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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: beepotato on Sep 23, '13 12:59:30PM
This is cool! I wasn't aware of the extra columns.

Well, in addition to the renaming explained in the hint, there is also a more complicated way of getting the same result. More complicated, but maybe interesting to some readers, so I'll explain it.

The short version: take advantage of the automatic file/folder name localization system built in Mac OS X.

The long version: rename your folder Movies.localized (or Pictures.localized or Music.localized, etc., to get the other special columns). Then, in the folder, create a subfolder named .localized, in which you will then create a UTF8-encoded text file name en.strings (or fr.strings, or de.strings, etc., based on your preferred language). In the file, just type one line as below, including quotes and semi-colon:

"Movies" = "Whatever name you want to be displayed for your folder";

And that's it. Of course, you can put several .strings file there, to cover as many languages as you want.

What are the advantages over the simple method displayed in the hint? I'm not sure, honestly.
In my case, the multilingual aspect is an advantage, since I live in a multilingual family sharing one computer. But it's not a very common case, of course.
Another (small) advantage may be found: if and when new specific columns get added to the Movies folder in a future OS version, it will be available right away for the folders named using this method.


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