Path Finder – 2

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I have used Path Finder for several years now. I started with version 5, then 6 and now version 7, but it has been around quite a bit longer than that. If you are looking for a Finder replacement with a lot of bells and whistles then I recommend PF 7. It works in OS X 10.7 through Mavericks 10.9. Lets look at some of the other features of PF.

Favorites

If you look at the sidebar in PF you see all kinds of things including Favorites. 

How do Favorites work? All you have to do is drag your favorite applications (or files) into the Favorites area to have them accessible for launching. You are not putting the actual application in there, just a link to it.

They will then become available in a drop down menu that can be accessed via the Path Finder “Go” menu or by right clicking on the Desktop. To the left is my Favorites from the Desktop of my iMac. I deliberately made this picture a little small to conserve space. You can click on it for a larger more readable view. 

As you can see, you can access all kinds of stuff with the Favorites menu. It is not quite as sophisticated as my old standby FinderPop, but quite functional none-the-less. You can put links to folders, files, applications and even scripts in Favorites for launching and/or opening.

When you drag the item into the Favorites area in the sidebar of PF it puts it in alphabetical order. However, when you right click on the Desktop, Favorites sorts different items into different areas. The files are at the bottom, apps in the middle, folders on top. I really like that feature, it makes stuff very easy to find. When I first started setting up my Favorites I thought my “files” would be hard to find in the list, but once I noticed they were sorted at the bottom of the drop down menu I was a happy camper.

At this point, I could turn off Favorites in PF and just use FinderPop, but I have grown to like the ease of adding or removing items and it’s overall functionality. We will see over time if I stick with it or not. I know there are many different ways to launch apps and application launchers in OS X, but nothing is more convenient than clicking on the Desktop for a drop down menu. I have used this method for years and will use it for years to come.

Drop Stack

PF has a feature called “Drop Stack”. It looks like this:

It is that target icon above “Devices”. Just an aside, you can modify the Contextual Menu Items in PF to your hearts content (see the first screenshot in my first PF article). It does contain a “Move” command which is totally cool. However, if you want to move several different items, possibly to different locations, you can drag them to the Drop Stack. Then you can navigate to wherever and drop the files to that location and or locations. Cocoatech calls this “freezing drag & drop operations”. A nice descriptive way to explain it.

The Drop Stack contains different commands, besides “Move”, that allow you to do different things with files:

If you change your mind you can remove the items, move them all at once, email them or whatever. Needless to say PF is a very versatile Finder replacement!! You can do as much or as little as you wish. 

The Bottomline

The bottom-line is this, if you are mostly content with Apple’s Finder then you are not a candidate for Path Finder. There are other Finder replacement apps out there with less configurability and sophistication, I have used and reviewed some of them. However, if you wish to take the Finder to the next level, then Path Finder is it!! Cocoatech provides excellent support, the app is kept current. Have not seen a Yosemite version yet, but that is understandable considering the sophistication of Path Finder. I am sure one will be released around the time of Yosemite. 

Path Finder costs $39 outright, $19 for an upgrade. I highly recommend investing in it if you are an Intermediate or above Mac user. You can create some very efficient workflows with the various features. Speaking of all the features, you have to scroll to the bottom of this Cocoatech page and read them! I did not have the space or time to cover many things.

Doug

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