Michael Walker
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Mrcrwalker reviewed on 11 Feb 2010
This is a very useful, unobtrusive, and beautiful app.

I use it primarily for organizing / arranging project-related files that are stored in various folders, so that I can see them all in one place easily. But basically you could use it for any kind of custom organization of your files and apps - arranging them independent of how they are arranged in your actual file system (i.e. what you navigate with the Finder).

For my purposes, it works much like "DragThing," but I found Berokyo to be easier to integrate into my workflow, more customizable and with superior aesthetics (i.e. it looks better). It also uses very little system resources.

Basically you can create one or many 3D "Cabinets" with "shelves." If you want, you can label / separate shelves according to categories, and each category can have subcategories. To put stuff on a shelf (anything with a selectable icon, like a file, app, etc.), you just drag-and-drop. It doesn't copy the file "into Berokyo," it just creates what functions like an alias/shortcut to it.

You can choose, on a cabinet-by-cabinet basis, to have a cabinet in "kiosk" mode or invisible when not in use. If the latter, you can choose to "dock it" on the top, bottom, left or right of the screen and made accessible by hovering your mouse at that location (or mouse+hotkey, your choice). In either case, you can also make your cabinet(s) appear with an assignable hotkey alone. The key for me was just reading the brief instructions (a very good "Getting Started" page is on their site and installs with the app) and learning the basic hotkeys to get going.

The one improvement I can think of is this: if you move the file that a Berokyo "shortcut" points to, it breaks the link. In that case you'd need to remove the shortcut and drag it again from its new location back into Berokyo. I'm not sure how all this works in the background, but I know other apps are able to "follow" a moved file to its new location.
[Version 1.23]

Mrcrwalker commented on 23 Dec 2009
I should follow-up on my comparison of DEVONthink and EagleFiler (below), noting first of all that I unintentionally included some misinformation there, as SJK's reply to my review pointed out (I picked up the bad info from a (misinformed) review elsewhere).

My update for those interested: I used EagleFiler for a couple months, liked it for the most part but never could get it seemlessly woven into my workflow in a way that made things more rather than less efficient. I now see greater value than I did before in the more expansive feature set of DEVONthink Pro. Because of these additional features built-in, it's proven more efficient for my needs (which include managing many "Office" files, making quick updates to Word files, managing many PDFs, scanning to searchable PDF, combining and annotating PDFs, converting text files to PDF, browsing/creating/organizing web "bookmarks," using OpenMeta tags for organization of all the above, etc, all of which can be done on the fly seemlessly within DEVONthink).

EagleFiler is a great app with (from what I hear) a very responsive developer, and it can do a portion of what I mentioned above. I think the choice between the two isn't one related to quality or usefulness in general but rather to the specific needs and workflow of the individual user. For a normally disorganized person, it's great to have more than one solid app to choose from.
[Version 1.4.12]


mrcrwalker reviewed on 03 Jun 2009
Eaglefiler is a terrific app. for organizing the thousands of documents and thousands more other types of files on my Mac.

I have tried virtually all of the document management apps available (e.g. DevonThink, Journler, YoJimbo, etc.) and they are all different, but the two seriously functional apps in this group are DevonThink (DT) and Eaglefiler (EF). Two things made me choose EF over DT Pro:

1) EF can handle many more types of files than DT can, and

2) it doesn't store the docs it handles in an SQL database that can't be accessed from the Finder (like DT). The latest version of DT can "index" files rather than copy them into its database, but DT doesn't perform very well if you try to "index" a significant quantity of docs (the developer admits the indexing function wasn't designed to be the primary means of bring files "into" DT).

DT Pro Office, as a suite, has more features than EF, but most of those are already easily handled otherwise in my case, and of course it's more expensive. Although I'm still learning EF, it does seem that the "AI" searching and auto-indexing of DevonThink are superior to the search functions in EagleFiler, which are themselves far superior to the functionality of Spotlight. But what both apps can do, EagleFiler tends to do them better. Add to that the two points above, and Eaglefiler was the winner for my own needs.
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