Every Mac user who works with basic media has one thing in common. Everyone uses a different way to manage creative projects. For me, how I manage photos is different than how I manage web graphics.
The same holds true for video projects and audio projects. Managing files and processes varies substantially for each. Assets (photos, graphics, or audio and video clips) need to be organized and managed as professional projects.
As these projects become more complicated and complex, especially those that mix media, organization becomes more critical. It’s important to know where all elements of a project are from beginning to end.
Through the years I’ve developed a folder hierarchy that helps keep track of media elements, but it’s more ad hoc than professionally organized. In my search for a tool to help I ran into Post Haste.
This is a free, multi-platform app that helps you to set up projects by Project Number, Client, Project Name, Date, Editor and other custom criteria useful to your workflow.
Once you’ve setup a project, you’ll want to create editing templates and a file storage hierarchy. All that can be done within Post Haste.
All of a projects assets can be stored and tracked.
I like the ability to set up project preferences with specific values, a save history, and other details. This gives media project shops a common naming and organization convention. And, you’re not locked into a specific location to store projects managed by Post Haste.
Post Haste is not only good for a one-man production shop, but it’s also good for any office with a mixture of Macs and Windows PC (there’s a free Windows version, too).