If you are a KDE user looking for a high-powered file manager, then the Hamsi Manager is well worth your time. Hamsi Manager is not a file browser, but a pure file manager, giving you a ton of options to allow you to organize, tag, rename and otherwise clean up what might be a cluttered file system.
I mentioned KDE users at the top, but Hamsi Manager does run on GNOME Linux; in fact, I’m a GNOME user and I successfully installed it. It will look a bit out of place (as installing it, at least in Ubuntu), also pulls in the KDE icon set and theme), but as far as utility and how the program works, it does what you’d expect.
Hamsi Manager has a ton of tools, and so I was a little disappointed to see what I felt at first was a pretty cluttered interface. It seemed a bit ironic that something designed to help me clean up my files and folders was so visually unappealing. But I got over it. And besides, it’s not so much that Hamsi Manager is unappealing (it’s not ugly to look at), but there is just so much to take in (buttons, tabs, tools, menu options), that it was a little overwhelming at first.
But those tools are powerful. Hamsi Manager is more than just a tag editor, but it can be used for that. It’s more than just a file renamer, although it excels there as well. It can be used to automatically rename items based on criteria you select, as well as deleting files by type, again at your criteria. If you have empty folders scattered all over the place, Hamsi Manager can get rid of them, and you can even use it to validate the integrity of files or to pack them in an archive.
If I had to describe Hamsi Manager, it would be as a Swiss Army knife of utilities. There’s bound to be something there for everyone, even if you don’t use every little tool. For instance, while I’ll probably never use the archiving tool built into Hamsi Manager, that’s okay. I’ve never used the cork screw tool on my Swiss Army knife either, but I keep it around!
One of the really nice things about Hamsi Manager is that it knows that what you’re doing when you’re renaming files can be mundane, so Hamsi Manager lets you fill in all sorts of options that allow you to speed up the process. If you always do particular search-and-replace operations, fill those in beforehand, so your work is done quicker. If you want to constantly get rid of certain types of files, fill those in as well so you don’t have to fill it in every time you do the job. Another thing I found nice was that when working with music files, Hamsi Manager has a built-in player. Frankly, it’s much nicer working on music when you can listen to it while you work!
There is a lot to Hamsi Manager. A lot of power. A lot of flexibility. A lot of customizability. It also has a pretty high learning curve. It isn’t something you’ll be able to sit down and go “A ha! I know exactly how to use this,” as least not immediately. But it’s a good utility, and for someone needing a tool to help manage the clutter in their life, whether the clutter is MP3 files or folders, then Hamsi Manager is a good place to start.