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Comments as a replacement for labels Desktop
ive seen a ton of people gripe about the lack of labels in os x, so i hope this helps those that really need them.

1. set your windows to list view
2. pop up the view options panel (apple-j)
3. click the show comments checkbox
4. notice that the comments column appears in the list view
5. label files--type comments in the comments field

you can also write a few applescript droplets to automate entering comments. i have three droplets that set comments: "new", "current", "completed".

paul

[Editor's note: There's a good discussion on this very subject over on the MacFixIt Forums, including a couple of posted AppleScripts to make it easy to 'batch comment' files.]
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Enter comments where?
Authored by: shacker on Oct 30, '01 03:06:55PM

OK, it's easy enough to display thecomments field, but how do you enter text into the comments? In BeOS I would just display whatever arbitrary attributes I wanted, click in the field and start typing, just like a database. Clicking in the Comments field in Finder does nothing, and I don't see anything in the Finder menus. What am I missing?



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Use AppleScript ... or ...
Authored by: robg on Oct 30, '01 03:20:04PM

The AppleScripts are the slickest way to do this, otherwise you need to highlight the item, do File -> Show Info, and then type the comment in the comments box in the General Information pop-up.

With the AppleScripts, just drag and drop onto the script and type the comment.

-rob.



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Regarding Comments - 9 vs. X
Authored by: esyring on Nov 01, '01 02:27:31AM

Does anyone know how to access 9 Comments when in X?

From the Apple Knowledgebase:
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Mac OS X 10.x, Mac OS 9.x: Info Comments Do Not Appear

Article ID:
Created:
Modified:106301
5/10/01
5/10/01

TOPIC

Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x do not display each others Info window comments.


DISCUSSION


Symptom

Comments that you typed in the Info window for an item do not appear.

Products affected
Mac OS X 10.x
Mac OS 9.x

Solution

The Get Info command in the Mac OS 9 Finder and the Show Info command in the Mac OS X Finder both open an Info window that displays various facts about the selected item. The Info window also has a Comments field in which you can type notes about the selected item.

Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X store file Comments separately. Comments entered in the Info window when started up from Mac OS 9 do not appear in the Info window when started up from Mac OS X (and vice versa).

This is a known behavior of Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and does not indicate any issue with your computer's software.
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