Tip: have all Finder subfolders open in a specific view

In OS X the view options for a specific window instance are inherited from the first opened folder, which usually is the user's home folder. This means that if you have the home folder in a specific view such as icon or list, then regardless of what you have set the subfolders to be, as long as they are opened in the same window frame you will see them displayed in the current icon or list view.… Read more finally gets desktop file sync

Online storage and collaboration service is finally getting around to offering its users a feature that was long-overdue: desktop synchronization.

The feature, which rolls out to business users Thursday morning, takes whatever files you've added to your online storage account and ferries them over to a local machine. It also does the same thing going the other way.

In order to use it, users must be subscribers of Box's business and enterprise tiers, leaving those with the free and individual plans out in the cold. It's also Windows only to start with, though Box's … Read more

Quick name change

Anyone who owns a digital camera knows how quickly thousands of digital images can accumulate. It's no small task to keep all those photos organized and easy to access, especially with meaningless camera-assigned file names like IMG_0169.jpg. Fast Photo Renamer is a simple tool that can help you give meaningful file names to entire folders full of images, making files easy to identify at a glance.

The program's interface is plain and won't win any beauty contests, but that's OK. One pane displays the computer's contents in a tree hierarchy, making it easy to … Read more

Outlook fixit

If you depend on Microsoft's Outlook, a good recovery tool can save the day if things go wrong. DataNumen's Advanced Outlook Repair 3.0 can recover email, folders, appointments, tasks, and anything else that holds your critical data in Outlook's Personal files (PST). AOR supports recovery of attachments, embedded objects, encrypted and password-protected PST files, and deleted Outlook items. It can handle immense files, which protects against obsolescence.

To use AOR, you must have Outlook installed as your default e-mail client. AOR's dialog-based interface is so intuitive that the fully indexed Help file seems almost superfluous. … Read more

Pictures, proper

Acumen Business Systems' Multiple Image Resizer .NET, or MIR .NET, is a free tool designed to help digital camera owners manage their saved pictures. It can resize single images or automatically resize whole folders full of huge digital snapshots at once. It's compatible with a wide range of image file formats and includes useful features, such as the ability to select image output resolution in dots per inch. Different methods of resizing images allow for different levels of image quality, which we like for the ability to resize a lot of different images to fit, say, a Web page, … Read more

Free utility turns iPhone, iPod into a flash drive

Ever wish you could use your iPhone or iPod Touch as mobile storage? Older iPods let you do exactly that by running in "disk mode," but that option doesn't exist for the new guys.

Enter iPhone Explorer, a free utility that effectively turns your iPhone or Touch into a flash drive--no jailbreaking required.

In other words, it provides a drag-and-drop interface for the contents of your device. And it's available for both Windows and Mac.

Before you download it, a word of warning: This is not a tool for novices. The first time you run iPhone … Read more

Fantastic file sharing

Most of us are familiar with peer-to-peer file-sharing programs like Limewire, which allow users to connect directly with other people on the network to share music, movies, and other types of media. This type of file sharing can be fun and useful, but it also has its drawbacks; you never know if you're downloading what you actually think you are, and sometimes what you end up with is downright malicious. GigaTribe takes the concept of P2P file sharing and makes it more intimate; this ingenious program allows you to set up a private P2P network with your friends.

If … Read more

Hide in plain sight

Nearly everyone with a computer has files on it that they want to keep secure and private, for whatever reason. There are any number of utilities designed to hide folders from view, protect them with passwords, and otherwise prevent malicious damage, accidental deletion, and unauthorized access. Some do a better job than others, and it's doubtful that any are truly secure, given the pace of technological change, but you have a wide range of methods and features to choose from. LinSaSoft's Easy Folder Hider is one that promises user-friendliness and overall ease of use instead of enterprise-level security.… Read more

Pst! Wanna sync?

The distinction between home and work computers is getting blurrier than ever, thanks to trends like flexible hours and telecommuting. Keeping critical business contacts and other data manually synchronized between two or more computers is a challenge under the best conditions, and it's all too easy to let things slide. A number of handy tools can do that tedious job for you and never miss an update. Wisco's SynchPst is just such a utility. It synchronizes personal folders in Microsoft Outlook, which use the .pst file format. You can select single or multiple folders or subfolders to synchronize, … Read more

MobileMe: Public folder password not working?

When users set up their public folders on MobileMe, they have the option to password-protect it. Occasionally they find that the password they have set up is not working properly. The solution to this may be easier than you think, though it is not necessarily made obvious in Apple's support documentation.… Read more