Elyse is a tag-based file manager that gives you the possibility to organize, sort and catalog files. It comes loaded with a bunch of interesting options and configuration settings.
Installation and interface
After a fast setup operation that shouldn't give you any trouble, Elyse asks you to create a new database to fill it with the files and folders you want to manage.
It automatically tags files by taking into account the directory name. Worth mentioning is that files with duplicate names and content are skipped. If the app comes across any files with duplicate names but unique content, it asks you what to do next.
The main app window has a clear-cut structure and include a browsing tree for all files with and without tags, internal and external files, along with recently added items.
Automatic tags and customization preferences
New tags can be seamlessly put together by specifying names and descriptions. Elyse can be asked to locate missing files, extract them from specific locations, and link tags to files.
Moreover, you can assign and manage tag groups, disable duplicate management, indicate the number of thumbnails to cache along with the recent files timeout, deactivate the creation of automatic tags from folders and of browsing nodes, limit the auto tagging to a particular folder level, and so on.
Evaluation and conclusion
We haven't come across any stability issues in our tests, thanks to the fact that the utility didn't freeze, crash or prompt error messages. It created tags swiftly and had minimal impact on computer performance, running on low CPU and RAM.
On the other hand, the tool's not that intuitive. However, once you get the hand of it, Elyse offers a unique method of managing files by creating automatic tags. You can test it for yourself, since it's free for non-commercial use.