Yesterday OS X Mavericks has been released as a free update for all Mac users. Even if the whole structure of the operating system hasn't changed significantly since it's first release with OS X Chetah in 2001, Mavericks offers a few improvements that can drastically change the experience of power users.
I don't want to share my thought on the improved performances and the new energy saving technology that come with the update, nor I want to discuss the iLife/iWork updates. My favorite new functions can all be found in Finder.
Finder has been updated with a new panel in the Preferences to manage tags, create new ones and organize your Favorite Tags (that will show up in the Finder's sidebar).
Now you can arrange files by tag from View -> Arrange By -> Tags (⌃⌘7).
From the Info Panel or from the top-bar of Finder you can now add tags or remove them with ease.
New Tabs can be open with ⌘T.
I've always adopted a strict file organization that relied on the GTD Method with a few twists.
I've applied this method also with complex file archives and with Evernote, always with great, efficient and stress-free results.
With the File Tagging function introduced in OS X Mavericks I can now improve my file categorization in Finder too with an Action oriented methodology.
Finder now allows me to view files as Tasks to be subdivided into several sections, which correspond to parts of the Getting Things Done methodology:
Files with no-tags mean that they have not been filed in a specific place yet. Usually my Inbox is my Desktop that must be crystal clean from files by the end of the day.
This tag highlights tasks which are due on the current day or are intended to be completed asap.
Next tags offer an overview of upcoming tasks. Useful when I need to quickly find a brief to send to a colleague.
All files tagged as "Someday" are back-burners. Used to catalogue tasks which need to be done, but are not time critical.
Processed files can be archived or backed up. Sometimes you may need to keep those files on your HD for a while. In that case tagging those files with "Archived" can speed up file retrieval.
We all have those files that need to be fetched often. An Invoice template, a scanned document, etc. Files tagged with "Reference" will be accessible with a click.
While not revolutionary, Mavericks is an excellent update. Many of iOS's best features have been shipped to the Mac unifying even more the user experience. I'm sure that power-users are sleepless since it's release due to the hours passed fiddling with the new improvements and functionalities. And I'm one of those...