Are you fed up with common boring blue folders? With Folders Factory, you can easily change their colour, add pictures, include text, assign textures or even make them look like "embossed" system folders.

Doing this will improve your performance and your system’s appearance. You’ll no longer have to read folder names as you can now easily identify the one you need.

The application is very user-friendly. All you have to do is: drag the image you want into the application’s window, configure the way it looks, and then drag the folder you want to modify there too. Done.

For users with new retina display:
Until update, you need select Folders in Finder and press cmd+i (or in context menu select "Get Info"). You will see new window, make sure that the "Open in Low Resolution" box is checked in it.

- To reposition an object, move your pointer over the object, and then drag the pointer.
- To rotate an object, put your pointer outside any corner of the bounding outline around the object and drag.

What's New

Version 1.8

• Retina support
• Support of new icons sizes (256x256 and 1024x1024)
• Added support of upcoming OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
• Added Brazilian Portuguese localization.
• Sorting icons in Library
• Now image always stay clear after moving object
• Ability to scale up images
• Moving object with arrow keys

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
111 Ratings
111 Ratings

Great application except for it’s major flaw

I got this application at least two years ago and it was amazing. It worked just how you would expect it to. I just redownloaded it a half hour ago today and it isn’t nearly as good as it was before. The text style doesn’t work when you change the color of the folder. Well, it works, but not well. There’s a black outline around the text and it looks terrible. I thought it would go away when I applied the changes to my folder but it got even weirder. There was a very thin white line that went along the folder vertically on the left-side of my text. The line extended throughout the height of the folder. To get a better look at it, I opened quick view to see a larger version of the folder. The line disappeared. No, it isn’t something wrong with my display because it happened to other folders too that were in different places on my screen. I know this is a really small problem but it’s why I gave this app 3 stars instead of the deserved 5. Although not many people may notice this, the people who are using this app want to make their folders look ‘perfect’ and that’s what this app should enable you to do. Anyways, developers if you are reading this, please scrape together an update that resolves this problem sooner rather than later. Thanks!


Amazing for Organizing and Style

I love organizing my computer, so I have a bunch of folders! I always hated the blue folders, especially the shade, and wished I could change it. I don't buy apps that often, so when I do I expect it to work great, and get my money's worth, and within an hour of use, I already feel like my money was well spent. All four modes are great, and I don't mind not being able to use them all together. If I want text on a picture I edit it, and then use it in the texture or picture style. I'm also very much into fashion, so I love making everything look as pretty as possible, which was something I loved about macs. With this program I have everything I need to change the style of my folders, easily!

It's simple to use, but the options are endless, and if you change your mind about the new design on a folder, you can always take it back to the default. I highly recommend this app for anyone who is sick of their blue folders!


Still a workhorse champ

It’s 2015 and I’m still using Folder Factory. It has the best customization options. The weird scale bug can easily be worked around by nudging/scaling it a pixel or two.

In the era of DropBox and other cloud services I still want my custom folder icons across all the devices I sync with. I found that if I make a copy of my custom folder, right click compress it into a .zip and then put it in my dropbox folder I can then access it on my other macs, decompress it, do a get info, copy the icon in the upper left corner of the get info preview and then on a get info of the dropbox folder I can paste my custom Folder Factory created icon. Voila now both sync’d folders share the same icon.

Original Review:
Image based folders can
I was hoping to easily create folders showing a family photo as the folder icon (XMAS 2011, New Years, Ski Trip, etc). All my photos are from digital still cameras, but when I drop them in Folder Factory (using the image tab) the image completely covers the folder icon. Folder Factory can't scale the image down enough to fit into the folder icon. So I have to use Photoshop Elements to resize the image smaller and then put it into folder factory for it to work. UGH!

I hope the next version 1.4x+ has the ability to better resize, crop and position images onto a folder then this version does. For now it is too much work to be practical.


George Lyakhov
13.6 MB
OS X 10.6 or later
English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011, 2012 George Lyakhov


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