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A tiny open source digital tool that staples files together, to help you organize your messy desktop.
A tiny open source digital tool that staples files together, to help you organize your messy desktop.
A tiny open source digital tool that staples files together, to help you organize your messy desktop.
581 backers pledged £3,095 to help bring this project to life.

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Quickstarter: File Stapler - a handy desktop tool

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File Stapler is a small handy desktop tool that helps you organize your digital life. It staples together files that you need to always open at the same time, so that when you open one, the others also open automatically. This saves you from making multiple copies of the same files in different locations or renaming files to remember which is which. Simple as that.   

Staple files together like a photo and a CV to remind you who you interviewed.
Staple files together like a photo and a CV to remind you who you interviewed.

I am seeking funding to create a basic free open source piece of software that appears as a right click menu, with options to 'staple' and 'unstaple' files. 

I came across this need while trying to cross reference purchase orders with sales invoices and found myself repetitively hunting for files which were jumbled up in one folder under very different file names which couldn't be changed or archived in an easy way. Rather than creating an entirely new folder just for a couple of files, or making copies of files (not great), or renaming the files (very very not great especially if there are many files to process) I felt it would be simpler to have a basic tool that associates files, and I came up with File Stapler as a simple solution. 

I know that there are various other ways that this can be achieved! Specifically with tags, macros and meta-data etc. but the options available don't have the speed, lightness and accessibility that I think make sense for a universal desktop tool. Hence this basic right click menu makes sense to me.  It needs to be as simple and instant as possible to be useful. 

Staple multiple files in different locations.
Staple multiple files in different locations.

I then considered how this might be useful in many other scenarios, such as musicians opening sheet music with lyrics that they are learning, architects trying to sort through hundreds of photographs of a property with specific PDF plans, graphic designers opening a book design, a collection of images and a font editor, solicitors working with multiple different sensitive documents that are associated but should not be copied or changed, and so on. 

Unstapling files....
Unstapling files....

If there is enough interest in the project I would like to then add further features and develop a pro version with options such as ‘make folder from stapled files’, ‘email stapled files’, 'open folders of stapled files', 'show list of stapled files' and so on. I would like to work openly with my backers to see what features they might like added to it, and what sort of applications it might be used for. I have some ideas… but I’m really most interested to see if it will catch other people’s imaginations and then see what they might propose would be most useful to add to it. I am open to ideas. 

My hope is that File Stapler stays small, light and handy like a real stapler, and so only the most useful features should be added to it.  

File Stapler will work on both PC and Mac.    

T Shirt  - the solitary physical reward
T Shirt - the solitary physical reward

Risks and challenges

File Stapler is a very small piece of software, but it's important that it works across as many platforms as possible, which will be the greatest challenge.

I am working alongside my good friend Amit Kumar who, joking aside, is a computer genius who operates with a number of programming languages and platforms. He also has a team of associates in India with whom we can work through the various software issues as they arise.

Further to this I have also made initial investigations into having the software produced with no apparent issues put forwards to me as yet.

A positive part of this campaign is that there is no postage of physical rewards involved which, as a furniture maker is bliss! :)

edit: ah.... okay.... so I'm doing some t-shirts too as I like the stapler logo....

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    GRACIAS!

    We'll keep you in touch with the project. Who ever heard of GDPR anyway?

    Hey - you know what, if you pledge just one more pound I'll also send you the software once it's ready :)

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    File Stapler

    You’ll be one of the first to receive File Stapler. That’s it. You liked the idea enough to help it come to life, and I’m grateful for that. Thank you :)

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    File Stapler + hall of fame + upgrade

    You liked the idea enough that you want to engrave your name FOREVER into the software package and website thank you page as one of the original supporters! Your name (and website if you like) will sit within the software package alongside the other generous people who helped make this happen. You will also receive a free upgrade license to the pro version (n.b. this becoming a reality depends on the response the project gets, so please share this with your friends on social media!).

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    File Stapler party pack - wooohoooo!

    10, yes 10 licenses for upgrade to File Stapler Pro! That means you can buy these for your friends as the ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY PRESENT THAT THEY ALWAYS DREAMED OF! Send them love, send them software.

    (N.B. the pro version really really depends on a decent response to the project.... so spread the word hombres :) )

    You will also, of course, enter our hall of fame within the software package and website. THANK YOU FOR THIS GENEROSITY!

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    T Shirt+software+hall of fame+ upgrade

    Okay... sorry... I couldn't resist....
    I promised I wouldn't do any physical mailing for this Kickstarter, but I kind of liked the super low res logo I made (that used to be a photo of a stapler by the way), so I’m printing some t-shirts as I’d actually like to have one myself - obviously you get the software, name entered into the package and website and free upgrade to File Stapler pro. The full Kahuna.

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    Tea and a studio tour

    Visit my studio in East London for a cup of tea and a presentation on my other design work – bring a mate along for fun.
    Or if you are somewhere I can get to easily on my bicycle in London I can come and do a slideshow at your office to you and some colleagues - (that’s a bargain price by the way :)

    Do you live very very very far away and wish you could have me do a live Skype presentation to you and your friends / colleagues at work? I can totally do that. In all honesty it would be a bit weird, but I'm ready to go.

    and of course:

    + the software upgrade + the hall of fame shenanigans + a t-shirt

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    FILE STAPLER OFFICE FIT OUT x 30

    MY WHOLE OFFICE NEEDS THIS.
    Office pack of 30 FILE STAPLER upgrade licenses.

    If this sounds like you, I'd really like to hear what features you would like to add. As the Beatles said "we can work it out".

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    CUSTOMER CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK

    Give your clients something unique, File Stapler! We will personally hand deliver gift wrapped emails to your clients with their activation code - or we can put together the package with some explanatory information and a recorded message from me on the wonders of sharing data rather than posting things, so that you can send it yourself. What more could they wish for at that special time of year!

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    It's late and I've run out of ideas....

    But you may have more.... if you have a unique idea of how I can basically dress the same piece of software up in a variety of ways that would persuade you to generously part with your money, I am all ears! Send me a proposal and we can figure something out

    maybe it's another kind of corporate gift idea? Maybe you want to add something specific to the package that goes out? Maybe you want to mail it out on USB sticks using donkeys.... let's talk. NOTE: I'm not sure this is totally within Kickstarter reward rules....but they are nice guys, so let's see what happens....

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