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Author Topic: Enfolder - Move a group of files/directories into a new custom folder (v0.1.0)  (Read 1380 times)

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Enfolder v0.1.0

Select a group of files/directories to move into a new custom-named folder.

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Made for Jasong222 from donationcoder.com.

Original thread: Idea: 'Enfolder'- Select a group of files, right click, select 'Enfolder', Windo

Source code: Enfolder @ GitHub

Targets Microsoft .NET framework v4.5 (Native to Windows 8+)

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v0.1.0:
  • Add/remove enfolder menu instantly.
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  • Errors file support..

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« Last Edit: May 08, 2021, 11:02 PM by publicdomain »

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I can use this. One question about adding a feature.

I could also use an option to move to folder and each file would be moved to a folder from the name of the file.

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I can use this. One question about adding a feature.

I could also use an option to move to folder and each file would be moved to a folder from the name of the file.

Roger that Nick. It gets included in next version (v0.2.0) :) Thanks for participating! :-*
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Ok, so I've spent a couple days with the program and overall I love it.  It does what I want it to, and I've already used it in 'real situations', not just testing.

As I wrote in PM, I love the 'extra touches'- the uninstaller, the files/directories count, the readme/instructions, and of course the fact that it works well so far.

Of course, being who I am, I do have some thoughts.  I'm not decided on these, they're just discussion points at the moment.  And unfortunately, they're in the opposite  direction of Nickodemos.  They're making the program more simple, not expanding functions.

So-

Real quick-  I notice when you click "browse" it goes to.... the 'top' of file explorer and you have to navigate your way around.  For me particularly, I wonder if the window that opens shouldn't start at the directly where the files are and then navigate from there.  Just a thought, and implementing it or not depends on the rest of the conversation.

Basically, I see two immediate functions - save to folder in the same directory OR browse to another folder.  I'm not sure that both of those functions are necessary.  I'm not sure which one I prefer more between -

1- Subfolder.  This is the one I will probably use the most.  I wonder if it would be more simple and aesthically pleasing if as soon as you select 'enfolder' that the 'subfolder' window opens immediately.  Type in a name, save and done.

Also part of this one is- Can't speak to others, but I don't really need the list of files displayed in the window.  I'm used to selecting my files first, and that's a reasonably error-free process.  And even so, I think it might be easier to just go ahead and save these files, and then add/move any missed files later, rather than go back and cancel, reselect or ctrl-select additional files and run enfolder again.

OR

2-Browse.  As I mentioned, personally I think when you hit Browse, it'd be quicker to start at the directory where the files are.  I also notice that this is a file explorer window that has a "New Folder" option.  Would it be easier, or even possible, to use that?  So that the user clicks 'browse', goes to the directory they want, then click new folder, and "OK" will just save the files in that folder?  So you'd skip/remove the 'subfolder' window as the next step after clicking OK.

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So I'm thinking about those things.  For my personal workflow.... I think about half the time the stuff I'm Enfoldering stays in the directory where they are.  For the rest... I am in the habit of creating the folder there and then moving it to where I want it to be.  Doesn't mean I have to keep doing it that way, of course.  I'll take some time and 'count the clicks' to see if I can firm up an opinion.

I see other people commenting possible features.  Of course for myself, I'd like to keep it as simple an unobtrusive as possible.  And, it's not my program, I didn't write it.  I would hope though, that if/as features get added, that there remains a 'simple mode' and maybe an 'advanced mode' to keep everyone happy.

Again, just my thoughts, looking forward to discussing them!

OH!  Final thought- I did have a right-click window open once and Enfolder was not visible there.  It was a Windows menu, not chrome, firefox, etc.  I don't recall the situation and haven't seen it repeat yet.  I'll follow up if I notice it again.

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Okay! We're going to have separate "Enfolder-inspired" programs :)

One for @Nickodemos with his suggested functionality + the simplified version you have in mind :-* :Thmbsup:

Chances are we get to have both within the next few weeks (i.e. within May)

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Okay! We're going to have separate "Enfolder-inspired" programs :)

One for @Nickodemos with his suggested functionality + the simplified version you have in mind :-* :Thmbsup:

Chances are we get to have both within the next few weeks (i.e. within May)

Cheers! :)
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-publicdomain (May 11, 2021, 04:00 PM)

Sweet!  Please-just-though... I listed two possible 'roads'... Give me a day or so to figure out which one I prefer.  And, take a look, the 2nd option might not be possible.  Do let me know if one is not possible or 'incredibly hard' to do...

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1- Subfolder.  This is the one I will probably use the most.  I wonder if it would be more simple and aesthically pleasing if as soon as you select 'enfolder' that the 'subfolder' window opens immediately.  Type in a name, save and done.
a big +1 for this. Would make it much more speedy and efficient.
I would argue the 'browse' button gets trumped by the earlier suggestion to use a file manager (be it dual-pane or using two windows).

