The Ritt Concept

Limitations of file systems

Traditional file managers (e.g. File Explorer in Windows) operate under a simple premise: store a file at a certain location and access it from the same place. While easy to use, they have one main limitation: one file can only reside at one location (without using hard links ). This can be problematic.

File Explorer Mess

Task-switching friction

Often, we require files from many different locations to complete a task. Say you are preparing for a presentation for a new project and you wish to refer to your previous project presentations. Every time before you start to work on the presentation, you have to spend a lot of time finding and opening these reference files that are in different project folders. Searching for '.pptx' on your root folder does not help since it returns 100s of non-relevant results. Not only is this very messy, but it also makes switching between tasks very cumbersome.

Portfolio management

If you have a large portfolio of files (e.g. photos, blog posts, scientific data), accessing files by attribute is challenging. Say you are an interior designer and you wish to show your client photos of Scandinavian kitchen designs from your portfolio. This involves digging through all your previous project folders and hoping that you can find them before your client loses interest, which is a highly stressful experience!

Enter Ritt

The central object in Ritt is the tag. A tag can be connected to many files, folders or tasks. Unlike other tag-based file systems, tags in Ritt can be organized into a hierarchical tree, known as a tag tree. This allows users to create multiple hierarchical structures of their data using tags, on top of the built-in hierarchical folder structure. The above problems are solved with Ritt if the files are tagged appropriately.

But tagging sounds like a hassle

As much as we want to, Ritt (currently) cannot automagically solve your file management problems. However, Ritt is designed to minimize the amount of time you need to spend and let you get started in minutes.

Optimized UI

The Ritt UI is optimized to allow the tagging of many files at the same time. After selecting the files, you can tag all of them with just one click.

Tagging folders

Folders can be tagged in Ritt. All contents, including contents of subfolders, are indirectly tagged. There is no need to tag individual files.

Search and tag

You can perform a search, and tag the results of the search.

Tag as you go

Don't worry about creating the perfect system from the get-go. We recommend that you start small, and tag files as you access them. Ritt makes it easy to extend the tag tree both upwards and downwards.

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