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, and holds anything, right?
There are various 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. As in File Cabinet Pro.
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 with managing such files, and adding to the Documents folder, 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).
File Cabinet Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 it’s been used elsewhere, including the somewhat similar Together file management app.
Except for one glaring issue, File Cabinet Pro works very well and helps you become more efficient with file management and keeps you away from the cumbersome Finder. So, where’s the trial version? As it turns out, the trial version is File Cabinet Lite available from the Mac App Store. To get the extra Pro features you’ll need to cough up the in-app purchase amount.