Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
Mac OS X It's a public secret that there are many people with complaints about Mac OS X's Finder. It lacks several features common to other file managers, and on top of that, it has several issues with dealing with some types of network shares (SAMBA, specifically). While third parties can't fix the bugs, they can extend the Finder's feature set. TotalFinder is a collection of Finder extensions that tries to bring some of Google Chrome's interface ideas to the Finder. BinaryAge was kind enough to provide me with a free license so I could give a quick review of TotalFinder.
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mrhasbean
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2006-04-03

I just went searching in Windows (XP thru 7) and couldn't find any of these features other than Cut / Paste, and as there is no single unified Linux filemanager environment used by all variations of Linux I'm not sure which ones I should be looking at for these other "common" file managers, so I'm intrigued as to why you think Apple need to "fix" it?

There are other actual filemanagers you can run, or addons like this one if you want that functionality. I refer to my comment the other day, why should they "fix" something they don't believe is broken? Especially if it's only to add "features" that may only be important to a very small percentage of users.

The only one of those functions I personally find any value in is Cut / Paste but I have a droplet to allow me to do that anyway, so meh.

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stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

How about access to the actual file system?

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Kasi Member since:
2008-07-12

I would actually argue that the Finder does give access to most of the actual file-system. The BSD-derived file system as seen from the Terminal is largely ignored by OSX.

You can test this out by making changes in the /etc directory. The changes make only effect the BSD user-land and not the rest of the operating system.

Instead most of OS X defers to Netinfo's binary database in versions <10.4.11 and to Directory Utility binary database in version 10.5+.

Edited 2010-12-21 03:10 UTC

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