Hazel for Mac

Hazel for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.3
  • Total Downloads:
    8,455
  • Date Added:
    October 20, 2014
  • File Size:
    8.87MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    30
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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A flexible and feature-rich file management application, Hazel for Mac makes it easy for you to organize files and folders, offering through its intuitive interface an extensive range of functions that are about more than just categorizing newly-saved files.

Pros

Automates file management: Hazel for Mac offers a rich set of functions that make file management a breeze. It can sort downloads, automatically move files to specific folders or export them to iPhoto and iTunes based on predefined rules, resize images to manageable sizes, run scripts (including AppleScript), and manage your trash by partially emptying it once it reaches a certain size. All of these functions can be easily accessed and configured through the software's System Preference pane-like interface.

Works in the background: Since it silently runs in the background, once you're done setting rules for your folders, you can just forget about it unless you start encountering memory or Mac performance problems (Hazel can be one of the usual suspects). That said, if you want the app to inform you about important things it is doing, you can create custom notification messages.

Outstanding AppSweep: The built-in AppCleaner-like feature called AppSweep helps you fully get rid of the traces of an application you want to delete, including useless preference and cache files. Interestingly, it enables you to restore these related items if you decide to undelete an application.

Cons

RAM-demanding: Set a lot of rules on numerous folders, and you'll end up using too much RAM. While doing some intensive, automated file management, this software can make some applications freeze or crash.

Lack of import/export feature: Setting up your own rules can be quite tedious. It will be great if future releases include an import/export system for rules or configurations, so you can just copy somebody else's rules instead of doing everything, yourself.

Bottom Line

Overall, Hazel proves to be a useful application -- the hype it has been getting over the years is justified. To use it without degrading your system performance, however, you need to avoid setting too many rules, especially if your Mac does not have much RAM.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"A Great Way To Keep Your Mac Clean"

November 10, 2011  |  By Slor

 |  Version: Hazel 2.3.10

Pros

1. Automatically eliminates all program components related to an app when the app is thrown away
2. Requires no intervention on the part of the User
3. Inexpensive
4. Simple
5. Worth its weight in bloated system folders that are stuffed with old stubs of long-gone apps

Cons

1. I can honestly say I haven't found a single issue with Hazel

Summary

This is an application I suggest that all new Users get in order to keep their System Folder from becoming clogged with lots of little application-remnants from apps you threw away long ago.

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4 stars

"Good Trash Management utility and more..."

April 25, 2010  |  By Eric van Beest

 |  Version: Hazel 2.3.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Hazel is a good piece of work. It not only manages your Trash - removing files which have been lurking there for too long - but also allows you to automatically process the content of folders you choose. For instance, it can keep your download folder clear of unfinished downloads or duplicates.

Hazel's interface, once you try the more advanced features, may be a bit intimidating for newcomers. Automatically processing whatever may cause unintended behaviour, and yo uneed to think carefully about what you are doing.

Hazel can also automatically remove the preference files other associated files of applications you delete from your hard drive. If you find yourself trying out a lot of software in the hunt for the item that fits you best, you will appreciate Hazel for sweeping out the Preferences folder.

I used to use Compost because its options are more limited and direct, and it allows you to have different Trash strategies per disk. Unfortunately, it is not (yet) compatible with OS X 10.6. Hazel fits the bill just as well.

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1 stars

"Compatibility issues with Microsoft Word on my MacBook."

April 15, 2010  |  By jtmcl1

 |  Version: Hazel 2.3.6

Pros

Program seemed to run as advertised.

Cons

Made Microsoft Word stop responding.

Summary

Not useful for mr since I could not use Word until removing Hazel.

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5 stars

"I missed it..."

March 31, 2010  |  By RobertS440

 |  Version: Hazel 2.3.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I got Hazel when I bought a Mac... bundle. I tried it and came to like. I had a system conflict and I deleted most of my third party applications. Once I found the problem, I found that I had traces of programs left in my computer (Yeah, I know how to check. ) and really missed the one click, one pass of Hazel so I down loaded it again. Too expensive... The seconds add up to minutes, the minutes add up to hours and hours cost really money.

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5 stars

"Extremely useful"

July 13, 2009  |  By arodney

 |  Version: Hazel 2.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've just started using the product but already its saved me a huge amount of time and effort. I make a lot of screen captures and now Hazel tags them automatically with the display profile, while another "batch" can optionally be used to convert to sRGB. I've got the product setup to auto delete old emails in specific folders for Mail. Tech support is superb! I emailed prior to buying about a script issue and got a fix that day. The only thing keeping a five star across the boards is yes, its a bit pricey but considering what I charge <g> and how its saved me time, I can't really complain.

