Replace Apple’s Mac OS X Finder: Path Finder 5 released

Cocoatech reports, “After much toil, sweat, coffee, and other stimulants we are proud to announce that the next major update to Path Finder is now available!”

Path Finder is an award-winning file browser and management application for Mac OS X. If you’ve ever wished Apple’s Finder just did “feature X” or “Y,”, Path Finder may be what you’ve been looking for.

Designed from the ground up for speed and extensive system integration, Path Finder is a standalone application that leverages what already know about working with your files.

Path Finder takes the Finder’s familiar interface and adds numerous powerful features and interface innnovations to help anyone be more productive on Mac OS X.

Path Finder 5.0 has been extensively rewritten to take advantage of new Mac OS X 10.5 technologies.

New features include: dual pane browser, cut and paste support, a completely overhauled Leopard-friendly interface, versatile Coverflow support, and tons, including:
• “QuickLook” support
• Use Path Finder as your “Default File viewer”
• Per-Folder settings
• Subversion plugin
• Operations as Superuser
• Application Launcher
• Advanced tabbrowsing (Tab Sets, Combine as Tabs, drag-reorder, vertical tabs, etc)
• Bookmarks bar
• Reload button
• Size browser
• Drop Stack
• Select tool
• Find window, and filter inside the browser
• Integrated Stuffit Engine
• Create and Convert Disk Images
• Customize menu keyboard shortcuts
• Integrated Terminal
• Smart Sorting

Path Finder 5.0 is available as free 30-day download (full license is US$39.95, upgrades are $19.95).

More info and download link here.

MacDailyNews Take: The dual pane browser alone… We get verklempt.


  1. Cut and Paste!!!!

    What a novel concept!

    Apple, are you listening? I’m a big boy, I really can handle cut and paste in the Finder. Not only that but if you’re NOT going to give it to us at least just take out the useless greyed out option in the Edit menu, ok?

  2. Well I downloaded and played with this thing a little but – and first impressions were good – especially tied do the demo video. However was not able to figure out how to get rid of the finder, but at the same time be able to see my HD Icons. (Did not see a way to drag them from PF to the desktop). Anyway – without that being able to do that and then when opening “stay” within PF instead of back to Finder – I am not sure I would use this.

    I really don’t need two finders – or have to remember that if I want to do the cool stuff that PF offers – I have to make sure I click on the PF icon in my dock.

    I need more time to play but without this ability I most likely would not buy this tool.

  3. DropStack was already available in the first Mac OS X Developer Previews, at that time it didn’t have the aqua interface and was codenamed Rhapsody.

    It was even there before this verson on NeXt OS.

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