TaggedFrog: tag your files by keyword


TaggedFrog is a free utility that allows you to tag any files on your hard disk by keyword and access or filter them through a tag cloud.

Users can also create filters by file-type to filter their results, and create favorite “sets” or combinations of tags for quick browsing.

File tagging is one of those simple, straightforward ideas that make me wonder why it is not simply built into the operating system to begin with.

Of late we have seen some progress made on the photo tagging front, with many image viewers now incorporating tagging as part of their default set of features. TaggedFrog will tag images but goes further to tagging any and every file on your hard drive.

If you still need some examples as to how this could be useful consider the following two examples.

  • You are working on two projects that relate to multiple clients. You could tag every file that is connected to these (such as PDF’s, “Office” files, images, etc.) such as to be able to easily and instantly retrieve all files relating to “Project A” or”client X” (or both) for example.
  • I download a lot of software. I can now tag the downloaded files by their perceived review priority (high/med/low), by their subject matter “PDF editors”, “Image Viewer”, etc, and other tags such as “Featured Article”, etc.

Here are more notes on this program:

  • The user interface: looks very polished and sleek but takes a little getting used to. Should have been more user friendly, really, but you will soon get the hang of it. TaggedFrog is a standalone program that does not integrate into the context menu or the filesystem.
  • What is tagged: you can tag any type of file, irrespective of where it resides on your hard drive. Tagging is done by dragging and dropping your files into the interface (or dragging already-tagged-files back to the upper pane to tag them further). Folders cannot be tagged.
  • The tags: can be anything that you type in. If you type in multiple words TaggedFrog will assume each word is a distinct tag unless you surround them with quotes (e.g. “project alpha” with the quotes is a single tag).
  • Filters: these are groups of file extensions (e.g. “.zip, .rar, .cab, .7z”) that can be used to further filter your results. So for example say you click on “ebooks” then “comics” in your tag cloud, you could then filter the resulting set further by, say, PDF or “.CBZ, .CBR” if you are looking for that particular type of ebook.
  • Favorites: are merely a collection of tags. You could set these up so you could quickly access them in the sidebar.
  • Tag cloud: note that the size of the labels in the tag cloud by default is dependent on your most commonly used tags (i.e. the tags you click on the most will grow largest). You could change this in the settings to reflect the number of entries that exists for each tag instead.
  • Memory consumption: takes up anywhere between 30 to 40 megs but this program uses the .NET framework and therefore its memory consumption is
    inflated as a consequence.
  • Portable version: is available (although the program requires the .NET framework to be installed in order to run).

Wish list (or how this program can be even better)

  • Context Menu integration: it would be cool if you could right-click on a file or files and select “tag these”, prompting a little dialog where you could type in or check the tags you want.
  • Adding a “tags” column in Windows Explorer: so you could see the tags for your files straight from the “details” Explorer files view.
  • The ability to drag a folder to tag all of its contents: currently, you have to go inside the folder, select all, then drag the individual files to the program interface to tag them.

The verdict: this is a very nice program that performs a function that is very needed and delivers what it sets out to do quite competently.

I would have liked a more streamlined interface and more little more Windows Explorer integration, although ironically I might prefer this program to previously reviewed Tag2Find (another freeware tagging program) precisely because the latter pushes itself a little too much into Windows Explorer and the desktop environment.

Depending on how you organize your files this program may be very useful. Check it out!

Version Tested: 0.6 beta

Compatibility: Windows XP SP2 or Vista. Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or newer. (This is already pre-installed in Vista).

Go to the program page to download the latest version (approx 860K).