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    Handy Folders

    I stumbled on Handy Folders ( http://www.handyfolders.com/en/index.php ) and decided to give it a try. Within 5 minutes I decided it was a buy. (Sorry <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15> , it's not a freebie program. It's $19.95 for a personal license and lifetime upgrades. Here's what they say about the personal license: A Personal License grants its owner the right to install and use one copy of the program for personal purposes on any computers which he/she owns and operates, for example at work and at home on a desktop machine and on a notebook.) I liked it so much, I bought 4 licenses. Handy Folders is a quick way to access folders of your choosing, even when saving something. It is worth a look. There may be something out there that does the same or similar job that is free <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> , but I am unaware of it.

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    Re: Handy Folders

    How does it compare to RecentX, for which you also bought several licenses? It was mentioned by you in <post:=664,309>post 664,309</post:> earlier this year.

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    Re: Handy Folders

    Hans, RecentX provides a dropdown list of the most recent folders I have visited in some order that I can't figure out. It will work as a gateway to a folder IF you have recently visited that folder. RecentX will also give you access directly to a recently used file, a recently accessed program, and recently visited websites. However, I readily admit that I do not like or use RecentX for any of those purposes because the way files and folders are listed isn't conducive to quick access -- at least for me. What I do use RecentX for is to add attachments to e-mails (this is a quick and easy with drag and drop) and to find a file that I remember has a particular word in the title but I can't remember where I placed it.

    Handy Folder, OTOH, lets me categorize folders and quickly access them. For example, we have a single folder called Files for Transfer that resides on our NAS box and is accessible by all of our computers. It is where we place files that someone else needs to download to their computer, such as a final PDF of a book that was created by the DTP person and that now needs to be proofed by me and then sent to the client or the latest update to a program (we are networked only via the NAS). This folder is not frequently accessed (we are a small operation and it takes time to complete projects). So with Handy Folder i created a Category called Work and in that category I put the Files for Transfer folder name. Now when I need to access that folder, I simply select it from Handy Folders. Similarly, we work on very large manuscripts -- 10,000+ manuscript pages, 100+ chapters -- and the files don't often arrive together. They come over the course of months. We organize our work folders like this Project Name as the main entry and then these subfolders: Original, Logged But Not Distributed, Copyedited, MultiFile, To XYZ (this is the To copyeditor directory and there may be anywhere from 2 to 8 of these), and Done. Handy Folders lets me create a category for the project and then add the subdirectories as folders to the category for direct access.

    I hope I have been clear. I expect that RecentX could do the job, but I find that each has its strengths and serve a purpose for me, and that the strengths of RecentX are not -- for me at least -- folder access. Let me add this. Had I bought Handy Folders first, I still would have purchased RecentX just for the drag and drop of files as e-mail attachments. Because I am self-employed, every second I can save on a task means more profit to me.

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    Re: Handy Folders

    Thanks for the explanation - should be useful for others considering using these programs.

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    Re: Handy Folders

    Could you not do nearly the same thing with a folder of shortcuts? Maybe it takes two extra clicks, but I'd rather click twice than spend $20.
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    Re: Handy Folders

    Jeremy, a folder of shortcuts would work for basic quick access to certain folders. But one thing it couldn't do -- at least I don't think it can -- is be used when saving a file using Save As. With Handy Folders, choosing Save As brings up the traditional Save As dialog but it now includes the Handy Folders option. Look at the attached image. You can see the Handy Folder choices just above the File name entry box. I tried to capture the drop down choices too, but had no luck. Anyway, if I want to save the file to some folder other than the one displayed, I can either choose the drive from the HF toolbar or I can choose a folder in one of the categories (shown are Work, Misc, wordsnSync, and FES) and be immediately taken to that folder. For me, that alone is worth the $20. I should add that I use my computers almost solely for business; once I'm done working for the day, I shut down the computers. No games, rarely surf the Internet for something. My point being that I look at the $20 as a business decision and that I will make back that $20 quickly via the time that Handy Folders saves me.
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    Re: Handy Folders

    Jeremy, I figured out how to capture the dropdown menu. Here is an image of the choices Handy Folder gives me if I choose the Work category.
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    Re: Handy Folders

    Ahh, I see now. <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Handy Folders

    Very useful - thanks!

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