File Cabinet Pro offers convenient iCloud features via the OS X menubar

Writes for All’s File Cabinet Pro is a new file manager for the Mac OS X menubar that’s very handy for folks who use iCloud Drive frequently. With iCloud Drive, you can store presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and other kind of documents in iCloud and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, even a PC.

File Cabinet Pro — which supports drag and drop — allows you to open, move, rename, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from a popover window that appears from the OS X menubar. It offers a convenient storage space to stash files you access often. For example, I use it to hold a folder of graphics for use in Apple World Today articles. 

File Cabinet Pro lets you create subdirectories; click into them to open documents. You can also tag files. Select files in File Cabinet Pro, right click, then add or remove file tags from the control in the contextual menu.

Though it’s a convenient file manager, File Cabinet Pro, a document-based app, comes with a built in text-editor, image viewer, PDF viewer, and media player. This means it can natively open a variety of document types such astxt, rtf, rtfd, png, bmp, mov, mp4 and more. Don’t want to use File Cabinet Pro's built-in document editors and viewers? No problem. You can choose to ignore ‘em via the app’s settings. 

Using File Cabinet Pro’s pop-up window, you can choose to store items locally (on your Mac’s hard drive) or on your iCloud Drive. However, it’s a bit kludgy using the app to move files from one option to the other. Plus, it should be easier to make copies of documents in both iCloud and on your hard drive. 

Overall, File Cabinet Pro is a solid first version of an utility that’s useful for those of us who store files and documents both locally and in the cloud. If you’re totally happy with your current file management workflow, the $29.99 app may not be for you. However, if you want to streamline things, give it a look. Plus, the 30 bucks is good for a single license on up to two Macs. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

To set up, File Cabinet Pro, follow these steps….

Step 1: Make sure you have iCloud Drive enabled on your Mac. To verify that you have iCloud Drive enabled on your Mac, go to System Preferences and select iCloud. Make sure iCloud Drive is checked.

Step 2: Enable iCloud in File Cabinet Pro. Now that you have iCloud Drive set up in System Preferences, the next step is to enable iCloud in File Cabinet Pro. Click the File Cabinet Pro icon in the menu bar to bring up the application’s main window. Now click the gear button at the bottom of the window to bring up the context menu and select “Settings.”