I'm using an application that loads the contents of a folder of audio samples for my use. The samples I want to use however, are scattered amongst many folders on my machine, and I don't want to copy them all into a single folder first.
Aliases work just fine, and I was able to make symlinks of all the desired files, put them in a single folder, and load that folder. Excellent solution, except for one thing.
I'm going to be adding more files over time that meet the criteria I use for this application. I would love to be able to use a dynamic folder that would essentially be what "Smart Folders" are, except a real folder. A Mac "Smart Folder" is not actually a folder at all, but really just creates a "SavedSearch" file, which is unreadable except by the Finder so my application can't see into it.
Is it possible to create a true dynamic folder that will just update as the filesystem changes? Or maybe being realtime would be too much of a strain, so on a schedule? I could see maybe concocting something in Automator but... I dunno sounds a bit heavy. Love to know if there's a better way!