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Neu is a simple application that makes it easier to create new documents in the Finder, without you having to open an application first.

It does this by adding "Create Document..." and "Create And Open Document..." menus to various places, including the main menubar, the Dock, and the Services menu that the Finder shows when you right-click on something. You can also trigger Neu from any application using a special key combination.

Neu lets you choose what to make from a list of templates, which are simply existing files. Once you've chosen a template, Neu creates a copy of it, brings the Finder to the front, and more...

What's New

Version 2.0b3:
  • Another attempt at fixing a code signing issue which was preventing the app from opening correctly on OS X 10.9 when downloaded from a website.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Antoinesynopsis Member IconComment+55

Hello. XtraFinder (free) have a feature which does the same thing, even though it's less sophisticated.

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Version 1.3b3
Sherman Wilcox Member IconComment+171
Sherman Wilcox

It's an *application* that allows me to create new files without opening an *application*. Huh?

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Version 1.2.1
Charles Miller Member IconComment+34
Charles Miller

I have no problem with those that prefer this app. But for me TextEdit is always open and easy to use. Gradually, I've come to be quite impressed with what TextEdit can do, without complexity. And saving the fles to the right place is easy with Default Folder. YMMV...

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Version 1.2b6
Madmacmad Member IconReview+120

First Thank You !
there was something like the same App Named NUFile.
But this is better. I love the Idea and use this every Day...
So thanks to develop it further...
I can highly recommend this APP to everyone

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Version 1.0b17
Ronadam Member IconComment+86

Can anyone explain why one would want to be able to create a new file in the Finder? For most purposes you will need a different application to do anything useful with, won't you? So why not create the new file with that application?

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Version 1.0b16

In reply to the question: "Can anyone explain why one would want to be able to create a new file in the Finder?".

I can only answer for myself, but since I wrote Neu, the answer may be relevant :)

I often find that I want to create a text document in a folder (or on the desktop), to enter some text into quickly.

I don't particularly want to have to think about what the file is called, or what application to use to make it (I've got lots of text editors), and I don't want to have to launch the application (which might not be in my dock).

In a nutshell, that's what Neu is for. It can do other clever things (like substituting today's date into the new file), but the main point is just a quick & easy way to make a new file.


I haven't tried this but will probably take it for a spin. I would note that several Finder replacement programs (PathFinder, ForkLift) have the "new document" feature built into them. So, this is probably a function that's been in demand by at least a few Mac users for several years.


Why would anyone need this?
It's like an annotation tool for a folder of documents.
Let's say I have a folder of images and I want to add some text info about what, where, who, how tall, whatever. I want to stick in that folder a plain text file with that info. Then I know it will be searchable by Spotlight.

It's a standard feature in Windows.

Without it I have to decide which application to launch, find the application, write the comments and then (the most time consuming part) save by navigating back to the sub/sub/sub/folder my comments are about.


I'm sorry, but I can't see the point either. Sorry, Sam-Deane, I've read your reply, but I still don't get it.

With Quicksilver (still works in Lion) or Alfred, one keystroke brings up the application you need. For example Control + B brings up Bean in a new document. This works not only in the Finder, but in anything.

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Downloads 6,839
Version Downloads 416
License Shareware
Date 17 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $10.00
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