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21 Oct 2009, 09:26
A different way to organise/divide FP's menu
Dear Turly,

Today I was rearranging my FP items, and found it to be a frustrating, time consuming process, involving as it does the use of alphanumeric prefixes and empty folders (or files) with "-***" suffix. So much so that my initial thought was I would write an AppleScript library to handle prefix/suffix changes on the fly (increment up/down, create divider, for a start: either single items or selected blocks - it wouldn't be that hard to do). But, then, I remembered good old BeHierarchic (which I believe is still available for the classic Mac OS diehards - it was a great combination with AliasMenu, but, I digress...) BeHierarchic has a very easy, simple way of organizing the AppleMenu which I am hoping may be applicable to FP's contextual menu:

Set the folder to Icon View, with the "snap to grid" option ON.
Folder items are now arranged as desired, no need to consider alphanumeric ordering - if you want an alias to your "Home" folder to appear above, say, another alias pointing to your AppleScript folder, simply arrange the first above the second in the grid. If you want a divider between the two, place them in separate columns (of the grid: not talking about Column View here), OR leave an empty space between the two in the same column.

I'm not sure of the coding involved that allowed BeHierarchic this simple means of organising the AppleMenu, but surely it shouldn't be too difficult to work out (and, who knows, but Fabien Octave - BeHierarchic's creator - might be willing to share or licence the code?).

I would surely prefer such a method to that presently available for FP items.

25 Oct 2009, 23:15
Re: A different way to organise/divide FP's menu
That's a good method for organising FP Items. I'll look into it, it should be possible so long as I can see the (x,y) Finder coordinates of the icon.
I'll look into it - thanks!
27 Oct 2009, 02:21
Re: A different way to organise/divide FP's menu
Good luck with it. I'll be happy to serve as guineapig along the way.