Add Folder Icons
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WIth Add Folder Icons, add folder icons to ordinary folders.

Ordinary folders in the Mac OS X Finder are always displayed with the same boring old blue folder icon.

Sometimes you might want to liven this up. Perhaps you browse a music collection through the Finder as well as in iTunes, or have photos that you browse in the Finder as well as in iPhoto. You might create artwork, or own a collection of home movie DVD files. Whatever things you have, one thing is for sure the standard blue folder icon doesn't give you many clues about the folder's contents.

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What's New
Version 2.1.0:
  • Now supports sandboxing in OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8.
  • New introduction screen makes it easier to understand and use the application straight away.
  • Fixed icon generator stalls on Lion for large collections of folders.
  • Fixed failure to honour the filename and label related settings in the "Advanced" section of the Preferences.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 64-bit processor



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magicfortune reviewed on 01 Sep 2012
Wow,

Have I been looking for this type of app. Every time I would look up anything to do with viewing contents of folders I would get the Xray folder script for QuickLook. You have saved me HOURS of work with my folders. I like having a logo on them and I just go through and pick one and then go paste it but I have thousands of folder.

I wish it supported EPS and AI files.

Thank You!
[Version 2.1.0]


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Foulger reviewed on 31 Jul 2012
Sorry to be a pedantic old fart but the Title of Mister is conferred on e by someone else who recognises that person to be a gentleman. Its terribly bad form to call yourself Mister because it means you are calling yourself a gentleman which is a total no-no. Apart from that I like the idea of your app.
[Version 2.1.0]

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Wstevens replied on 31 Jul 2012
Look it up in a dictionary. Your definition is not there.

noun: a title used before a surname or full name to address or refer to a man without a higher or honorific or professional title: Mr. Robert Smith.

MR A D HODGKINSON conforms to this usage.

Consider: Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde was no gentleman.
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lamontDakota replied on 31 Jul 2012
Foulger, if you're an old-enough fart, you may recall a popular song of the 'Sixties named, "Along the Shore." It was by a clarinetist who called himself "_Mister_ Acker Bilk." People were more concerned as to whether his name was really "Acker Bilk" (it was) than whether he styled himself "Mister." If nobody sweated "Mister" then, why sweat it now?
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Foulger replied on 31 Jul 2012
The point is that the title Mister is conferred upon another. It is not a title which one can assume for oneself. Even Mr Hyde (referred to by another contributor) did not call himself Mr Hyde, just Hyde. Thats the whole point.
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Andrew Hodgkinson replied on 31 Jul 2012
Hi, I'm the application author. The MacUpdate listing for my app was created automatically when Apple approved the latest version - don't know why it happened now and never before, but I'm not complaining! :-)

Apple have a peculiar form for names which relates to your payment details; that's why my name has ended up capitalised and includes "MR". As far as I know though, in modern day UK, "mister" is a perfectly acceptable and normal form of address that confers no special privilege, distinct from other titles such as "doctor".

I'm not sure how to link the Mac Update developer account I just created to this automatically created listing, but if I figure it out, that should clear up the capitalised name.
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Hipposoft (developer) replied on 31 Jul 2012
...all sync'd up now, with a bit of help from MacUpdate (thanks!).
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Virtualruffy replied on 17 Aug 2012
What useless nitpicking over someone's name. I hope Mr.T comes to visit you.
First name: MR
middle name: .
last name: T
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magicfortune replied on 01 Sep 2012
Hey Mister Foulger,

Do you not have anything else to do!
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Mac Os X 4ever reviewed on 31 Jul 2012
Kind of ok for a 1.0, it's nice, but I think it could use some necessary features.
It says 2.1.0, but I have never seen it before, and it does seem like a 1.0 to me. It's a great start, but please consider adding these functions.
1) can't drag & drop a folder or folders to the app.
2) doesn't add application icons to a folder. If a folder comtains applications or documents, and there are no pictures it it, it needs to be able to add the icon of the containing app/doc to the icon.
3) contextual item would be nice. Simply right-click a folder and select "Add Folder Icon".

