Ok, "clone" is cheeky but I couldn't come up with a different topic name
Ian Sharpe (http://www.iansharpe.com/) had a brilliant little utility (an application, not a system extension) for XP and 2000 only, called "MakeNewFolder" which was unique in that I have never seen anywhere such a tiny app with similar features.
Essentially, it opens a window where, using syntax, multiple folders including first level and (multiple) sub-folders at different levels of nesting can be created in one go in Windows Explorer in XP, either closing the window when finished or leaving open for new input, by option. It even saves command lines for future use/re-creation.
I will attach Ian Sharpe's help PDF file (zipped) for anyone interested in getting the full idea he had, but the following is an excerpt:
To create multiple folders separate the names with vertical bars (probably Shift - \):
Some folder | Another folder | Yet another folder
This would create three folders in the current directory. Create sub-folders by naming them inside angled brackets:
Some folder < Another folder >
This would create "Some folder" and inside (beneath) it, "Another folder". Whenever you type a '<' character, MakeNewFolder automatically adds the closing '>' and places the insertion point between them. This helps keep your brackets balanced. Automatic addition of > can be turned off in the Options dialog.
The syntax can be extended and nested to create any folder structure you like:
Some folder < Folder A > | Another folder | Yet another folder
Some folder < Folder A | Folder B > | Another folder | Yet another folder
Some folder < Folder A | Folder B > | Another folder < Folder C | Folder D < Folder E | Folder F >> Yet another folder
The last example produces this structure:
| | |
Some folder Another folder Yet another folder
| | | |
Folder A Folder B Folder C Folder D
Folder E Folder F
As someone who needs to create LOTS of folders for various organisational jobs in Explorer, the amount of time this saves is phenomenal and it is so easy to use.
I have been in touch with Ian Sharpe some time ago and he wasn't going to make this compatible with Windows 7 and I notice that he is no longer supporting the XP version or offering it on his website, although it is still available for download at various freeware sites (link below for Softpedia).
I know that Directory Opus can create multiple, first level folders (comma separated) but only in a Dopus window and there is nothing like the above functionality, that I know of, in any other XP application, let alone for Windows 7.
If anyone knows of an application that can do this in Windows 7 Windows Explorer and Desktop or can create an app that would have similar functions, I would be deeply grateful - although I don't know if this would be a 'quick hack' (I'm not a programmer).
Version 2.1.1 of MakeNewFolder is available for download at Softpedia at:
and I have attached version 3 (which I can find nowhere on the web, now) and Ian Sharpe's help PDF file (zipped) for anyone interested. I guarantee they are spyware and adware free.
Brian De B