Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Keep your stuff organized with Hazel

Meet Hazel, your personal housekeeper.

The software allows you to watch folders and organize your files according to your rules.



"Hazel can open, archive, set color labels and add Spotlight comments. In addition, you can have Hazel rename your files or sort them into subfolders based on name, date or whatever combination of attributes you choose. With Hazel's rule-based engine, you can create powerful workflows to automatically organize and process your files."

It also watches your trash and cleans it automatically when a certain size of junk is reached. It also features "App Sweep"  which asks to delete settings,saves and temporary files if you drop an application into the trash. (dont worry it can also undo this actions).

My rules for example include setting color labels for downloaded files (blue for new ones, red for files that sits longer then 1 week in my downloads folder) moving videos and applications to the specified folder and sorting pictures into iPhoto.



Hazel is really great to keep your folders organized and is one of the tools that daily does its magic without me even noticing.

73 comments:

Adventure Person said...

Nice find!

synoptixs said...

great recommendation to keep things organized

Con Queso said...

pretty cool, I know someone that would love this. I'll mention it to them later.

The Game Store Guy said...

Interesting, but I'm not sure I would want to use it. I feel like I'd accidentally lose stuff.

ankmanpro said...

Wow looks kinda useful

Triper said...

As always good info, love your blog :)

XXII said...

good post

Charles said...

thats good to have

baxxman said...

Use it too, very nice app!
http://baxxmans.blogspot.com/

A said...

Wait, I don't get it, how does this differ from normal folders?

serious_nonsense said...

nice blog, followed!
http://justgivemecash.blogspot.com/

Spike said...

nice program

MrFredrik said...

Thats nice!

RetroSpider said...

Wow that looks really good. I could definitely use something like that lol.

anonymous said...

seems to be a great software mate

The Angry Lurker said...

Now that is useful.Nice one.

MacAttack said...

Wow i didn't know about this one, I always have a hard time figuring out a use for automation and stuff, but your little summary of what you use it for is a great idea!!

Do Want! said...

I always have this problem. I could definitely use this on my other Windows machine.

PvtCarlin said...

This is very cool.

thenitefalls said...

The key to life is to be organized. Thanks introducing me to Hazel!

Alejandro Tlaie Boria said...

really useful dude ;)

Raini said...

Wow very cool

Robert Fünf said...

Hmmm...I've heard of this.

Yenaaa said...

cool! will totally use this when I get on my main computer!

Edge said...

One hell of a writeup. Good information.

Game Reviewer said...

Looks great, I'll definitely give it a try sometime.

rinns said...

awesome, nice info :3

Trelin said...

Very useful stuff. I think I spend more time organizing the computer than I do using it. That'll come in handy.

Alexander said...

looks great, now I just need someone to teach me how to use it!

Dj DeKu said...

Thanks for this.

Chuck said...

Our housekeeper is called Nicki :P

LunaSihne said...

This sounds pretty cool.
But funny.

Killy said...

good post. continue posting

Rachel Neilson said...

How is it different from me doing it?

stebolius said...

Nice app.

mac-and-me said...

@Rachel
there is no difference besides saving time

GetSomeSwag said...

Very good point. Awesome app!

ed said...

very useful, better than doing things manually

Questions said...

Will send this to my sister. She has a Mac.

Toto said...

just tried it! really nice!

http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

Ugh said...

Awesome cheers!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

So would this be analogous to a souped-up version of Windows Explorer on a Microsoft box?

Evan said...

This seems pretty useful seeing how many different folders I have. Good find man imm definately gonna check it out.

-Evan
http://ducks2nucks.blogspot.com/
http://812photography.blogspot.com/

GFTM said...

really interesting! ill make sure to follow you closely for updates, cheers

Something Concupiscible said...

Nice program. I'm going to use this.

mac-and-me said...
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mac-and-me said...

@Aaron M. Gipson
hazel is watching folders and doing operations to the files based on, email filter like, rules

for example
i download a movie and when its done, it gets blue label (new) moved to my movies folder and starting index of plex media server to make it available to all my devices via mediacenter

PekkaK said...

Looks like very useful program.

BernT said...

Nice program, following because you have some interesting stuff here

Renar said...

Is this only on Mac or does it work on Windows 7 too?

Frosty said...

That's an interesting concept, hmmm

TheLake said...

how easy is it to set up? and as Renar said, does in come in windows? ;)

mac-and-me said...

Setup is as easy as it can gets, double click an icon start setting up rules (like in your mail client).

Its only available for OS X.

For windows there are tools that do (nearly) the same like
http://www.desktopminds.com/cleandeskorganizer.html
and
http://mattcollinge.wordpress.com/software/file-mover/
but its nowhere near the elegance and simplicity of Hazel

Copyboy said...

I could totally use that. I just need some rules.

guoyixia said...

Wow, it's like a maid, only for my desktop!

level85nerd said...

Oh i could use that!

Rabidmoose said...

That looks very useful, I'll definitely check it out.

ebm93 said...

Thanks, I'll try this out

Venus said...

nice app. Hazel....I need you!

Joe Somebody said...

They make this for windows or linux?

Jorge said...

That's a pretty cool app. I think my web design teacher would love it.

Ross said...

thats very cool!

Nina said...

Ha thats a pretty nice app, very useful.

Atlas said...

Is anyone making these for windows?!

Coz I am really liking what I see around these blog...

Patti D. said...

that software looks very useful.

Glovey said...

Very cool! Definitely going to use this on my mac! Thanks for recent support!

Krumpel said...

interesting must have

Haezer said...

Great app. Too bad it doesn't exist for Windows.

Assange No.1 Fan said...

I am guessing it isn't open source?

Christophe said...

I need something like that. Thanks for also posting the windows version!

Markbrah said...

I was actually considering just wiping my computer.

This seems like a better alternative.

Questions said...

Wish I have a personal housekeeper in real life.

Ben said...

I've played with Hazel several times, but as a Ruby developer by profession, I've found it to be harder than I'd like to specify rules. Also, I didn't really like the idea of plunking down $20+ for a license.

I started writing my own scripts instead, and recently realized the tool I made could be useful to other people as an "open source Hazel". If you're interested in trying it out (or helping develop it!), check it out at http://rubygems.org/gems/maid and http://github.com/benjaminoakes/maid.

If you're on a Mac, it's simple to install. Just run `sudo gem install maid` from the Terminal (or `sudo gem install maid --pre` while it's in beta). There's a tutorial at http://github.com/benjaminoakes/maid.

I haven't done much with it on Windows/Linux yet, but many parts should be able to be adapted easily.