I don’t know about you, but the downloads folder on my Mac is one that I just cannot keep organized. Every so often I’ll trawl through it and delete all the stuff I don’t want, while filing the stuff I do want into other folders. But most of the time it just includes a heap of documents and images that I’ve picked up over a course of many months.
But Downloads for Mac is a simple app that can change this. It displays each and every item in your downloads folder — whether its at top level or buried deep within other folders — and makes it easier to see what you have going on in there. For those of you with downloads folders like mine, this should make the cleanup process much quicker, and much easier.
Downloads provides you with a whole new way to view your downloads folder. When you open it up, it presents you with a window that’s split horizontally down the middle; at the top you can see every file in your downloads folder sorted into a list, and at the bottom you’ll see every file as its icon — this is handy if you’re sorting through images, because you get a little preview of each one.
Once you’ve selected an item, or a number of items, there are several of things you can do with them. You can open them (obviously), reveal them in Finder, move them, compress them into a zip file, print them, and more. Another nifty thing you can do is visit the website from which you downloaded them — which helps if you’ve forgotten where certain files came from.
If you have trouble finding a file, Downloads lets you search for it. It’s not a live search like Spotlight, which presents results as you type, but it’s still pretty useful.
There are a few things Downloads is missing, such as contextual menus, and a path that displays where each file is living (which folder it’s in). Also, it’s a shame that it only works with the downloads folder on your Mac, and that you can’t choose other folders to clean.
Additionally, Macworld has spotted a bug, though I haven’t yet come across this myself:
Also, I experienced an odd bug with Downloads: I was seeing files that were not in the Downloads folder. The developer told me to run a Terminal command to delete Spotlight indexes, and this fixed the problem. He will be updating the software soon, but he said this is a rare occurrence.
Although Downloads does have a few issues, then, after using it for a little while on my own downloads folder today, it already feels faster and easier than organizing manually. However, you will need to bear those missing features in mind before dropping $10 on this app.