Among all complaints and feature requests we have received during the development of Filter Forge, there's a clear leader: Folders. The ability to put filters into different folders. Finally, after seven years of folderless existence, Filter Forge 4.0 introduces a new built-in filter manager which lets you organize your filter collection.
Filter Forge 4.0 ditches its old list of categories for a hierarchical tree view similar to those you see in file managers such as Windows Explorer or Mac OS X Finder:
Folders (with subfolders of arbitrary nesting depth) are now supported for user-made filters and favorites. Filter library categories are also displayed as a folder tree, however, its structure remains fixed and controlled by Filter Forge staff. You can't create subfolders under Library Filters, and you can't rename them, but you can delete them, together with downloaded filters they contain – just like in previous Filter Forge versions. To organize filters, use the new Favorites: they also support folders and subfolders, plus you can put a single filter into multiple Favorite folders.
The Filter Manager includes Back and Forward buttons that behave exactly as they do in Windows Explorer or Mac OS Finder. We also included hotkeys that should be familiar to the users of both platforms:
You're finally able to select multiple filters! You absolutely have to try it yourself: it's a simple action that brings a disproportionate amount of joy to a long-time Filter Forge user. Hold Shift or Ctrl on Windows (or Shift or Command on Mac OS X) and click filters to add them to a selection.
You can then drag multiple filters and to another subfolder, or to Favorites, or to a different filter storage location. Dragging and dropping works the same way as it does in Windows Explorer or Mac OS X Finder.
Custom filter storage folders are a replacement to the old My Filters category, which housed user-made filters in previous versions of Filter Forge. Instead of being limited to My Filters, you can now create multiple storage folders for your custom filters, each of which can have any number of nested subfolders.
Each storage folder corresponds to a real folder on one of your drives, and you can specify its location. As long as it's a valid non-root path that supports files and folders, and the user you're logged in as has permissions to read and write them, Filter Forge won't care if it's a path to a network drive, a virtual drive, a USB hard disk, a flash stick, a camera, a phone, a NAS, or whatever else your system exposes as a drive.
Important: Storage folders correspond to real, physical folders on your drive. For example, if you create a subfolder under a storage folder within Filter Forge, it will also be created at its physical location on your drive. Basically, Filter Forge becomes a file manager for these folders. When you change the location of a storage folder, Filter Forge migrates all its physical contents to the new location.
All storage folders have equal privileges within Filter Forge. In the new system, My Filters is just one of the storage folders, so it can be moved to another location, renamed or deleted. Besides the fact that it is created automatically when Filter Forge is installed, it has no differences from other storage folders.
Removing (“unlinking”) a storage folder from Filter Forge does not delete its contents, or affect any files in the physical folder in any other way.
Here's a few ideas how custom storage folders can make your life easier:
Filter Forge 4.0 supports multiple Favorites folders, with any number of nested subfolders. What's more, you can put the same filter (actually a shortcut to it) into as many Favorites folders as you wish! No more taxonomist's dilemma: if you have a filter that fits under two Favorite categories, just put it in both! Note that Favorites can only store shortcuts to filters. Shortcuts to folders are not supported.
Filter Forge 4.0 stores the history of recently used filters, in a manner similar to web browsers. The history is broken down into Today, This Week, This Month and Older Entries. Every time you create, edit or modify the settings of a filter, it is added to History. Additionally, Filter Forge stores the results of up to 6 recent searches you made.
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