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Cross platform icon changer (Win + Mac)

For cross platform workflow

5:54 pm on Feb 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi there, I didn't know where to post this, it's not fully Mac related, or fully PC related... it concerns both.

I work on a media company (tv, radio, web, print, etc). Many work on Mac, many on PC, many have both (virtual machines). There is a big process/step in our workflow involving not only print but also web. A team I'm part of is directly involved including Windows and Mac.

In the past, this process was "one at a time", no collisions and not many involved at the same time. So, it was easy to rename the folders as "ok" and the rest of the team could carry on.

But now we are all working on the same folders at the same time, per example, one person images, other person retouching, other person designing, other person with the text... SO it's impossible to rename a folder with files open.

I came up with a fancy solution: changing the color of the icons. We can get along Win + Win or Mac + Mac, but doesn't work Win + Mac.

I wrote a small app that solves this and yes it works. I can apply a certain color to the folders cross platform but it's only working from Win + Win AND on USB media, not on network folders. Is there a commercial solution? do you know a workaround? as I said mine works but not fully on network folders (NTFS) but it works on NTFS USB.

The Mac is the problem, it creates a hidden file but it's not creating it on a network folder.... I don't know where is this info being stored.

Any help will be appreciated.