Hi. I think some of these questions have been answered, but others I haven’t been able to confirm anywhere. This is how I understand the relationship between the DT database and Finder for an indexed folder (with sub-folders).
(1) Change the name of a file in DT, update indexed items, and the change is reflected in Finder. Follow the same steps in Finder and the change is reflected in DT.
(2) Delete a file or folder in DT, empty the trash (deleting “files and folders”), update indexed items, and the change is reflected in Finder.
(3) Change the name of a group in DT, update indexed items, and the change is NOT reflected in Finder.
(4) Replicate or duplicate a file into another group, update indexed items, and the change is NOT reflected in Finder.
(5) Create a smart folder in Finder, update indexed items, and it will appear in DT, but the contents won’t.
(6) Create a smart group in DT, update indexed items, and it will NOT appear in Finder.
Did I get everything right? Please let me know if I am confused about something here.
Ideally, I would be able to mirror the Finder contents in DT, but it looks like a certain amount of dissonance is inevitable at this point. DT groups are not Finder folders, of course, but indexing Finder folders does create DT groups, so the expected behavior (from my perspective) is to have basic folders and groups mirror one another. The smart folder thing kind of makes sense, because the smart folder content might be constantly in flux, and pulling in data from all over the place.
The replicants not showing up in Finder kind of makes sense as well, because OSX doesn’t have replicants, but I expected duplicates to show up. None of these features are huge problems, but they aren’t necessarily desirable behaviors for my particular use case either. In particular, the inability to change group names has caused a bit of trouble for me. I could, theoretically, get around some issues by using tags. However, tags are useless in DTTG, and it would become quite difficult to navigate many thousands of files on the iPad without some structure and/or more granular searching.