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Big Mean Folder Machine is an easily operated file and folder management utility. It can split files into folder hierarchies or merge them into a single folder. With a familiar assistant-styled interface, The Big Mean Folder Machine is an essential tool for anyone who works with large file collections, including digital photographers, content creation, post-production, system administrators, and other creative professionals.

Perfect for re-organizing your photo collection
The Big Mean Folder Machine knows all about the shooting dates and times embedded in your digital JPEG EXIF or RAW picture files. more...

What's New

Version 2.29:
  • Fixes moves to the new Automatic Reference Counting memory architecture.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Duncancreamer Member IconReview+1

It could be better: instead of just seeing "Custom" in the pulldown options, I'd like to see what's written. I'd like to be able to just run the app once I have it set up the way I like. Right now I have to click through 11 times just to get to the end to run the app. I also wish it could organise based on the camera (I use it to organise photos) listed in the metadata. These are all fairly small details - the software works very well and is pretty fast. I'm glad I found it.

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Version 2.26
Flavum Member IconComment+136

New version (2.26) no longer support Snow Leopard. Requires 10.7 or later. Not a complaint - just a head-up.

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Version 2.26
Simbasounds Member IconReview+46

When working on very intense jobs which create a large number of files in different formats, BMFM is essential for sorting out the mess. I also use it to clean up client's computers - Mac or PC (via network). It's not a replacement for Spotlight - not related, but I still consider it essential for sorting out a scattered filing system.

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Version 2.25
Hoerbie Member IconReview+1

i can`t unlock with Registration-Code!

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Version 2.16
Publicspace.net (Developer)

Hi Hoerbie,

Just contact our support at support@publicspace.net and we'll have you up and running in no time.

Best regards,


Killer Klown Kar Member IconReview+329
Killer Klown Kar

As others have commented, this App is in many ways the Killer App. With the incredible amount of photos that you can collect in a small amount of time, or other files for that matter, this App is a God send. Let's say you have 1000 photos from vacation you want to separate into Folders of 100 each. Click Click Click - done.

This has saved my bacon more times than I can count. Free time is fun time!

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Version 2.10
Zaph Member IconReview+48

Awesome. Saved me at least a full day rearranging 7 years of photos from multiple folders into a single structure with exactly the naming and date organization needed to move to a new workflow. Faultless so far.

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Version 2.06
LMP Member IconComment+19

Please explain how this utility is different/better than Finder's smart folders.

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Version 1.2

Please explain how it is the same.

Imagine having to move all files in a certain folder into subfolders based on the first (few) letter(s) of the names of those files. For this, one would need to manually create countless smart folders to group the files, manually create all target folders and manually move the grouped files into those folders.

Compare this to a few clicks in TBMFM.


I am downloading now - but I hope this is what I am looking for. I am trying to merge all of my iTunes folders from three windows machines and my MacBook. There are many files that are duplicated and I want one comprehensive backup on a single external drive. I hope this does the trick.

If so - then it will also be great for merging the images from the same set of computers. I have digital pictures from 1998 to present and (depending on who in the house downloaded them to the PC) the naming convention is all but standard.

Again - I hope this is the holy grail I am looking for!!!! But that is why it is different (in theory) from Finder.

ajoe Member IconComment+12

I could really use this tool, but both times I've tried to merge folders the application has quit unexpectedly during the preview process. (10.5)

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Version 1.1
Publicspace.net (Developer)


The issue with 1.1 on Leopard has been resolved in 1.2.

If you experience any problems with any of my software titles, please email me directly so that I can help you.

Best regards,


Roy-Van-Der-Woning Member IconReview+93

Well executed and a good start for further development.

For that, I'd like to see more (advanced) splitting criteria though (regular expressions, or at least wild cards for filenames, as well as other file attributes such as size). Also, an option to control the name of the created directories instead of them being generated from the split criteria. This can be done in the preview step which could offer an option to edit the suggested directory names, or beforehand in the hierarchy scheme form using placeholders. The latter would also open a door to creating droplets so one can drop one or more folders onto a desktop icon and have BMFM perform an (unattended) split/merge operation. Finally, it should be possible to do a file move instead of a copy.

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Version 1.0b2

strongly agree with these observations....

the strongest of which is the MOVE option, possibly in addition to COPY....

for me, the whole point of file consolidation is to eliminate duplicates and redundancies...and therefore, MOVE is the way to go....I believe that this should be the first update to BMFM and as soon as possible.

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Downloads 34,613
Version Downloads 1,072
License Shareware
Date 04 Feb 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $14.95
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