Hazel is great for sorting through your files for you automatically, but it doesn’t provide much in the way of notifications to let you know it has done its job and that everything is working properly. However, with newer versions of Hazel, you can choose to “Send Growl Notification” as one of the options after an action is run.
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From Automator to AppleScript, the Mac has a lot of great automation tools built right in; however, these tools can sometimes be a little intimidating for novice users. Hazel is a system preference pane that remedies this by giving users some powerful sorting tools, but with a super-simple rules-based interface for configuring file-sorting options on their Mac.
Hazel works by monitoring a specific folder for files that match rules that are specified by the user. When a file appears in that folder matching the rule, you can specify an action. Actions can be as simplistic as notifying you via Growl, or as complex as taking the file and adding it to Evernote and beyond. We’ve compiled 7 awesome Hazel file-sorting rules that you won’t be able to live without.
If your Downloads folder is so stuffed with disk images, random MP3s,
and PDF bank statements that you’re starting to get afraid to look in
there, you need Hazel. If your Desktop is cluttered with so many icons
that it takes more than 30 seconds to find one, you need Hazel. This
über-useful System Preference pane lets you create rules to keep
specific folders automatically organized and maintained, so it’s
perfect for those problems. But Hazel doesn’t just move your files
around--it can rename them, run scripts on them, and so much more.