File Cards Mac App REVIEW


File Cards is a utility app for macOS that is currently on version 1.30. The app is only 14.5MB in size and doesn’t require a lot of set-up. According to the description from the Mac App Store, File Cards is the first app to bring ‘true innovation and revolution in the file management process in more than a decade’. You can create a workspace that a group of folders lives in and you can easily switch between files at a glance. The idea behind this app is to be able to ‘watch’ folders no matter where they are located on your computer. When you add a ‘card’, you are essentially opening the folder within the app’s browser window instead of viewing it through the Finder. File Cards currently retails for $6.99.


When I first opened the app, I was met with this screen — a blank canvas for starting a ‘card’ library. To get started, you click on the “+” as is stated in the background of the image. Then you get a pop-up Finder window that shows all the files on your computer. You click on one and then select “Open” at the bottom of the Finder window. After a few seconds (processing time for the app), the contents of the folder appear in the File Cards browser.


As a macOS user, I don’t really see how this application is relevant. I have a note-taking app, Trello, that organizes projects/thoughts into cards that become a decent management system. I actually expected something similar from File Cards just on a grander scale. As it turns out, File Cards really just gives you the same type of file structure that macOS Finder does with its column view of files. I couldn’t find where there was any functionality difference between the app and the Finder view of system files. The only real difference was when you zoom out and see the ‘card’ view of the files that are open inside the app. To me, that’s not enough of a reason to purchase this app.




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