Nothing improves without change. My start to the new year includes a new view on how my Mac should serve me. It needs more power. Faster CPU. Bigger hard disk drive. Larger screen. And a new Finder.
What’s the Finder, you ask? If you have to ask, read on. If you know what the Finder does and doesn’t do, and you’re not all that happy about it, then you know what’s coming. More power.
Finder Is For Wimps And Newbies
The Finder is a the Mac’s default file manager. It’s where you go to manage, find, organize files, disks, and apps.
It’s got folders, and columns, and icons, oh my!
The Finder is where we find everything that’s on our Macs.
Love it or hate it, the Finder is ancient and familiar file management app that traces roots back to Macs of the last century. The Finder maintains and brings order to the Desktop, files and folders.
If you’re happy using the Mac’s built-in Finder, and can’t imagine what it would be like if it had, oh, you know, super powers on the order of Wonder Woman, or Superman, or Spider-Man, or the Fantastic Four, then you don’t need Path Finder.
The Super Hero Finder’s Super Powers
The Finder is Clark Kent, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, or Diana Prince. Path Finder is Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman. Alright, to be fair, maybe not Batman. He’s a little creepy, what with the full head mask and teenage boy following him around everywhere.
Path Finder is everything anyone could think of to stuff into the Finder. And then they did. Path Finder looks familiar in the same way that Wonder Woman looks like Diana Prince, except that no one could see the similarities.
See? That looks like your Mac’s Finder. But it’s not. It has super powers.
Path Finder does tabs. So, instead of opening a dozen Finder windows to move files and folders from here to there, Path Finder gives you multiple windows within a window by using Safari-like tabs.
Did I mention those dual panes? Path Finder makes it even easier to move, manage, copy files and folders by using a dual window pane. If you’re into customization, you’ll love the customizable Toolbar.
Again, Path Finder just does more than Finder. Convert images on the fly, erase files, duplicate files with a click, grab the OS X Color Menu app, even print from the Toolbar.
Also built in to Path Finder is a Terminal app, Stuffit’s Expander Engine, and the ability to create and convert Disk Images.
Keyboard shortcuts? They’re everywhere and customizable. The Path Finder icon in the Menubar gives you single click navigation access.
Create multiple Sidebars and change them with a single click.
Right below the Toolbar is a navigation bar with single-click, drop-down Menu access to any location on your Mac’s file structure, which makes it easy to get to and find files and apps, no matter where they’re hidden.
Familiar, With Super Powers
Path Finder is instantly familiar because it looks and behaves like the Finder. It’s fun to explore because there are so many more options and preferences not found in the Mac’s default Finder.
There’s fun. There’s power. What’s missing is new ground. Path Finder is a familiar super hero with super powers. There’s nothing really new and different in the interface or the tools. It’s good, useful, handy, attractive, powerful, and familiar, but it’s not a new way to use your Mac, and not the Finder reinvented, just improved.
If you need more tools, more power, Path Finder is the only game in Finder town.