Actually, Aquaman would be a Windows user. Why? Aquaman is lame. Everyone knows that. If your Mac had super powers what would it look like? Path Finder. Every tool you can think of (except email) for the Finder lives and breathes in Path Finder. It’s the Superman of Mac utilities.
The Go To Utility
Right up front let me state the obvious. If the Mac’s built-in Finder is too complicated for you, you’re not a candidate for Path Finder.
On the other hand, if you find the Finder to be a weak sore spot in OS X, an anemic relic of the last century, Path Finder can give you the power you crave as a would-be-superhero.
Path Finder looks much like the Finder in OS X. Devices, Places, Favorites and the like grace the lefthand Sidebar. Across the top Toolbar you’ll find all the tools and options you know and love in the Finder.
So, visually, there is familiarity built-in to Path Finder, which inspired the much loved tabbed Finder in OS X Mavericks.
From there on the similarities fade as Path Finder engages you with power feature after power function (except email).
Here’s what it looks like.
To give you an idea of how Path Finder differs from the Finder, it comes with a drop down shelf called the Drop Stack. Use it to drop files you may need in a moment but don’t want to hunt to find.
The dual pane view is built-in, too, so you can view files side-by-side. Path Finder even lets you keep bookmarks of file and folder locations you frequently use. Windows-like arrow tabs make it easier to open and close folders to view files inside.
Yes, the Toolbar can be customized in ways the Mac’s Finder never thought of. More tools, more options. The latest version of Path Finder features configurable modules in the shelves, Dropbox integration, a one-click option to copy files in Dual Pane mode, and folder comparison and sync.
Here’s one I wish the Mac’s Finder had. Batch file renaming. It’s built-in. So are built-in Quick Look and CoverFlow to preview files. Unlike the Finder, Path Finder can create and modify OS X’s Access Control Lists (a superhero feature if there ever was one). Unlike the Finder, you can sort files by folder, files, or even packages first.
Path Finder is for superheroes or Mac power users. It’s so jam-packed with features that it definitely isn’t a utility for the faint of heart. There’s a learning curve, but less so for those of us frustrated with using the Finder for years. There’s also a trial option, though you made need a week or two to see the real value of all the extras.