It seems like it has potential to be super useful, but I don't know what to do with it. Seems like a wasted opportunity.
Folder and filenames give me enough to search with. Tags seem like a lot of extra work for little gain imo.
Mainly just for color highlighting files.
I know I should, but I just never get down to tagging anything...
I hate drilling down to the source files spread out in different folders, named according to their projects. So I tag projects I'm working on with "current" and untag when done :D
I use a few — right now just:
'working', for files or folders that I'm currently working on.
'sponsor-logo', for sponsor logos that go into things (I design at a nonprofit, we have lots of these.)
I kind of want to try to get into using them to tag all of my design assets that I've accumulated with things like 'retro' or 'icon' or things like that, but it seems like such a daunting task and I don't know how much of a benefit I'd get.
I use them the same way I used to use the old color labels, and am still irritated that the new tags are not as visible as the old labels. I'd much rather have my labels back.
I use tags to group invoices and the like by financial year. So come tax time, I can just go through all the ones for that time.
For general work though, I find it quite hard. I do have an app coming soon which I hope to integrate file tags in interesting ways.
Thats a really great idea: re managing finances. Is there anywhere I can go to get updated for the app you're working on?
Hey Taurean, you can follow the Twitter account @BlikApp for updates. I’m just finishing the final features. I’ve been practising Mac development for about ten years but this will be my first full, proper app! As well as product design and development, I have marketing and business strategy to tackle, so it’s been quite a broad challenge so far. I’ll send you a beta version of the app soon if you like?
I don't really use them at all. Too daunting to add them to every project I've worked on. I feel like I would use them though if I had a clean machine / clean job slate.
It would be useful if they had some sort of file scanning feature that auto-generated tags, and gave you some sort of option to batch approve (maybe by folder?).
I was thinking this too,
I have tags for different projects or sets of projects, and I tag working files & directories. That way I can pick from a list of working files rather than having to remember where everything is in the file structure, constantly drilling up & down, etc.
Tags was a bad decision since it introduced both confusion and clutter.
Yet another evidence that Apple needs to step back and convince themselves that polishing is what's needed more --- and not adding for the sake of adding, that is.
I have a text expander snippet tt which gives me tags:
Then I have tags like:
Whenever I binge on resources, I apply these tags in bulk. I've assigned a shortcut to "Tags…" in the keyboard shortcut system preferences in the Finder app.
It's been particularly useful for quickly experimenting with different icons and backgrounds without bothering with nested folders.