How do we navigate through files and folders? Most Mac users use the Finder in OS X to navigate and manage files and folders. Thankfully, Apple improved the Finder in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, but there are other options.
Enter the Big Mean Folder Machine, a Swiss Army Knife-like file and folder management app which handles a growing laundry list of what most of us probably didn’t even know a Mac app could do with files and folders.
The Machines Rule
The Mac’s Finder is good for basic jobs like file and folder organization. It’s the app that is loathed by experienced Mac users because it has to be dumbed down for the masses. Big Mean Folder Machine is a Mac power user’s tool. Try doing this in the Finder. Split files into folder hierarchies, or simply merge them, politely, into a single folder.
BMFM does it with a couple of clicks. Photos have embedded data not found in other files. BMFM can organize an entire folder of photos by shooting date, for example. Music files have embedded data not found in other files, too, and BMFM can do the same and split or organize songs by more than name or size.
Merging files into folders is one thing, but how about when some files in some folders have the same name? BMFM knows and makes adjustments to avoid conflicts. The interface is deceptively simple considering all the background work it takes to manage files and folders.
Big Mean Folder Machine is a great way to reorganize files and folders, but especially adept at photos and music, as well as merging files and folders. Maybe the single most useful function is the option to create fixed size folders in a batch, perfect for storing many files on CDs or DVDs. Files can easily be split and organized into folders, but the reverse holds true, too, with files from many folders and different hierarchies stuffed into a single folder.
Also useful is the built-in preview so you can see what BMFM will do before it does it.
I don’t think I understand the name. Big Mean Folder Machine is actually svelte, elegant, devoid of complex menu structures, and relatively simple to learn and use. But it does crank out the files and folders like a machine.