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If Only We Could “Maggie” Maggie Herself | SciEditor
“If you’ve needed to resuscitate a problematic Word document, you’ve probably done “a Maggie.” Copying everything but the final pilcrow into a fresh Word document breathes hope into files that seem beyond redemption because Word saves a hoard of information in that last hidden character. And that hoard can cause Word to crash or fail, again and again. Omitting the final pilcrow purges the problematic hidden code.”
word  troubleshooting  scieditor  2019  files 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
David on Twitter: "@daringfireball I love this and I too wish I could go all in on iCloud Drive (assuming I can convince my wife to move everything we have in DB) but my main hesitation is that Dropbox has rewind so I don't worry about something being acc
(Yeah, this is a fair point if you might get to considering Dropbox alternatives:)

“I love this and I too wish I could go all in on iCloud Drive (assuming I can convince my wife to move everything we have in DB) but my main hesitation is that Dropbox has rewind so I don’t worry about something being accidentally deleted and gone forever. Wish iCloud had that.”
dropbox  davidj  twitter  2019  alternatives  icloud  software  files  sync 
july 2019 by handcoding
GoToFile: Find any file. Instantly.
(Well—this looks kinda neat.)
“Type a few characters and GoToFile will show matching items instantaneous. Fuzzy Search means you can leave out characters and type only the more pregnant ones. It’s just the order that matters. Typing upper-case characters will favour items with those characters at word boundaries. GoToFile can search by file name or by complete path.”
soma-zone  2019  mac  macos  osx  software  files 
june 2019 by handcoding
Task Explorer - Objective-See
If you should need such a thing, it looks like this jobbie lets you view the open files for any given process.
mac  osx  macos  processes  activity  activitymonitor  2019  software  files 
march 2019 by handcoding
Processing Subfolders – Noodlesoft
This post goes over how you can set up Hazel rules to do a certain thing on a folder and then also do that same thing recursively on its subfolders.
hazel  mac  osx  macos  2019  subfolders  recursion  files  software 
february 2019 by handcoding
Downloads Overwrite Already Existing Files - Chrome Web Store
"Very similar to the original 'Downloads Overwrite Existing Files' This one includes a bug fix so it will remember your previous download folder, rather than default back to your default download folder."
chrome  extensions  overwrite  files  2017 
december 2017 by handcoding
Mozilla’s Send is basically the Snapchat of file sharing - The Verge
"Mozilla has launched a new website that makes it really easy to send a file from one person to another. The site is called Send, and it’s basically the Snapchat of file sharing: after a file has been downloaded once, it disappears for good.

"That might sound like a gimmick, but it underscores what the site is meant for. It’s designed for quick and private sharing between two people — not for long-term hosting or distributing files to a large group."
firefox  files  sharing  2017  theverge 
august 2017 by handcoding
File Cabinet Pro | macOS App
(This looks interesting-ish, but it’s also $30. So.)
"File Cabinet Pro is the file manager for the macOS menu bar. Quickly navigate to files without cluttering your desktop. Open, move, rename, compress, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from the menu bar. You can open many file types natively in File Cabinet Pro or open files by launching other applications. It’s easy to click into directories in icon view, drill through directories in list view, or navigate the file tree in column view."
apps  software  mac  osx  macos  finder  files  drag  2017 
july 2017 by handcoding
(Looks like this is an alternate file-search app for macOS:)
"iFileX's functionality and design is based on Mac OS early-era file search tools such as Find File and Sherlock, now replaced by Spotlight.There been existing another search tool for years, Find Any File from which iFileX borrows some special features. If you like iFileX, please try out Find Any File as well, as it offers additional features not available in iFileX."
macos  osx  search  files  software  2017 
july 2017 by handcoding
Michael Tsai - Blog - Finder Keyboard Shortcut to Show Invisible Files
"macOS 10.12 #protip: Finder supports ⇧⌘. to toggle visibility of hidden files, just like Open/Save panels have for a while.

