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Folder Tidy

Release Notes

If you're new to this app, learn more about Folder Tidy, or check out the full app tutorial to see how it all works.

System Compatibility Notes

If you're running macOS 10.13 or newer, use the latest, which is Folder Tidy 2.9.2:

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If you're running macOS 10.11 or newer, use the latest, which is Folder Tidy 2.8.5:

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If you're running macOS 10.10.3, use Folder Tidy 2.8.3:

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We are unable to offer older versions that work on 10.7 and 10.8 because they do not have support for TLS 1.2, which is required for secure transactions with Paddle, our licensing provider for the direct download versions.

Folder Tidy 2.9.2

September 9, 2023

  • [New] Introduced a prompt to encourage having a recent backup before initiating a tidy (this can be disabled after the first appearance).
  • [Improvement] Displaying the current file path being moved back in the undo window.
  • [Improvement] Improved the undo logic to no longer treat "file already exists" as an error.
  • [Improvement] Improved thread-safe handling for updating the Log Output window.
  • [Improvement] Upgraded to the latest Paddle licensing service for incremental improvements and fixes.
  • [Fixed] Resolved an issue where an undo could stall if it was unable to create one of the necessary folders to recreate the original hierarchy.

Folder Tidy 2.9.1

February 21, 2023

  • Includes all changes from 2.9
  • [Fixed] Improved performance when running an undo.

Folder Tidy 2.9

February 13, 2023

  • [New] Added ability to increase the height of both the preferences and rule editor windows so they're easier to work with.
  • [New] Added logic to determine if Spotlight may not be working properly and how to resolve it.
  • [New] Added new log messages window under the Help menu to assist when working with support. This includes a new option to increase the logging level, which is turned off by default.
  • [Improvement] Updated the nomenclature from label -> tag so it's the same as the modern Finder.
  • [Improvement] Increased the width of the rule editor sheet so the text fields for date predicates are wide enough.
  • [Improvement] Improved the finished message so it has the correct grammar if only one file was moved.
  • [Improvement] Minor tweaks to the sizing and position of some windows and controls.
  • [Fixed] Issue where an undo file would still be added to the list, even if there were zero files moved.
  • [Fixed] Issue where if only one file was moved, the undo would show two files due to a duplication of the file information.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the number of files moved that was displayed could have been off by one.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the horizontal scrollbar may have appeared in the rule list.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the last rule may have been difficult to scroll to.

Folder Tidy 2.8.8

September 8, 20222

  • [New] Added new built-in rule for tidying saved emails.
  • [New] Added message if none of the files could be moved because the Spotlight metadata is missing or the files are only stored in iCloud Drive.
  • [New] Now ignores files inside Xcode .xcassets folders.
  • [Fixed] Fixed potential crash when loading previous undos if the timezone changed.
  • [Fixed] Fixed issue where some file types could not be moved.

Folder Tidy 2.8.7

August 3, 20222

  • [New] Added extra checks to ensure cloud storage folders are ignored.
  • [New] Using the "All On" option for the rules now excludes Folders & Aliases.

Folder Tidy 2.8.6

July 28, 2022

  • [New] Added ability to cancel a tidy.
  • [New] Completely new undo engine to be more resilient, including if the app is quit unexpectedly or if there's a power loss.
  • [New] Folder Tidy now requires macOS 10.13 or higher due to some newer system calls that are needed.
  • [Fixed] Using better logic for handling the user's folder choices across app launches (App Store version only).

Folder Tidy 2.8.5

December 11, 2021

  • [New] Refreshed icons for main window and preferences on macOS 11 and above.
  • [New] Added more file types to safeguard so the contents will never be moved, such as photo libraries, FCP projects and more.
  • [New] Dragging and dropping a file for the source or destination folders now shows an error dialog.
  • [Fixed] Typo in the details about how the tidy will work.
  • [Fixed] Issue where dropping a folder for the source or destination wouldn't work properly.
  • [Fixed] Updated the Paddle licensing framework for improved macOS 12 Monterey support.

