Jul 24

Path Finder
The Finder, Reinvented

Normally: $39.95

ZOT Price: $24.00

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Path Finder is an advanced file browser and management application for Mac OS X. If you’ve ever wished that Apple’s Finder had just feature X or feature Y, Path Finder may be what you’ve been looking for.

Path Finder is a standalone application that leverages what you already know about working with your files. It takes the Finder’s familiar interface and adds numerous powerful features and interface innnovations to help anyone be more productive on Mac OS X.

Feature Highlights

  • Snow Leopard improvements – 64 bit build, QuickTime X, Exposé improvements, and more.
  • Dual Pane File Browser – View the contents of two folders or volumes side-by-side in one window.
  • Drop Stack – Freeze drag & drop operations by placing files into a temporary stack.
  • Tabs & Bookmarks – Use the best features of a web browser in your file browser.
  • File List Sorting & Filtering – Sort by folders first, or limit a list of files by name or extension
  • Command-Line Tools – Path Finder puts a terminal right in your file browser, and provides a graphical interface to some popular UNIX utilities.
  • Much, much more – Subversion plugin, Application Launcher, Selection tools, Create and Convert Disk Images

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (Snow Leopard compatible)
  • 1GB RAM or more recommended

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Here’s a mini-interview with Steve Gehrman – Creator of Path Finder.

So – Tell us about yourself in third person Steve.

Steve has been programming on Mac OS since 1989. His first job out of school was at Alsoft, makers of Diskwarrior. Next he moved to Los Angeles and wrote the popular screenwriting software “Final Draft”. After a brief stint at a dot com he was soon laid off and decided to go on his own and founded Cocoatech in 2000. He’s now living in San Francisco with his wife and two kids, and working on Path Finder full time. Steve has never used Windows in his life and is very happy about this.

Now -What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?

The drop stack has been a favorite of mine and many of my customers. It allows you to drag items in, navigate to a new location and drag them off. It makes it so much easier to drag and drop files around using a single window. There’s also the dual browser and tabs which are very useful and popular.

Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?

It started off as a “learn Cocoa” project and just kept growing. I started it when the first Mac OS X Server (Rhapsody) was released back in I think 2000. I kind of figured that Apple would keep the Finder simple for novice users, so there was an opportunity to create a more full featured file browser. Back in 2000 no one except Apple was hiring Cocoa engineers and I didn’t want to get another mac programming job using the old mac toolbox APIs.

What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.

I really like Objective C which is only used on Macs. The language is simple and clean and it’s like C++ but with out all the complexity. Previously mac development was mostly C++ using Codewarrior and Powerplant frameworks. I had gotten to a point where I was sick of C++ and Powerplant and it was perfect timing when OS X was released.

What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?

There’s lots of features to see. The tabs are cool. The Path navigator bar is very useful. Much of the UI has contextual menus that most people probably don’t notice right away. Dual pane is a newer feature that’s also very useful.

What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?

It’s always great when there’s a new OS update. Lots of new features and I am usually able to delete a bunch of code and hacks added to get around limitations of the previous OS. New OS upgrades also usually contain new bugs which isn’t so fun, but for the most part it’s great. It’s fun to update my code to use the latest features.

What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?

To tell you the truth, I don’t use much third party software. I probably should and I’ve seen lots of cool apps. I did use ScreenFlow recently for my screencast and it was very nice. I live in XCode and spend most of the day in that. I also obviously use Mail, iChat, Safari and other standard Apple apps.

What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy?

Some people wonder if they should quit the Finder or remove the Finder or some how replace the Finder. There’s no reason to worry about the Finder. My application is separate but similar to the Finder and they both run side by side just fine.

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28 Responses to “Path Finder”

  1. Doug Says:

    I’ve been hoping Pathfinder was going to make a reappearance!

    Great software!

  2. kit Says:

    Fabulous program. I wouldn’t use my Mac without it.

  3. dave Says:

    Upgrade discount?

  4. Eddie Says:

    That would be nice Dave. Hopefully they will offer one.

  5. adin Says:

    Love pathfinder, use it every day.

