Note: This review addresses v0.4 of the
Belvedere is an interesting start at a useful program. At
version 0.4, it is clearly just getting started. What has been
done, while useful in and of itself, is pretty feature-sparse.
Belvedere, modeled on a Macintosh program called Hazel, allows
you to set up simple rules for file management, which the program
then executes in the background. For example, it might delete all
files in the “Temp” directory that are more than a week old, or
sort all your archive files in your Download directory into a
sub-folder. While the interface is very basic, and there is no
included Help file, it took only a few minutes for me to set up
some useful rules.
Some of the features you might expect, but which are not yet
present, include regular expressions for file names, the ability to
rename files based on a pattern (for example, to add the trailer
“_old” to all files more than a week old), or to load and save sets
of rules, or reorder rules. However, the existing functionality
does cover most likely use cases.
If the current feature set is workable for you, Belvedere might
be worth a quick download. This is beta software, though, so you
may wish to use it at your own risk and test any rules carefully
before letting it run unattended.