You remember the Mac before OS X, right? It’s what Mac users used for over 15 years and before Apple’s OS went all kitty on us (from Puma to Snow Leopard).
Those were the days. Fear not, just like golden oldies on the radio, you can relive those great Mac days of yesteryear with FinderPop. Surely you need yet another way to click and open apps and find files? As long as it’s free.
What’s Old Is New Again
For more mature Mac users with memory problems (and for new Mac users who love to hear stories of the Mac’s glory days), Mac OS Classic had a great menu items folder.
Drop in aliases to files and apps and click to open them from the Apple Menu.
Sure, the Mac’s Menubar is crowded these days. Sure, the Mac’s Dock is crowded these days. Sure, both can be customized until the cows come home, but neither brings to life the original Mac soul.
Enter FinderPop, a free Mac utility which does even better what the Mac did about 15 years ago. FinderPop gives you more menu choices right from the Mac’s Finder.
Using a control-key free pop up, FinderPop pops up and displays, well, more menus, more contextual menus, more options, and more ways to open apps or documents. What’s nice is that FinderPop doesn’t take up more screen real estate (like the twenty seven eleven utilities which are breeding in my Menubar).
FinderPop is a Preference Pane, so configuration is easy. It’s a launcher. It’s a file system browser. It’s another way to see what’s running. It’s menu-based Finder. It’s a collection of odd beer-related aphorisms (they’re hidden in the About box).
How Does Old Stuff Work Like New?
To be fair, FinderPop isn’t old, but it’s been around more than a few years. It simply emulates and enhances a nifty function that comes from the Mac back in the 1980s or maybe the 1990s but never made the transition to OS X.
Click on any unused spot on your Mac’s Menubar to invoke FinderPop. What you get are a bunch of menus and functions that you can customize. Use FinderPop to switch from one app to another app.
Use FinderPop to open your Applications folder and launch an app. Use it to dig through the Documents folder to find and open a file without rummaging through a bunch of Finder windows.
You can change the menu’s font size and sorting (true customization).
And, for less than the price of a beer, FinderPop lets you delete, copy, move, Get Info, use Preview and QuickLook, and grab and drag files all over and all without using the Finder.
Even better, FinderPop loves Mac OS X and now works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger and even PowerPC Macs).
If you’re bored with the Dock, and ran out of room in the Menubar half a dozen utilities ago, FinderPop is the Old Spice of Mac utilities. Sure, it does what the Mac used to do way back in the last century, but it still smells nice, it’s priced right, and you can whistle while you use it.