Explorer is one part of Windows that has changed very little over the years. Even in the most recent version of the operating system, the built in file management tool is almost the same as the version that was included in Windows XP. There are plenty of alternative tools available, but most of these take the same approach to file management and do little to improve things. FileMind takes a different approach and aims to make working with your files faster and easier than ever.
At first glance there may not be much that appears different in FileMind. You’ll see the address bar at the top of the program window and links to your drives in the main pane. However, you will also see that there are shortcuts to all of your drives in the toolbar as well as an extra bar in which you can store links to your most frequently accessed folders.
To the right of the screen there are a series of tags, and these can be used to filter the files that are displayed to help make it easier to find what you are looking for. Using these tags you can home in on files that have been accessed in the last few days, files that have a particular extension and files of a certain type. If you have files littered all over your hard drive rather than being neatly organized, this can be a faster way to track down what you’re looking for.
In addition to this blog-style tag cloud, as you browse through folders, your most frequently accessed files are highlighted to make them stand out. As things stand, FileMind is fast but as it is only in beta we can expect to see improvements made in this area. It is already impressively fast, particularly when it comes to performing certain operations, and the way in which the program works means that drilling down to the files you are looking for is generally faster than in Explorer.
An extremely promising tool that is worth keeping an eye on and a good tool to test out to see what you make of this different approach to file management.