This app is everything OS X Finder wants to be

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Commander One is the app Finder wishes it could be.
Commander One is the app Finder wishes it could be.
Photo: Eltima

Maybe it’s just me, but Finder is one of the default Mac apps I find most annoying. Even though Apple introduced tabs to the default experience a few years ago, Finder still makes it harder than it should to move files from one folder on your computer to another.

Commander One, a Finder alternative for OS X 10.9 and above, makes Finder better for power users. It adds the ability to drag and drop files between two folders displayed in side-by-side panes, not windows or tabs. But there’s more to it than just that.

Commander One in action.
Commander One in action.
Photo: Eltima

When you launch Commander One, you can choose three view modes depending on what you’re doing: Full, Brief and Thumbs. It’s similar to the List, Column and Icon views in OS X Yosemite, and the modes basically show you how much information by default you’re going to see about your files within Commander One.

In addition to Commander One’s main ability to place two separate Finder windows in panes right next to each other, making file management easier, it has other great features. For example, if you want to see hidden system files in OS X, you usually have to enter a terminal commander. Commander One makes toggling system files as easy as hitting an icon. It also supports powerful search expressions, which allow you to find folders and files on your Mac with programmer-like facility.

Commander One looks like a great app to have on your Mac if you’re frustrated with OS X’s built-in file management. Better yet, it’s free, although a $29.95 pro version adds functionality that developer Eltima hopes will get you upgrading. For example, you can’t integrate Dropbox into Commander One without the pro version. If you become addicted to Commander One, that functionality seems like it would be worth $29.95 in and of itself.

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  • Joe B

    Finder isn’t half as annoying as Windows Explorer. At least when you hover over a folder in Finder it automatically opens so you can drill down through the folder structure. Not the case with Explorer.

    • Tallest Skil

      … what? That doesn’t happen. It happens in Windows, though.

    • BlueLightAlarm

      Incorrect – Explorer does do that!

  • Kr00

    XtraFinder is far easier to use, is free, and allows you to enable colourful sidebars. This looks like a dogs breakfast.

  • Disqusdmnj

    I prefer TotalFinder, but the developer said that with the next version of OS, his program will no longer work as developers will not be able to make changes to the Finder. Is this Commander One more of an “overlay” app like PathFinder?

  • Finder doesn’t want to be an ugly mess. It does its job and if you need more, just use alternatives.

  • Yariv

    I got ForkLift for $2 on sale, looks pretty similar. Full price is $20

  • ChrisC

    Finder sucks! It’s about time Apple overhauled that rubbish. It is by far the most annoying file navigation tool. Everything else I can work with, but Finder is junk. Hopefully they address this soon, you shouldn’t have to pay for software to explore your Mac.

  • ChrisC

    Finder sucks! It’s about time Apple overhauled that rubbish. It is by far the most annoying file navigation tool. Everything else I can work with, but Finder is junk. Hopefully they address this soon, you shouldn’t have to pay for software to explore your Mac.

  • Cadu Schmidt

    I love Finder, it’s so fast and easy to use. I don’t understand why some people dislike it so much. What exactly can’t you do with it? Why is it annoying or difficult to use for you?

  • ifbphotography

    Oh so this is Norton Commander for the Mac?

  • John Beyer

    It doesn’t! This app might be free for your average user, but it doesn’t allow dropbox or any other cloud device access, no label support? And absolutely zero support in the “right click department” no sidebar? How can you title this this way “everything the finder wants to be”

    This app is missing BASIC functionality and even disabled the sidebar so you have to pay to add drop box support. This dev should be ashamed of himself.

    Pitiful.

    • After looking at it thats what i saw. I’m beyond happy with Pathfinder!

      • John Beyer

        And whats even worse, the reviewer should be fired for directing the readers of CultOM to this app…. what is wrong with you John Brownlee! Dude stop pimping crap software!

  • I was all ready to grab this and try it til I read about how Dropbox requires the $30 version. Pass. I’ve been using TotalFinder for years and it does an adequate job. What I really wish for is DirectoryOpus for the Mac… anybody remember that from the Amiga days?