Alright, that’s wrong. The Finder was never anyone’s friend. Apple’s Mac interface to find files and apps, manage fils and folders has a long and storied history, one born of frustration, a true love hate relationship. Today’s Mac Finder in OS X Yosemite is, arguably, the best version ever, but it’s weak when compared to this power user tool.
Path Finder is to the Finder what a Mac Pro is to a Mac mini, what a MacBook Pro is to the MacBook Air (think, more power). If you’ve ever found the Finder to be limiting to your workflow, Path Finder is the replacement you need.
First, Path Finder looks and feels and performs much like the Finder itself; it’s familiar, but on closer examination you’ll see there’s more horsepower available. This seems familiar enough, right?
Path Finder’s user interface, though familiar, has much more going on inside. It’s modular, with six customizable views and eight customizable modules. The Toolbar is customizable to fit your workflow. The right-click contextual menu has extra options not found in the Finder, and Path Finder has even more useful keyboard shortcuts. These are only the beginning of power.
Just like Finder, Path Finder can integrate Dropbox. There’s a built-in FolderSync option to sync files in folders. Both Finder and Path Finder have multiple tabs, but only the latter has one-click dual pane copying. Both have secure delete, but Path Finder goes deeper with up to 34 passes. On any connected volume.
Files can be renamed in batches. There’s a built-in text editor, an image editor, command line tools from within Path Finder, and all the tabs and bookmarks you’ll ever want or need. OS X’s Finder is limited to standard .zip archives, but Path Finder adds .zip, .gzip, .sit, and .dmg.
Path Finder can create and modify OS X Access Control Lists (ACL’s), perform low-level file editing with a Hex editor, calculate file checksums (MD2, MD4, MD5, SHA-1, SHA224, SHA-256, SHA384, SHA-512) and perform a bunch of geeky, nerdy functions that only Mac power users will love (temporary drag and drop stacks and shelves, file tags, special search and groupings, even Git and Subversion commands without using Terminal.
While Path Finder is fully Mac geek certified, the great unwashed masses of Mac users who find Finder to be lacking, will appreciate both the familiarity out of the box, and the long list of non-Finder features when looking into the box. This is one of the first utilities I install on every new Mac.