File Management Software Belvedere

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 1, 2008
Updated • May 6, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Belvedere is at its heart a Windows port of the popular Mac OSX file management software Hazel. It is being developed by Lifehacker's own Adam Pash and currently available in version 0.3. Not all functions and features of Hazel have been implemented yet which is demonstrated by the version. Still, some core functionality is available.

The file management software Belvedere is a portable software program. The source code is provided as well on the program's homepage. But what exactly are the features of the file management software?

Belvedere in its current stage can be used to define file management rules on certain folders of the system. The software program is capable of moving, copying, renaming, deleting or opening files that match conditions specified by the user.

Conditions for the name, file extension, size or dates can be configured. It would for instance be no problem to create a rule to move all files with the file extension xyz to another folder. Conditions can be combined so that Belvedere will automatically start the process when any or all of the conditions are met.

Belvedere is running in the background and checking automatically if any files meet the conditions set by the user. If that is the case it will automatically start the action defined by the user. A few things are problematic for now which hopefully will be changed in newer versions. It is for instance not possible to copy or move a file into a new folder if a file of the same name already exists in that folder.

Users working with extensions should also make sure to only add the extension and not the dot. Belvedere comes with a test button that can test the rules before they are added which is a good indicator if the rules have been properly configured.

You can download version .3 of the file management software over at Lifehacker.


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  1. maddona said on December 23, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I already made rules for the prog
    but stopped at the point How will it work !?
    is there the command that will make him move files for examlpe ?

  2. RG said on December 1, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I agree with Roman, interesting one and one that is kind of original or new for Windows.

  3. Roman ShaRP said on December 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Interesting, thanks.

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