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Smart Folders For Intuitive Organization of File Systems.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021485D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 5K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Smart folders for file system organization

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Smart Folders For Intuitive Organization of File Systems.

Current file systems organization tools like Window Explorer do not allow definition of folders which can reference arbitrary content described by a query. For example, if the user wants all his photograph files stored in one folder "My Pictures", he has to manually move the pictures from all the source folders to "My Pictures" folder, or manually create shortcuts for all the pictures/their folders in the My Pictures folder. This is not only cumbersome, but also time consuming. users that are not PC savy, may not have any idea where pictures they received via email are detached to, or where scanned pictures are placed. In this case it isn't just cumbersome, it often times is impossible for them to manage their pictures.

This disclosure defines a method which eliminates the need to go through the repeated manual steps of organizing files/folders. This is an important step towards making the computers more intuitive to use. Current file system organization technology (Windows Explorer in particular) makes the end-user go through many unnecessary repeated file organization tasks that can be easily automated by introducing "Smart folders".

The main idea is to create a "Smart folder", that has ability to associate a "rule" with its definition. Smart folder is a logical entity and it can become the preferred means by which user interacts with the file system of the OS. Current file system views (like MS Windows...