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Hazel is a System Preference pane that works silently in the background, automatically filing, organizing and cleaning.
Create rules to automatically keep your files organized
Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. It features a rule interface similar to that of Apple Mail so you should feel right at home. Have Hazel move files around based on name, date, type, what site/email address it came from (Safari and Mail only) and much more. Automatically put your music in your Music folder, movies in Movies. Keep your downloads off the desktop and put them where they are supposed to be. screenshot of main ui screenshot of rules
More than just filing
Hazel can open, archive, set color labels and add Spotlight comments. In addition, you can have Hazel rename your files or sort them into subfolders based on name, date or whatever combination of attributes you choose. With Hazel’s rule-based engine, you can create powerful workflows to automatically organize and process your files.
When you throw away applications, they can leave behind support files that never get cleaned up. With Hazel's App Sweep, Hazel will detect when you throw applications away, search for its support files and offer to throw those away as well. Uninstalling applications is integrated with your Trash so you don't even have to think about it.
Made a mistake? When you pull the application back out of the Trash, Hazel can re-install the support files for you so you don't lose a thing. In addition, App Sweep can work for all users on the same computer. If you throw away an app, other users of the app will get a chance to have their support files thrown away when they log in. screenshot of appsweep screenshot of iLife
Hazel features new actions to import your files into iPhoto or iTunes. Keep your media in line. Add to your library or to a specific playlist or photo album. And now with Hazel 3, you can import into Aperture projects and folders as well.
Advanced Spotlight integration allows you to use any Spotlight attribute in your rules. Filter files based on Spotlight attributes or use them in conjunction with the renaming and sorting actions. Sort your photos by aperture or shutter speed or rename your music files with artist, album and year. Make your metadata work for you. screenshot of Spotlight
Never take out the trash again
You can have Hazel manage your Trash. Select from different options to keep your Trash in check. And for extra security, Hazel can also shred files like Finder's "Secure Empty Trash" option. screenshot of trash UI screenshot of script editor
Extend, Customize, Integrate
Hazel's rules can trigger Automator workflows, AppleScripts and scripts in your language of choice. Hazel will run whatever you throw at it, making it easy for you to integrate into your workflow.
Hazel works quietly in the background allowing you to focus on your real tasks. Just set up your rules via a System Preferences pane and let Hazel do its job. Hazel tries not to hog up resources. You won't notice it's there but you'll notice when it's gone. screenshot of menubar iconscreenshot of Growl
Or let Hazel be chatty
Hazel supports Mountain Lion's Notification Center as well as Growl. Receive notifications on your Desktop about what Hazel is doing. Even create your own custom notification messages.
- New “Remove tags” action. Can now remove all or specific tags from a file.
User interface changes:
- ”Add Tags” action no longer has the option to replace existing tags. Instead, use the new “Remove tags” action to remove all the tags then add the new tags. Existing rules which used this option are automatically converted to do a remove then add.
- Fixed certain tags not appearing in tag list.
- Clicking outside the tag field will now dismiss the completion drop-down.
- Fixed crash when bringing up a file’s info in the preview window on pre-10.9 systems.
- When showing a file's info in the preview, tags are now shown in their "token" form (with their associated color), instead of just plain text.
- Smart quotes are no longer enabled in the shell script editor.
- Performance fixes on startup and when bringing up the rule interface for the first time.
- Replaced icons in a couple places with proper resolution-matching versions.
- Numerous fixes and adjustments.
- Fixed issue where, when updating, it would prompt for a password. Note that this fix will only kick in after you have updated to this release so it should be fixed when you update to the next release.
- Fixed issue where matching a date only by month would result in a date one month later. This would occur when the current day was on a day that didn’t exist in the month being matched. For example, if today is Dec 31 and you are matching February (with no day specified), which doesn’t have a 31st, you’d get Mar 31st. Now it should return Feb 28 (or 29 in leap years).
- In certain cases, when processing a file would result in an error, the scheduler would reschedule the file immediately instead of using increasing back-off intervals. This should be fixed now.
- Fixed Create Alias action failing when the destination is "enclosing folder".
- Other internal fixes.
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