Update I’ve just posted a new version of LibraryView.
I’ve been working on a LibraryView.
Once the LibraryView works well I plan to add it to TaskPaper and (and Mutahhir will add to FoldingText). Currently I’ve added it to a simple text editor so you can test it out. Help shape how it turns out with your testing, ideas, and feedback.
The goal is to create a strait forward Folder/File based view that allows you to switch between documents within a single window. Library content in sidebar on the left, selected document content to the right. Here’s what it looks like:
Download Latest LibraryView test app.
Things try out
- Select file item in library and it opens and displays in document view to right
- Double-click library items to rename
- Use File > New in Window to create a new untitled document in the current library view window
- LibraryView updates to reflect changes made by other apps, Finder, terminal, etc
- Drag to reorganize items in library browser
- All library drag operations support: Option to Copy, Control to Alias
- Right click library item for context menu:
- New Folder
- New Document
- Get Info
- Move to Trash
- Show in Finder
The standard library location is the iCloud documents folder. But you can also open any folder on your Mac into its own library view by dragging and dropping the folder onto the LibraryView application icon in the dock.
Document saving behavior changes
I’ve tried to minimize changes to standard document based app behavior. To this point there are only two changes that I’m aware of:
Documents autosave drafts into the current library folder instead of always saving them to your iCloud folder. (Drafts are documents that you’ve edited, but never explicitly saved). If you open a folder on your Mac as a library, drafts will autosave into that folder (and so show up in library view), not your iCloud folder.
When you first save a file (changing it from it’s draft state) you will always be prompted to save into the current library folder instead of the last saved location.