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Rixtag Available for Free Download

'Rixtag makes organising and finding files on huge multi-terabyte drives easier than ever.'


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LONDON (Rixstep) — Rixstep announce the free 'Test Drive' version of Rixtag. Rixtag helps anyone rethink how they store and categorise their files and directories. It allows users to edit macOS-based tags on files of any type, including regular files, directories, and more.

By tagging files, Rixtag makes it easier for users to search for and find files on those increasingly ginormous internal and external hard drives.


The (Xfile) Test Drive includes another 20+ file management utilities.

Stockholm, Sweden — Independent development team, Rixstep, today are proud to announce the release and immediate availability of the 'Test Drive' (completely free) version of Rixtag. The massive size of the Mac's internal and external hard drives makes it tough to organise files and directories. Rixtag helps users rethink how they store and categorise files and directories through the use of descriptive tags, making it easier to search and find anything stored on a Mac hard drive.

Rixstep saw a need to rethink the way Mac users store and categorise their files. It isn't unusual to find a home directory with tens of thousands of files stored inside it. Whilst users can certainly create subdirectories with descriptive names, such as 'Movies', 'Photos', 'Music', and more, it isn't enough.

'Most people have too many files. They're desperate to store them in a way so they can find them later', says John Cattelin, Rixstep Media Contact. 'Users are relegated to using file names of an unwieldy and inordinate (MAX_PATH) length, folders and subfolders, and subfolders inside those subfolders, and even colours to organise files. There had to be a better way.'

'It took quite a lot of thinking to get things where we wanted them, but we did it. And it may come as no surprise that this would be impossible on any other platform, such as Linux, or especially Windows.'

How to Use It

Go to the Test Drive link, and click the download link. [Or save yourself the time and click directly here. Ed.] Unzip the download, and double-click the 'DMG' within. The DMG will appear on your desktop as 'ACP'. Find 'Rixtag' (or any of the other utilities) within and run it (them).

The 'DMG' will unmount when you reboot, so keep your download handy. You're only two clicks away from running things again.

Rixtag Features

  • Use tags to better describe file contents
  • Simple drag-and-drop applies new tags to files
  • Scan any directory hive to see what tags are in use
  • Click a file tag to display all related files
  • Add, edit, remove tags from individual files
  • Work with the rest of the Xfile System



Rixtag is fast, and easy to use. Simply fire up the app, and hit the 'Refresh' icon in the Rixtag toolbar. The app will then scan all of the files in the home directory. Users can also click the 'Expression' button to limit their search to a particular regular expression (for example, '\.jpg$' will find all JPEG graphic files) or limit it to a certain subdirectory.

All file tags will be listed on the left, click any tag in the left pane, and every file that has been tagged with that tag will be displayed in the right pane. Double-click any file shown in the right pane to view the file. Information about any highlighted file can also be displayed by clicking the file and then clicking the handy 'Info' button in the toolbar.

Adding an existing tag to a file is a breeze. Users can click on a file, click the 'Tags' button in the toolbar and enter the tag to be applied to the file. Or, drag-and-drop can be used to apply a tag, by selecting the file or files in the right pane, and dragging and dropping them on the desired tag, in the left pane.

Replacing a file tag is also as simple as drag and drop. Hold down the Command key on the Mac's keyboard while dropping the file on the desired tag, and the tag won't be added to the current tags, but the new tag will instead replace the old tags.

'File names have never been descriptive enough. Google Desktop wasn't the answer, and neither was Spotlight', continues John. 'Users needed something more, an app flexible enough to address their current and unique situation. Rixtag makes organising and finding files on huge multi-terabyte drives easier than ever.'

Device Requirements

  • macOS Sierra 10.12 or higher
  • Backward compatible to OS X 10.6
  • 375 KB (kilobytes) disk space

Pricing, Availability, Free Download

Rixtag 2.4 is part of the Xfile bundle along with over 20+ other file management utilities, for only $59.00 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Rixstep website. It is also available as part of the $99.00 'ACP'.

Rixtag 2.4 is also available, starting today, as a free download. See the links below.

About Rixstep

Stockholm/London-based Rixstep are a constellation of programmers and support staff from Radsoft Laboratories who tired of Windows vulnerabilities, Linux driver issues, and cursing x86 hardware all day long. Rixstep have many years of experience behind their efforts, with teaching and consulting credentials from the likes of British Aerospace, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Lloyds TSB, SAAB Defence Systems, British Broadcasting Corporation, Microsoft, IBM, Barclays Bank, and Sony/Ericsson.

Rixstep and Radsoft products are or have been in use by Sweden's Royal Mail, Sony/Ericsson, the US Department of Defense, the offices of the US Supreme Court, the Government of Western Australia, the German Federal Police, Verizon Wireless, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Microsoft Corporation, the New York Times, Apple Inc, Oxford University, and hundreds of research institutes around the globe. See here.

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CONTACT INFO:
John Cattelin
Media Contact
contact@rixstep.com

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See Also
Rixtag: This is it
Xfile System: Super software
Xfile: Test Drive (Free Download)
Industry Watch: Rixtag: A Long Time Coming
Learning Curve: Personal Storage, Google, Tags
Industry Watch: prMac: macOS Tag Editor Offers a Better Way
Developers Workshop: Documents, Movies, Music, and Pictures

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