For Mac users who are frustrated by the Finder’s shortcomings and limitations, there are alternatives. Perhaps the best, most feature complete and mature, is Path Finder– the ‘super finder’ for discriminating Mac users.
What Price Power?
With OS X Mavericks, the Mac’s Finder finally has tabs, a user interface feature that’s been around since the last century and makes navigating between folders a breeze.
Path Finder has had tabs for years, but that’s not all. The list of Path Finder features not found in the Mac’s Finder is extensive. Here’s a few you’ll love to use.
Not sure exactly where to drag and drop or copy folders or files? Path Finder has a built-in temporary holding place called Drop Stack.
Drop stuff, pick it up later and move it where you want.
Tabs are nice and Path Finder does tabs, but also has a built-in side-by-side dual window pane mode. There’s no easier way to manage files and folders.
Path Finder is instantly familiar but as you explore you start to see functionality that Apple feels may corrupt the Mac masses and make them more productive.
See? Familiar, right?
Path Finder has more information in the lefthand Sidebar (although I don’t like that Devices is permanently at the top) than the standard Finder.
The Toolbar is fully customizable and has more than double the number of functional options. Files can be renamed by the batch, keyboard shortcuts are customizable, there’s even an Access Control List editor to manage Unix permissions.
Yes, standard fare, including Quick Look and CoverFlow are included, and you can set up frequently used apps and launch them with a click. Path Finder even does more archive types than the Finder.
View invisible files with a click (making it easy to find the Library folder which Apple hides). You can even dig into OS X package files. Amazingly, there’s an image editor and a text editor built in, along with access to command line tools, and Terminal.app.
Path Finder is a serious Finder replacement and while it’s instantly familiar, there’s also a learning curve because the feature set is extensive. That said, Path Finder is the ‘super finder’ for Mac users who demand more functionality.