New to mac: Hate the file browser

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  1. elec999 macrumors regular

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    I hate the way Apple does the file browsing, compared to Windows I cannot use it. Is there any third party app for replace the mac file browser, eg, Windows Total commander.
    I got a older Mac Mini and Snow Leopard.
    Thank you
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    What in particular do you dislike about it? I suggest giving yourself some time to get used to the different interface. Personally, I find it to be much more intuitive than Explorer.

    There are alternatives, but if you can resolve your complaints without buying new software, so much the better.
     
  3. elec999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried so hard to get used to it for past 2 months but cannot. What alternatives can you recommend.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You still haven't told me what you're looking for. It's a bit hard to give recommendations that way.
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Is below a picture of Total Commander (and an example of what you're looking for on the Mac)?

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    I'm getting dizzy from looking at that screenshot. How is Finder hard to use/navigate? It's so simple!
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Wow, I'm having flashbacks to my days of working with DOS shells. :eek:
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    YIKES!!!! I feel like I just woke up from a nightmare in which I was back on Windows!!!! The horror!!! That's one fugly interface!!! Thank goodness it was just a bad dream!!
     
  10. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Dear god, did a monkey code that? Or was it a human in 1989?
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It was a monkey in 1989.
     
  12. Hellhammer Moderator

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    God it's easier to browse things with Terminal than with that! Finder for the win!
     
  13. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Well, if you're looking for something that fugly on Mac, I think you're out of luck. Path Finder is pretty busy and impenetrable, though, so that might be the next best thing.
     
  14. hdsalinas macrumors 6502

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    When I switched full time to a mac (tiger) almost three years ago there where a few things in finder that I did not like.

    1) No Cut and Paste. I still miss this. If it worked in windows -never had problems with - why cant it work in SL.

    2) No tabbed finder. Ok, windows xp (that was the last WinOS I used) did not have it either but it would be great to have all the folders opened in the same window.

    3) In Xp, you could see files grouped by type. (see image)

    Besides that I rather use finder, especially in SL. These are features in SL's Finder that I really think are outstanding like Quickview, renaming files by simply hitting the return key, being able to resize icons on the fly, browse pdf, play files within the icon within a better and clearer user interface.

    I find it easier to organize my files than in windows.
     

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  15. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    I like the way you can see how you went, you know; drive, downloads, movies, etc. You don't have to go back to select the map pictures, it's just there. I find it so much more advanced then Windows with the little browser screen with all it's triangles and long, long lists. Also the colour coding is so nice.
     
  16. elec999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Personally I like working with files/dirs in Windows then MAC. Its hard for me to help explain. Its easier to navigate folders and copy and paste from folder to folder. Go from to folder its easier.
     
  17. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I don't understand that process. There's no cut/copy+paste taking place. It's a completely different command (move/copy file) with the same keyboard shortcut.

    And trying to drag files when every folder is open in one window? Eww. Not everything benefits from being unified. I sure do love the tabbed Terminal in Leopard, though.

    That's neat. I assume you realize that the screenshot is grouping by name, which is bloody useless, but by type could be handy. You can order by type in Finder, though. That's how I have my desktop set up.

    In Windows you can rename files with F2.
     
  18. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Just drag and drop to move stuff. With spring-loaded folders and a customizable sidebar, it's pretty easy to navigate and move stuff around. I always find cutting and pasting in Windows slow and annoying.
     
  19. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yeah, spring-loaded folders is one huge feature Finder has going for it over Explorer.
     
  20. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    I agree with the OP. Explorer feels like a breath of fresh air after using Finder for a while. You'll get used to it though. I'm used to it now. I still dont like it, but i've learned to live with the fact that apple thinks we are all idiots and can only handle drag/drop operations.
     
  21. Consultant macrumors G5

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    @ the fugly screensshot

    Exactly the same as using 2 finder windows (and less fugly).

    Use list view in OS X.
     
  22. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    Did anyone notice that the fugly thing has its menus in the app like a windows application?
     
  23. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    How strange considering it's so obviously a Mac app... :rolleyes:
     
  24. elec999 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Please drop all the Apple Fanboy stuff. There are things that rock in OSX and bad things. Same goes for Windows. Windows is good too. We live in a world where we need both. So please drop all the I love my MAC stuff. I just dislike the Apple File browser. I'm sure many dislike the one in Windows. But I am looking for a simple alternative and suggestion. I dont want to hear why Windows sucks.
     
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Let me explain...
    Go to the address bar in Safari or Firefox or whatever, and select all or part of it. Then hit command+x. This will CUT the highlighted section from the address bar.

    Now, select the Google search box to the right. Hit command+v. This will paste what was just cut, into the search box.

    Now, imagine being able to do that for files or folders within Finder. Windows and Linux have had the ability to do this for years, but it's strangely absent on OS X.
     

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