More experienced Mac users have found alternatives that bring the Finder into the 21st century, with or without Apple’s official approval. Here’s the tale of a Mac utility you’ll love to use and why Apple is copying the best features lock, stock, and barrel.
Tabs, Windows, Sort, Oh My!
For whatever the reason, and maybe it’s something simple like not wanting to confuse long-time Mac users, Apple hasn’t shown the Finder much love.
That obvious and very deliberate neglect has opened the way for Finder-like utilities, and Finder-add ons to proliferate.
At the top of the list is the very powerful Path Finder. Think of the Finder on performance enhancing drugs. Yes, you’ll pay a price for that power.
At the other end of the scale is the free and very capable XtraFinder, a Mac Finder utility which gives you just what Apple should have given long ago.
Tabs. Dual panels. Dual Windows. Folders-on-top sorting. Color in the Sidebar. Dark backgrounds. Special navigation tools. And, more global hotkeys.
How’s this for an improvement to the Finder?
Take another look at the screenshot above. Notice the black background with white text? Notice the dual panes. Notice the colored icons in the Sidebar.
And, importantly notice the tabs. XtraFinder brings tabs to the Finder. That’s such a great idea that Apple stole it and dropped it into the Finder in OS X Mavericks, but didn’t bother to steal XtraFinder’s other useful attributes.
As you would expect with such a useful utility, XtraFinder has extensive preferences, including options for the Tabs, of course, and a long list of other Features from which to choose.
Admittedly, it’s nice that Apple finds tabs so alluring to Mac users, but we can easily say, ‘Hey, about time!’ Or, just add XtraFinder to your Mac and get tabs, dual panes, dual windows, folder sorting, navigation commands, and colored icons in the Sidebar.