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Sort items in folders set by Finder preference I've set?

Postby Cowicide » 12 Feb 2011, 14:33

To be able to sort items listed in folders by how I've already set them up in the Finder is pretty much a necessity. In my Library folder, having everything come up by modification date makes Finderpop all but useless, but for my Clients folder, it pretty much has to come up by modification date or THAT makes Finderpop all but useless in that scenario.

I hate having to make that choice. Or, if for some reason there's no way to be able to determine how the Finder is set to display individual folders, is there some way we can maybe tell Finderpop in the preferences or even have it learn our preferences for different folders by holding down a modifier key or something.

It's just such a shame that Finderpop doesn't list my items as I have them listed in the Finder. :(
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Re: Sort items in folders set by Finder preference I've set?

Postby turly » 12 Feb 2011, 19:47

Getting the Sort method used by the Finder for a particular folder has in the past proved problematic, but I will look at it again.

Edit: by 'problematic', I mean that this info is in the .DS_Store file in the folder's parent, but that file has an Apple-private format that has changed multiple times in the past.

There is a kludgy workaround - see the .fp-info section of the FinderPop manual here.
In fact, let me quote it for you:

It is possible to customise the appearance of FinderPop menus on a per-directory basis. FinderPop checks for a file called .fp-info in each directory as it's creating the menu. This file can contain lines of the following form:
sort-order-alpha
sort-order-mod-date
sort-order-apps
sort-order-folders
sort-order-label
labels-on
labels-off
font-face INTEGER
...which will change how the items in that folder appear in the menu, regardless of the "global" FinderPop Preferences setting.
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Re: Sort items in folders set by Finder preference I've set?

Postby Cowicide » 26 Apr 2012, 03:00

turly wrote:There is a kludgy workaround - see the .fp-info section of the FinderPop manual

I just saw this, thank you! Something that would be amazingly helpful is if there was an option to hold down a modifier key to change the sorting of items as well.

There's many times within the same folder I prefer to either sort "Alphabetically" or by "Modification Date" depending on what I'm looking for within it.

For example, I click'n'hold on a folder to see its contents that I have set the "Sort Items in FP Menus" in the prefpane to "Alphabetically", then it of course sorts that way. But, I'd love it if I held down the "M" key (or something) and then the same folder will sort by modification date if I click'n'hold on it again that way.

Is that a possibility in a future version of FinderPop? Maybe within the fp-info file this could be done? Something like "M-sort-order-mod-date" , "A-sort-order-alpha" ? Or if this could be done on the fly while the contents of the folder are listed, my head would explode. :D

Now as far as the fp-info file goes. I just experimented in a folder and it works perfect, thank you! I do wish there was an option to see a truncated modification date inline with the list of items without using the modifier, though, like this:

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