‘Regular’ readers of the blog will know a couple of things – I am a sucker for getting addicted to new applications and ways of doing things, and the concept of ‘tagging’ has been discussed many times already.

I was going to hold off on writing about Leap until it was out of Beta and I had made my mind up if it was a keeper or not, but as the subject of tagging is cropping up more and more, and my own workload is shifting significantly to the point that I really wont have time to get ‘sidetracked’ by my addictions so much in the future I thought I would write about it now as although I actually like Leap I am not sure that I will have time or the patience to use it long term.

“Leap gives me the feeling of having control over the chaos that inevitably creeps into the home folder over the years, despite all efforts. And its incredible what stuff you can find that you didn’t even know exists.”

To be honest I looked at Leap a while ago and liked it, but then one thing led to another and I didn’t get round to finishing off setting it up so at the moment it has limited value to me. It is easy enough to use, and potentially is very useful BUT the problem is always going to be with ‘catching up’ as far as applications like this are concerned. If I were starting afresh then I would be more inclined to use it, but as I would have to go through all my existing stuff and tag it all (because that is how I am) then at the moment truth be told it is bascially gathering digital dust on the Mac.

Still, I know it is the sort of application that will appeal to many and as I was recently reminded that I had been looking at it I thought I would share it with you.

Let me know what you think, and if you use it!


What they say!

So why do you need a better Finder?

We’ve all felt that drop in workflow when we’ve had to locate a file in the Finder. Even if you know exactly where something is, it can take many clicks to navigate to that place in the hierarchy. It always seems like work to remember where you left things. Why after 20 plus years are we still having to navigate folders in order to find something on a hard drive?

A more natural way.

With Leap you find things based on your natural memory of that file. “Hhmm it was a big photoshop file of a basketball courtâ€? or “Something I tagged importantâ€? or “A word document somewhere in my documents folderâ€? (feel free to substitute your own here). With the Finder though, it’s more like “I think it might be called bball.psd and that I put it in the originals folder in images in the Project 29 folder which I think I put in Documents… nope, not there… where did I put it?”

Filter by tag. Or not.

Finally a way to quickly tag documents. Instantly call up tagged documents using Leap’s tag cloud.

Your results.

Peruse found documents visually by thumbnail or using a more traditional list. Choose how large or small to show the documents. Add tags, open documents in your favourite program, email them, throw them out—they’re at your command.

8 thoughts on “Leap

  1. John

    I agree, until automatic tagging of content in a non-proprietary way is offered I will probably steer clear…

    Hpw does Leap tag? In Spotlight comments, or in a database? That’s another thing – tags MUST be portable between applications. I would not want to be locked into an application for tagging purposes (yes I’m talking to you Yojimbo).

    Tagging is very cool though and I agree with most of what they say, but I must maintain that folders are still a logical and efficient way of grouping files and there are good reasons for keeping folders around.

  2. Danny

    You know how I stand on programs on like this. You spend more time setting the things up that using them.
    Im not a tagging person, I know you photographer types tend to be, but Ive never really got into it.
    Just put your stuff in relevant folders and use spotlight – thats what its there for and its damn good at what it does!

  3. Wayne LeFevre

    I’ve used Leap! I can’t say that I always use Leap, though. I am very into Yep, which made me look at Leap in the first place. I’ve been holding off on really using it until the next version. If you read the Leap forum, they are completely revamping the whole system. (getting rid of the 3 pane, tagging crossing over from Yep, etc.)

    So, ya, I like it. I like the concept, but will wait awhile until 1.06 or whatever version before I look at again.

    @John, I believe that it’s in a database…but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. I do know that there is an option to tag Spotlight comments, but it doesn’t do it normally. I think that is another thing that Tom is going to change.

  4. Chris Marshall Post author

    @John – dbase it is as far as I know. It picks up the meta data by default and is pretty cool, then you can add your user tags as well.

    If you buy Yep at the moment I think it is is $34 or $38 and you get Leap free when it is released.

    @Danny – hadn’t really thought of it from a Photographers angle before!!!

  5. John

    So some voodoo to populate the list of tags – that’s a good start. But then is the database exportable? It seems like a closed system which is a no-no for me. There needs to be a way to embed tags in the file (using the Spotlight comment field is a kludgy way to do it) like ID3 tags are embedded into an audio file and readable by just about any application. This is a system- or file-level change though, so I am unlikely to be happy for a while!

  6. Chris Marshall Post author

    Only export I saw was the ability to export the search results, although you can import mega data.

    Don’t think this takes you any further towards your objective at this stage 🙂

  7. Peter Morgan

    [quote comment=””]MeGa data! I like the sound of that… ;)[/quote]
    In answer to an earlier post by John –
    Leap (current early 2008 version) has the option of using either a built in database or simply adding tags to the Spotlight field in a file. The Spotlight tag is added in a cleaner way than Punakea, which is another (freeware) tagging application worth investigating.

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