New file manager for OS X called Files

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  1. Migun, May 1, 2013
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    Hi everybody,

    We're proud to introduce you a new two-pane file manager developed from scratch for OS X.
    It's available for free on the following website: http://filesmanager.info/.
    We would be glad if you try it and appreciate any feedback.
    Files is currently on alpha version (0.1.0) but it already can held everyday's file management tasks for you.

    Mike.
     
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    yikes...it looks like the old DOS shell.
     
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    That is clearly the intent.
     
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    Any possibility that this will be ported to command-line utility (Terminal)? It would fit there.
     
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    try it?

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    Why not give a real description of what it does first or does that make too much sense?
     
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    printz, thanks for your response.
    Files is a native OSX/Cocoa app thus it can't run in text mode.
    But we definitely plan to write a built-in terminal, to run any command-line utilities directly in this app.
     
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    Hi everyone,

    We've just released the new version of Files. Now it has additional skin with the native Mac feel, along with the old classic one. Active skin can be changed in Preferences. Also, the Mac OS X Lion is now supported.
    Download the new version at filesmanager.info.
    We would be glad to hear any feedback and suggestions.

    Mike.
     
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    Yep...and my pre apple days I loved it!
     
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    Hi everyone,

    We've just rolled out a new version of Files manager, which now offers a built-in file viewer. It can show files with regular textual or hexadecimal/textual representation. This viewer work with fixed-size window, so handling big (even multi-gigabyte) files is not a problem.
    As always, download is available for free at filesmanager.info.

    Mike.
     
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    Hi everybody,

    A new version 0.3.2 of Files Manager for OS X in now available with dozen of new features and improvements:
    - many things can be customized with new preferences window;
    - file selection using wildcards;
    - storing history of internal text/hex file viewer;
    - copy operation tuning with advanced settings;
    - links manipulation support;
    - and many more.

    As always, download is available for free at filesmanager.info.

    Mike.
     
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    i've just found about this project,
    it's working nice so far :)

    requests and ideas:
    possiblity to use cmd+c and cmd+v and such standard shortcuts.
    possibility to change files comments in files attribute panel.
     
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    Hi freeaks, thanks for your response.

    Just for clarification: under files comments you mean Finder's FileInfo, which is stored in extended attributes?

    I'll plan this features for the future releases.

    Mike.
     
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    @migun

    yes, that's what i meant. (extended attributes)
    comments you can add to files.
    for example, when i download something from the net, i like to put the url from where i downloaded the file as a comment.
    or add some arbitrary comment, like, if i have pictures, i can put comments associated with the files. like "picture taken at xyz's place on his 25th birthday", or some similar comments.

    also, in detailled view mode:
    having the possibility to choose which columns are displayed would be cool too.
    for example i like: file name, file size, modified date and comments.
    while i don't use: file type, creation date etc....
    so being able to display only needed columns would be nice.

    keep up the good work !
     
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    Hi,

    Ok, got it, thanks. Do you think that such comments should apply to multiple files (even to sub-directories), or just to a single file?
    Frankly speaking, I planned to write a separate module for xattr viewing/editing with FinderInfo among others, not to mix it with UNIX attributes edition.

    And about download location - just to let you know :)
    Every file downloaded in OSX already has such download source information, under normal conditions of course. Look:
    Code:
    mbp:Downloads migun$ xattr steam.dmg
    com.apple.diskimages.fsck
    com.apple.diskimages.recentcksum
    com.apple.metadata:kMDItemDownloadedDate
    com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms
    com.apple.quarantine
    mbp:Downloads migun$ xattr -pl com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms steam.dmg
    com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms:
    00000000  62 70 6C 69 73 74 30 30 A2 01 02 5F 10 38 68 74  |bplist00..._.8ht|
    00000010  74 70 3A 2F 2F 6D 65 64 69 61 2E 73 74 65 61 6D  |tp://media.steam|
    00000020  70 6F 77 65 72 65 64 2E 63 6F 6D 2F 63 6C 69 65  |powered.com/clie|
    00000030  6E 74 2F 69 6E 73 74 61 6C 6C 65 72 2F 73 74 65  |nt/installer/ste|
    00000040  61 6D 2E 64 6D 67 5F 10 24 68 74 74 70 3A 2F 2F  |am.dmg_.$[url]http://|[/url]
    00000050  73 74 6F 72 65 2E 73 74 65 61 6D 70 6F 77 65 72  |store.steampower|
    00000060  65 64 2E 63 6F 6D 2F 61 62 6F 75 74 2F 08 0B 46  |ed.com/about/..F|
    00000070  00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03  |................|
    00000080  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 6D  |...............m|
    00000090
    Mike.
     
  18. dyn
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    That only applies to files downloaded via Safari. If you use any other browser or application for downloading it is up to them to include it or not. Most browsers will keep the url in the download manager. As soon as you clear the manager or remove the particular file you also remove that url. Using the "Spotlight comments" (that's how it's called when you open up the properties of a file in Finder) you can add notes or keywords which will be searchable via Spotlight (duh).

    As an mc user I have to ask: how much does Files compare to it?
     
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    Hi dyn,

    Thanks for your explanation.
    Regarding comparison with mc - currently Files lacks some important (from my point of view) features of mc, such as built-in editor(planned), archive browsing (currently in development), built-in terminal(planned) and connections to remote file systems(planned).
    On the other hand there are a plenty of obvious things, such as being a native app, background&parallel file operations and performance.

    Mike.
     
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    Is Files able to do scp transfers and such (now or in the future)?
     
  21. thread starter macrumors member

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    It will be implemented in the future, among the others remote connections variants.

    Mike.
     
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    Hi Tony,

    Files is similar in some way (at least as all two-pane file managers). And of course you can work with hidden entries in Files manager. Just give a try.

    Mike.

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    Hi everybody,

    A new version 0.4.0 of Files Manager for OS X is available.
    Now it allows you to browse archives as regular folders with many formats supported.
    Download is available for free at filesmanager.info.

    Mike.
     
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    Hi,

    A new version 0.4.1 of Files Manager for OS X is available.
    Changes for this update:
    - pasteboard support - use cmd+c/cmd+v to copy/paste files across system
    - hotkey to copy currently selected entry name/path
    - hotkey to go to upper directory
    - option to include other windows’ paths to GoTo menu
    - internal viewer’s search options and recent searches history
    - internal viewer now scrolls smoothly
    - performance and robustness improvements

    Download is available for free at filesmanager.info.

    Mike.
     
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    hi mike,
    nice job with this, i've used NC since it was first released (1983? yeah, i am old)

    classic mode is about as close of an NC clone as i've seen on OSX, even better than MC or the java-based monstrosities.

    you planning on putting this in the app store? windows refugees would probably find it useful
     

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