Or, do we? Do we really? Are there alternative Finder-like apps that do more than Apple’s Finder? The answer is yes. There’s a Finder replacement, and it’s acceptable to accuse it of having super powers.
Replace Weakness With Power
It’s difficult to escape using the Finder on a Mac. That’s how we, well, uh, find the files and folders we need. It’s called the Finder for a reason, right?
The Finder has improved in recent years. There’s a Sidebar which can be customized. The Toolbar is easily customized.
And, besides that there’s multiple ways to find files– icon view, list view, column view. Even Cover Flow view.
After that, well, what does the Finder actually do? And, what’s missing?
The list of what’s missing is long. Where are the Finder’s tabs? Why isn’t there a one click option for multiple panes?
Add Path Finder to your Mac and you get what the Finder is missing, and a whole host of super powers.
Looks familiar right?
To be fair about it, there are many more features in Path Finder that you won’t find in the Mac’s Finder, yet the whole interface looks and feels just like the Finder.
Setup multiple tabs and simply click to get a completely different folder location within your Mac’s hierarchy of files and folders.
Path Finder can batch rename files. No more one-at-at-time renaming. Files can be tagged instead of just labeled.
One click gets you a side-by-side dual pane view which makes it drop dead easy to move or copy files from one location to another.
Bookmarks? We use them in Safari, and they’re a lifesaver. Why not specific bookmarks for locations in the Finder? Path Finder has them.
From within one Path Finder window you can preview an image, view all the metadata, see a list of the files in a folder, and even open up a Terminal window.
Sorting files and folders is improved in Path Finder, too (you decide what lists first), but standard Finder-like features are also built-in– keyboard shortcuts, Quick Look, Cover Flow, Sidebar app launcher, archiving, and special search functions.
Path Finder does even more than my brief list, and there’s a try-before-you-buy option so you can see how it stacks up against the Mac’s Finder. It’s like Clark Kent vs. Superman.