Folder Tidy 2.8.4

January 16, 2021

  • [New] Added "does not contain" option for Name predicates (for custom rules).
  • [New] Preferences window has updated toolbar style on macOS Big Sur.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the preferences window was resizable.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the Image file type predicate may not have worked for a custom rule.

Folder Tidy 2.8.3

November 20, 2020

  • [New] Improved compatibility with macOS Big Sur, including new app icon!
  • [New] Universal Binary with support for Apple Silicon.
  • [New] Added HEIC as a image type option for custom rules.
  • [New] Changed folder name from "Pictures" to "Images".
  • [New] Revised preferences UX for a cleaner appearance.
  • [New] Source folder can no longer be any protected folder, such as the entire user folder, Library folder, etc.
  • [Fixed] Issue where it was possible to delete a built-in rule.
  • [Fixed] Issue where after deleting a custom rule, the next row could be incorrectly selected.
  • [Fixed] Issue where choosing vCard file type in a custom rule had an unused popup menu appear.
  • [Fixed] Issues related to licensing by updating the Paddle framework to their latest version.

Folder Tidy 2.8.2

June 19, 2020

  • [New] Added ability to quickly remove all old undos, or based on the created date.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the loading indicator for the undos would keep spinning.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the undo files wouldn't be able to save.
  • [Fixed] Issue where using the same source and destination folders would result in zero files being moved.

Folder Tidy 2.8.1

June 15, 2020

  • [New] The undo history is now loaded in the background to speed up app launch times.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some of the created subfolders wouldn't be removed during an undo.
  • [Fixed] Issue where in some rare cases, the undo wouldn't be able to move some of the files back properly.
  • [Fixed] Issue where it was possible that some files would be sorted into the correct subfolder, then moved into another subfolder.
  • [Fixed] Potential crash if the undo file couldn't be saved.
  • [Fixed - App Store Version Only] Issue where if the app doesn't have access to the folders for a historical undo, it will now prompt for it.

Folder Tidy 2.8

May 7, 2020

  • [New] Added a full undo feature to put files back even after quitting or starting a new tidy.
  • [New] Updated the entire UX to be cleaner and easier to use.
  • [New] Alerts before a tidy when the source or destination folders aren't accessible.
  • [New] Reorganized the options into categories.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some of the windows wouldn't be properly centered.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some of the created subfolders wouldn't be removed with an undo.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the source and destination folders wouldn't be usable after opening and closing the preferences.
  • [Fixed] Potential crash if the folder with the current date and time couldn't be created.

Folder Tidy 2.7.5

October 23, 2019

  • [New] Full macOS 10.15 Catalina support including using the Hardened Runtime.
  • [New] Show alert about undo when starting a new tidy.
  • [Fixed] Issue where elapsed time would be incorrect if it took over an hour for the tidy.
  • [Fixed] Issue where in very specific cases, some files would not be put back when undoing a tidy.

Folder Tidy 2.7.4

August 7, 2019

  • [New] Added Internet Access Policy (IAP) for Little Snitch that describes every connection Folder Tidy can possibly make.
  • [Fixed] Issue where files that were packages (ex: Logic Pro X) would get skipped.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the keyboard delete key wouldn't work for removing custom rules.
  • [Fixed] Issue with the undo feature where it wouldn't be able to move certain files back.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some folders created in the destination wouldn't be removed after an undo.
  • [Fixed] Issue with incorrect rules being enabled if they were rearranged.

Folder Tidy 2.7.3

January 18, 2019

  • [New] Undo feature now runs in the background, with an updated progress.
  • [New] Confirmation dialog shown when quitting to make sure it's clear that the undo is only available while the app is open.
  • [New] Both the source and destination folder path controls are drag/drop enabled for choosing the folders.
  • [New] Minor touch ups to the UX to be both cleaner and clearer.
  • [Fixed] Issue where is was possible in some rare cases that the undo feature wouldn't be able to put all the files back.
  • [Fixed] Issue with the items in the Ignore list not being visible.
  • [Fixed] Issue where in some rare cases files wouldn't be ignored properly if there were multiple folders with the same prefix.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the "Ignore Bundles / Packages" feature wouldn't always work properly.
  • [Fixed] Potential crash when using "name contains" in a custom rule. If this happened, please edit the rule and close it to re-save in the proper format.
  • [Updated] Paddle framework to 3.0.40, which resolves a potential crash when showing the trial window.

