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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 8, 2012

File managers come in many varieties. Elyse from Silkwood Software is a free file browser and manager that can access and manage files and folders free from their default file structure. It uses tags to track and manage your stuff; the program's tag nodes replace the conventional Explorer directory structure for items Elyse tracks. It also features built-in duplicate file management. To manage your stuff, you don't need to choose a destination or file path; you simply tag the item and let Elyse keep track of it.

Elyse opened with a Quick Start Guide that serves for setting up the program as well as explaining how it works: Create a database folder and drag and drop folders into the Browsing Tree dock. Large, sharp screenshots illustrate each step. There's a sample database that does a great job of depicting the sort of data Elyse can track, such as personal, financial, or family documents. The Quick Start Guide got us up and running with Elyse, but for a comprehensive guide we opened the program's manual on the Help menu. Among the many useful entries we found instructions for running Elyse as a portable program from a USB disk. With this option, Elyse can manage data on a portable device plugged in to any Windows PC.

Managing Elyse's entries is easy, thanks to an efficient three-panel interface displaying Tags, Browsing Tree, and Metadata. Adding tags is a simple matter of clicking the New Tag icon, typing in the appropriate data, and pressing Enter. We could also drag items into any node on the program's tree view to associate it with the node and automatically tag it at the node and at all nodes above it. Elyse lets users define relationships between tags; for example, a node named "animals" might contain subnodes labeled "dogs," which could be subdivided further by breeds, and so on. Elyse automatically tracks these relationships. You aren't limited to one database, either; Elyse can manage as many as you need and switch quickly between them. We could import and export database information, too. If you're looking for a new way to track and find stuff fast, try Elyse.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.3

Version 2.0.3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug-fixes.

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Date Added February 5, 2012
Version 2.0.3

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Developer's Description

Elyse is an easy to use file manager and file browser that allows you to manage files free from folder structures. Elyse is fast and scalable. Hundreds of thousands of files can be arranged and browsed with ease. Duplicate file management is integrated into Elyse to eliminate duplicate files. Portability means that the database of tagged and grouped files is not tied to one computer. Assigning tags to files is easy and very powerful. Many files can be individually linked with multiple tags in a single drag and drop action. Elyse recognizes that relationships exist between tags. For example: lions, ostriches and elephants are all animals. By creating a tag relationship structure to define these relationships it becomes possible to instantly create a list of all files that have an animal type tag associated with them. There is no need to attach the animal tag to every file about an animal. The concept of folders and directories is replaced in Elyse by tag nodes. Nodes are arranged in trees and give a similar effect to that of folders and directories. The difference is that the trees can be rearranged without any impact on how the files are stored or what tags are associated with each file. The same copy of one file can simultaneously appear in multiple overlapping groups of files, each group represented by a node.