Here’s an idea whose time has come. Use your Mac as a file cabinet. Wait. What? Isn’t that what the Documents folder is all about? After all, Documents can be customized any way you want and remains accessible from the Finder’s Sidebar.
There are many and sundry ways to organize a plethora of files on your Mac, and even more ways to setup the Documents folder to handle almost any file management methodology you want. Use the Finder. Use the Dock. Use any one of a few dozen Mac file organizing apps. Or, use a File Cabinet.
Everything, One Click
To be honest about file management methods, I have no issue with the Documents folder. Everything except photos, movies, and music gets stored there, and the file and folder system I use has been tried and true since the last century.
The problem is accessibility. Using Documents requires a step or two to get there, then navigate through the folder hierarchy, whether using the Finder (I put Documents in the Sidebar), or the Dock (I drag Documents to the right side folder area; it works).
Some time ago I tried using the File Cabinet app and found it a bit cumbersome and limiting. It’s a file manager but the most recent versions show growth and improvement and it’s ready to try. Almost ready to try. File Cabinet resides in the Mac’s Menubar, so unlike the Finder (but like the Dock) it’s available from within any Mac app. Click and navigate through a default folder or any folder, and use the built-in Finder-like tools without resorting to the Finder.
Click, and ye shall receive.
File Cabinet is something of a Swiss Army Knife utility which lets you navigate files and folders but also perform Finder-like tasks. For example, you can open, rename, move, tag, copy, paste, even trash files from within File Cabinet.
There’s a built-in editor that handles .txt, .rtf, rtfd, and even PDF files. Plus it can preview .png, .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .psd, and .svg image files. Use File Cabinet to create folders and folders within folders and open documents or files within those folders– without leaving the app you’re using because it works from the Mac’s Menubar.
You can even drag files over the File Cabinet icon in the Menubar and the app’s drop down window will open automatically, giving you even more file navigation options. This is nice. The only thing nicer would be a pop out shelf option (because the Mac’s Menubar is just so crazy cluttered already). If fact, that shelf idea is so good… dibs!
Except for one glaring issue, File Cabinet looks like a winner idea that has finally come to fruit (or, roost; mixed metaphors are free on Fridays). Where’s the trial version? And what does the Pro version from the app’s developer site do that the lesser version from the App Store doesn’t do (to justify triple the cost)?