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5 stars

"All I need is a mint on my pillow!"

January 06, 2008  |  By cinthiamac

 |  Version: Hazel 2.1.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Hazel is the best system cleaning program I have found. She takes a few minutes to set up but like most things - an ounce of prevention ... AppZapper and TidyUp are also terrific for their own purpose and I use them both but Hazel runs quietly in the background, finding little things I certainly did not know were in my system and saving me much time and formerly wasted space. She never causes problems with other apps and doesn't eat much (memory). If only she would leave a mint on my pillow!

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5 stars

"Excellent housekeeping app"

November 05, 2007  |  By twicks

 |  Version: Hazel 2.1.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using Hazel for a couple of months now and find that it, more than any other application, has helped organize my Desktop and Documents folders. My wife was pretty impressed so I bought a license for her Mac as well. Now we can actually see the Desktop pattern that once was covered by hundreds of docs and folders.

OK, so the license scheme isn't much to our liking but I look at it this way: The developer wants to be sure that he's compensated for his time. He is extremely responsive to questions and provided me with a couple of quick tips when I was desperate. One of my problems was quickly resolved and incorporated in the next release.

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4 stars

"Nice shareware, a bit overpriced."

February 10, 2007  |  By AndrewCStewart

 |  Version: Hazel 1.1.4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
$16 a bit much for this one-trick pony for my purposes. If it were $8 or $10, I might consider buying it. I own a couple dozen $10 and under shareware apps. That's sort of the sweet spot for me.

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4 stars

"Great concept"

September 20, 2006  |  By capitalj

 |  Version: Hazel 1.0.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I like how this works, it's easier than what I was going to do - many, many folder actions. I think I will quickly find it indespensible.

It's new, not perfect yet, but the developer is very responsive with support (easily earning the shareware fee.) There is also a helpful forum.

I look forward to future development of Hazel.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.3
  • Files can now match multiple rules. Use the new "Continue" action to have Hazel continue evaluating rules if the current rule matches and hasn't been moved out of its folder.
  • Conditions can now use custom attributes defined in earlier conditions. This means:
  • Custom attributes now appear in the attribute pop-up. You can create conditions based on your custom attributes just like the built-in attributes.
  • Custom attributes can be used in match patterns in conditions. When doing this, the first instance of the custom attribute to match has its value captured. Any subsequent usage of that custom attribute must match that captured value. For instance, if you have a custom attribute that matches the text "blah", subsequent conditions which try and match that attribute must match the text "blah" as well, ignoring whatever pattern you set on it. The same goes for custom date attributes, though in that case, the pattern for the date is still used to parse it; the resulting date must be the same as the captured one. See the help for some examples.
  • Added "did change" operator. You can now monitor whether an attribute changed without knowing what it changed from or to.
  • AppleScripts are now passed in an extra argument, which is a list of custom attribute values. You can specify in the interface which attributes you want Hazel to send in.
  • AppleScripts in conditions can now export custom attributes as they already can in actions currently.
  • On 10.10, you can now use JavaScript in addition to AppleScript. JavaScript can be used wherever AppleScript can and has the same capabilities.
  • The preview now shows how a file matches against all possible rules. Also, if a rule failed to match, the field(s) which caused it to fail will be highlighted in red.
  • Pressing the spacebar in the preview brings up QuickLook for the selected file.
  • New graphics and icons.
  • Cosmetic changes for 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • Fixed various erratic behaviors with tag fields.
  • Various VoiceOver fixes.
  • Numerous tweaks and fixes.
  • The Upload action can now properly upload whole folders, not just individual files.
  • Various fixes to upload code.
  • Fixed the Unarchive action not working on certain archive files.
  • Fixed issue with Hazel not being able to add folders beyond a certain limit.
  • Re-worked storage of internal file aliases which should allow Hazel to better track changes when rules/settings are transferred across accounts.
  • Fixed engine sometimes not being triggered when events arrive while it is in the midst of processing the folder.
  • Tweaked AppSweep algorithm to prevent some false positives.
  • Worked around Apple bug where color tag was being re-applied when doing a Remove tag then Add tag action in the same rule on pre-10.10 systems (issue is fixed in 10.10).
  • Fixes O'Plenty.
General
Publisher noodlesoft
Publisher web site http://www.noodlesoft.com/
Release Date October 20, 2014
Date Added October 20, 2014
Version 3.3
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.87MB
File Name Hazel-3.3.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 8,455
Downloads Last Week 30
Pricing
License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $21.95

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