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Path Finder 5 - The Finder, greatly enriched again
Authored by: dan_f on Nov 10, '08 04:01:28PM

I haven't posted anything in a very long time, but I had to speak up here. Path Finder is not a Finder replacement, it is a file management tool. More specifically, it is a POWER file management tool. Yes, it has many features and it is highly customizable. Yes, wrapping your head around the full range of that functionality may take some time, but you don't have to do all that. The application is very usable right from the start. The dual pane feature has been asked for for years, and Cocoa Tech has now implemented it in version 5 with characteristic elegance. The built-in terminal mode, the file size tool, the endless ways to customize the primary window are all incredible and not repeated in Apple's Finder or anything else out there. Unix file systems like Mac OS X have deep and complex directory tree structures. The Apple Finder is designed for simple, shallow directory structures. If you notice, the key complaints in the comments here have to do with the desktop. This is like complaining about a car because you don't like the floor mats. My advice, (and Cocoa Tech's too) is use the Finder for the desktop. If I had any recommendation for Cocoa Tech it would be to remove their version of the desktop entirely and put a halt once and for all to the notion that Path Finder is a Finder replacement. It isn't. It simply fills most of the holes that the Finder leaves, and gives us a visual and intelligent way to navigate and manage the complex file system that comes with Mac OS X. I have had Path Finder on my machine for years now and I am loath to do without it.



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Path Finder 5 - The Finder, greatly enriched again
Authored by: kray on Nov 10, '08 07:57:43PM
Yes, Path Finder is very powerful -- I just find the Finder "good enough" for most GUI file related needs. For power I always find myself on the command line doing quick scripts as needed, but I do realize that would drive some nuts (and thus Path Finder is very powerful :).

The dual pane feature has been asked for for years, and Cocoa Tech has now implemented it in version 5 with characteristic elegance.

It took them years? I stumbled across this AppleScipt, which with DragThing (still use that myself for quick-key start of Applications), does the exact same thing. I think I found this script on this site actually (?). Saving it as a Application Bundle loads it quickly -- the only different from it and Path Finder (really) is that it give you two windows vertically instead of horizontally. With some minor modifications it could be done horizontally, but this is how I use it:
--- cut here ---
property monitor_width : 1024
property monitor_height : 768

set the startup_disk to (path to startup disk)

tell application "Finder"
activate
-- LER DRAGTHING HIDE/SHOW WINDOWS --> set visible of (every process whose visible is true and frontmost is false) to false
-- BOTTOM WINDOW
set this_window to make new Finder window
set the target of this_window to the startup_disk
set the bounds of this_window to {0, (monitor_height * 0.55) div 1, monitor_width, monitor_height}
set the current view of this_window to column view
-- TOP WINDOW
set this_window to make new Finder window
set the target of this_window to the startup_disk
set the bounds of this_window to {0, (monitor_height * 0.055) div 1, monitor_width, (monitor_height * 0.55) div 1}
set the current view of this_window to column view
end tell
--- cut here ---

The built-in terminal mode,

I found their terminal lacking compared to iTerm -- and for really only one reason. I heavily use iTerm's bookmark feature to connect [ssh] to remote sites with endless -L bindings to create used tunnels (poor-mans VPN :).

I will, however, give Path Finder the 30 day try (again). It sure can do more than I know I realize at this time. My initial reaction is that it appears to be very mouse oriented (as it is a GUI application :) -- I tend to be a very heavy keyboard user given the option...


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