Path Finder, Forklift, Leap, or...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Caezar, May 8, 2008.

  1. Caezar macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2004
    Between a rock and a hard place
    There is a deal today on a website to buy Path Finder at a discount.

    I have been thinking of purchasing such a piece of software to supplement the Finder. But how does Path Finder compare to Forklift, Leap or other similar applications?

    What would you suggest?
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Pathfinder is probably the most powerful Finder alternative out there, although it's a tad clunky in places. I find it useful enough to keep it on my system, though.

    Forklift is primarily an FTP client, so not directly comparable to Pathfinder (which doesn't do FTP beyond the level of functionality already built into the Finder ). It can also be used as a Finder alternative, but unless you're particularly fond of the dual-pane view, that's not really its strength.

    Alternatively take a look at Interarchy and Transmit, which are probably the best of the 'power user' FTP clients out there - if your needs are fairly basic, however, I'd stick with something like Cyberduck.

    Leap: This is more of a search tool than a Finder replacement - it's essentially a Spotlight enhancer. It's very well implemented, but personally I find it rather a 'solution in search of a problem'. Feel free to disagree, however =]

    Essentially, the applications you're talking about all work very differently from each other and don't really overlap that much - we're not comparing like with like, here. If you want a more powerful alternative to the Finder, then PathFinder is probably the way to go. If you're looking for other functionality, then that's a different matter.

    Personally, I use Launchbar along with Pathfinder as my primary Finder alternatives/enhancements plus Interarchy for FTP.
  3. rickdude macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    OK, I disagree. It took me a while to get it, but I think Leap is the way to go. I guess technically you could call it a Spotlight enhancer but in use it's more like a browser than a search utility.
  4. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2007
    "The Google"
    I recently fell in love with Path Finder. For me, it replaced the need for Quicksilver, while providing the Finder replacement that I've so sorely longed for. Path Finder truly takes the place of Finder, if you let it, which is what sold me the most. Not to mention the enormous potential for plug-ins. Watch the demo video on their site and give it a go for yourself.
  5. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    I want to renew the question in this post as I know Forklift has a new release since the last response. I am weighing Pathfinder v. Forklift as a Finder "replacement". I do not really do much FTP transfer, so the advantage that FL would have there is somewhat neutralized.

    That said, to anyone who has used either/both in lieu of the Finder, what are your thoughts. I will test run both, but regular users will have better input than anything I can find in a couple of weeks of trial. Thanks.
  6. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    There is a free alternative named mucommander. It's pretty light weight comparatively speaking, but if your only looking for a supplement and not a replacement, it would be worth looking at.
  7. kuroyume0161 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2006
    Why did Forklift's price go down so drastically from the beginning of this year? It was originally $45 but now goes for $19.95.

    I'm having a bit of a tiff deciding between Path Finder and ForkLift as well. I would like FTP support but it isn't crucial - like Directory Opus which blows away Finder and Windows Explorer by any measure (and every measure). Unfortunately, GP Software does not seem to be responding to my relentless requests to port DirOpus to MacOS X.

    After using Explorer and then moving to a *real* file manager (DirOpus), Finder irritates me no end. I need to keep like ten Finder windows open all of the time for copying/moving files about (I'm a developer). DirOpus has dual-panes with tab support on each which makes copying/moving files this easy: click, drag, drop, done. Try that with one Finder window... Not to mention DirOpus' thousands of other features and configurability that outflank Explorer and Finder on all sides spherically.

    So, for MacOS 10.5.8 and 10.4.11 (I have both in a dual boot situation) which is the better, faster, more reliable, etc.? I've heard that Path Finder is slow to start, sluggish otherwise, and a memory hog compared to ForkLift. Has this changed? ForkLifts tabs and last folders are not retained between invocations last I heard. Has this changed?

    At this point, I am considering downloading both trials and demoing each but it will be a bit time consumptive since these will need to be tested on two systems (wherein there may be different issues between them between the OSs which would just complicate the entire decision process).

  8. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2007
    Is Path Finder Really Worth it?

    Since this seems to be the most recent thread with detailed conversation, can anyone post their experiences with Path Finder? I've been demoing it for the past couple of hours and although the features are rich, I find it to be a bit cluttered. I'll give it the run that it deserves but I would love to hear some testimonials. Thank you.
  9. coops macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    I guess it can certainly look cluttered if all the tools are enabled/viewable but a bit of time and you can get it under control... i've been using it some time now, and many of the great features are so 'obvious' or useful that the odd occasional use of Finder is a bit of a shock - for instance on the screen shot of mt Pathfinder setup, you'll see above each pane a line with the path for the folders... eg the left pane shows :- Macintosh HD > 1_My Data > 1_HLB . This means moving back/forwards is that much easier.

    Keep on demoing it and just try out the features, and remove those you don't need frequently from view..

    I like it.


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  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Maybe a new version is coming out.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm using pathfinder and I'm happy with it. Performance is good, features are great and the interface is not only polished but very usable.
  12. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I've been using PathFinder for a couple of months for two main features.

    1) Subversion integration (badging works well, I still end up using terminal though)
    2) Cut and Paste files (helps with going back and forth with Windows).

  13. Mhaddy macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2005
    Another thumbs up for Path Finder - definitely worth the price of admission as a Finder replacement.
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's my favorite feature and it works well with the tabbed interface.
  15. Mumford macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2006
    Altadena, CA

    Another satisfied Path Finder user here. It's what Finder should be.

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