Big Mean Folder Machine
Big Mean Folder Machine
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Big Mean Folder Machine free download for Mac

Big Mean Folder Machine2.42

21 October 2020

Bring structure to your file collections.

Overview

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.

Features
  • 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.

What's new in Big Mean Folder Machine

Version 2.42:
  • The new version adds native Apple Silicon support and Big Sur compatibility.

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molinaxeb
molinaxeb
Jun 28 2020
2.41
4.0
Jun 28 2020
4.0
Version: 2.41
What a great, great little tool. Unfortunately, it doesn't serve – if I am not mistaken – for my purposes: I would need an option to control the name of the created directories instead of them being generated from the split criteria. So, I am still waiting for this upgrade – as seemingly others – and meanwhile, I'll be using a bash script in my Terminal window.
RJC.NJNYC
RJC.NJNYC
Nov 28 2018
2.38
0.0
Nov 28 2018
0.0
Version: 2.38
v2.38 not working properly, I can not read the opening window, Dark Mode not correct, white copy on white background
picturepal
picturepal
Aug 1 2018
2.37
3.5
Aug 1 2018
3.5
Version: 2.37
Have been using it for years. Ideal when you have to export thousands of images after a job and get them into a folder hierarchy for a client. Until a few years ago it was possible to save settings for it as a droplet. Apple made some changes and this is not possible any more. But come on: I should be able to save my settings by now so I can have various sets for different needs. The last time I spoke to customer service about this was 2015 and I was told it is on the list. August 2018 and this simple but vital function still isn't implemented. Seems like this software is not really under development at all any more... Once this simple function is available it deserves 5 stars.
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Jan 14 2015
2.30
0.0
Jan 14 2015
0.0
Version: 2.30
This looked promising for me - I have a large collection of images that need to be tidied up. I asked the dev for some guidance and received an answer to my specific questions within 24 hours - excellent service for non-reg potential user. Dev provided v clear answers to my queries and I thought I would try the Trial to see if I could get BMFM to do as I want, but it seems that there is a difference between download app and Trial app - I don't see the pull down options discussed in various posts here. Maybe I am missing something? Five stars for excellent non-customer service and assistance to my enquiries!
Duncancreamer
Duncancreamer
Sep 20 2012
2.26
4.0
Sep 20 2012
4.0
Version: 2.26
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.
Flavum
Flavum
Aug 23 2012
2.26
0.0
Aug 23 2012
0.0
Version: 2.26
New version (2.26) no longer support Snow Leopard. Requires 10.7 or later. Not a complaint - just a head-up.
Simbasounds
Simbasounds
Jul 28 2012
2.25
5.0
Jul 28 2012
5.0
Version: 2.25
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.
Hoerbie
Hoerbie
Apr 9 2011
2.16
1.5
Apr 9 2011
1.5
Version: 2.16
i can`t unlock with Registration-Code!
Killer-Klown-Kar
Killer-Klown-Kar
Nov 16 2010
2.10
5.0
Nov 16 2010
5.0
Version: 2.10
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!
Zaph
Zaph
Mar 23 2010
2.06
5.0
Mar 23 2010
5.0
Version: 2.06
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.
Lmp
Lmp
Dec 4 2007
1.2
0.0
Dec 4 2007
0.0
Version: 1.2
Please explain how this utility is different/better than Finder's smart folders.
Ajoe
Ajoe
Nov 14 2007
1.1
0.0
Nov 14 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1
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)
Uncoy
Uncoy
Oct 20 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Could it be used to burn DVD's of picture collections?
Drewe2000
Drewe2000
Oct 20 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
this could be extremely handy for dealing with thousands of MP3s and photos. gonna check it out ASAP.
Skritter
Skritter
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
It does do excatly what it says, and can save you a lot of time. I just wish there was more features for the $10 or $15.
WiZZardP1
WiZZardP1
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
This looks like a very interesting tool and a worthy addition to anyone application set
Dalahast
Dalahast
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
WOW. I like, I like! Too many pictures lay in giant folders on my hard drive. If only it were free… still, very nice, practical app.
Delachill
Delachill
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Anything that helps you get and stay organised is welcomed. Pretty powerful and worth it for ease of use with our increasingly large camera import folders...split based on EXIF data is useful
Daniele-Cusi
Daniele-Cusi
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Great! It is exactly what I was looking for ! 3
Michele3
Michele3
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I've tried it for a while: it's a very nice and well written app, but I couldn't see myself using it very often. At the same time, $9's not much... ;)
Glenbo
Glenbo
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I like where this is heading, and bought a copy today, the developer has a healthy up to version 3 free updates policy, not bad at this price, well worth a look!
Vjl
Vjl
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
What a completely original and unique app! I'm gonna have to give this one a try!
Zettt
Zettt
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Love it
Sky01
Sky01
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
will try it. search for sth. that can sort files into subfolders based on info wich is behind the get info tab
Bumbleb
Bumbleb
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
33% off $15.... Hmm, $5 off... Hmm...
Fangrock
Fangrock
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I might try this one!
Majorpb
Majorpb
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Nice and cheap- an app for me ;)
Macmaria
Macmaria
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Let me check how this works, it maybe worth the few $$.
3monkies
3monkies
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
OMfG! If this does what it says… I'm sold! Goin' to try it out now……………
Kwkistler
Kwkistler
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I have server hundred gigabytes of Documents, Graphics, Movies, Photography, Tutorials, etc. I try to stay organize as a design professional, but I want to create not organize content daily... LOL! This looks like a good program to help me re-organize my files on my Mac. I think this will be another MacUpdate software to purchase!
Macupdate-User
Macupdate-User
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I have tested it and it works great! A little pricey for $10 or $15 since it does not do much. But it does do excatly what it says, and can save you a lot of time. I just wish there was more features for the $10 or $15.
davidgrotzky
davidgrotzky
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Okay....this could be the dream-program I have so longed for even back in my Windows days....I'll have to try it out!
Rpphoto
Rpphoto
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I like the renaming idea, too. Sounds nice.
Jasontrauer
Jasontrauer
