On the other hand, Apple has worked diligently on weekends to add modern functionality to the Finder, if anything simply to prevent me from writing a complaint email to CEO Tim Cook every week. Enter CRAX Commander, a would-be Finder-like replacement for the Mac.
When Less Is More
I hated it when Apple striped the colored icons from the Sidebar but I applauded when they added tabs to the Finder’s interface.
But little cosmetic changes are too little too late. Between Path Finder, the super hero of Finder-like utilities, and the Finder itself is CRAX Commander, a dual pane file manager for OS X.
Yes, friends and neighbors, the Sidebar panel is configurable. That and a multiple tabs and dual panes alone are worth the nominal price of admission.
CRAX Commander also adds user configurable keyboard shortcuts for Mac power users (“It’s all about that keyboard, that keyboard, not the mouse” sung to the tune of All About That Base by Meghan Trainor).
As if that’s not enough to whet your geek appetite, CRAX Commander has a built-in text editor with sync coloring, full user interface customization including fonts and colors, archive support for archives that I’v never used, plus FTP, SMB, AFP, SSH, and sFTP built in.
Wait. There’s more.
Operators are not standing by, but if you act now and download the trial version you’ll find options like splitting and combining files (take that, OS X Finder!), a multiple rename tool (with regular expression support), background file moving and copying, checksum verification, and more features than you can shake a stick at (and who doesn’t want to do that?).
So many of the features in CRAX Commander are exactly what Mac users have been clamoring for Apple to put into the Finder for years and all we get are tabs and less color.
CRAX Commander isn’t free and there are two versions. The Mac App Store is a little less powerful but a bit safer, while the non-Mac App Store version comes with a free try-before-you-buy version and does much more.