I have more than my fair share of such apps and for a few years one of them was TotalFinder; a collection of navigational options for OS X which made the Mac’s Finder a better place to work. Well, TotalFinder is still around, even after the massive upgrades to the Finder in Mavericks and soon OS X Yosemite.
Do What Apple Don’t
The concept behind TotalFinder is rather simple. It does what Apple’s Finder does not. Or, at least, didn’t do until the latest versions.
Here’s an example of what I mean. Tabs. The Finder in OS X Mavericks has a tabbed interface, but TotalFinder had it first, and from long ago.
Now TotalFinder uses the somewhat easier-to-use Google Chrome tabs instead. There’s also dual mode which displays two Finder windows side-by-side by simply clicking a hot key.
Among a handful of other useful functionality not found in the latest version of OS X’s Finder is the Folders On Top. I think of it as folder missionary style.
Or, from within any Mac app click the Menubar Visor window to bring the Finder front and center (no need for Command-Tab or Dock app clicking).
Also more than worthwhile is the built in Cut & Paste function. Yes, the Finder does cut and paste, but TotalFinder allows you to move files from here to there using cut and paste, which is faster than drag and drop.
OS X Mavericks removed the label color in the Finder and replaced it with a colored dot. TotalFinder brings the whole color back in List View.
What’s not to like?
The price tag. TotalFinder has a healthy price tag that unexpectedly goes somewhat beyond the function package. For example, Path Finder, which is a complete replacement for OS X’s Finder, is just over double the price.
Still, TotalFinder’s features are useful and fit nicely within the Finder.