Path Finder 6 May Finally Be Ready To Kill The Finder


If the Finder spent a few years at the gym, it would look like Path finder
If the Finder spent a few years at the gym, it would look like Path finder

Path Finder has long been a super full-featured Finder replacement for OS X, and now it has been updated to version 6. I have been trying Path Finder on and off for years now, but finally gave up as it’s pretty much impossible to kill the native Finder completely.

Add to this the fact that the Finder doesn’t suck nearly so much as it used to, and that I find most of what I want with Launchbar and Spotlight these days and I’d all but given up on Cocoatech’s offering. But as v6 adds support for file tagging and batch renaming which – in addition to it’s already impressive line-up of features – might make it worth another look.

The first thing that’ll hit you is that Path Finder is fast. Way faster than the Finder on my iMac. Image previews are instant, movies don’t lock it up for tens of seconds like they do the Finder, and regular navigation is quick, too.

But it’s the features you’re interested in, right? Path Finder already has built in text-editors, image editors, terminal windows, tabbed browsing (did you hear that, Apple? Tabbed. Browsing), a drop stack and a dual-pane browser. V6 adds a file transfer queue, file tagging (using the Open Meta standard), and batch renaming (thank you God), along with geekier additions like a hex editor (for all your software-cracking needs) and an ACL editor (if you don’t know what this is, then you shouldn’t really care).

There’s a lot more (completely customizable menus and contextual menus, very powerful search, right-click to drill down into a folder without opening it), but you can just get along by using this as a simple Finder replacement if you like. But that might be to miss the point – Path Finder is built for wrangling files and folders, and it does a great job. I’m going to stick around for the month-long trial just to try out the batch renaming and the speedy interface. Who knows – maybe I’ll keep it this time?

Path Finder costs $40.

  • Phathom

    I used pathfinder before. Awesome software. You can move, cut and paste files with it, in an OS!

  • mr_bee

    Pathfinder is like Linux for OS X. In other words, only a tiny, tiny, tiny percentage of users find it at all useful.

  • bohdanz

    I just upgraded to version 6 of Path Finder and love it even more. Having the ability to tag from within the app as opposed to using Yep or Leap or other apps now confirms it as a must-have.

  • Blake Beavers

    I use totalFinder it’s pretty awesome

  • DavoteK

    Just tried out TotalFinder. Not so fussed. Tried out PathFinder, awesome. Prefer it as a compliment to Finder as opposed to a replacement, but yep, I’ll be purchasing this. Could have done with split panes instead of messing about with separate Finder windows and the way PathFinder handles this task compared to the TotalFinder plugin is what swayed me to the former.

  • weebo

    The whole MacOS costs $29 and Path FInder the Finder replacement costs $40? Hello, what am I missing, or is it just ridiculous?

  • Mystakill

    The whole MacOS costs $29 and Path FInder the Finder replacement costs $40? Hello, what am I missing, or is it just ridiculous?

    You’ll more than make that up in the productivity gains you’ll get with dual panes, tabs, tagging, multi-file renaming, and quite a bit more. None of this is in Finder, including the standard cut/copy/paste of files and folders that every other OS but OS X has had since most modern GUIs first became available.

    In addition, Cocoatech do not have the financial wherewithal to subsidize the cost of their software like Apple does. Many people forget that OS X used to cost $129, and only recently dropped to $29 with the release of Snow Leopard. PF also doesn’t have the gross profit margins that Apple hardware does, which provides them with the ability to subsidize more than many companies can afford to.

    This version was in beta for many months while the developers and testers worked through many, many iterations, changes, and updates to get version 6 up-to-snuff for release. While the testers are all volunteers, the developers spent an inordinate amount of time getting things just right, for a fairly demanding audience, as well as working around various deficiencies in Apple’s own code.