At a Glance
This sophisticated unitasker splits folders containing thousands of files into manageable subfolders.
When shopping for kitchen utensils, one piece of advice I hear
time and again is “don’t get a unitasker.” A unitasker is a gadget
that’s good for just one thing, as described by “gastrophysicist”
and Food Network star Alton Brown. I find the same concept applies
for software too: When it comes to GUI applications, I generally
try to avoid tools that do just one thing (scripts and shell
commands are a different matter). For Folder Axe, I might make an
In a nutshell, it’s a folder splitter. You know all those utilities that split large
files? Folder Axe is the same thing, just for large folders. If
you’ve ever struggled to manage a folder with 8,000 image files,
you might see why this can be a useful thing. Actually, a folder
with thousands of image files is an easy case: How about a folder
full of thousands of random files, with no rhyme or reason at all,
like a typical downloads folder?
Folder Axe can make short work of any such folder, using five
different slicing (or “axing,” if you will) systems. First, it can
split folders by the amount of files. You can just point it at the
folder you’d like to split, and specify a number like “50.” On my
system, Folder Axe took less than five seconds to make a folder
with 617 images into 12 folders with 50 images (and one with 17).
That was fast.
You can also split a folder by size: This is very handy for
backing up files. Let’s say you have a folder with 8,000MB of
files, and want to burn it onto a bunch of CDs. No problem: Just
dial in a preset folder size (CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc) or specify a
custom size, hit Split, and you’re done. Folder Axe was amazingly
fast here, too.
Another way to split a large folder is by filename: Folder Axe
can create a subfolder called “A,” which will contain all files
that start with A. It doesn’t just have to be the first letter,
either: You can have AAA, AAB, AAC, etc. And if you don’t have
files starting with AAB, Folder Axe is smart enough not to create
an empty folder by that name.
If you have a folder with a hodgepodge of random files, perhaps
splitting them by type would be the most sensible way. This takes
just a single click with Folder Axe, and you get folders with names
like “.JPG folder,” “.xml” folder, and so on. The case is
preserved: If your files were called “something.JPG,” the folder
name would be all-caps as well. You can also configure the suffix
for something other than “folder” (“.JPG files” for example.)
Last but not least is the File Group feature. Here, Folder Axe
gets smart and splits your files into multiple folders with names
like “Archives,” “Documents,” and “Audio.” All MP3 and OGG files
would go into the Audio folder, while PNG and JPG files would go
into a folder called Images. It recognizes a wide range of file types, but was tripped up by the
fact that my JPG files had all-caps suffixes (JPG rather than jpg).
It failed to recognize them as image files, and instead filed them
under “Miscellaneous.” When I changed the extension to lowercase,
Folder Axe recognized them correctly.
Like I said at the outset, Folder Axe is a unitasker–but it’s a
capable one. If you ever find yourself having to deal with
thousands of files, give it a spin.