You can do it the easy way, the hard way, or the way of the future.
But managing files and folders on the Desktop or in the Documents folder is about to go the way of the Dodo bird. Here’s what usually happens to most of us.
As the day moves on we continue to drop files and folders and photos and snippets and everything else onto the Mac’s Desktop. See how a digital life mirrors real life? If your real desk top is messy, then it’s likely that your Mac’s Desktop is a bit cluttered, too.
Humans are well intentioned creatures, so we plan to clean up the clutter. Soon. Some day.
If you’re into Mac apps that improve your life, there’s Desktoday, an elegant tool that does what some of us do to our real desktops. When mine gets too cluttered and I know the boss is around, I toss everything into a box and put it under my desk.
Desktoday is a little like that, too.
Whatever gets scattered across your Mac’s Desktop can be dropped automatically into a folder and named with today’s date.
The app resides in the Menubar so it’s merely a click away. One click, and the cluttered Desktop becomes clean, the files, folders, photos and whatever get dumped into a folder (the digital equivalent of a box).
Not bad for free, right?
But there is a caveat. You need to name the destination of the folder where you want Desktop items to go.
Simple, neat, tidy, organized, and free.
That’s the old way. Apple’s new way makes a cluttered Desktop a thing of the past. Think about email. There’s no Finder for email. Mail keeps track of it, and you can organize messages into folders.
There’s no Finder for songs in iTunes. iTunes keeps track of everything in your Library and you can create playlists as needed.
The same holds true for iPhoto. There’s no Finder to find photos in iPhoto. iPhoto keeps everything in the Library, and you create photo albums, events, and so on.
The future of file management for the masses has already been revealed. The Mac will store everything in the cloud, sync files between devices, and eliminate the need for the Finder or Documents or the file system we’ve come to know, love, and hate.
Frankly, that kind of Big Brother attention to file management is a bit disconcerting. I like to know where my files live. Through the years I’ve cultivated the Documents folder so everything kind of file I save is saved in its place.
Apple aims to change that. But for now, there’s the old fashioned way. Stuff all the clutter into a folder or use Desktoday.