Folder Tidy 2.7.2

September 25, 2018

  • [New] macOS 10.14 (Mojave) support including for the new system wide Dark Mode.
  • [New] It now requires macOS 10.10 or higher.
  • [New] Massive speed improvement when the app is sorting through the files. We've reworked the engine that finds and sorts through the files to be smarter and also take advantage of multicore CPUs. These changes will decrease the time to finish a tidy by 500 to 1000%. Sorting through 90,000 files in folders and subfolders used to take 2 minutes & 6 seconds on a test Mac. Now it takes around 10 seconds.
  • [New] The in-progress window now shows the current rule that is being processed.
  • [New] Any errors related to moving files are no longer shown as modal alerts during the tidy. They are now available in a popover by clicking the warning icon that appears in the finished window.
  • [New] Undoing a tidy is now substantially faster.
  • [Fixed] Issue where it was possible for the app to run out of memory when sorting through TBs of files.
  • [Updates] Paddle framework to 3.0.39 to include their fixes and improvements for licensing and activations.

Folder Tidy 2.7.1

December 6, 2017

  • [New] 400% speed improvement when analyzing and sorting folders with a large number of files. Ex: In a test, 6000 files took 71 seconds, now it takes 18 seconds.
  • [New] Overall improvements with the reliability of determining file types and moving them to the correct sub folders.
  • [New] Option to skip traversing inside bundles (ex: frameworks) when enumerating a folder.
  • [New] Changed folder name Music -> Audio & Music.
  • [New] Added crash reporting in the unlikely event something goes wrong.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some developer files (ex: storyboards, xcworkspace, etc) would be incorrectly moved to Documents.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some iWork files would be incorrectly moved to Archives or Documents.
  • [Fixed] Issue where some audio files would be incorrectly moved to Movies.
  • [Fixed] Issue where folders could get moved first before the contents were sorted properly.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the number of of tidied files could be incorrect, depending on the timing.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the number of tidied files wouldn't get reset if a new tidy was chosen.
  • [Fixed] Issue where if an error was displayed during a tidy, that particular rule would not finish.
  • [Fixed] Issue where if an error dialog was displayed during a tidy it would be behind the progress window.
  • [Updates] Paddle framework to 3.0.29 which resolves a number of their bugs related to licensing and purchasing.

Folder Tidy 2.7

July 17, 2017

  • [Updated] The UI/UX of the app - almost everything has been improved!
  • [Updated] The Paddle framework which resolves a number of issues when purchasing or activating a license.
  • [New] When purchasing a license, it will automatically fill in the details in the activation window.
  • [New] Progress window shows the current number of files tidied.
  • [New] Finished window shows the total number of files tidied and the total time it took.
  • [New] Finished window has a button for starting a new tidy without having to re-launch the app.
  • [New] The state of the details disclosure triangle is now persisted across app launches.
  • [New] About window now shows the email and license key for easy access.
  • [Fixed] Issue where if the app couldn't access the last chosen folders, it would try anyways and show an error dialog about not having access. Now it displays a warning and will not allow a tidy until a new folder is chosen.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the app would become unresponsive when running a tidy.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the progress window could become hidden.

Folder Tidy 2.6.3

February 6, 2016

  • [New] Updated Sparkle framework to 1.14.0 to resolve potential security risk (see article on Arstechnica for more info).
  • [New] Using HTTPS for updates to futher improve security.

Folder Tidy 2.6.2

September 30, 2015

  • [New] Improved compatibility with El Capitan (10.11), including when installing future updates.

Folder Tidy 2.6.1

July 12, 2015

  • [New] Added a help button to open the Folder Tidy tutorial.
  • [Fixed] Improved memory use.
  • [Fixed] Other minor improvements under the hood.


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