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Demo: Quick Setup Instructions

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This is part of a multi-step demo:

  1. Demo introduction
  2. Adding date- and/or time-stamps to files
  3. Appending some text to file names
  4. Tagging files
  5. Filter files according to their tags
  6. Generating TagTrees and navigating them
  7. File manipulation in filtered views or TagTrees
  8. Quick Setup Instructions

Now that you got a small idea on the large set of possibilities, you might want to play around with it yourself. Be my guest, everything here is open source software and can be installed and used for free.

In contrast to the File Exporer interaction, it is recommended to choose a browser tool that allows for custom keyboard shortcuts when invoking external tools. In my file browser apps, I've got following keyboard shortcuts defined:

Function File Browser Image Viewer
filetags Ctrl-t t
filetags filter Ctrl-f s
filetags TagTrees Ctrl-T T
appendfilename Ctrl-a a
date2name Ctrl-d d

Using those keyboard shortcuts, it is much easier to interact with files.

Windows Setup

You can get this setup using Python and pip very easily via my integratethis package. After having installed Python and pip, just copy and paste the following lines in a Windows command line environment that has the permission to install and setup tools:

 pip install pypiwin32 integratethis filetags date2name appendfilename	  

Setting up the File Explorer "Sent to..." context menu is tedious to do manually. Therefore, I developed integratethis which does the job of adding and removing entries in the "Send to" context menu:

 integratethis date2name
 integratethis time2name
 integratethis appendfilename --confirm
 integratethis filetags --confirm
 integratethis filetags --parameter="--filter" --displayname "filetags filter"
 integratethis filetags --parameter="--filter --recursive" --displayname "filetags filter recursive"
 integratethis filetags --parameter="--tagtrees --recursive --tagtrees-handle-no-tag no-tags" --displayname "TagTrees recursive"
 integratethis filetags --parameter="--tagtrees --tagtrees-depth 3" --displayname "TagTrees lvl3"	  

Non-Windows Setup

For non-Windows users, the process is quite similar. However, you may omit pypiwin32 and integratethis since they are only needed on Windows systems.

 pip install filetags date2name appendfilename	  

The integration into file browsing tools like geeqie or Thunar needs to be done manually as described here in the longer article explaining everything.

Congrats!

Thanks for taking the tour. I hope that I could help to improve your computer life!

If you like what you see in this demo and you want to automate even more, you might also like the following tools that are not demonstrated here:

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