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Cleaning up the system with Fiplab Smart Folder Cleaner

On my work machine as well as home machine, I have a lot of “work” directories that gather a ton of files that I never go back and delete. This can be screenshots that I’ve already attached to tickets, or documents I’ve already stored in DevonThink, DMG files I forgot to delete, or temp documents I don’t need to keep long term.

I’ve now added Fiplab Smart Folder Cleaner to monitor several folders on my machine, and over time, delete out files that aren’t being used anymore. In my case, this monitors my Download directory and my SnagIt directory. It could monitor anything I want, but this is where a ton of stuff accumulates.

Obviously Downloads is where everything from the Internet collects. Over time, that becomes a massive pile of steaming @#$%. But with Folder Cleaner, if something hasn’t been touched in 30 days, it gets deleted. That gives me plenty of time to work with files, store what I need and delete them when I’m done. But, when I let things linger, Folder Cleaner will come along and get rid of the rest.

And to be honest, using the Download folder is not a way to organize file. So this instills order and gets me in the habit of keeping what I need and tossing what I don’t.

As noted, I use this for SnagIt, since I accumulate a lot of screenshots over time. But I clearly don’t need to keep them all. Some are for before and after comparisons. Some are to show an issue. But after a few days they should either be attached to a ticket or removed.

My SnagIt directory had hundreds of old screenshots going back many months. I didn’t need to keep all that. There are better ways to archive that info if it’s important. Otherwise it’s just wasting space.

Folder Cleaner only takes a few seconds to set up, you can add as many folders as you like, you can exclude folders, set different time periods, then let it work in the background.

I have saved a lot of hard drive space and been more diligent in my organization since I added it to my list of tools.

Smart Folder Cleaner – Keep Folders Tidy & Organized by Automatically Removing Unused Files

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Notetaking across my Macs with Fiplab Mini Note

Since I now have a collection of Macs, taking notes on one machine, but then using them on another is something that needs to be considered. While Dropbox is the way to transfer big items, it’s not the best for getting meeting notes from the laptop to the desktop. However, using Mini Note by Fiplab makes this very easy.

The usual scenario goes like this, I take meeting notes on my MacBook, but then need those on my main machine. Or I find something at home and want it available at work. This is very easy with Mini Note. I can create notes in a new section, put in links or text, then using the built in sync service, the notes are available to all my other machines that have Mini Note installed. It’s automatic and near instantaneous.

There is no shortage of note taking tools for the Mac, but I really like Mini Note because it’s lightweight and extremely focused. It’s not for storing documents, or writing proposals, or making tasks, or keeping a journal. It’s to write down information as quickly as possible in a very convenient way. It stays out of the way until needed, then disappears into the background.

I’m able to grab article links, snippets of code, write down questions, or paste something useful and make it available everywhere. I honestly use it dozens of times per day across several machines.

I will also say that if a note stays in Mini Note for too long, I consider it to be a keeper and it gets added to DevonThink Office. For me, Mini Note is for quick ideas, notes from a meeting, notes from a class, links and other snippets. And for that it’s excellent.

MiniNote – Notes on your Mac – Done Right with Cross Platform Syncing!

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