After my experience with Mac Finder and Pathfinder, I spent some time today testing Windows file utilities to appraise records. In general, I did not find them to be quite as useful as Pathfinder, (although I have not used the version of Windows Explorer that is included in Windows 7). Nevertheless, you may find some of the following tools helpful when attempting to weed or reorganize complex sets of electronic records. Any of these applications are useful to have around, since they eliminate most of the major problems with windows explorer (such as the infamous failure to complete a copy operation if one file fails due to a too-long path name.)
Over the past day, I continued to work with my files from the OIF, FTRT, and Merritt Fund. Droid provided me a better understanding of issues I was likely to confront in identifying and migrating important content, so I turned my attention to examining files quickly and efficiently so that I could make appraisal decisions about them. As I took actions, I recorded them in a file (appraisal actions.txt), in the root of the files, for potential inclusion in the AIP or a descriptive system, at a later time.
Every operating system, of course, includes a built in file manager, such as Windows Explorer, the Mac Finder, or Gnome Nautalis. In addition, each operating system may have one of more paid or free file managers which can be used to replace or supplement the default application. For example, Pathfinder is a well-reviewed and powerful file browser for the Mac.
My impressions/evaluation of working with both the MAC Finder and Pathfinder are after the break. Tomorrow, I’ll review some Windows applications.