Tabs in Finder, Folders always on top, no more .DS_store with total finder (SIMBL)!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wesleyh, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Hey guys, check this out:



    It is finally possible under Snow Leopard with SIMBL.
    New features:

    Make Finder available system-wide on a hot-key (like Visor)
    Add TABS like in Google Chrome! (read more)
    Stop creating .DS_Store litter (read more)
    Show the folders always on top (read more)

    Future goals:
    Add a better keyboard shortcuts (for keyboard-oriented freaks like me)
    Add a dual panel mode (like in good old Norton Commander)
    Enable a cooperation mode with (for command-line lovers)
    Add user friendly MacFUSE support
    And what about better git/svn/mercurial integration?
    And more satisfaction!
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Aweee we have to buy it after the 25th? It seems pretty cool so far. Looking forward to the updates.

    Now if only someone could get Visor working without using an old version of terminal.
  3. wesleyh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    That time limit resets with every new alpha / beta release. So you'll be able to use it for some time before you'd have to pay. Seems worth it though, it's actively developed and a lot more features are being added.
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Don't you think it's only a matter of time before Apple incorporates tabs in Finder Windows?

    Remember WindowShade?
  5. wesleyh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Uh yeah, people thought they would be in snow leopard. The finder as it is sucks. This plugin fixes some of that. Here's an interview with the creator:

  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I don't have any major problems with Finder. Certainly not enough to actually pay for minor conveniences. Why is this better than Pathfinder?
  7. SpeedFleX macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2009
    Integration, thats why :)
  8. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    I can think of far more cases when vertical split panes would be more useful than having tabs.

    I know it is alpha but I couldn't find a way to drag files between the tabs, which made it not so useful for me.
  9. wesleyh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
  10. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    The best feature of the Chrome tabs is that they don't resize until you move your mouse away, so you can close multiple quickly (those who have used it will know what I mean). This should be added to TotalFinder. I guess it is to do.
  11. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    I have a request for the dual-pane feature. I've switched from Finder to Path Finder, because it is similar to Krusader, which I use on Linux (KDE). But I miss one important Krusader feature.

    It has a navigation bar at the top where you can type-in a location and also always displays the current directory. So, you can easily paste-in or copy the location. Path Finder sticks faithfully with the Finder breadcrumbs (they call it Path Navigator), which just isn't useful in the same way. Having the choice of both, of course, would be great.

    Path Finder does have "open in terminal", which is similar to my second-favorite Krusader feature, "Start Terminal Here". This opens a terminal window with the current directory set to the currently-selected directory in Path Finder. That would be handy as well.
  12. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2009

    I installed it sometime in February; the split pane feature is in now. Just double click a tab and it will combine with the one beside it. Makes Finder much less disappointing and annoying for me.
  13. Cinder6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    Might be worth a look, if it keeps the regular Finder integration. I like Path Finder a lot, but if I could have Finder duplicate its features, that would be ideal. Does it support cut + paste?
  14. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Not if it's only going to work for a month or so, until the next alpha.
  15. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I'll add my own thoughts here (as a TotalFinder user).

    TotalFinder, while technically now in beta and not alpha, is still obviously a beta product. I don't recommend it for anyone that's not willing to either put effort into making things work when things go wrong, or willing to put up with a little trouble until the dev can get it fixed. It's not ready for prime-time, though I expect by release day it will be (whenever that is).

    That said, it's already a very nice piece of software. The tabbed windows are very handy, although they currently don't interact well with Spaces when opening new windows (if I open an item on my desktop or from my Dock, it opens in a new window only if there are none open, or a new tab in an existing window, but if that window is in another space, it switches to that space. I'd rather it open a new window if there are no existing Finder windows in the current space).

    The visor-like interface had similar issues, so I disabled it. I'll have to try it again since they've updated it, see if they made it work better (it would hide automatically when I tried to drag items from another application, preventing me from dropping the item onto that Finder window).

    The other features I don't really know that I use, although I did turn on the .DS_Store redirection, reducing the clutter when I use the Terminal to browse files. It's minor, but nice.

    I'd say wait until release unless you're willing to put up with the bugs for now, but when those are worked out, it'll be very handy. Pricing is expected to be $15, btw, according to the author, so should be reasonable (I think PathFinder is $39, although it's more robust, but not integrated).


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