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6.12   Esoteric Preferences

You can set esoteric EagleFiler preferences by clicking the links on this page. Unlike with regular preferences, you must generally quit and re-launch EagleFiler in order for an esoteric preference to take effect.

AlwaysShowNewRecordSheet
When you create a new record, EagleFiler normally shows the sheet to enter the filename only if the File column is hidden. You can also set it so that filename entry is always via the sheet rather than the records list.
AutomaticallyBackupMetadata
EagleFiler automatically backs up your libraries’ metadata (and, at the same time, copies tags to the Spotlight comments, if you’ve asked it to do that), but you can turn this feature off for a slight speed increase.
CalculateFolderSizes
This controls whether EagleFiler calculates folder sizes to display them in the records list. Turning off this feature will increase EagleFiler’s responsiveness.
CaseSensitiveTagCompletion
Normally, tag auto-completion is case-insensitive so that you see as many matching tags as possible. You can also set it to be case-sensitive so that it is easier to type new tag names that are similar to existing tags but with differing case.
ClearSearchWhenChangingSources
Normally EagleFiler clears the search so that clicking on a different folder takes EagleFiler out of search mode and shows you all the records. You can also set EagleFiler to preserve your search query (like in OmniFocus) when you view different sources, so that you can easily search different folders without retyping the query.
CommandOToOpenRecord
Normally EagleFiler uses the keyboard shortcut Command-Shift-O for Open With External Viewer. You can also set it to use Command-O (swapping the shortcut with Open Library…).
DefaultMessageEncoding
When a message doesn’t specify which text encoding it uses, EagleFiler has to guess. An incorrect guess may cause the message to display using strange accents or garbage characters. By default EagleFiler guesses MacRoman, but you can change it to guess ISO Latin 1 instead.
EnableJavaScript
Normally, EagleFiler will use JavaScript to help display HTML files and Web archives. However, you can also disable JavaScript, which may make the pages less distracting to view. EagleFiler always enables JavaScript when importing Web pages (e.g. to make sure all the content is saved into a Web archive or PDF) unless you have changed the EnableJavaScriptForWebTool esoteric preference below.
EnableJavaScriptForMail
Normally, EagleFiler will use JavaScript to help display HTML e-mail messages. However, you can also disable JavaScript, which can work around some crashing bugs in Mac OS X.
EnableJavaScriptForWebTool
Normally, EagleFiler will use JavaScript when importing a URL because many Web pages use JavaScript to load or help display content. However, you can also disable JavaScript if you are worried about JavaScript security bugs on older versions of Mac OS X.
EnableWebPlugIns
Normally, EagleFiler will show content from Web plug-ins (such as Flash) when displaying an HTML file or Web archive. However, you can also disable plug-ins if you don’t want to see this content.
ErrorsOpenForDuplicates
Normally, EagleFiler will open the Errors window when a file has been skipped during an import because it’s a duplicate. However, you can also set EagleFiler to log the error without opening the window, for example if you expect there to be duplicates and don’t care to see them.
EvernoteCaptureFormat
Normally, EagleFiler will capture from Evernote in HTML format. Any attachments will be imported in a folder next to the HTML file. You can also set also set EagleFiler to only import a bookmark file that links back to the Evernote application. In this case, attachments will be ignored.
ExcludeIndexesFromBackup
EagleFiler’s index files are normally included in Time Machine backups. This way, you can immediately search your library after restoring it from backup. To save space on the backup device and speed up your backups, you can set EagleFiler to exclude the indexes from backups. The downside to this is that, as with Spotlight, you’ll have to wait for the files to be re-indexed after restoring.
FindPanelDiacriticInsensitive
EagleFiler’s Find panel normally works like TextEdit’s. Searching for “e” does not find “é”. You can also make EagleFiler’s Find panel diacritic-insensitive so that “e” matches “é”, “ü” matches “u”, etc., as always happens with EagleFiler’s library search and Spotlight. This feature does not work in Web or PDF views.
FixOwnershipWhenVerifying
With this option enabled, when you use the Verify command EagleFiler will set all the files to be owned by the current user. With this option disabled (the default), EagleFiler will not change any file ownership except when necessary because you are editing a file.
FixPermissionsWhenVerifying
With this option enabled, when you use the Verify command EagleFiler will set all the files to have standard permissions. With this option disabled (the default), EagleFiler will not change any file permissions except when necessary because you are editing a file.
FolderMailboxTitleSeparateFromFilename
Normally EagleFiler will keep the titles of folders and mailboxes in sync with their filenames. You can also set it to allow the titles to be distinct from the filenames. This is potentially useful if you need to manage a folder structure using fixed filenames but you want to have longer, more descriptive titles in EagleFiler.