  6. Chriswan Winata Says:

    Thanks a lot for reoffer Path Finder

    Cheers mates

  7. Peter Says:

    I didn’t realize this had the Subversion module or half the features it had. I should have listened to, like, EVERYONE who raves about it. Purchased.

  8. Jo* Says:

    I, too, agree with dave and Eddie, an upgrade discount to those who already run this marvellous finder replacement would be awfully nice…

    Say, 25% off of 19.95 and I’m right in. :-)

  9. mudman Says:

    Here’s another vote for an upgrade discount – I am sure Steve will step up to the ‘stack’ ;-)

  10. ubrgeek Says:

    I’ve always found PF useful, but ultimately go back to the plain Finder as the two just don’t seem to intertwine as well as I want them to. For $20 I might pick this up again. One question – In the dual-pane view will it let you copy a file into a directory that would normally require admin privileges? I’m fine if it prompts for authorization, I just hate having to always do it from the command line via the Finder.

  11. pdadoc Says:

    Great app! Would second request for discounted upgrade pricing this weekend….

  12. Collin Says:

    I’m a long time user of Pathfinder, but I’ve held off upgrading. If an upgrade discount is offered this weekend, as others have said, I’ll do it.

  13. Mark Says:

    How does this compare to Default folder and File Examiner? I have both already. What would I be getting above and beyond?

  14. harringg Says:

    @Mark, I use both PathFinder and DefaultFolder together. The thing I really find speeds my workflow is to set up “shelves” of commonly accessed folders in PF. I haven’t heard of File Examiner, so can’t comment on that.

  15. Andrew Jung Says:

    In case some of you in Education miss this or need some more time to think or save up for this one, they are also having a Back-to-school special of $25 for those that have an educational email address.

  16. Steve Gehrman Says:

    Hi, Steve here. There are no plans for an upgrade discount. I wouldn’t mind having one, but it requires me to set it up things on the server and I had no time to do it. Sorry about that. Maybe next time. I should have thought about that before hand.

  17. Steve Gehrman Says:

    One more thing. I’ll be releasing a 5.1.4 in a week (I hope). I’ve added some new stuff and polished up some existing features. So, check for updates next Friday. That’s when I hope to release it. It will be a free update.

  18. ubrgeek Says:

    So I went ahead and zotted this. I’m sure I’ll be glad I did. One thing: Anyone else running GeekTool and noticed that when PF starts at login, GeekTool quits until you quit PF. Anyone else seen anything else not loading right when PF does? I’m sure I’m missing an option to set, but just curious.

  19. Peter Says:

    Wow, I’m surprised to see there are so many others that, like me, absolutely LOVE Pathfinder but have not yet upgraded. We all keep professing our love, but what’s holding us back, eh? (this is another vote for an upgrade price, perhaps next Friday when you release the new version, Steve)?

  20. Robert Says:

    I don’t understand. I just upgraded for $19.95 from a previous version right from the BUY NOW option in Path Finder.

  21. Chriswan Winata Says:

    They were asking for a discount of the upgrade price; So it would be like 14.95 or 9.95 instead of 19.95

  22. Tommy Says:

    I really like Pathfinder. The only thing that keeps me from running it full-time is that it seems to slow expose to a crawl on my old-ish MacBook. So I end up running it when I need to do some major file operations, but I don’t always have it going in the background.

  23. t5tr Says:

    I’m using PF as a Finder replacement, and it is my file manager of choice.
    Since the highly expected dual pane mode was finally implemented on its current version 5, sometimes the file list isn’t automatically updated (e.g., after creating new folders and in dual pane mode), but that can be easily corrected by clicking on the refresh icon on the bottom right of its screen.
    Other than that, the PF’s terminal also deserves a special mention, I use it daily and it’s very well integrated to my workflow, with its tabbed windows scrolling data from multiple servers without a glitch.
    It’s a must have and very polished tool.

  24. Britonius Says:

    Can anyone compare PF with Forklift?

  25. deslim Says:

    PF is a far more powerful and versatile file manager, but it doesn’t have FTP support.

  26. deslim Says:

    PF is a far more powerful and versatile file manager than ForkLift, but it doesn’t have FTP support.

  27. F451 Says:

    This was a great ZOT. Thanks, as I purchased a license.

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