Sorter Runs Rule-Based File Actions On OS X Without Automater Or AppleScript

Advanced Mac users can use AppleScripts to get a lot of things done. These simple scripts can be written to execute actions on files; files and apps can be opened or closed in response to another action, and processes can be started or ended. Not everyone can be good at writing scripts however and for the not-so advanced users, there are apps that help you automate functions like this. Sorter is a free app available in the Mac App Store that allows you to monitor folders for files and enter rules for executing actions like deleting or moving them, redirecting them to an Automator workflow, or running a script on them automatically. The app is useful for ordinary as well as power users. The rules you create with Sorter are executed manually or based on certain triggers, and there isn't any way to set the app to run them periodically, which might make it less useful for power users. However, this doesn't diminish its usability for the rest of us. Read More

Recover Lost Disk Partitions & Deleted Data Using Eassos Recovery

It happens quite so often that we accidentally delete files from the computer that we did not mean to. For this reason, it's highly advisable to create backup of your important files. In the past, we have covered some great backup and restore tools, which allow you to easily create backups of important files and folders and recover them later in case the original ones get deleted. However, if you're not among those who regularly backup their important data, and have accidentally deleted some critical files, you can use file recovery utility. The file recovery applications are designed to recover deleted files and folders. You may know that whenever you delete a file from a storage device, only the reference to the file's data in File Allocation Table is deleted, and unless more data is written over it, the content is not erased from the disk. That's the reason why the deleted data can be recovered. Today, we have a file recovery application for Windows called Eassos Recovery, which provides you with a step by step wizard to recover files, lost partitions, disks and data deleted from the Recycle Bin. Details to follow after the break. Read More

Add A File To An Existing Archive & Password Protect It On Mac [Tip]

Compressing files and creating archives in Mac is easily accomplished through the default utility, Archive, which compresses to a whole host of formats. Files can be compressed in command line as well via the Terminal, but having to compress files or folders through the command line is much more complicated and inconvenient, which is why it’s best to use the tool provided. If you aren’t a fan of the native utility for some reason, there are plenty of other apps that you can use instead. and if nothing else works for you, the Terminal really isn’t going anywhere. One advantage that Terminal holds in this regard, is that, in addition to being able to create archives, you can add a file to an existing one through a few simple commands. This can save you a lot of clutter; you can add files to a single archive as per your need, and not have a mess of archives in a folder or on your desktop. Read More

Secure Bin Lets You Lock Each File & Folder With A Different Password

Keeping important files hidden from other PC users is very important, especially if your job includes protecting sensitive information from unauthorized usage. Although you can quickly protect your data by encrypting the entire disk,  it often takes quite a while to manually decrypt each file to gain read and write access. Another method that most users use is zipping important files in a password protected archive, but that means you have to unzip it every time you want to use a file from the zipped folder. Wasting all this time just to secure some files doesn’t seem practical, does it? If you are looking for an application that allows you to quickly secure and hide confidential data, try Secure Bin out. This portable application allows you to easily password-protect files, and access them from a secured dashboard. Unlike other file security utilities, it lets you set different passwords for each file or folder. However, you can also choose to unlock all protected files with a single master password. More after the jump. Read More

xShredder: Overwrite Free Space & MFT, Wipe Disk, Shred Folders & Files

When you delete a file, it goes to the Recycle Bin. To remove it completely from your hard drive, you have to delete it from the Recycle Bin as well. However, even after you have completely removed it from your hard disk, one can easily recover the deleted file using a powerful data recovery utility, such as previously reviewed Recuva. Although data recovery software come useful in situations where you delete something by mistake, anyone with malicious intentions and the right set of tools can easily recover and access deleted sensitive information from your hard drive. xShredder is an open source application for Windows that allows you to protect your privacy by overwriting free space as well as shredding confidential files using powerful permanent data removal techniques. The program provides multiple shredding methods including British HMG IS5 Base Line, US Army AR380 19, German VSITR, and Peter Gutmann. Further details after the break. Read More

Copy Path to Clipboard: Access File/Folder Path Copy Functions From Right-Click Menu

You may already know that Windows does not show you the complete path of a folder or file, and if you need the complete path, you need to click the Windows Explorer address bar or open folder/file properties to copy the complete path. Wouldn't it be better if you could copy the complete path of folder and file from right-click context menu? Copy Path to Clipboard provides you with just that. It is an application for Windows that allows you to not only copy the Full Path and the Filename, but also Relative Path, URL Path, Parent Folder Path and the UNC Path of selected files and folders, all from the Windows right-click context menu. Additionally, it lets you copy the path of multiple files and folders at a time to Windows clipboard, so that you paste folders/files names along with their source paths in any text editor. More on Copy Path to Clipboard after the break. Read More