"That’s Shift-Command-Period."
finder  keyboard  shortcuts  hidden  2016  files 
june 2017 by handcoding
Renaming Files with Keyboard Maestro
"This macro uses the built-in Keyboard Maestro string formatting to make URL safe file names. This is damn useful."
keyboardmaestro  finder  renaming  files  mac  osx  macos  2012 
june 2017 by handcoding
How To Use Hazel To Save Time, Automate Your Mac, And Get Rid Of Repetitive Tasks - Asian Efficiency
This post offers heaps of neat things that you can do with Hazel—like organizing your downloads folder based on file type or auto-resizing images based in their file name.
hazel  mac  files  tips  2017 
march 2017 by handcoding
Trickster - Your recently used files, at your fingertips!
Brett Terpstra recommended this, saying, "Trickster offers a menu bar popup that shows you your most recent files and gives you easy access to them. Track downloaded files or files you saved from any application and forgot where you put them. It can sort by type and allows flagging and favorites.”

But one caveat from one of Trickster’s Mac App Store reviews:
“Click & drag highlights multiple entries. To drag, I have to click once, then click again and drag, disking an accidental double-click."
mac  via:bretterpstra  2014  software  files  finder 
january 2017 by handcoding
Handle - Windows Sysinternals
"Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Handle is a utility that displays information about open handles for any process in the system. You can use it to see the programs that have a file open, or to see the object types and names of all the handles of a program."
windows  software  files  open  microsoft  2016 
december 2016 by handcoding
DropIt: Personal Assistant to Automatically Manage Your Files
So it sorta seems like DropIt is a bit like Hazel but for Windows?
windows  software  files  organization  hazel  2016 
october 2016 by handcoding
RobinLinus/snapdrop: A HTML5 clone of Apple's AirDrop
"Snapdrop is inspired by Apple's Airdrop, but is a Progressive Web App built with Polymer and Web RTC."
airdrop  sharing  files  filesharing  2016  opensource 
august 2016 by handcoding
Filedrop: share files over wifi
This is that neat little app that lets you share files between Macs and PCs on the same network.
files  sharing  mac  osx  windows  software  2016  filesharing 
august 2016 by handcoding
Fresh : Ironic Software
(Not sure if this is quite what you’re looking for, but it seems kinda neat.)
"Fresh is designed to hide itself when you are not using it – keeping your onscreen clutter of windows more managable. Note that although the Fresh window is large, it disappears as soon as you drag a file out, so you can drag to any location."
finder  files  software  osx  mac  2016 
august 2016 by handcoding
Organize files: Find and refile misplaced files
(This is kind of a neat trick for requiring that a file have a certain *type* of metadata but without narrowing it down further.)
"You can further restrict the search by requiring the file metadata to include the name of the Album, Composer or Lyricist. You can do so by using the “*” wildcard character as a value for these search criteria."
houdahspot  software  mac  osx  files  find  2016 
july 2016 by handcoding
Stash extra search criteria in search templates
“[…] Your new template appears in HoudahSpot’s sidebar and in the Templates menu. When you use it, the “Pixel Width” criterion will be ignored until you choose to enable it again.

"You can, of course, include several such disabled criteria in your search template. This is especially useful when the criteria are in conflict. One criterion might restrict results to images larger than 1’280 pixels, while another one matches smaller images. When using the template, you will only enable one of the two criteria."
houdahspot  search  files  osx  mac  2016 
july 2016 by handcoding
DockShelf - Dock alternative for Mac OS X
This DockShelf thing looks kind of neat, I guess. (Might be handy for quick access to certain folders and such?)
mac  osx  2016  dock  software  apps  shelf  files  folders 
january 2016 by handcoding
Android File Transfer
via Billy in chat: "I used an app called Android File Transfer to get stuff on/off my Nexus"
android  files  via:billy  2015  work 
january 2016 by handcoding
Findspot - Fuzzy File Finder for Mac
"We create Findspot to help you be productive in everyday tasks. Findspot distinguishes itself from others by its instant responsiveness, accuracy, ease of use and many more. With Findspot, you can find any file or launch any app on your Mac in no time."
mac  software  osx  find  files  2015 
december 2015 by handcoding
Advanced searches in the Finder | Macworld
"To save your current [Spotlight] search as a smart folder, click on the Save button in the search bar, enter a name for the folder, and select a location to save it in. Enable the Add To Sidebar option if you want to make your smart folder a permanent fixture in that locale. Whenever you open this smart folder, Spotlight will run the search again and update the results with any new files that fit the criteria.

