Thursday, March 17, 2011

TotalFinder brings tabs to your native Finder and more!

When i switched to Mac a few years ago one thing i missed most was dual pane file manage, like TotalCommander (or for the oldies here NortonCommander).

After testing a lot of Finder replacements like MuCommander or PathFinder i finally found TotalFinder which adds all what i want directly to the Finder.



It's not free but the price is moderate for the functions you get, read a overview of a few selected features:




Tabbed Browsing
Add tabs on top of Finder. The same tabs as seen in Google Chrome.
You already know tabs from your web browser. For example, in Safari the tabs are sheets for displaying multiple web pages within one browser window.

Similarly, in TotalFinder tabs display multiple directories within one window. TotalFinder uses the code from Google's Chrome web browser, which is why the tabs look and behave in a similar way.
Dual ModeDisplay two Finder windows side-by-side in dual mode.
Dual mode is a special mode where TotalFinder displays two Finder windows side-by-side. It is a similar view to what can be seen in classic dual-panel file managers. This is handy in situations when you want to move files from one panel to the other easily.

Please note that individual Finder windows still behave the same as if they were individual windows. For example both windows keep their own toolbar. The only difference is that TotalFinder places the sidebar of the right-side window to the right edge and syncs its width with the left sidebar.

You may enter dual mode by double-clicking a tab or pressing ⌘U. The selected tab will join with the tab next to it and form dual tabs with two file browsers side-by-side. To leave dual mode double-click the dual tab again. The advantage of this setup is that you can create multiple dual tabs and manipulate them the same way as single tabs.
Folders on Top
Don't make me think. Folders should always go first in list view.
By default Finder does not separate folders and files and displays them mixed as you can see on the left.

However, some users prefer to see first folders and then files regardless of actual sorting options.
TotalFinder enables toggle of this display by a keyboard shortcut.

Show System Files
Show me all files on the disk. I'm not afraid to see the cruft.


Cut & Paste
Use keyboard shortcuts to move files around. Faster than drag & drop.
If you, like me, prefer keyboard shortcuts you will find a lot of options to do so in TotalFinder. Fully customizable keyboard shortcuts are also available.
Asepsis
When you view a folder using Finder you can tweak its display options like icon size, sorting options or color labels. These settings are sticky and will apply anytime you return to view the folder. Finder remembers these settings in a hidden file named .DS_Store which is saved into the given folder. You might have noticed those files when working with some software which is not aware of this convention. For example some UNIX command-line tools or seeing your Mac disks from a Windows machine.

And here is the problem: those files are being created whenever you open folder in Finder even if you don't tweak anything. They get created on every visit and pollute disks with those tiny files. Normally you would not see those files in Finder, but if you use a command-line tool or enable display of those files in Finder you can get annoyed quickly.

Asepsis enables you to redirect creation of those files into a special, dedicated folder. With redirection, Finder works the same way but .DS_Store files are isolated in the dedicated folder /usr/local/.dscache.
And last but not least an exclusive preview of TotalFinder for Lion.

A single user license costs 15$ and i promise you its totally worth it!
There is also a 14 day free trial available so why not check it out and fall in love with TotalFinder like i did?


54 comments:

GADAFINY said...

great post
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Erika said...

All features which should be included to any decent OS anyway ;]

Great tips for Mac users though!

Rachel Neilson said...

Thanks for the tip!

mac-and-me said...

As far as i know neither Nautilus(Gnome) nor the Explorer(Windows) have a dual pane modus or tabs.
So what operating system are you talking about? :)

ed said...

damn 15$ sounds like alot

las3R said...

Hmm though I don't have a mac, still a good post! Will share with my friends (;

mac-and-me said...

@ed
http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/free-licenses
maybe you meet one of the criteria, i for one already got a license during early beta and i never regretted it

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tearinox said...

i love me some tabs

G said...

great tips - cheers

MacAttack said...

This looks like a seriously great invention! I always thought I needed tabbed finder xD

Jay.CA said...

nice way to get things organized, and a free trial too!

'Auana said...

i love dual mode!

Major.Mack said...

nice post. Like a healthy serving of bull$hit to have to pay for it though

ankmanpro said...

Thanks for teh tips!

Chris said...

I wish I have a mac just for this

schultzz said...

not a bad idea, im goin to find a tabbed explorer for PC.

A said...

I'm sure lot's of mac users are going to find this useful, I however don't think I'd want tabbed browsing for file managing. I prefer having two windows open and then dragging and dropping.

It looks like a mac version of chrome for file management though if that makes sense ahahaha

Sam said...

Wow, you can add tabs to FINDER, that is going to help me a lot!

The Angry Lurker said...

Speaking as one of the oldies, I don't like paying for anything but good tips and information.

skinned sheep said...

seems like a logical program to have!

Spike said...

good stuff

Justsayin' said...

That's really cool

akrater said...

Looks similar to some database software I've used, could be useful.

CandleintheDark said...

Looks cool.

TreeBranchez said...

Some neat tricks there :L

Alphabeta said...

Total finder looks good - must try the trial.

Glovey said...

I remember norton commander! Great program! Thanks for sharing!

Daily01 said...

Going to try it on my mac, great post man!

pokerblogger said...

Going to buy a mac this weekend! :-) So i am going to follow your blog very well :-)

Patti D. said...

Awesome post, like usual!

obi said...

great stuff very helpful ;)

Kim Anders said...

looks good :P

Mike said...

Looks very useful, good find.

Matt Neumann said...

so can I have that on my iPod?

Piets said...

oooo! looks awesome!

Questions said...

Total finder looks awesome!

Justin testing said...

This is like.. A dream come true T_T

Zippy said...

I have to agree with Erika, a lot of that should be built into the OS. Having to use a third party app for decent file management is a step back from being able to sit at any computer (not just your own) and work effectively.

Come At Me Bro said...

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baxxman said...

Sounds really cool

Shutterbug said...

that looks great. will have to try it sometime...

Jok3r said...

Great Dude ;)

Bubi said...

cool,thanks for sharing!

YellowNiceTechno said...

Wow that's a long guide, thanks!

Football Maniac said...

Cool and helpful. Thank you!

TheHarvester said...

thx 4 the tip man. gotta try that out

HurdyG said...

I'll have to keep this in mind...

imnotabot said...

Thanks for the guide man! Sort of hard to follow tho :/

d0t said...

Good, insightful post man. Might help raise my productivity

Stare Dad said...

sounds like very very usefull indeed. thanks

Peanutzzz said...

I think gnome does have this :P

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Jay said...

nice article man. This is really useful. Im not much of a Mac person so this really helped