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Bill Cheeseman, Principal

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Bill Cheeseman
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Download TagMinder 1.1.0.zip (360 KB), posted April 17, 2011

TagMinder is a set of AppleScript scripts enabling you to tag Finder items with words or phrases. Tags allow you to find files by tag without regard to their location, name or contents, adding an organizing principle to your files that is separate from and more flexible than the filing system's folder structure.

TagMinder inserts tags in a Finder item's Spotlight Comments. It does not use the OpenMeta protocol because of concerns about OpenMeta's implementation.

The following scripts are provided as applets or, in several cases, droplets, with full source code:

Apply Tags to Finder Items - Drop one or more Finder items or select them in the Finder and run the script from the Script menu, the Dock, or the Finder itself, then enter a comma-separated list of tag words or phrases. They are added to each Finder item’s Spotlight Comments as a separate paragraph, preserving any existing comments.

Remove Tags from Finder Items - Reverses the process, replacing the tags paragraph in Spotlight Comments with an empty string.

View Comments of Finder Item - Displays a Finder item’s entire Spotlight Comments in a dialog.

View Tags of Finder Item - Displays a Finder Item’s tags in a dialog.

Reveal Tagged Items in Finder - Enter one or more tags in a text field, and TagMinder offers to list them in a dialog or reveal them in the Finder one at a time. You can also find tagged items using standard Spotlight search techniques.

Catalog Tags - Saves a text file listing all TagMinder tags currently is use, in alphabetical order.

Toggle Indexing for Volume - By default, Spotlight does not index mounted disk images. Run this script to index a disk image so you can search for tagged items on it, or to toggle indexing on and off for any volume.

Reconcile Comments of Finder Items - After you copy or move a Finder Item to another disk, the Finder does not display its Spotlight Comments in the Get Info box. The same is true after you run the Apply Tags to Finder Items script. The Spotlight Comments are nevertheless still embedded in the file, in Spotlight’s kMDItemFinderComment attribute. Run this script to restore the comment to the Get Info box.

Tagminder requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or newer. It has been successfully tested on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.


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