"If you want to change your search, or add or remove criteria, simply open up the smart folder, click on the action button (the gear icon), and select Show Search Criteria."
spotlight  mac  osx  macworld  2008  search  files 
december 2015 by handcoding
Drag & Drop from Spotlight in Mac OS X
You can drag/drop files in or out of the Spotlight results list. (And like usual on OS X, it’ll move them by default, by you can hold down Option to have it copy the file instead.)
spotlight  mac  osx  files  2012  osxdaily  drag  drop 
november 2015 by handcoding
Cut, Copy, & Paste Files Directly from Spotlight in Mac OS X
It looks like you can use Command+C / Command+X / Command+V to copy/cut/paste files right from Spotlight.
spotlight  mac  osx  2013  osxdaily  cut  copy  paste  move  files  finder 
november 2015 by handcoding
Tembo - Easy & Efficient File Search for Mac OS X
"Search starts with a single text entry. From there, Tembo takes a guiding role to get you to your files. It groups search results by file type category. Within each category, it provides appropriate filters to narrow down search results."
mac  osx  software  2015  files  find  10.10 
july 2015 by handcoding
Improve Spotlight Searches with Search Operators in Mac OS X
"Spotlight search operators If you know some specific attributes of a file, application, or item you are looking for on a Mac, you can use Spotlight Search Operators to dramatically narrow down your returned results in the OS X search feature."
spotlight  osx  mac  search  2010  files 
june 2015 by handcoding
It looks like WeTransfer is some kind of file-sharing service?
via:khoi  wetransfer  2015  files  filesharing 
april 2015 by handcoding
HoudahSpot – Advanced File Search Tool for Mac OS X
"Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach.
Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Quickly sort through search results. Add columns. Apply filters. Preview files and text matches."
mac  osx  software  10.10  files  find  2015 
april 2015 by handcoding
Hands on: Minbox merges e-mail and the cloud for frictionless file sharing | Macworld
"Minbox is exceedingly easy to use: You simply drag one or more files over to it, type in a your recipients and an optional message, and hit Send. In the background, the app proceeds to upload your files to a cloud-based location, and then notifies the recipients that the data is ready for download."
mac  files  sharing  filesharing  osx  software  2013 
may 2013 by handcoding
TidBITS Macs & Mac OS X: The Very Model of a Modern Mountain Lion Document
"In this article, I’ll sketch out how Mountain Lion is different from Lion with regard to this feature, and why, therefore, I personally like Mountain Lion much more than Lion.”

And also:
“Ask to keep changes when closing documents.” If this checkbox is unchecked, Mountain Lion behaves like Lion. If checked, though, Mountain Lion behaves more like Snow Leopard and before: The close button’s “dirty” dot returns! The warning dialog appears when you close a “dirty” document! So, in Mountain Lion, the chances are not as great as in Lion that you might accidentally keep unintended changes in a document."

