EagleFiler is the perfect app for Mac digital pack rats, those of us who capture pieces of information to, well, because they might be useful or valuable someday. Think of it as a digital file cabinet but capable of expanding beyond a single upright file cabinet to a whole wall of cabinets. EagleFiler is so good it competes favorably with a few best-of-breed Mac filing utilities but has a single, glaring flaw* that’s not a part of the app itself.
The way EagleFiler works is pure Mac. Download, unpack, move it to Applications, double-click to open. What you get is a standard, tried-and-true user interface; three panes– libraries on the left sidebar, specific filed items in the main top, and details for each in the lower main window. It’s as familiar as Mail but easier to use to capture all those snippets of information and files that cross your eyes through the day.
It’s one thing to capture and store digital information, but the capture process must be simple and seamless to your workflow. A single key can import web pages, mail messages, or any selected file anywhere on your Mac. All the files are stored in their native format and in regular files and folders so they’re still accessible from within other Mac apps.
Security and privacy are important issues in the 21st century and EagleFiler complies with encryption options for security; tags, notes, and levels for easy access. Browsing through thousands of items is faster than in Spotlight. While the keyboard access to capture items is quick and intuitive I miss the slide out shelf found in Together.
Think of EagleFiler as an archiver of nearly everything, but placed into a single location which makes it easier to organize and retrieve files. Files? Email, webpages, PDFs, word processing files, text files, photos, images, and pretty much anything you want to save but also want need available in a hurry.
EagleFiler handles multiple libraries so files can be organized to suit your workflow. Files can also be previewed within EagleFiler and some files can be created and edited. Each library can be encrypted and password protected.
If you’ve been challenged to organize your Documents folder the way you’d like, I recommend EagleFiler because it integrates so well with the Finder but provides all those little nuance tools the Finder does not have.
*What’s the flaw? It’s not a flaw in EagleFiler itself, but rather that there’s not an iPhone and iPad version. These days Apple is all about ecosystem and integration, so many Mac users are looking for applications that integrate well with Apple’s other, more popular mobile devices.