BuddyBackup: Backup Important Data To Your Friends’ & Family’s Computers

Backing up your files and folders is very important. You never know when your hard drive might crash or a virus might corrupt your files and folders. Moreover, anyone with malicious intentions can also delete your files if they get access to your computer. Whatever the case, if you have a backup of your files saved somewhere, it proves to be a life saver in such situations. Previously, we have covered some great applications to backup your data locally, remotely or on a cloud. Back in February, Usman covered Simple Data Backup, which offers an on-demand backup option to quickly perform backup operations, as well as scheduled backup tasks and post-backup options, while some days ago Waqas covered AngryFile, a Dropbox-like file sharing and backup utility that lets you store important files on the cloud. Today, we have another backup application called BuddyBackup that enables you to back up your data on your friends' and family's computers for free. This lets you avoid paying huge sums of money to third party companies for backing up your data. More on BuddyBackup after the jump. Read More

Quickly Find & Remove Empty Files & Folders From Your Hard Drive

During manual cleanup of our hard disks, sometimes we find an empty folder without any file in it. In the same way, sometimes we stumble upon an empty file inside a folder, which is not useful for anything. Most of the times, these empty files and folders are remnants of uninstalled applications. For instance, when you download and install new software, it often creates a directory on your hard drive to save all its executable and log files. However, when you uninstall it, all of those files are folders are not always removed with the software. Some of the folders are often left behind, even though all the files in them are deleted. If you have the habit, or your work requires you to install a lot of applications, you are sure to have a lot of these empty folders and files in your computer. They are not exactly harmful, but can really clutter up your hard drive. Hunting for them manually can be a tedious task since Windows provides you with no way to search for empty folder. Today we found two tools by the same developer, FMS Empty Folder Remover and FMS Empty File Remover, which allow you to remove empty folders and files from your hard drive in order to reduce clutter. Read More

Use A File As Template & Prevent Overwriting A Master Copy In Mac [Tip]

Have you ever unintentionally modified a really important file that you have no other copy of? That is probably the best time to say ‘Duh’ if life has yet to give you an opportunity to use the word. The thing is, deleted files can be recovered by recovering older versions of the file that’s been modified. For important files that you frequently use as a template (but do not want to modify) or just ones you hope to never overwrite even in your dreams, Mac provides you a simple  yet widely unknown way of doing both from the general menu of any file. Read More

MTE Locker: Password Protect Files/ Folders & Create Encrypted Archives

If your computer contains sensitive files, you can protect them using the default Windows user protection or other PC locking software. It will lock down your entire computer, and anyone without a password will not be able to access it. However, if you have to share your computer a lot, telling your password to other people and changing it every time can be a bit annoying. Other than that, you will also have to remain around the person to ensure that they are not going near your personal files. There are a lot of paid tools out there that allow you to take care of sensitive information stored in files and folders, but free security tools either don’t have the complete set of options or are limited in the number of files or folders that they can lock. MTE Folder Locker is an application for Windows that allows you to lock your personal and sensitive files and folders with a password. You can also create encrypted archives of multiple files. More on MTE Folder Locker after the jump. Read More

Compare Two Folders For Matching Data Even With Similar File Names

A lot of times, it happens that when you copy a lot of new information and place it along with items that you have saved in the past, multiple copies of the same item are created; one from the old collection, and a replica from the new one. Thus, this creates a lot of confusion, because sometimes, it might be that the name of two files may be the same, but their content can be different from one another and merely deciding to delete the “duplicate” file on the basis of the file name alone may result in loss of important data. Likewise, the two files maybe sharing a different name but the content is same. So, what would you do in this case? Open all the files with similar names one by one and manually check if the content is different or similar? Don’t be a noob! No one's got such extra time at disposal especially in today's hectic schedules. To cope with this however, you may use BS Folder Compare instead. It is a portable folder comparison utility for Windows that allows you to compare two folder structures with options to include or exclude user-specified file types. The application also generates an HTML report of the comparison results. Read More

Commenteer: Add Batch Comments To All Files In A Folder [Mac]

Adding a file comment helps you find it more easily using the Spotlight search in Mac, but imagine having to add the same comment to a whole batch of files. Not only is it a tedious process, but it also involves accessing the right-click context menu for each file. A shortcut can be to add all these files to a single folder and add the comment to the folder only, but if files get moved around, your comment will not help you find it. Commenteer is a free Mac app that lets you manage file and folder comments in batches. It allows you to perform the same comment action (add, remove, print a comment) on all files within a folder. Read More

Order In My Folder: Sort Files Using 8 Different Criteria

One of the most painful tasks you can perform is sorting your files out, especially when there are a lot of files to put into different folders, and when you randomly download and scatter files here and there. People usually have this habit of putting all their files in the download folder - leaving them unorganized and cluttered. If so they need a file later on, it becomes quite hard to find and can also leave duplicates, should they redownload them. The usual way to sorting the files is create new folders one by one and then manually move the files into each one of them, depending on your sorting criteria. However, each one of us who has gone through this exercise know that this method is inefficient, as well as how frustrating it is to move the files into folders, individually. What's more, no one has any time at their disposal to waste in these little things. Earlier, we have reviewed some great file sorting applications for Windows, such as, FileSieve, that automate the sorting process. Today, we have another awesome tool for sorting your files, called Order In My Files. It is a portable tool that allows you to reorder your files from a single folder into different, automatically created ones, based on different file sorting logics. Keep reading to find out more about Order In My Folder. Read More

