Alias identically-named Finder 'Favourites'
One of the features I use most on my Macbooks (both work and home) is Places/Favourites in Finder. I frequently switch around what's on my Favourites list, and even the order of them, to increase productivity.
Being a developer, I often work with sets of folders that follow naming conventions, so I might have 4 projects that each have folders for Source, Images, Deployment, that kind of thing. So I'll end up having a Favourites list with at least 2 instances of each of these folder names.
I've settled with various workarounds.
- I've used the top level project folder as my shortcut for one project, and deeper folders for another project, and tried to remember which one I use the top level folder for
- I've added unsused, empty folders with names that are useful to describe the other Favourites items, and dragged those in and placed them above, thereby using them as headings for other Favourites.
These are quite tragic approaches.
If you rename a Favourites entry, it renames the actual folder that the Favourites entry points to. And if you create an Alias to one of these folders, rename that, and drag it into the Favourites list, it sort of recognises that it's seeing an Alias, and displays what that Alias points to.
So does anyone know of a potential way, even using AppleScript or a modification of Finder, that I can be allowed to customise the display of these Finder items?
I'd imagine a solution would be to have a Create Favourites Alias option in the context menu for each Favourites item, and if you enter a name, it places a hidden file in that folder, which the Favourites bar always looks for before refreshing its name display. If a 'Favourites Alias' exists for a Favourites item, then it uses that. Quite simple!