I need to programatically alter both the visibility and default sort order for tags, explicitly in Catalina: I have different categories of tags that, depending on what project I'm working on, I'd like to show and hide in the Finder sidebar en bloc (i.e. 'food: xxx' or 'font: xxx').
I'm familiar with the command-line
tag utility and Leap's apps; neither seem to offer the option to modify visibility or sort order.
the dictionary in com.apple.finder.plist appears to list them in display order, and the <
> attribute seems to indicate visibility, but the file warns:
// // The pretty-printed property list below has been created // from a binary version on disk and should not be saved as // the ASCII format is a subset of the binary representation! //
The target data is represented in binary form in
values[:FinderTagDict][:remotevalue] - but it's unclear if that is the ultimate repository for the properties, or if that's just part of the pretty-printed attributes.
com.apple.finder.plist be sufficient to update finder preferences? Or is there another layer of abstraction that needs to be addressed?
Alternately, is there some other class tucked away that manages
For the time being, modifying visibility and order is the primary use case. The non-resizable, no-filter preferences pane just is not cutting it.
(fifth time I've tried to find an answer to this, if there are any resources out there I'm just not finding them.)