Currently the new sub-folder is named Enfolder_[DATE] (e.g. Enfolder_2021-05-11-23-32-41)
I dont know does anyone use that for the folder name (?)
I would suggest the the sub-folder be named after the first selected file (I can see there might be problems there in which case I would use the other version as suggested by Nikodemos)
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Thanks J & T for participating.

So, we're heading to several Enfolder menu entries, each addressing your preference(s):

- Enfolder

Subfolder functionality assumed. Naming dialog selection populated by selected items' names.

- Enfolder date

Subfolder functionality assumed. Current date used in folder naming dialog.

- Enfolder browse

Would trigger folder browser dialog so you can choose destination folder & name.



Feel free to comment! This thread's welcoming of all the creative discussion :) :Thmbsup:
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I could also use an option to move to folder and each file would be moved to a folder from the name of the file.

Let's do this Nick! What would you suggest for a name?

(Perhaps "Subfile"?)

Do you want it to be a graphical program or would a straightforward non-GUI command do it for you?

i.e. form/dialog for detailed file renaming vs straight file operation(s).
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Just straight to it. After all if your selecting to name folders after the files name there really does not need to have input.

How about a generic FileToFolder.

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How about a generic FileToFolder.

Agreed: https://github.com/p...cdomain/filetofolder

Do you want file extensions to be clipped?

i.e. C:\Windows\Notepad.exe => C:\Windows\Notepad\Notepad.exe
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Yes. Lets not confuse the folder to the file.

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Yes. Lets not confuse the folder to the file.

Roger. Since there's no GUI guess it would only add extension to disambiguate (should it happen).

I'm on it! This is a one-day code :) Cheers!
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it would only add extension to disambiguate (should it happen).
-publicdomain (May 11, 2021, 09:05 PM)

Code's finished :) Disambiguation procedure is simply appending numbers in the "(#)" format.

Releasing FileToFolder v0.1.0 now :up:
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Seems to be an issue if you try to do to many files at once.



Was doing 16 files at the time.

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@Nick: Let's continue at FileToFolder's thread.

@All: Please continue having "Enfolder fun" in here :Thmbsup: Cheers!

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« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2021, 08:22 PM »
Hey all,

Sorry the absence, but 'life happens'.

So I saw that glitch again where 'enfolder' doesn't show up.

enfolder doesn't show up on right click.pngEnfolder - Move a group of files/directories into a new custom folder (v0.1.0)

I made sure that the arrow was over a file name, or attribute or something.  I'd have to guess I had around.... 25-30 files selected.  All video files.  My best guess is that maybe there's a file type in there that enfolder can't read?

I can do some troubleshooting if there's something particular you want me to test for...

(I had thoughts about continuing the other parts of the conversation, tweaking the program.  But let's work on the bug and then maybe I'll just use it for a while to see what I think long term....)

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Here's another pic, this time with file types attached.

No enfolder 1.pngEnfolder - Move a group of files/directories into a new custom folder (v0.1.0)

It was an external hdd, Western Digital.  As you can see, a variety of file types.
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Here's another one.

Tried to enfolder 3 icons on the desktop.  2 jpgs and a .txt.  (The three items in the top right of the pic)

I get the enfolder option, but when I select enfolder, instead of the enfolder window, it asks me how I want to open the files.

enfolder goes to open.pngEnfolder - Move a group of files/directories into a new custom folder (v0.1.0)

It did this moused over the jpg and the txt.  Although the program it offered me to open differed with the program I was moused over.  Eg- If I was moused over the jpg, it offered me photos.  If I was over the .txt, it offered me notepad.
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Thanks for reporting :up:

I'm checking Enfolder + a few other proggies to close the month  :)

Cheers!
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Thanks for reporting :up:

I'm checking Enfolder + a few other proggies to close the month  :)

Cheers!
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-publicdomain (May 25, 2021, 01:52 PM)

Well, I noticed this problem again, where enfolder doesn't open, it asks me what program I want to use to open the file.

1 file, a png. On the desktop.

enfolder not working on system disk - desktop.pngEnfolder - Move a group of files/directories into a new custom folder (v0.1.0)

Uninstalling and reinstalling seems to have fixed the problem.

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Uninstalling and reinstalling seems to have fixed the problem.

Thanks for informing! :Thmbsup:

(This frees end-of-the-month resources to assist more fellows :) )

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Well,

There is still the problem of Enfolder not showing up as an option sometimes.  There are pics earlier in this thread.

I've confirmed this happens on the system drive (non-system partition, the D drive) and on external disks.  Variety of file types.  Video, jpg, etc.

I just tried it again, 24 files, all jpg, external drive, and-
22 files, all .png, D drive.


(edit to add:  And I just notice that it doesn't work inside an android phone plugged in to pc.  I get the enfolder option, but when I select it nothing happens.  4 files, 2 gpx and 2 kml.  But this isn't a big deal and not my primary usage of the program)
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