Is there an OS X file manager that does panes?

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  1. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    I'm coming from many years in the Windows world. I've been using a file manager called Xplorer2. http://zabkat.com/ One of the most important features for my needs is that it can do dual pane views. I can have different folders in each pane, making it super easy to compare or copy/move files between specific folders. I'd like to find an OS X file manager that can do that plus is as easy to use as Xplorer2. Or, can Finder already do this and I just don't know how to do it?

    Here's what the dual panes look like

    xplorer2.jpg
     
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Try the Total Finder add-on by BinaryAge, it adds tabs and split views in Finder.
     
  3. petvas macrumors 601

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    Path Finder is the best File Manager for OS X. You won't regret it.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    My only concern with Total Finder is stability of Finder/OSX because it "hacks" into the system resources to give you the tabs. I'm not too keen on a third party product making changes to delivered resources.
     
  5. wpotere Guest

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    Been running it myself for a good while now and it has been rock stable. They are also quick to patch when there is an issue. I would recommend them.
     
  6. Bob Coxner thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I looked at Path Finder but $40 seems a bit much for a file manager.
     
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    No argument there but I found it so useful that I ended up spending the $$. The ability to cut/paste files alone made it worth while for me :)
     
  8. petvas macrumors 601

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    Path Finder is for power users that want more than what the Finder can offer.
     
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Cut & Paste was added to Lion. Copy a file/folder then hold Option when pasting to "Move Item Here" (Cmd+Option+V). It doesn't have the deleting function that Windows does but that is what the delete button is for. ;)
     
  10. Bob Coxner thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  11. phantasmagoria macrumors regular

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    Forklift does dual panes. It was originally primarily an FTP application, but they've been focusing on expanding it as a general file manager recently. Personally I still prefer Path Finder, but it's worth checking out as a simple alternative.
     
  12. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Is there still no way to make Path Finder the default file manager over Finder? That was my issue with it.
     
  13. phantasmagoria macrumors regular

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    I don't believe so, as Path Finder can't currently entirely replace the Finder because it can cause some issues as described here http://www.cocoatech.com/faqs#3. Setting it as the default file viewer does help, but a Finder window still annoyingly pops up when mounting a network drive for example.
     
  14. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Yeah, I understand it isn't Cocoatech's fault but it's still annoying. I didn't know if they had come up with a workaround. Thanks for the response!
     

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