Being able to open multiple tabs– as you can open multiple website pages in Safari tabs– is great for copying files, syncing files, moving files from one folder to another in the Finder. If you like that, you’ll love the free dual-pane file manager called Files.
What? Me. Finder?
Files does what the Finder does only more elegantly, faster, and with fewer of the distracting headaches so common in Finder usage.
The user interface in Files is simple and straightforward, comes with fewer customization options, but with plenty of decidedly geeky extras.
For example, the dual-pane approach is perfect for copying files, moving files, even finding files. Simple enough, right?
Built-in filters make it easy to find files, and Files comes with an administrator mode with root access to native OS X file systems. There’s an attributes editor, and a file viewer with hexadecimal and textual presentation.
You can even build archives but browse through them as if they were regular folders. Files even has a built-in terminal emulator, and connects to the outside world via FTP and sFTP.
If you’re a Mac user who moves, edits, copies, and manipulates files on a daily basis, and you find the Finder gets in your way more than it helps, try Files. It’s free, very fast, and comes with a different mix of options and tools aimed more at the administrator level than the average Mac user who may be intimidated by the Finder.