Quickly file files into folder (like MsgFiler for Mail)

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AndreasG
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Quickly file files into folder (like MsgFiler for Mail)

Post by AndreasG » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:20 pm

I have been using MsgFiler (http://msgfiler.com/) for a long time to file my emails into mailbox folders using only the keyboard. For those of you who do not know the program, it works like this:
- Select one or more messages in Apple Mail.
- Press a keyboard shortcut (CMD + 9 by default).
- Type some letters to narrow down the list of folders. The search basically works like a spotlight search or a search for songs in iTunes (=you can type some fragments separated by spaces).
- Hit ENTER.

For example, typing
"ex 1"
will return
example > test > folder1

"ex te"
will return
example > test
example > test > folder1
example > test > folder2

etc...

I would very much like to file files into appropriate folders (inside my home folder) in a similar way. To achieve this, I created an indexing rule that finds all folders inside my home folder (except some system folders, like everything in "~/Library"). Now I can
- Select a file in the Finder.
- Press and hold Launchbar activation key (CMD + SPACE) or Press Launchbar activation key and press CMD + G to send the selection to Launchbar.
- Select my home folder (fastest way is entering "~", which is ALT + N on my German keyboard).
- Hit SPACE to activate subsearch.
- type some letters of the folder I am looking for.
- Hit ENTER when the right folder shows up.

My problem is that this way I have no way to enter some fragments of the folder path in arbitrary order. For example if I type "misc" about 20 folders all called "misc" oder "Miscellaneous" show up. Now I can not simply type "doc" to access "~/Documents/misc" as I could in MsgFiler or in iTunes when I am looking for a song.

Is there any easy was to to what I want?

Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions.

Andreas

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Re: Quickly file files into folder (like MsgFiler for Mail)

Post by themacmarketer » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:07 pm

Any updates to this enquiry?

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Re: Quickly file files into folder (like MsgFiler for Mail)

Post by Kicweed » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:40 am

So you're asking for LB to match your input against the full path of each entry in the index, not just the ending point, right? For example:

~/One/misc matched directly by "onemisc"
~/Two/misc matched directly by "twomisc"
~/Three/misc matched directly by "threemisc"

Is this what you were talking about? If so, that's not a bad idea, I think I would use something like that myself. What does manfred think about this?

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Re: Quickly file files into folder (like MsgFiler for Mail)

Post by manfred » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:43 am

That's exactly what abbreviations are intended for.
AndreasG wrote:For example, typing
"ex 1"
will return
example > test > folder1

Open /example/test/folder1 in LaunchBar, press option+cmd+a to assign an abbreviation and enter »EX1« (of course without quotes).

From now on it is possible to select this folder by typing ex1.
Kicweed wrote:~/One/misc matched directly by "onemisc"

Same here, select ~/One/misc in LaunchBar and assign »onemisc« as abbreviation.

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Re: Quickly file files into folder (like MsgFiler for Mail)

Post by Kicweed » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:02 pm

But manually assigning a custom abbreviation is not really the same :-) I think there really is a case for the kind of extended matching as described.

What I cannot test is whether this extended matching will significantly affect the excellent searching that LB has. It is by far the fastest and smoothest search experience I've experienced.

Maybe it could be offered as an advanced option that could be toggled on/off.

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