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I work for a law firm and I need to be able to arrange thousands of scanned documents into folders to allow proper import into discovery database ( in this case Summation). This program is exactly what I was looking for and produces the exact structured output required to create a DII load file. Hilarous program icon and powerfully easy to use. Thank you! (btw, I already bought it)
DifferentVoice
DifferentVoice
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Seems like it would be a useful tool for those who work with a lot of PLR documents and marketing articles.
Geopick
Geopick
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Well, TBMFM might help me organize the bazillion pieces of clip art I have on my hard drive.
Wbeckett
Wbeckett
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
If this works, it will be very useful to my ten year collecion of photos, memo and misc. file.
Greg-Raven
Greg-Raven
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
The files I have within folders are structured -- day folders within month folders within year folders. It would be great if BMFM would append the year, month, and day from the enclosing folders to the filenames, when putting everything into one big folder.
M57
M57
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I could see the usefulness of this in managing digital photos directly in the Finder, outside of a media management app like iPhoto or Aperture...
Kingadrock
Kingadrock
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Useful tool, amazing icon, hilarious name, intuitive interface, great price. How have I not heard of this before? Thanks MacUpdate!
Jeff-boldt
Jeff-boldt
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Wonder if Bean uses this?
Britonius
Britonius
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I'm not sure I would use this myself, but it does sound interesting.
Vvarp
Vvarp
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
That's interesting, it might be useful.. I am going to check that
Biblo
Biblo
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
In my opinion this app is not necessary for the most of us...
Biodork
Biodork
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I have 12 years of files that I have been dumping into my "archives" and now I will have some way to organize them.
Cenocre
Cenocre
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Love the organizational capabilities. Not sure about the renaming.
Bobweiner
Bobweiner
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Dunno about the app - but I love that icon design - it makes a perfect hard drive icon.
Collinong
Collinong
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
does this actually move the files/folders or provide virtual file system views?
Delete Me
Delete Me
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
As a recenter switcher, I've found file management on the mac to be the most confusing thing. Mainly because I spent so long perfecting my own little system on the PC. If this helps manage my files, then I am sold.
Matteo-sym
Matteo-sym
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
It sounds interesting. I'll try it.
Castle-Rose
Castle-Rose
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I design labels for asian food products. This could help.
nahoJ
nahoJ
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Wow, this is interesting.
Glenbo
Glenbo
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Hey I like this so much I think I'm going to buy a copy!
Glenbo
Glenbo
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
What an excellent idea, this could be just what I and a few friends are looking for!
Heras
Heras
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
It has potential but i'm not sure if i would stop worrying about my files.
Willgr
Willgr
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I'd really just like to win some free software that was useful to me.
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Have to look into this... sounds interesting.
Michele3
Michele3
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
This one seems like an interesting utility: no matter how hard I struggle to keep things clean, I always end up with files scattered all over the place. This app could help me keep them in order.
Chrisluehrs
Chrisluehrs
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I don't get the point of this programm. Why would you need it? I don't really merge folders, why would I. Intelligent folder is the way to use. Cause I can have the same files in different "folders". Like, don't sort, find! But I will give it a try
Fonix
Fonix
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
After playing with the software for a little while, it is limited in how it resolves name conflicts (duplicate names, etc). I would have to use a renamer app to change the filenames after I merged all the files. I may see whether one of the renamer apps I own would handle this a bit more elegantly, and more flexibility in the naming of files.
Pablo2k
Pablo2k
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I have large collections of photos, movies (home and my own ripped dvd movies) and music. Maybe this would really help? It´s very time consuming now, but this looks promising so I give it a try.
Plasterpyrus
Plasterpyrus
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Can anyone tell me how this application is diffrent than Hazel which was an MUPromo not to long ago?
Majorpb
Majorpb
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Why do we need such an app? Cannot we do it also with built-in technologies of OSX,too- for FREE?
Fonix
Fonix
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I have a lot of old pictures, movies, and email backups, many of which have the same sequential names. If this can rename them to prevent overwriting when I try to merg them, then I'm sold.
TSMelo
TSMelo
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I like this kind of organizational tool... Haven't tried it yet, but it seems like something that might come in handy sometime... IF it works... There is only one review here at MacUpdate, so it's hard to judge... I'll download the demo and try for myself...
Fmoulden
Fmoulden
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Big monolithic applications sound good but you typically get lost in all the functions. This is specialized for what it does. I think it is worth trying.
Thekryz
Thekryz
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Only two functions? Very specific program... or maybe I just don't merge folders often enough?!
Macmansc
Macmansc
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Kind of interesting. Maybe providing some order to my "clean up" folders on my desktop. Leopard compatible?
Gorelets
Gorelets
Oct 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Oct 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
I like the concept of this program -- not only because of the hilarious icon and write-up, but because it is true that we tend to avoid organizing large file lists because they are so demanding -- this program would take the thinking out of it. But the worry? I'd still worry about where things went and how renaming etc. was handled. But it might be worth a test drive, anyway, just to see how cool it is!
Roy-Van-Der-Woning
Roy-Van-Der-Woning
Aug 23 2007
1.0b2
4.0
Aug 23 2007
4.0
Version: 1.0b2
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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