A dead drive created a minor slow-down in getting this out, but an extra drive and a quickly restored backup and I’m back in action. (Along these lines, an answer to a question: The tags – Spotlight Comments – do in fact survive backups and such. Everything’s in perfect order post-backup/restore.) So today marks Part 3 of our Metadata Series. This is the screencast that shows the apps I’m using (Default Folder X, Quicksilver with the Tagging Plugin, and TagBag), how to set them up (this is really just Quicksilver), and just how I’m using them for maximum potential.
I’d like to make a note before you watch the screencast:
To coin a phrase I used to hear from my father, “Do as I say, Not as I do.” You’re about to see my dirty laundry – that is, the mess that is my collection of tags. One would probably assume a utopia of perfect tagging principles…While I do follow what I preach, I’ve also been tinkering with this project for over a year. In that time I’ve tried many different approaches (apps, workflows, and so on) that inevitably created a bigger mess than it cleaned-up. But I found that keeping some of this stuff helped me test various workflows more thoroughly, thus, I left it. I just wanted to cover this point before you watched the following and said, “Ummmmm…”
So here goes!
The Metadata Screencast clocks in at about 12 minutes.
Enjoy the show.
A couple things I forgot to mention in the screencast:
- To get the Spotlight Comments entry on Save Dialogs, you’ll go to Default Folder X in the System Preferences, Settings, Open & Save. Be sure to check the box, “Ask for Spotlight Comments in Save dialogs.”
- Also, you can bring many items at once into Quicksilver and tag them all identically. So the workflow you see me perform can help you easily tag tons of files at once – provided they are all getting the same tags.
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