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M-A-V-I-C reviewed on 24 Mar 2009
I've wanted something like this for years. When I heard Apple was implementing Folder Actions I hoped it would do something like this but it didn't. I was hoping Automator would, but it's difficult to use for something like this.

I've never liked the concept of stacks. Sure it's like my desk, but that's not a good thing. I'd much rather a computer be automated. When I set something on my desk, I'd like it automatically dealt with and filed appropriately. Hazel does this based on criteria I setup using the GUI.

Files downloaded from the internet are automatically sorted based on predefined criteria. Photos from an asset management tool are sorted and labeled - all automatically. Those disk images for software updates are disposed of after time.

Hazel is like a personal assistant for your computer. You tell it once what you want it to do, and it does it from then on.

I'm writing t his review after having used it for seven months on my PM G5 with 10.5 and 4.5GB of RAM. I've never had an issue with it. My machine has been up for nearly a month without a restart, and I leave PS, INDD, AI, Acrobat, Mail, a few browsers, BBEdit, Adium... open 24x7. I probably have 150 browser windows open right now. So it's not like I don't push this system, and Hazel performs fine.

Hazel is a great utility. I noticed an old Hazel log showed up in my trash, so that's what reminded me I had it. My desktop and download folders were all neatly sorted, and it's been so perfect and unintrusive I forgot I had it until I saw the log file. That's what prompted me to come write this review.

Sometimes it does take a few seconds for a script to run, but it's still makes the 12hrs+/day I spend on a computer so much easier.
[Version 2.2.4]

M-A-V-I-C commented on 31 Jan 2008
Downloader beware. Software is listed as "free" but requires you to sign up for an account on a web site. They have a long TOS which includes:
"you grant to TechSmith a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, distribute, and display that content."
[Version 1.4.4200]


M-A-V-I-C reviewed on 08 Nov 2007
Bought this app several years ago. They've released regular updates when OS or QT updates break functionality. Overall it works well. At first I thought it was really expensive but it's been years since I had to pay for it as the updates have been free.

Overall I think it works well for creating cross platform screensavers.
[Version 3.5]

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