We all need a method where we can organise and make sure we get all of our life’s and files in order. Most of the time it is through making sure our Finder folders make sense and contain the files they supposed it (mine frequently don’t). One way of helping with this is using a quick launcher. Today’s app is called Berokyo and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It allows you to create groups of folders, files and apps which you can then quickly access.
At first I didn’t really know what to do with Berokyo. After running through the Wizard which picked my most used items and having a read through the quick start guide didn’t feel I could use the application. However, I persisted and after creating a couple of my own cabinets of files the application grew on me. Berokyo is designed as a quick start system. You make a cabinet of your most used applications (or other files) and you can then quickly access them at a touch of a button.
Each cabinet is kind of like having a stack, except its more versatile. From using the shortcut, you can quickly see what is in each cabinet. There is a search function to narrow down files if you have a larger cabinet. You can also use the slider in the bottom right to zoom in and out of the icons to get a better look at things.
Within each cabinet you can add categories to organise things more, these can be expanded and collapsed. The whole app is centred around organising your stuff and making sure you can get to it. Once as you use the app for a while it does become dead simple to use and is very useful. There is also plenty of customisation features allowing you to adjust the look and feel of the app.
There is a couple of problems I would like to address, first it runs from the menu bar, which is bad in itself but means it doesn’t have an option what you alt tab, this means switching back and forth between the app becomes very difficult. One problem with this app is its visual appeal. It doesn’t look very Mac like. some of the dialogue boxes look a bit rough and the general interface does need to be improved slightly. Having said that the core of the application works well.
Overall this application is useful. If you find you have files and folders every where but need a useful place to put them, Berokyo would do well. There is some problems but these would probably get improved in later issues. As always try it out and see what you think, it may be right up your street.
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Mac OS X
Poor interface, takes a while to get the hang of