Experienced Mac users know the value of keeping files and folders organized. It takes some effort to keep what’s in the Documents folder from becoming cluttered with chaos. The same effort is required to keep the Mac’s Desktop from becoming like a real desktop. Mess.
Fortunately for those of us who are organizationally challenged, and spend an inordinate amount of time searching for files and folders we know we have but just can’t remember where, there’s Sorter.
This free Mac app uses Spotlight on OS X to help you organize files according to contents. Sorter’s interface may appear intimidating (plenty of options) but it’s usable and becomes more familiar after only a few searches.
Sorter is rules-based. Create a set of rules to find all files in Documents (or, anywhere else on the Mac). Rules can even have an action applied to the sort.
Sorter has one feature that’s definitely useful. It can watch a directory for changes (when files are changed, added, deleted). You define the criteria for Sorter to act, and multiple trigger actions can be added to a sort.
Sorter isn’t for every Mac user. You’re actually required to think about how you want to sort and retrieve files from your Mac. Once you’ve used it a few times you’ll understand why Spotlight is revered by experienced Mac users, and how Sorter makes search and retrieve even easier.