File Juggler: "Hazel For Windows"?

File Juggler: “Hazel For Windows”?

FileJugglerIf there is one tool that I can’t seem to shut up about, it is Hazel. It makes it really easy and efficient to process paperless documents[1]. The only problem is that Hazel is a Mac app, and I have struggled to find a Windows equivalent.

There are many Windows apps out there that will move files around automatically, but I have not found one with the key ability to move and rename files based on the content of a searchable PDF.

Fortunately, I received an email from Simon at Bitvaerk, and I begged him to add this ability into his new tool: File Juggler.

I am not sure how he will feel about me calling File Juggler “Hazel for Windows”, but that is how I think of it. Like Hazel, File Juggler can do many things with your files, but I will be focusing on using it to process your paperless documents.

Create Rules

The way File Juggler works is you tell it to watch a folder (or folders), and create rules that tell it to take some sort of action when something happens in the folders that meets those rules.

FileJuggler Rules

Watch A Folder

Create a rule, and tell File Juggler to watch some folders.

FileJuggler Watch Folder

Tell It What To Look For

Next, create your rule. What is it you want File Juggler to watch for? One nice touch is that as you are building your rule, it will show you a list of the files that matches it.

FileJuggler If Section

Here are the conditions that it currently supports:

FileJuggler If Conditions

Tell It What To Do

Once you’ve told File Juggler which files to look for, you can then tell it which actions to take.

FileJuggler Actions

There are some variables you can insert, which is helpful when you are renaming files.

FileJuggler Variables

You can see a whole list of the actions that you can take on the File Juggler page.

A Work In Progress

File Juggler has come a long way since I first started playing around with it back in January.

There are still a few glitches – for example sometimes it doesn’t pick up some text from a certain file where it will pick up other text from that same file (so there is usually some text you can work off of) (This is much improved now), and sometimes it takes a while for a rule to kick off. The latter might be because my Windows computer is a piece of junk though.

Simon, the developer, is very responsive and is constantly improving the tool, so I am confident these will get sorted out.

You can download File Juggler from their site and give it a try. If you decide to purchase it, it is $25.

If you’ve tried it (or another “Hazel for Windows” tool), please leave a comment and let me know how it works out for you.


  1. Heck, I even did a webinar on the subject.  ↩

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Brett - February 26, 2016 Reply

Hey, I recently set up file juggler to handle torrent downloads of movies and tv shows etc. I was curious because it seems to be using an astronomical amount of my CPU and memory. Currently with 6 Rules setup its using 1500mb of memory and upwards of 80% CPU function. I limited it to 25% function through BES (exe). Is this a bug? Or is there something not optimized correctly? Or am I simply doing something wrong in the setup?

Thomas Dietzel - December 19, 2015 Reply

I bought fille juggler. But it crashed every time sending files to evernote. Finally I replaced it by DropIt and sent a message to the author. His reply was that he knows. That’s all.

Jamison - August 15, 2015 Reply

I am having a heck of a time getting FJ to look at the text of my OCR’d .pdfs. It is very much a readable date copies and pastes as “08-24-15”. The rest of the features work well (file type, file name). I’ve sent the developer a couple of questions, but haven’t heard back. This is about the only other place where I think this might get seen.

The log has several “can’t read text” errors and a few “could not open the pdf”, but not with any consistency.

Anyu ideas?

    Brooks Duncan
    Brooks Duncan - August 15, 2015 Reply

    Hm, something like that is hard to troubleshoot without the actual PDF itself. If you feel comfortable, I can send you a Dropbox File Request and I can try on my end.

Das Leben ist bunt, das Lernen auch - April 26, 2015 Reply

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Nick - December 9, 2014 Reply

It looks like File Juggler is no longer supported, which is a shame. I went to it’s website “filejuggler.com” to buy a copy, but the website was dead. There haven’t been any posts to the File Juggler facebook page in over a year.

You can still download it from CNET, but if it’s not supported, I’m leery of spending hours writing file sorting rules…

James - November 7, 2014 Reply

Hey,

I downloaded FileJuggler, or an old version I found on CNET, but it doesn’t do the contains. Do you have a more recent version or a better choice for an app to scan my PDF files? Highlighting the hundreds of files we scan a day is going to be unbearable to set up keyword rules.

In Praise Of The Paperless Inbox • Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog - February 20, 2014 Reply

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Send Only Non-Sensitive Documents To Evernote • Tips To Learn How To Go Paperless | DocumentSnap Paperless Blog - December 12, 2013 Reply

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Greg - November 4, 2013 Reply

I've been using a product called Folder Agent http://www.folderagent.com that does something very similar. It isn't as mature as Hazel but has been rock solid so far.

    Brooks Duncan
    Brooks Duncan - November 4, 2013 Reply

    Looks interesting! From looking at the site, it doesn't appear that it can match files based on the text content. Am I reading that right?Thanks for sharing Greg!

Jim - September 18, 2013 Reply

Interesting, but it has as long way to go to catch up to Hazel. Date matching in file contents was the feature that finally made me buy Hazel.

By the way, File Juggler can also rename digital pictures by the date and time the photo was taken (by reading the EXIF data). This is an extremely handy feature, but be aware that there is a freeware program called Rename Master http://www.joejoesoft.com/vcms/108/ that can do this as well.

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