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sebasporto
30th October 2007, 10:55 AM
In windows when I right click I get the context menu with some options for creating new documents directly from the explorer window. e.g. Word, Excel, text file, etc.

I find this very useful. Is there a way of doing this in the finder?

Thanks
Sebastian

soulman
30th October 2007, 11:03 AM
The FInder is the file manager. It's not its job to create files. Perhaps just put TextEdit in the Dock - single click & you have a new doc. There are a whole host of contextual menu plugins that can be made to do this also. I quite like FinderPop (http://www.finderpop.com/) but there really are heaps. Search on VersionTracker or a similar site.

morn
30th October 2007, 11:05 AM
What you want is the Lisa.
http://www.guidebookgallery.org/articles/thelisauserinterface

zeddie2001
30th October 2007, 11:09 AM
Not without the use of a third party tool such as Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/).

Personally, I don't see how this is an advantage? Why would you want to?

Kuma
30th October 2007, 11:12 AM
use automator...
to create a workflow that is reqd.
save as a plugin in finder

bingo

iPirate
30th October 2007, 11:13 AM
When you open the application, it creates a new empty file for you to fill text in and save wherever. When you create the new file, it is useless until you open the application it opens in... Meh. To each their way of working I suppose.

sebasporto
30th October 2007, 11:15 AM
What you want is the Lisa.
http://www.guidebookgallery.org/articles/thelisauserinterface

Thanks but I scanned that page and I don't see how it relates. I would like some way of adding to the finder the capability of creating new files on the fly.

sebasporto
30th October 2007, 11:19 AM
Not without the use of a third party tool such as Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/).

Personally, I don't see how this is an advantage? Why would you want to?

Let's say you have a folder opened in the finder. Then you realise that you needa Word doc in that folder. Instead of opening Word and then doing save as it is much easier to create the file you want straight in the Finder and then double click on it to open it. I do this in Windows all the time.

iMic
30th October 2007, 11:47 AM
I think what you're after is NuFile.

http://growlichat.com/NuFile.php

sebasporto
30th October 2007, 12:12 PM
I think what you're after is NuFile.

http://growlichat.com/NuFile.php

Yes! Thanks a lot.

mjankor
30th October 2007, 01:16 PM
This forum makes me happy. On another forum I frequent I suspect there'd be a bit of abuse for someone who wants to modify their system in a way that works for them.

Example: http://forums.macnn.com/90/mac-os-x/351884/stacks-usability/5/

Currawong
30th October 2007, 02:27 PM
Another useful thing I use is Default Folder. It's primarily an add-on for open/save dialogues, but one of my favourite features is, if you're in an open/save dialogue in an application, if you mouse-over an open Finder window, you can click on it to make the open/save dialogue jump to that folder. A bloody huge time-saver if ever there was one.

iMic
30th October 2007, 03:07 PM
This forum makes me happy. On another forum I frequent I suspect there'd be a bit of abuse for someone who wants to modify their system in a way that works for them.

Some communities just bow down to Apple and/or Steve so much that any criticism is taken as a personal attack, Apple and everything they do must be perfect. The great thing about MacTalk is that if something is wrong with an Apple product, they are gonna hear about it! ;) :thumbup:

Johnny Appleseed
30th October 2007, 03:20 PM
I reckon most of the time Apple gets it right, including this one. It's all about context. Creating a specific document type in the Finder makes no sense. Nor does deleting files from the open/save dialogue (or pressing Start to shut down, for that matter!)

AusMac
30th October 2007, 04:01 PM
;) that made me smile.. Johnny Appleseed.

too true iMac600

and yes currawong I've used Default Folder for about a decade. At first i thought it would be useless on OSX but it is not.

sebasporto
30th October 2007, 07:54 PM
I reckon most of the time Apple gets it right, including this one. It's all about context. Creating a specific document type in the Finder makes no sense. Nor does deleting files from the open/save dialogue (or pressing Start to shut down, for that matter!)

Although they might not make perfect sense they allow me to be more efficient. So I don't see the harm in having them.

iMic
30th October 2007, 08:11 PM
Agreed on the fact of deleting files from open/save dialogues and Shut Down under the start button; those are just bad ideas. Creating blank files from the Finder isn't too bad though, example being you have a folder open and need a new text file. It's faster to create a blank one, open, type and save than to open the app, type it out, click save as, navigate back to the directory and hit save.

In some cases it's completely pointless, but on the event the user already has the folder open, which is frequent, then the "blank file" method does have some credibility.

zootman
30th October 2007, 08:12 PM
Hi - another option you might like to try - in finder go to view -> customize toolbar. Whilst the customize option is open you can then drag, say the word app from another finder window that is open in the application folder. This will put an icon in the top frame of finder. Then what you can do is is open up any old folder and press the icon that is now in the top finder bar and it will create a word document in that folder. This is not quite what you want, but when you save the document at least it saves it to the folder that was opened. I use this option in finder for word and vi (for text files).

Gee - hope that explanation wasnt too obtuse - sometimes its hard to describe a graphical thing with words.....

Cheers

icant
30th October 2007, 08:52 PM
Another useful thing I use is Default Folder. It's primarily an add-on for open/save dialogues, but one of my favourite features is, if you're in an open/save dialogue in an application, if you mouse-over an open Finder window, you can click on it to make the open/save dialogue jump to that folder. A bloody huge time-saver if ever there was one.

For the non-Default Folder users, drag the folder or file you want into the open/save dialog box.

morn
30th October 2007, 08:54 PM
I think there is sense in deleting files from open/save dialogue boxes. You might want to save a file and delete an older one, or made a typo and want to delete or rename a file...

Steiny
30th October 2007, 09:03 PM
This will put an icon in the top frame of finder. Then what you can do is is open up any old folder and press the icon that is now in the top finder bar and it will create a word document in that folder.
That's pretty neat being able to put app icons up there!

It doesn't seem to want to save in the folder that I have open in the current window after I launch an app from the toolbar though. Textedit always wants to save to the Desktop, and Pages to my Documents folder when I tried it with them. There doesn't appear to be any relation to the Finder window's location for me at least.