Computers get more powerful by the year and the amount of files we store on them gets bigger and bigger. You probably have files as old as 10 years (or even older) stored somewhere in the hierarchy of your home folder. All this stuff wont go away, hopefully. But we need an efficient way to deal with this abundance of information. TorchFS works by using Apple's Spotlight search engine and Google's MacFUSE user-space filesystem framework. TorchFS creates a Spotlight query and displays the found files in their original folder hierarchy in a virtual filesytem provided by MacFUSE. This way no new folders or files are created on your hard-drive. In fact the files are not touched at all, but TorchFS will display a virtual file alias that will take you to the original file. The Finder can display the results of a Spotlight query, called "smart folder", in any of its view options, but not in the hierarchical view, that can be used for "normal" folders. If you want to know the location of a smart folder item you have to click on it and its location will be displayed at the bottom of the Finder window. This way you lose much of the original meta-structure that could help you to tell the relevance of the found item in the context of other files. Additionally the normal Finder view of a smart folder usually gives you too many results for a broad query like "2009": too much files to get a good overview of what happened last year. These two points are solved with TorchFS.
Price USD 0
License Free
File Size 267.43 kB
Version 0.2
Operating System Macintosh Mac OS X 10.5 PPC Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
System Requirements MacFUSE