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Hazel – a Few Other Stuffs

May 24th, 2013 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Mac - (0 Comments)

I already discussed the basics of Hazel in a previous article and in this, I’ll go into more advanced features of Hazel and how does it excel in automating stuffs for you.

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Remember that Hazel does nothing but watching the folders where you have assigned rules. For an example, you can create a rule that whenever a new PDF file is downloaded in your download folder, the same will be opened by Adobe Reader by default.

The best way of getting accustomed to the functionality of Hazel is to download the trial version of the same and nurture it. There are a few sample rules which come along with Hazel, however, it will be easier for you to understand things once you create and use a few of your own.

Let’s start with a possible action that you can take on the Downloads folder of your system. You should see a “+” sign at the bottom of the left side of the interface of Hazel. There should be a dropdown window as well through which you can navigate to the Downloads folder and select the same. Now, make a click on the “+” button that you see under Rules and create the conditions that you will like to use.

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I think that the toughest part of using Hazel is setting up all the rules and then testing out those. A rule may not only be applicable to a folder, but, you can create some for sub folders and files as well.

Make sure to watch out all the rules you create and also carefully assign if a rule should be applicable to all, any or none of a specified folder or file. There are several conditions to choose from while creating a rule and those are mostly the ones that we generally do in our system.

What is Hazel?

May 10th, 2013 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Mac - (0 Comments)

I have always been on the lookout for a MAC application that works in the background and does not want any keyboard shortcuts or any sort of mouse click on my part. Well, if you have been searching for something similar, your search ends here. Hazel is an automation program which goes into action whenever files are added to the system or any sort of changes are made into the designated folders. Automator is a similar application, but, according to me, Hazel is easier to use and faster in operation as well. You can create your own customized rules and some of these in my MAC are: automatically clearing off files on the system after a specific period of time, changing file size of the screenshots, opening up new applications which are added to the Applications folder, move PDF files in a specific folder etc. It is also possible for you to integrate with the Dropbox account automatically.

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There are so many features of Hazel that it may not be possible for me to cover everything up in a single article. Remember, if you are a fan of free applications, Hazel is probably not for you. It costs a total of $25. However, there is an option to test whether this is worth using or not, you just need to sign up for the 14-day free trial.

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Hazel watches the folder for which you assign certain rules. Let me give you an example: create a rule for a folder where all of your downloaded exe files will be moved. After setting the rules correctly, you don’t need to do anything else for executing that particular rule. Hazel is installed in the System Preferences menu of yours, but, it is also possible for you to interact with the same through the menu bar.

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