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The best time saving add-on I’ve ever used

FlashFolder Screenshot

FlashFolder, is by far, the best time saving Windows add-on I've ever installed!

Every program has it's default file opening/saving location.  It can be the last folder you visited the day before, or some odd "My Documents" folder that is full of Windows junk.  The last visited folder isn't necessarily the folder you want to see though.  You might be on a completely new project, using a whole different set of folders today...

 

So what is FlashFolder?  It's a small (not too sexy) toolbar that docks above the Windows “Open/Save” dialogs.

 

The FlashFolder toolbar
The FlashFolder toolbar

It provides a number of functions, like the ability to bookmark and quickly access favorites folders, as well as quick access to recently used folders, and currently open folders (my favorite!).

 

How do I use it?

Every morning when I start working on a project, the first thing I do, is open the relevant folders I will need,  and I just leave them open.  Every time I open or save a file through any of the programs I use, be it Sketchup, Photoshop, Autocad, Revit, Rhino, Code, Firefox... etc.  I click on the little yellow folder icon that's on the toolbar placed right above the open/save dialog, and it immediately shows me all the open folders.  All I have to do is choose the one I need and I'm there.

That little yellow button saves me tremendous amounts of time.

Why not use the built in Windows quick access toolbar you ask?  I've tried it several times over the years, and it just never has the folders I need at that very moment.  It's like it's AI is busy determining my most used folders, instead of actually showing me the ones I want right now.  Oh, and they happen to be open now ;).

 

Open Source

Though seemingly an abandoned sourceforge project introduced by someone by the name of Zett42, FlashFolder still works. There are a few comments, every now and then, showing it's still alive, or being revived.  The official release stopped working on windows 8, I believe, but there's a patched version for Windows 10.  Search for 'Version 1.11 r274_beta_x64' and the patch that fixes a few things to get it working correctly.

Try it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Yoni

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