I’m a snoop. I enjoy checking out what’s behind the scenes, what makes something tick, digging for what’s not easily seen.
Your Mac stores plenty of information that most of us never see, or, when we do, we don’t get to see every thing that’s there. Mac files store such information. Here’s a Mac app that shows you how to get more of it, change it, manipulate it, use it. It’s the ultimate Get Info tool.
Get Info vs. Really Get Info
Built in to Mac OS X is the ability to look at some data that is stored with each file on your Mac, whether created by OS X, or a file you created in a favorite app. There’s data there.
The Mac’s Get Info command is one way to find some of what’s there.
The easiest way to use Get Info is to find a file in your Mac’s Finder. Right click on the file and you’ll get a context sensitive menu that pops up. That menu gives you a number of options for the file.
Ranging from archive to copy to delete, you have a number of options from which to choose.
The options are rather basic. You can open the file, or Open With a different app than the default. Move it to the Trash. Make an alias or duplicate the file. Add a label to the file. Or, Get Info about the file. That’s where the fun begins.
It’s just that there’s not that much info and not that much fun.
See the problem?
The Mac’s Get Info doesn’t get much info. It displays the file name and size, the type of file, where the file is located on your Mac, and gives you options to change permissions and a few other items. But that’s about it.
Really Examine Those Files
If you’re serious about files on your Mac—you want to know more about them, what you can do, what changes you can make, and all the other details that Apple doesn’t tell you with Get Info—then you need FileExaminer.
This is where Mac users get their geek on.
FileExaminer lets you examine and modify standard file and folder attributes—those functions you can’t do in the Finder alone. Built in functions let you resize or convert graphic files, change UNIX permissions (using presets if you don’t have permissions experience), edit icons, change the owner and group, and much more.
You can also change the creation and modification dates of a specific file or folder, and even change the Mac type and creator codes. Files can be locked and unlocked, but you can also set the user ID or group ID.
Even better, FileExaminer can work on multiple files at the same time in batch mode. A few extra features make it easy to force empty the Mac’s trash, copy file location paths to the clipboard, and batch Get Info on a Finder file.
The user interface is straightforward (odd use of tabs, though). Click the center pull down tab for options beyond General Information, including Privileges, Type/Creator, Advanced, Preview, and Custom Icon.
You’ll need Administrator Privileges to make some changes to files, so exercise caution.
FileExaminer is useful for the Mac geeky set, or Mac users who want to know more about what Apple doesn’t normally show us.
Another Mac app which offers similar features and more is File Buddy, which Wil Gomez reviewed previously in 7 Easy Ways To Fiddle With Files On Your Mac.