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What is Hazel?

May 10th, 2013 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Mac

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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