[Giveaway] Disk Drill: File Recovery App That Lets You Undo Delete On Your Mac

We last reviewed Disk Drill in 2010, when the app was still in its infancy and was free. Since then, the Disk Drill for Mac has added new features and introduced a pro version, in addition to a free one, of their file recovery app. The app isn’t just a recovery app; it also provides file protection for important files, letting you choose specific folders or drives to protect. Among the noteworthy new features is the deep scan algorithm that allows you to recover more files, Guaranteed Recovery, which allows you to undo the file delete action. The app can also search for partitions that you may have lost due to formatting. Read More

Hanso Tagger: Batch Tag Music Files With Case Sensitive Corrections

Properly tagging files allows you to easily locate them when you need to. A lot of people like to keep their files, such as their music, organized in separate folders. Tagging your music files helps you in searching for the required file in any music player. Tagging files using the default Windows options is a lengthy process of opening each file individually and correcting the tags separately for each file. Windows Explorer lists down all the tags of selected images in image preview pane, but it is both time consuming and wearisome to manually select each image in order to edit tags. What you need is a proper tool designed to perform the job without making you input much effort into it. Previously, we have covered some very good file tagging tools, such as Elyse, MusicBrainz Picard and Tigo Tago. Today, we have another great tool for editing file tags called Hanso Tagger, which lets you edit ID3v1.1 and ID3v2.x meta tags of files. Read on to find out the more about it. Read More

Monitor File Creation Activity Across Disk Volumes Using File Extension Monitor

You may know that when you uninstall an application, it doesn’t remove all those files and folders which were created during the execution of the application. The applications’ left over data has to be manually removed to save precious disk space, but what if you can’t find the locations where files and folders created by uninstalled applications are residing? File Extension Monitor is a small application that lets you monitor files that are being created by both system and user applications’ processes. The utility may come useful in situations where one needs to monitor activity of any application’s thread. It also helps you identify thread(s) of uninstalled application, which is surreptitiously creating files on the disk. By default, the application monitors all types of files, but you can specify the file formats which are to be monitored. The application silently monitors file creation activity from system tray. You can choose to disable the monitoring process from system tray menu. Read More

FilePro: Graphically Analyze Disk Space From Multiple Perspectives & Criteria

If we keep installing large applications in our system, the hard disk can run out of space pretty quickly. Games and application such as Adobe Photoshop take up a lot of space on the hard disk during installation. More space is consumed by them when saving a game or an edited picture or video. So, when your hard drive runs out of disk space, you have to manually check what is taking up the disk space in order to decide what can be deleted to free up the memory. Applications to analyze disk space come in very handy at this time, which allow you to view which file is taking up how much memory and where the files that are consuming the largest portion of memory, are located. Previously, we have reviewed some very good disk space analyzers, including WinDirStat, Folder Size, Over Disk and TDP x-Ray Lite. Today, we have another disk analyzer for you named FilePro, which allows you to graphically view the distribution of hard disk space among files. The space can be analyzed from multiple perspectives, such as Tree Map, Tree Size, Folder Statistics and File Statistics. Read More

Sequenzetto: Affix Numerical Sequence To Folders & Files [Mac]

In the past, we’ve covered multiple apps that make it easy to rename files in bulk. Files are normally renamed on a given pattern or syntax that the app defines and where the user enters the variables. What most file renaming apps do is change the entire name of the file altogether. We recently recommended FreshBatch to replace a word or character in a file name with one of your choice. Sequenzetto is a Mac app that lets you add numbers to all files or folders, within a folder. It retains the original file name and simply adds numerical prefixes to each item. Read More

Gemini: Scan For Duplicate Files & Folders On Your Mac [Paid]

Do you often keep duplicate files on your system on purpose? Some people might do so to ensure they always have a copy of a file in its original format while they play around with the duplicate. Others might just accidently end up downloading the same file again and again and saving them to a different folder each time. Clutter creating habits aside, even the best of us end up with duplicate versions of the same files, and it is hard to track them down. Gemini is a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store that is a superb duplicate finder. It doesn’t automatically remove files; rather, it allows you to decide which ones to remove. The app can detect duplicates based on the name, and even if a file name is appended with (1) to avoid overwriting an old version, the app treats it as a duplicate as such. Read More

SearchInFiles: Search Text Within Files By Line Number & Context On Mac [Paid]

Spotlight search in Mac is plain amazing. Even if you advocate actively for Windows PCs and insist that the Start Search is possibly one of the best features to have come to Windows, you will still be blown with the search results from Spotlight. While it is amazing and all, it does have a few limitations, or, as some might say, slight complications. The file type search isn't as conspicuous as it should be, and the iFileX utility reviewed earlier was one way to make it easier. SearchInFiles is a Mac app that is free for a very limited time (just a few hours), which lets you search text within files and display the results by line number. The app works with TXT, RTF, HTM, CSS, XML, C, M and Java files. PDF files are not supported. Read More