Our file manager take advantages of standard hierarchical file system and tag based file system:
From tag based file system we take fast access to files and selection by several tags for more precise result.
From hierarchical file system we bring order to the tags, because the biggest flaw of the tags is that over time, they become too numerous and it's easy to get lost among them or forget.
The advantages of such approach are more human-friendly interface, because to find a file, you only need to know one or more keywords associated with that file (instead of the full path to the file). This way, you can get access to your files more easy. Unlike the traditional hierarchical file system, tags kinda let you place a file, depending on its content, into several different folders at once.
And, in addition, you can add description for file just to recall what is it about.
Simple use case:
Let's assume that you have a large archive of photos, and you have it, I'm sure there is :)
How do you sort these photos?
By date ? place ? By people are depicted on them? events ?
Is it funny , lovely or terrible?
Will you create folder for each category?
A difficult choice isn't it?
And what if you want to find photos of a certain person during an certain event ?
Or view photos for a definite year on which only you are depicted?
With TagsForAll, you can easily do this: assign to a file or photo
or even a folder, as many tags as you want. This, of course, will require some effort from you,
but later, a navigation through your photos or files archive will be pleasant and
you with ease and the main thing very quickly, will be able to find exactly what you want.
Manage your media content with tags which relate to style , actor , year , rating , etc.
Manage your books or documetation with data , author , language , genre ,
must read etc.
Quick start video.
This video demonstrates basic functionality of TagsForAll:
Adding tags to files, quick navigation through tags and managing tags.
1. This is frame where you can see your tags. Also you can manage ( move\rename\delete ) tags and select tags to assign to selected files. 2. Here you can see currently selected tags, and also you can select deselect tags through this window. 3. In this text box you can add new tag: just type tag name and push Enter, and new tag will appear in a TagsFrame(2). 4. This is frame for files filtered by tags. 5. This button ( yes this is button ) shows how many files selected. Remember: if any files selected
you will assign/deassign tags for them, if no files selected:
you will filter files by tags selection. 6. There is two mode to show tags: like tree and like list, by this button you can switch between both of them. 7. It is a fields where you can put your description for file and description will be stored inside file. ( For details read "Where stored tags data and a description.")
What colors of tags means?
When you have an open main window in tags frame ( number 1 in the picture of main window ) you can see all tags what you have.
Tags may have files associated with them, may have subtags and both of them subtags and files.
If a tag has files it has a yellow color if doesn't: pale yellow.
What the difference:
If you select tag which has files in result you will get files associated with this tag, despite if this tag has subtags or not.
If you select tag with only subtags ( pale yellow color ) as result you will get all files for all subtags.
If color of tag is grey that means you cannot filter files by this tag because result of filtration will be zero.
How to add tags to files.
Simpliest way to do this: it is with Windows Explorer context menu: select one or more files or folders click right mouse button and select the "Manage Tags" menu item.
Then you can easily choose the tag from existing tags or add a new by "Add new tag here". Moreover in the dialog box that appears, you can enter the full path to the tag: like photo/city/Praag or
books/writer/Edgar Allan Poe and so on.
Open a main window and drag and drop files into frame for files ( number 3 in the picture of main window ), then select the files for which you want to assign tags choose tags for them.
You can easily open the main window in several ways: with file context menu, by standart way to open any application ( Desktop Icon, Windows menu) or menu in windows notification area.
How to get files associated with tags.
Open the main window of app ( we described how to do this in previos topic ) and select tags for which you want to find files.
Even better way: push Alt+X configurable hotkey and check right-bottom corner of the screen.
There shoud appear the FastTagAccess window, just start typing tag's name and select one what you wish.
Where stored tags data and a description.
Data for tags and description stored in two places:
1. In files itself as ADS ( Alternate Data Stream for NTFS ). So you can move and transfer you files with memory stick to other computers or removable drives
but these drives or memory sticks have to have NTFS file system..
If your memory stick is not NTFS format, you can use WinRAR to archive files with ADS streams.
And even if something happens to the local database: It is easy to restore from files itself by scanning disc or directory with tagged files. 2. In local "database". Local data base is needed to facilitate and speedup access to tags and files.
Can I move, rename, delete tagged files?
Yes you can.
The software tracks changes in the file system and if something happens with tagged files it will update local database respectively.
Moreover: if you connect new drive the software will propose you to tracks changes in this drive. Choose what you want: if it is just temporary
memory stick better to choose "No". This choise will remember by software for this drive. If you want reset this you can do it in settings.
Scan for files with tags.
This feature need in cases:
1. If you connect new drive or memory stick and want to check if files there contains some tags.
2. If you reinstall Windows and want to restore your local tag's database.
3. Local database has been broken.
Scan for files without tags.
If you want to be sure that all files in some directory tagged, this feature will be useful for you:
It will find all untagged files in selected directory. You can use filter of files extension to find images or documents
If you wants to watch some directory, in my case it is "Downloads", for adding tags to new files: Just choose directory to watch.
There are few simple settings: 1. You can change hotkey for "FastTagAccess" feature, but please choose one which are not taken by Windows or other software. 2. Clean default behaviour for drives which you have connected before.
Free version limitation.
Free version of TagsForAll is limited by 70 tags. No other limitations in sowtware exists.