Piky Basket is a Windows shell extension that lets you add files and folders from different locations of your hard drive to a virtual basket to perform file operations on all of the files and folders once you are finished adding them to the queue.
You basically select as many files and folders as you like from your system, and perform a file operation on them all afterwards.
This opens up a whole new array of improvements: collect files from multiple folders, and process them using one of the supported file operations afterwards. This can be useful for instance if you want to move all media files, archives, or documents, to a new directory, or only select ones as you need them for research or a new project you just started.
The file operations that Piky Basket supports are copy, move and delete. Delete is probably the least used of the three, considering that it makes virtually no difference if you delete files in individual folders one by one, or collect them all to run one delete operation instead.
This is actually another nice use. I sometimes download large image collections from sites like Flickr using an automated downloader. Instead of going through each picture individually, I could simply add all pictures that I want to delete to the basket and delete them in the end. I don't not have to mark them all while still browsing through them. Its also great for creating a CD or DVD with files from different locations, a backup for instance.
Another option is to copy paths to the clipboard. Picky Basket can get the file paths of selected files and folders, and copy them to the clipboard.
Picky Basket is a handy program for Microsoft Windows devices that makes file operations with multiple source file locations easier to handle.
Update: Picky Basket is no longer offered by the developing company. The program functionality has been moved into the commercial program Copywhiz. Windows users who prefer a free solution should take a look at Smart Copy Tool which provides a similar functionality.
It can be used to display all or select files stored in a root folder and all of that folder's subfolders. These files can then be moved, copied or deleted. The program offers additional functionality, like the ability to merge directories or to synchronize them.
We have uploaded the latest working version of the free Picky Basket to our own server. Note that we don't support the program in any form, and have done so merely for archiving purposes. You can download the application with a click on the following link: Picky Basket
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