Improved Replacement for Finder
The Finder has long been one of my least favorite aspects of OS X. Â Seems like the Finder has been an afterthought for Apple, and it has grown long in the tooth, missing handy features that have been standard on other OSes for a while. Â I’ve searched for Finder replacements and improvements many times, and tried a few. Â PathFinder and XFolders have lots of features, but didn’t seem to fit in.
TotalFinder = What OS X Finder Should Be
I finally found what I’ve been looking for. Â For some reason, google did not help me find it. Â I was tipped off to binaryage’sÂ Visor by a developer friend, and stumbled upon TotalFinder while on their website. Â I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Â First of all, TotalFinder is a Finder plugin, not a separate app, so it integrates perfectly with the rest of OS X. Â Then it adds tabs. Â And folders on top. Â And cut and paste to move or copy files! Â So nice.
TotalFinder Features / Improvements to OS X Finder
- Tabbed browsing
- Easy show/hide system files
- Side-by-side views
- Folders on top (option) in list view
- Cut & paste. Â No more drag & spring-load open folders & drop.
- Asepsis. Â What? Â They properly fixed the Finder’s .DS_Store litter bug?
Asepsis: Disable Finder’s .DS_Store Litter
As an added bonus, I found out that TotalFinder is able to fix OS X Finder behavior that has bothered me for years, and I have never known how to fix. Â With the Asepsis option enabled, TotalFinder redirects all the .DS_Store information to a dedicated user folder, rather than dropping these invisible files in every folder you touch. Â Anyone who shares files cross-platform knows these files are annoying to see. Â The .DS_Store folder basically contains OS X specific viewing preferences, like window sort order, icon view, etc. Â TotalFinder does what the Finder should have done all along — store this data in a user directory. Â This way, users can have their own view preferences for each folder, and network drives, cross-platform drives, and zip files don’t get polluted. Â Read more details about this feature.
You have to check out this improved OS X Finder!