Goodbye Mundane Tasks, Hello Hazel [MakeUseOf Giveaway]

Who doesn’t appreciate a little automation every once in a while? If there is ever a way to let things get done by themselves, I’m all for it. Why bother going through the hassle of performing a menial, random task if it can be done automatically?

Hazel is your Mac’s personal housekeeper. It works quietly and cleverly in the background, completing the tasks which were set for it; using hardly any resources at all. This week, we’re giving away 10 licenses worth USD$220 in total.

Find out how you can get one to make your life so much easier.

Once installed, Hazel finds its home in System Preferences. Here’s how it works. First, you need to add the folders which you’ll want to Hazel to monitor.

Then, for each folder and depending on their content; you will need to state a set of prerequisites that should be fulfilled. In the example below, I’ve set the pre-requisite to be video files. As long as a video file lands in this folder, it will automatically be transferred to my Movies folder.

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I often download a tonne of RAR and segmented RAR files — and it’s a freaking hassle to extract them individually. Hazel takes all of that headache away. If a RAR file ever finds its way to the target folder, it will automatically be extracted — the original RAR files will be Trashed.

What if a target contains several folders? Do we need to add the same set of rules for every nested folder? Nope — Hazel is smart. All I need to do is add one more rule to dictate that if a folder is present, the rule should be run on its contents. As long as that rule is present, it doesn’t matter how many folder levels there are.

Besides that, Hazel can also keep your Mac spick and span by automatically emptying your Trash, removing associated files when you drag an application to the Trash, labelling and archiving old files, etc. To get a full list of Hazel’s features, visit its homepage.

I’ve used Hazel for a while now and I have to say that I’m glad I have it. Most of the menial task which I hate to do are already done for me. It’s perfect!

How do I win a copy?

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This giveaway begins now and will end on Friday, 21st May at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

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MakeUseOf would like to thank Paul from Noodlesoft for his generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

[UPDATE] And the winners are:

  1. Wei Han
  2. Rhett Jones
  3. Mary Ihla
  4. Ingrid Philipp
  5. Lee Saul
  6. Daniel Ooi
  7. John Baum
  8. Heather Jarvis
  9. Jane Trotter
  10. Neil Myers

Congrats to the winners! You will be contacted shortly.

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