HighlightSearchMatches
Normally EagleFiler will highlight in the record viewer the words that match your search query. Disabling this feature will provide a speed increase.
ImportLoneMessageAsMailbox
Normally EagleFiler will import a single e-mail message as a .eml file. This makes it easier to view the message directly in the records list; multiple .eml files can later be merged into a mailbox if desired. You can also set EagleFiler to import a lone message as a mailbox file containing a single message. This makes it easier to merge it with existing mailboxes.
ImportSpotlightKeywords
EagleFiler normally ignores Spotlight keywords when importing files to avoid cluttering your tags list with irrelevant or incorrect entries. You can also set EagleFiler to import Spotlight keywords as tags if you generally like the keywords that are assigned to your files.
ImportTextAsWebArchive
When importing the selected text from a Web view (via drag and drop, the Service menu, or the Import Clipboard command), EagleFiler normally uses the Web archive format, as this preserves all of the original information. You can instead set it to import in RTF(D) format for easier editing.
InvisibleMetadataFiles
This controls whether EagleFiler Metadata.plist files are visible or invisible.
MarkNewRecordsAsUnread
Normally EagleFiler will mark newly imported records as unread, but you can also tell it to leave them untagged. This does not affect the Capture With Options window, since that always suggests the tags from the previous capture.
MaxEditableTextFileSizeInMB
Normally EagleFiler will display the entire contents of a text file, even if it’s many megabytes. This can take a long time. You can speed it up by setting EagleFiler to only show the first 10 MB of a text file.
MediaStyle
If a Web page includes multiple stylesheets, you can choose whether EagleFiler displays it using the print stylesheet or the default stylesheet.
MediaStylePDF
If a Web page includes multiple stylesheets, you can choose whether EagleFiler creates a PDF using the print stylesheet or the default (screen) stylesheet.
MJTUpdaterDeleteDiskImage
Normally, the Software Update… feature will clean up after itself after downloading a new version. You can also set it to leave the disk image file in your Downloads folder.
OldApplicationIcon
If you prefer, you can use the old application icon from EagleFiler 1.0 through 1.4 rather than the new photo-realistic one.
OpenEagleFilerURLsInNewWindow
Normally EagleFiler opens x-eaglefiler URLs in a an existing browser window. You can also set it to create a new browser window.
PDFWebBackgrounds
When you import a Web page in PDF format, EagleFiler usually preserves the background so that the page looks like it does in the browser. You can also set EagleFiler to use a blank page background. This is especially useful in combination with setting the MediaStylePDF to print.
PlayCaptureSound
When you press the capture key, EagleFiler can either play a sound or be silent.
PrefersRichText
Normally when you create a new file via the EagleFiler: Import service, Import From Clipboard, or New Record ‣ From Clipboard EagleFiler creates an RTF or RTFD file. You can instead set it to create plain text files.
RecordsListHasAlternatingBackground
This controls whether EagleFiler uses a solid white background or blue-and-white alternating row background colors in the records list.
RespectImageDPI
When displaying images and rich text files, EagleFiler normally uses the resolution specified in each image file. Some images have an incorrect resolution setting (e.g. set to 300 DPI but intended to be 72 DPI), which can make them appear very small on screen. Therefore, EagleFiler lets you override the image’s resolution to display all the pixels. This can “fix” the display for incorrect image files, however it will make legitimately high-resolution images appear much too large. The best solution is to fix the resolution in the image files themselves.
RevealInLibraryNewWindow
Normally the Reveal in Library button in the Errors window selects the record in an existing window, which can be a lot faster if you’re going through lots of “Missing File” errors. You can also set it to open a new window, so that you don’t lose your place.
ScanForNewFilesOnOpen
EagleFiler normally scans for new files when the library is opened. You can turn this off so that it only scans for new files when you use the menu command.
SendsWholeSearchString
Normally EagleFiler updates the search results as you type. If you are a slow typer, it may do this after each letter, causing the search to take a long time. You can instead set EagleFiler to only do the search once, when you press Return.
ShowImagesInMessages
Normally EagleFiler will show images in HTML e-mails, but you can also tell it to not load them if you’re concerned about Web bugs.
TagCommentPrefix
If a record is tagged unread and flagged EagleFiler will normally set the Spotlight comments to &flagged &unread. This allows for integration with other applications that follow this convention, and it lets you use Spotlight to search for files with particular tags. You can set it to use no prefix so that it instead sets the comments to flagged unread or set the prefix to “&” to go back to the default.
TextInspectorBarStayOpen
Normally EagleFiler shows and hides the text editing toolbar as needed. You can also set it to stay visible if you prefer not to see the window resize when you view different types of records.
UseOpenMetaRecentsForCompletion
EagleFiler can use a global list of recently used tags to use for auto-completion. By default, however, only tags in the current library are offered as suggested completions.
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