Total Finder or Path finder?

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    Which works better? Does either slow down the system?
    Do you have to pay a yearly subscription for either one or do you just purchase it once?
     
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    I really like TotalFinder, as it gives the Finder Chrome-like tabs. I don't notice any slowdown. The thing I do see sometimes is when I restart or log in TotalFinder doesn't play nice with the Finder as I have TotalFinder entered as a log in item.
     
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    maflynn

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    I prefer Path Finder, its really a personal preference thing. Personally, since Total Finder alters system resources I'm not comfortable with that. While it has not caused instability, any updates from either apple or the makers of Total Finder could potentially impact my system. For my needs Path Finder works well.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, TotalFinder and PathFinder are rather different as one patches the Finder, where the other one is a complete replacement.
     
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    Yeah you're right. Thanks for pointing that out. I think I prefer TotalFinder because it's integrated and doesn't replace Finder. I'll keep using it till the 14 day trial over and see how I like it.
     
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    i never like pathfinder. it was always just too crowded for my tastes personally. Total finder is simple, adds the extra functionality that i like and most importantly it gives me tabs which i have wanted in the finder for far too long.
     
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    Dale Sorel

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    That's the same reason I chose TotalFinder over PathFinder, regardless of the possible hacks to the Finder.
     
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    Any idea that I can't open Find/Total Finder when clicking the icon or using the keyboard shortcut. If I relaunch finder in force quit the original finder will work perfectly fine. I'm on a 2011 Macbook Air w/ OSX Lion.
     
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    Pathfinder is SLOW. It's great on paper but its so poorly executed it makes browsing files unbearable. It's never worked well on any of my systems: Mac Pro 1,1, Macbook Pro 2011, Macbook 2007 and 2009, iMac 2008. Also, it has never actually replaced the finder, rather, it is its own application. So by default, the finder is still the primary browser.

    TotalFinder is a godsend. It does exactly what everyone has been wanting: cut/copy/paste functionality, TABBED browsing and showing hidden files on demand. The Tabbed Browsing in TotalFinder is pretty much perfect. To render Pathfinder useless, it actually ADDS ON to the standard Finder rather being its own application. But more importantly, its not slow as crap. However, when resizing windows I *have* noticed a bit of lag. Its not as smooth as without TotalFinder but it is a bit choppier. I can live with that if I'm given tabs.

    Combine either of the options with RightZoom and OS X performs the way it should; Tabbed Browsing and the green button expands the window to the full screen, rather than some weird size you dont expect.
     
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    Total Finder due to its clean interface.

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    Path Finder is a bit slower but it's features are miles beyond Total Finder.
    It's got file batch renaming and Unix access from current open directories that can be keybound, etc. umask default settings. The thing is really geared toward Unix heads and professional users though, at least to get the most out of it.
     

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