Alternatives to Finder for Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by johnhurley, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Still trying to get used to finder ... coming from a windows environment. Of course the command line is always available.

    What alternatives are available and what to people pick as alternatives?

    Path Finder looks interesting ... what else should I think about?
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Glad you found Path Finder. There is also Total Finder for an integrated feel.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I prefer Pathfinder. I believe Total Finder which appears to be a good product does hack your system resources. Given the instability issues with Lion as it is, I personally would not want to add another variable to that equation.
  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I also use pathfinder. It is not a perfect solution but it works definitely a lot better than this annoyingly useless standard finder.
    It still has some bugs but at least navigation and stuff works much quicker and you get some options for viewing. It also sorts folders first and files next unlike finder which mixes them all, I hated that. Especially in big dev folders with many jars navigation is a pain the normal finder way.
    Desktop and Trash are part of finder thus if you want to completely replace the old one it is not that easy.
  5. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
  6. joec1101 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    So Cal, USA
    I tried PathFinder, but there are two things (so far) that I can't seem to figure out. Maybe I'm just missing something, but is there no "Date Added" column available like Finder has? And the other thing is that it doesn't remember the sort selection for each folder. It just defaults back to Name/Ascending.
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    There are a couple of way outta the box Finder replacements, Raskin and Conjure. Worth a look at.

    And although I wouldn't call it a total Finder replacement, I like Leap. It's particularly useful when dealing with folders of documents, and really shines if you're into tagging. It's kind of a tagging finder. Not so helpful when you're just slogging through system files, where TotalFinder or PathFinder work better.

    The Finder really is tired. Can't anyone come up with a better metaphor than a desktop and folders?? You'd think by now I could just start a computer and begin writing. Then, when I finished, it asks: what do you want to do with this? I answer email it. It says, who? I answer. Done.
  8. Ropie macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
    Good point. I suppose it's one of those things that people have just got used to and that are so ingrained into the structure of most OSs that it would take a bit of a leap of faith to meddle with it. Whilst I didn't like the lack of 'Save As' in Lion as it was badly implemented with tedious workarounds and lack of support from the rest of the OS, it is a bold step in this kind of direction by Apple.

    What would be a good alternative to the 1980s office stylings of desktops and folders? Are there any already in existence?
  9. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Most people seem to prefer Path Finder. Does it slow down your system in any way? I'm considering buying it
  10. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    I really like TotalFinder for the Chrome-like tab integration.
  11. johnhurley thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    So far it is all good. New version 6 going to be out pretty soon ( fyi ) but the current 5 version is very good.

    Try out the 5 version for 30 days ... thinking 6 will roll out anytime.
  12. AshleyLM macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    I came here to find a replacement for Path Finder, which would be an acceptable app if it didn't crash daily. I wasn't impressed with Total Finder, when I tried it. Oh, well.
  13. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Can I ask what particular feature you want that is lacking in the Finder? You can implement a great deal with Automator/AppleScript. There are also a great many Finder features that are often overlooked, such as Smart Folders.

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