I hope to see further development. It seems like a great start and a nice little app!
[Version 2.1.0]

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Andrew Hodgkinson replied on 31 Jul 2012
Thanks for the feedback! It's a relief to have a review forum where I can reply. The App Store gives you a huge audience but there's no way to discuss issues with people, which can be frustrating, particularly when they seem to be having trouble getting the application to work (it might be a real bug, but I've no way to find out).

I'm confused by point (1), as you should definitely be able to drag folders from the Finder to the folder list window. That's how I use the application all the time. Did you perhaps want to drag folders to some other part of the application for some reason?

(2) is a nice idea. I've had similar requests for other content types (e.g. poster images from movies or embedded album art in music files). I'm concerned about the potential for performance problems with such features but they're certainly worth considering. I can see the value of application icons for people using the Finder to organise their applications in sub-folders rather than fiddling around with the likes of Launchpad.

(3) is almost certainly not possible under App Store sandbox restrictions I'm afraid. Extensions can be added via the Services menu you see at the bottom of a right-click Finder menu, but only via a separate add-on utility. The problem is that an external utility would have as much trouble getting into AFI's sandbox to run it with appropriate permission to modify the right-clicked items, as AFI would have getting out of its sandbox trying to install such a utility in the first place!
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 31 Jul 2012
I can't reply to your reply Andrew, but thank you for your response.
(1) I mean being able to drag a folder to the application icon in the Finder, even if the app is not running, opening it like most other apps. this way, I can put the app in the tool bar in the finder and use drag & drop.

(2) If there's no picture files in the folder, then can you grab the icons from the apps? Maybe even take it a few steps further with the option of using mixed content, maybe prefs, or a modifier key? This way, people could use the app icon or pictures even if there were both. For now though, at the very least, if there aren't any pics at all, then grabbing the icon would help a lot.

(3) option 2 would help solve this with drag & drop, but maybe further ideas can be Apple Scripts, or a separate file for the contextual menu, this way, it wouldn't interfere with the core application and give you any trouble with Apple.

Thanks again
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Andrew Hodgkinson replied on 31 Jul 2012
(1) Yep, OK. I'll look into it.

(2) Not sure if a modifier key makes sense given the multithreaded background nature of mass icon addition, but a preference would. I think I'd shy away from making it an icon style option as that would tend to multiply up icon styles just for the sake of that one setting. Something along the lines of a new Performance pane might work, or another check box in Advanced.

(3) It's not a question of Apple approval in this case. The sandbox means you simply cannot access application data from outside the application or vice versa - that's the whole reason sandboxing exists. If an application gets compromised by malicious code injection, the scope of the damage is limited by the sandbox, rather than being limited by (say) your entire user account.
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Version Downloads:1,972
Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Free
Date:31 Jul 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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WIth Add Folder Icons, add folder icons to ordinary folders.

Ordinary folders in the Mac OS X Finder are always displayed with the same boring old blue folder icon.

Sometimes you might want to liven this up. Perhaps you browse a music collection through the Finder as well as in iTunes, or have photos that you browse in the Finder as well as in iPhoto. You might create artwork, or own a collection of home movie DVD files. Whatever things you have, one thing is for sure the standard blue folder icon doesn't give you many clues about the folder's contents.

This is where Add Folder Icons comes in. It uses any pictures found inside a given folder to create a customised icon based on a configurable icon style. There is a set of built-in icon styles and you can create your own.

Release notes for version 2.0.1

  • Image selection from a folder is automatic. In "many image" mode it
    chooses up to four images at random, or it chooses cover art images
    defined in the Advanced Preferences in "cover art" mode.

  • When building icons, very large images are skipped to avoid using too
    much memory. This is set at 64MB in version 2.0.1. In a future update,
    you'll be able to configure this to suit your computer and images.


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