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Every so often, a little utility comes along and instantly makes me wonder "how the heck did I get along without this one before?" FolderGlance is just such a utility. It's a contextual menu that lets you, among other things, drill down into the currently selected folder in the Finder. Why might this be useful? Well, for one, it's a lot faster than using even column view with multiple clicks; it's just one ever-expanding drill-down menu. But two, and of more interest to me, is that it will drill into bundles just as readily as it will folders. So instead of getting a new window open to Contents every time I use 'Show Package Contents," I can simply navigate to my final destination directly from the contextual menu (click picture for larger version):



Once you've reached your destination, you can do quite a bit. Open a file within the folder, move it, copy it, make an alias of it. You can even 'pick up' the selected item, so that you can drag it to another location. Very slick. You can even add your own folders to the FolderGlance menu, and these will appear as their own entries in the contextual menu -- this is a fast way of navigating into often-visited directories.

The prefs (FolderGlance has a preference pane front end) have other settings, as well. You can specify which files to include, how to sort at the top level (by kind or alpha), how to sort within kind, whether or not to always show package contents, and much more. There's even an option to reduce the font size for the contextual menu itself (the whole thing, not just FolderGlance's portion).

The only thing I wish FolderGlance could do that it won't is to open the chosen folder in my current Finder window; it pops up a new one, as would happen with Show Package Contents. But that's a minor quibble. Given how often I look inside bundles for my work with hints, FolderGlance is a big timesaver!
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The good old FinderPop rocks again!
Authored by: Moebius on Dec 05, '05 08:51:23AM

Check it here: http://www.finderpop.com/

Great!



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The good old FinderPop rocks again!
Authored by: JoolsG4 on Dec 05, '05 09:18:41AM

I was just about to say that FinderPop (now in beta for OS X) does all this and more for free!

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The good old FinderPop rocks again!
Authored by: simbalala on Dec 05, '05 09:46:01AM

I dunno.

I've been using FolderGlance for a while now and having just tried FinderPop I'd say that FolderGlance offers more (and easier to use) features.



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The good old FinderPop rocks again!
Authored by: Imaria on Dec 05, '05 10:10:19AM

I too was going to say the same thing. The flexibility of the Finderpop items menu ordering and dividers makes it priceless...it replaced three other contextual menu items for me ;]



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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: hypert on Dec 05, '05 09:40:58AM

I'm glad to see Turly has finally decided to make an OS X version of FinderPop!

I've spoken w/ the author of FolderGlance several times, and his motivation for FolderGlance was FinderPop. There wasn't anything like it for OS X, so he stepped up to the plate. He's been very amenable to suggestions, so you should drop him a line, Rob.

Julian, note that FolderGlance is "free", too, unless you can afford the $5 and want to let Daniel know you appreciate his efforts!



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Both FolderGlance and FinderPop are excellent
Authored by: mm2270 on Dec 05, '05 11:32:31AM

Both of these utilities (FolderGlance and FinderPop) Are excellent little add-ons that any power user should have in their arsenal. You honestly can't go wrong with either one, and they're both free, so price isn't an issue. Which one you use depends on personal preference.
That said, I prefer FinderPop myself. The only thing I'm not clear on, to emphasize Rob's point with FolderGlance, is if FG lets you navigate a bundles contents when you navigated to it from another location, or if it only lets you get to the nested folders when you click DIRECTLY on the app itself. FinderPop works in the latter fashion, so you have to right, or control-click on the actual application to navigate it's contents. Since I don't have FG installed at the moment, I can't test if it works this way too or not.
Anyone care to mention?



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Both FolderGlance and FinderPop are excellent
Authored by: robg on Dec 05, '05 02:29:14PM

It's an option; you can make it work either way. By default, you have to click right on the package. But with a flag set in prefs, it will always show the package drill-down.

-rob.



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dock drill...
Authored by: bakalite on Dec 05, '05 11:57:11AM

has anyone made a utility that lets you drag something to an icon in the dock, and then drill down into it like you can on icons on your desktop? I like to keep my desktop clear, but sometimes it's a hassle to move files around because of the dock limitation.

Thanks.



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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: isilver on Dec 05, '05 04:09:56PM

Folder Glance and FinderPop both work in different ways to each other. FG menu's are accessed by mousing over user-configurable "hot-spots" on the left & right side of the screen, FP by control-clicking on a folder. Personally I prefer the way FP works in this regard.

The killer feature in FG is its ability to preview the content of the items you mouse over, e.g. navigate to a folder of images, movies, pdfs etc and you will be ablet to view a re-sizeable preview of those items - even movies will play in context without launching the relevant application. The FG webpage has a movie which shows you how it works if you would like to see it in action.

If FG menu's were accessed similarly to FP I'd only need the one program but for now both are required ... who knows what will happen with FP2 when it is released.



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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: isilver on Dec 05, '05 04:15:28PM

Sorry I made an error :-(

- I have accidentally compared FinderPop to a sweet little application called "Filegazer" - check that one out as well (http://www.donelleschi.com/filegazer/ ) ... I haven't tried Filegazer yet ...



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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: barrysharp on Dec 05, '05 09:37:42PM

What about Filegazer at http://www.donellesschi.com/filegazer as it seems to have some of the features of these other. It is a $19.95 Shareware program. I don't believe it drills down into Contents though. It's very fast/responsive on my 2x 2.5GHz PM as well. Saves me lots of time browsing my HD file systems. It has many useful features such as playing movies when you drill down to one and displays pictures if file is a pic (very cool).

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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: profolio on Dec 06, '05 04:53:27AM

It looks promissing but for me the ultimate drill down tool, although a little more expensive, has to be Dragthing with it's amazing interface and customization options. While looking for a small app that would show me folder contents (especially images) in submenus, Dragthing was the only one who could handle large tiff files without going into an endless spin.

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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: peter rooney on Dec 06, '05 08:11:31AM

I remember being able to do this in OS9? Can't remember what happened to it.



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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: billclinton on Dec 06, '05 02:35:32PM

I've used (and loved) FinderPop (not the new, beta, version, but the OS 9 version) and FolderGlance, but in my opinion Ittec (http://www.balance-software.com/ittec/) makes the others look like child's toys. You almost don't need the Finder. It currently has some problems with Tiger but the web site says that these are being worked on and a whole new version is being prepared. Even in its current state, I still prefer it to the others by a large margin.

Maybe Ittec is for the "power user," but who else but power users are reading this page?



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FolderGlance - A contextual menu drill-down tool
Authored by: robg on Dec 07, '05 07:27:48AM

We covered it here a while back:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020611093343742

-rob.



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