"Note, however, that this checkbox does not turn off Auto Save; your document is still being saved automatically behind the scenes! The warning dialog asks “Do you want to save the changes…?” and its default button is labeled Save; but in fact the document has already been saved, and what you’re really deciding is whether to keep those saved changes or to revert the document to an earlier state (preserved, of course, in the Versions database). So Auto Save is still operative, but the interface gives the illusion that it isn’t."
lion  mountainlion  reviews  2012  save  saveas  files 
august 2012 by handcoding
Saving Files to Their Original Folders « Julieanne Kost's Blog
"By default, when saving files, Photoshop will automatically navigate to the folder where the last file was saved. To save files to their original folder, select Preferences > File Handling > and check on the 'Save As to Original Folder' option."
photoshop  files  2010  software 
july 2010 by handcoding
5 Ways To Search For Files Using The Terminal |
"Today we will look at some of the common ways to search for files in Linux using the Terminal."
linux  unix  shell  terminal  bash  find  search  files  locate  2008 
september 2008 by handcoding
GrandPerspective - Graphically Display the Disk Usage on OS X
GrandPerspective is a utility for OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space. It uses a so called tree map for visualisation."
storage  opensource  osx  mac  treemap  hdd  files 
april 2008 by handcoding
UsingMac - Leopard - Optimizing Spotlight Search
This post goes over the various keywords and search operators within Spotlight in Leopard.
spotlight  leopard  mac  osx  search  files 
march 2008 by handcoding
Introduction to lsof (LiSt Open Files)
"LiSt Open Files is a useful and powerful tool that will show you opened files. In Unix everything is a file: pipes are files, IP sockets are files, unix sockets are files, directories are files, devices are files, inodes are files..."
unix  lsof  bash  shell  files 
october 2007 by handcoding
Spotlaser - File-finding Utility for OS X
Spotlaser is a file-finding utilty for OS X with search options for file contents, file date and other qualifiers. As a minor nit, it doesn't support regex-based searches, but it looks pretty solid other than that.
mac  osx  donationware  search  files 
may 2007 by handcoding
Split & Concat - File Splitter for OS X
"I decided to create a small utility with the OS X interface that makes it easy for people to split large files to be uploaded, or to put together split files downloaded from the Internet. " [Donationware]
files  splitter  osx  mac  software  donationware  split 
may 2007 by handcoding
Alias (Unix shell) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Conveniently, this page covers the common Bash aliases for getting cp and mv to prompt the user before overwriting files.
bash  alias  cp  mv  overwrite  shell  files 
april 2007 by handcoding
Finding the Combined Size of More than One Document - Apple Pro Tips
"Here’s how it’s done: Select all the files for which you want the combined size, then press Command-Option-I, which brings up the Multiple Item Info dialog, complete with a list of how many files are selected and their combined size."
mac  osx  finder  filesize  files 
march 2007 by handcoding
Sloth - Displays a List of All Open Files in Use
"Have you ever tried to eject a CD or external hard drive but it wouldn’t because a file was in use? With Sloth you can tell which files are being used by which processes (applications.)"
osx  mac  opensource  gpl  software  processes  files 
february 2007 by handcoding
iLikeYouMore - change creator code an filetype with ease
"iLikeYouMore allows you to easily change the Type and Creator codes of any file. You can also use iLikeYouMore to erase these Type and Creator codes"
mac  software  opensource  files  osx  type  creator 
november 2006 by handcoding
File Juicer - Extract images from PDF, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other Files on Mac OS X
"With File Juicer you can: Extract images from a PowerPoint slide show, Extract images and text from PDF files, Convert iPhoto's iPod cache files and ithmb files to TIFF, Convert ZIP files which have been saved as .EXE files to zip"
mac  software  osx  files  extract  freeware 
september 2006 by handcoding
WhatSize - quickly measure the size of a folder and all subfolders
"WhatSize is a simple tool that allows the user to quickly measure the size in bytes of a given folder and all subfolders and files within it."
osx  software  freeware  diskspace  files  hdd  folders  mac 
september 2006 by handcoding
93 Resources on Online File Storage - Listible!
This page lists many online file storage sites (some free, some not). There's great breadth, but not much depth on individual sites.
storage  backup  files 
july 2006 by handcoding
Unlocked - Freeware file-unlocking utility
This utility can work around Windows' "Cannot ### file. It is being used by another person or program" message.
windows  software  freeware  utilities  files 
february 2006 by handcoding
FileZ - Palm OS file manager
"FileZ allows you view, edit, copy, move, delete and send any file located on your handheld or an external card such as Secure Digital (SD) cards or Memory Sticks."
palm  treo  software  freeware  files  memorycard 
july 2005 by handcoding
dropload - file exchanging service
"Dropload is a sweet, no hassles and no frills drop-off service for files up to 100 MB that might be too large or cumbersome to send to a friend or colleague any other way." (It's free, too.)
storage  files  business  email 
june 2005 by handcoding
Windows XP Search Bug - And a Fix
"Windows XP has a known issue for not finding a number of File Types when you do a Search for Files 'containing text' or using the 'A word or phrase in the file' option." [This page goes over the registry change to fix this.]
find  search  files  windowsxp  software  registry 
june 2005 by handcoding
Why can't Windows keep track of which files are in use? | Ask MetaFilter
In this thread, the poster asks about how come Windows sometimes locks files but doesn't tell the user which programs locked them (and reader contribute some file-unlocking utilities).
files  explorer  windows  software  freeware  locking 
may 2005 by handcoding

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