Big Mean Folder Machine
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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
What's New
Version 2.29:
  • Fixes moves to the new Automatic Reference Counting memory architecture.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Duncancreamer reviewed on 20 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 2.26]


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Flavum commented on 23 Aug 2012
New version (2.26) no longer support Snow Leopard. Requires 10.7 or later. Not a complaint - just a head-up.
[Version 2.26]


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Simbasounds reviewed on 28 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 2.25]


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Hoerbie reviewed on 09 Apr 2011
i can`t unlock with Registration-Code!
[Version 2.16]

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Publicspace.net (developer) replied on 04 May 2011
Hi Hoerbie,

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

Best regards,

Frank
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Killer Klown Kar reviewed on 16 Nov 2010
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!
[Version 2.10]


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Zaph reviewed on 22 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 2.06]


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LMP commented on 04 Dec 2007
Please explain how this utility is different/better than Finder's smart folders.
[Version 1.2]

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Roy-Van-Der-Woning replied on 28 Jan 2008
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.
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bmeeks24 replied on 26 Mar 2009
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.
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ajoe commented on 14 Nov 2007
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)
[Version 1.1]

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Publicspace.net (developer) replied on 02 Dec 2007
Hi,

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,

Frank
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning reviewed on 23 Aug 2007
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.
[Version 1.0b2]

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schwerd replied on 19 Oct 2007
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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Mistertoad17 rated on 06 May 2012

[Version 2.23]



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Monzterdk rated on 20 Apr 2012

[Version 2.23]



MacGuy52 rated on 18 Jun 2011

[Version 2.17]



Nytroxz rated on 18 Apr 2011

[Version 2.16]



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Cartoonasaur rated on 08 Apr 2011

[Version 2.16]



Farwell rated on 08 Apr 2011

[Version 2.16]



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Dan1983 rated on 29 Dec 2010

[Version 2.10]



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LV-426 rated on 07 Dec 2010

[Version 2.10]



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kdfukuyama rated on 06 Dec 2010

[Version 2.10]


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Version Downloads:875
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:04 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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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. With only a few clicks you can reorganize your entire photo collection into a customized folder hierarchy. Fancy organizing your photos by year and month? Click. Click. Done. Prefer a deeper hierarchy with year, month and date? Click. Click. Done.

We love your music too
The Big Mean Folder Machine is just as useful for your music collections as it can read id3 tags (Artist, Album, Title, Year, etc.) and use them to split your entire collection into a pristine folder hierarchy of your own design.

Create fixed sized batch folders
Anybody who has ever tried to burn a large file collection onto physical media such as DVDs or CDs will appreciate the Big Mean Folder Machine's ability to create batch folders of a particular size, so that you can backup each folder onto a separate data carrier.

Merging folders
The Big Mean Folder Machine cannot only split files into folders, but it can also do the reverse, namely merging the files from many folders and folder hierarchies into a single folder. Not only is doing this manually exceedingly tedious, but you also run into real problems when you run into files with the same name in several folders. The Big Mean Folder Machine takes care of these issues with its customizable file name conflict resolution algorithm.

Safe, flexible and industrial strength
All this would be of little use unless there is a safe, flexible and capable engine behind these pretty buttons.. The Big Mean Folder Machine packs an industrial-strength 64-bit database-backed processing engine that is capable of shifting hundreds of thousands of files and terabytes of data, while taking care of pesky problems such as file name conflicts.

The Big Mean Folder Machine provides you a full (!) preview of the folder hierarchies that it will create before doing anything and by default your files are copied rather than moved to their new locations, leaving you with a perfect copy should things not work out as expected. For the more adventurous file moving is of course also available, saving time and disk space but this is inherently less safe.


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