Which Mac app do all Mac users use every day. Mail? Safari? iChat? iPhoto? Sure, those are popular and well known apps.
Most of us find ourselves digging around in the Finder to find files and apps. If the Finder isn’t strong enough for you, there’s a Mac app that makes it a comic book hero app with super powers. Or, use a different app to give the Finder what you really need. A few more functions.
21st Century Tabs
I have long been a fan and user of Path Finder. It’s an elegant Mac app designed to replace the Mac’s Finder by giving you a dozen new features you’ll love, and two dozen more. Just because.
What if you don’t need that much extra power?
What if all you need is half a dozen simple Finder features that make it easier to use, and don’t require a college course to learn?
That would be TotalFinder. Instead of replacing your Mac’s Finder, TotalFinder adds a few very useful functions your Finder doesn’t have but that you want—once you find out about them.
The very first one on the list is Finder tabs.
Instead of opening up a dozen different Finder windows and setting each one to view a different folder, TotalFinder opens one window with many tabs.
Use TotalFinder to create a tabbed Finder of all files and folders in your Documents folder.
Or, add one for Downloads. Add another any specific folder you’d like. Then, click on the tab and the window reveals that folder’s contents. Think of Safari-like tabs but they’re in the Finder.
Wait. That’s not right. No Safari-like tabs. Google’s Chrome-like tabs. You know. The ugly tabs. Wait. There’s more. TotalFinder does side-by-side Finder windows.
These Dual Pane windows make it easy to find specific folders and locations, and drag and drop to copy or move files from one location to another.
Those two functions alone are worth the price of admission, but TotalFinder gives you a few more. The Visor is simply a Finder window which stretches across the bottom of your Mac’s screen. Invoke it with a keystroke combo. Hide it by pressing Escape.
Visor is merely a quick way to get to Finder functions without messing up all the open windows.
TotalFinder has three additional functions which are useful, but not as critical. When listing files and folders you can place all the Folders on Top, rather than mixing files and folders together in the list.
Two other features are for more advanced users. One gets rid of those invisible .DS_Store files that Mac OS X plunks down in most folders you create. The other lets you see all those hidden files that the Finder hides (like the aforementioned .DS_Store files).
TotalFinder isn’t as powerful as Path Finder, but it costs much less and gives features that mere mortal Mac users will enjoy.