If you’ve owned a Mac for more than a few years then you’re likely the owner of a few utility apps which don’t get used often but are so valuable you keep upgrading and won’t drag it into the trash.
One such utility that’s been around for over 20 years, and graced my Mac back in the last century, is File Buddy. If you can imagine what a Swiss Army Knife-like file utility would be like on a Mac, well, File Buddy is it.
The list of what File Buddy can do is longer than what you can do with a Swiss Army Knife in your pocket (even if you’re a MacGyver type). For example, the built-in viewer lets you see the contents of many files with just a few clicks.
Few utilities on the Mac let you modify the file and folder attributes of one file. Or a thousand files. File Buddy does. Also built in are options to clean files on your Mac by eliminating unused languages, deleting unused preferences, orphaned files, duplicate files, and erasing and trashing files that are no longer needed on your Mac.
I’m a firm believer that nearly any Mac user can benefit from File Buddy, it’s not an app for the faint of heart. File Buddy can delete metadata and resource forks from Mac files, including custom icons on files and folders. As an added benefit it will rebuild OS X’s Launch Services database.
Where most Mac users benefit from File Buddy is in file renaming. Files can be renamed based on sequences, dates, patterns and much more– and simple droplets automate the process for future renaming episodes.
File Buddy is easier to use than Spotlight to find files and folders by building in an extensive set of search criteria. How many apps do you know that can create aliases and symbolic links? Or, copy invisible files? Or, create snapshots to track changes made to a folder or disk volume?
File Buddy does all that, but is probably used by experienced Mac owners, system administrators, or those of us who are merely long time Mac users who don’t want to try six apps to do what File Buddy does by itself.