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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