iTunes 10 - easy organising

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  1. lord-sam

    lord-sam Well-Known Member

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    Well, Apple have gone and made app organisation from hard to near impossible!

    There is no longer search in the sync app tab, and still no multiple move into folder.

    Is there a way I can order my 300 apps into folders quickly and hassle free using either iTunes or a 3rd party program for windows?
     
  2. Yeah, I hate that they removed the search. Why the hell would they do that? The single most useful feature of the app tab when you've got more than a thousand apps to sift through. Now there are just sort options which are all but useless. Honestly, I have half a mind to think Apple is deliberately trying to make iOS easier to use and iTunes harder. Why? I have no idea, ask Steve's Reality Distortion Field.
     
  3. jyhjyh

    jyhjyh Well-Known Member

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    No problem :)
    You can use the Search in the upper right corner.
     
  4. sticktron

    sticktron Well-Known Member

    That is one app I'm surprised noone made yet.

    One way I know of is to actually edit the plist on the idevice. I did that a few times to alphabetize my apps. The file is /var/mobile/Library/SpringBoard/IconState.plist, and it's an XML-format list of your apps, including dock and folders.
     
  5. wootbean

    wootbean Well-Known Member

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    um no
    not in the sync window
     
  6. Squeaker

    Squeaker Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you can still search. I've been doing that no problem. The upper right corner search box is the one to use.
     
  7. drelbs

    drelbs Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, this works. It really threw me at first (especially since that search usually didn't do anything when looking at your device before!)
     
  8. wootbean

    wootbean Well-Known Member

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    oh!
    I was wrong. nvm me
     
  9. Well ... yeah ... if you want to do it the old way. Tssh.

    I totally knew that. Yeah.
     
  10. SkyMuffin

    SkyMuffin Well-Known Member

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    I had the same problem at first haha. I wish they had put in some notification of that change.

    I wish iTunes had folders for apps.
     
  11. RttaM

    RttaM Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap ORGANising?

    It's Organizing.
     
  12. CaptainAwesome

    CaptainAwesome Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps not across the pond, silly boy.

     
  13. acrotran

    acrotran Well-Known Member

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    #13 acrotran, Sep 16, 2010
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    This is an answer to the original question - how to organize 300 apps.
    In iTunes go to Edit > Devices, click on "prevent iPod from syncing automatically".
    On the Apps page (after your device is connected), uncheck "automatically Sync new apps". Check Sync Apps.
    Now, on the right, click on one of the pages (say page 2). Now check one of your apps to be synced. It will appear on page 2. Now drag it into a folder. After you organize a few apps, do a sync - I usually click over to the iTunes store.
    Keep doing this and all your apps will be organized.
    I hope this makes sense.
    The reason I disable automatic syncing is because I download a lot of free apps, and I don't necessarily want to load them onto the iPod right away, because I have a ton of paid apps that I want to play with first.
     

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