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I'm looking for a file manager application which helps to organize a large amount of movies, pictures, music, text documents, databases, audio-books and ebooks. Right now I only use the Finder which doesn't work well, because I really need a function to put single files into multiple categories. Simply using the file system for this creates a confusing nesting of files.

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Some openmeta–tag based solutions can be found in question Listing all Openmeta Tags and associated Files –  koiyu Oct 21 '11 at 9:54

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Maybe use a file manager that supports Open Meta.

Or use symbolic links for organizing all your media files.

Or even use hardlinked files if you dare.

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I use Leap for OS X It's a meta tag organiser, possibly the best for mac

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Welcome to Ask Different! Can you tell us why you like this app and provide a link? Please take a look at the FAQs for more info. Thanks. –  Nathan Greenstein Oct 20 '11 at 13:55

Depending on the number of categories you require to handle, you could always use a combination of the finder with the built in label functionality, thus a movie can be held in one area (movies directory, for example), but "tagged" as something else. Using smart directories and saved searches you can view your files by a combination of the attributes (location, label, media type) to create custom views. All without purchasing software. Cheap and cheerful, but may be suitable to your needs.

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But the finder has only 7 different labels, or so. –  mcb Oct 20 '11 at 16:43
    
Hence my proviso based prefix and suffix ;) Just a suggestion. –  stuffe Oct 21 '11 at 10:36

Pathfinder may be what you are looking for. It's a replacement for the Finder that offers a great deal of "power user" features, such as dual pane browsing, tabs, and a drop stack. I'm not sure if it offers the sorting tools that you desire, but regardless, give Pathfinder a look.

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I don't use it myself, but I've heard a lot of good things about Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo

Also, note that iTunes and iPhoto cover a lot of the file types you mention (just not all in the same application).

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