Down through the years Apple’s engineers didn’t show much love to the Finder and was one of the last critical user apps on the Mac to get some polish and updated features to make it more 21st century compliant. That ongoing neglect led to a vacuum which was filed with the likes of the super powerful Path Finder and others. Here’s a look at another.
This new Finder replacement app is called Commander One and it comes in two flavors; free vanilla which tastes great, and Pro chocolate which tastes better. What you get here is a near Finder replacement app with more features yet an instantly familiar environment. It looks and behaves much like the Finder, except for all those extra goodies.
There’s the familiar and customizable Toolbar across the top. Files can be viewed multiple ways; Full, Brief, and all Thumbs (pun intended). Unlike the Mac’s Finder, Commander One can display hidden files with a click, and features what I consider one of the best 21st century computer interface features– tabs.
Commander One makes it easy to select disparate files, rename files when moving, and even perform some tasks in the background (a trick Finder could learn). As a file manager this app has plenty of advanced, geeky Mac user features. For example, there’s built-in support for Regular Expressions when searching, including content search, and Spotlight.
The differences between the free and Pro version are more geeky functionality, including RAR, TarGz and 7zip support, the ability mount iPhone and iPad to the Desktop, a process viewer, multiple themes, Dropbox as a connected drive, and even a systems process viewer.
As useful new Mac apps go, Commander One shows more than promise; it’s instantly familiar and usable, but has enough additional power user features to justify the price tag. And, there’s try-before-you-buy which is highly recommended.