Create Folder Structures in Seconds With This Free Mac App [50 Mac Essentials #37]

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Structurer is a clever free tool for rapidly creating file and folder trees without any messing about in Finder.

Like a lot of the smartest and most useful Mac utilities, Structurer lets you type what you want, and interprets your typed commands, turning them into something that would normally require lots of typing and lots of clicking. It removes the pointing-and-clicking altogether.

So, let’s say you’re starting a new website project. You always start with the same basic tree of files and folders and usually, it takes 20 minutes of clicking around in the Finder to create them all. Now you just type what you need into Structurer, and it builds the whole tree for you in a second.

With the most recent update, you can save trees as templates, so you can use them over and over.

Here’s a demo

Structurer will be most useful to web and software developers, but could come in handy for the rest of us too. If your work requires you to maintain records in a certain file structure, or even if you like to keep your school projects arranged in a particular way each year, Structurer is going to save you some time and hassle.

And when something useful like this costs nothing, what have you got to lose?

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  • sincarne

    My approach is to keep a base project in svn. Then I can just export it whenever I start a new project. I realize this app does more than that, but this keeps it simple, and gives me the benefit of tracking revisions and simplifying updates.

  • Pavel Penkov

    /bin/sh, anyone?

  • shadesandcolours

    20 minutes? How long exactly does it take you to type mkdir and touch? even in the Finder making folders takes one click and adding files can really be done as you go along if you like. 

  • Curlywurly

    went way over my head

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