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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RE: Lack of "folders first"??!!
by henderson101 on Tue 21st Dec 2010 10:34 UTC in reply to "Lack of "folders first"??!!"
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

About missing "folders first" option.


I prefer everything in alphabetical order, so honestly, I don't care that the folders are first or last. I think it's like "Focus Follows Mouse"... totally depends on your own personal preference and as to how you learnt to interact with your desktop.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Fair enough, whatever works best for you. The main complaint though is that there should be an option to switch between the two ways. But as we all know, Apple has a short supply of switches.

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MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Exactly! For me "folders first" is one of the major annoyance in Windows Explorer. E. g. having some 1000 folders *and* files in a FS based repo and you want to quickly navigate to the first FILE starting with "org. apache", you simply entering the first letters 'org' which brings you *MEEP - ZERO POINTS FOR EXPLORER* to the first FOLDER starting with the 'org'. From there, you manually scroll down some hundred entries till you get to the file part.

So TotalFinder might be good for the people that like Finder to behave like they are used to from some other file manager but that does not make Finder a broken piece of software. Most long term Mac users have a rather different view on such things.

Care to explain what folder first is good for, anyway?

Edited 2010-12-21 18:44 UTC

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Panajev Member since:
2008-01-09

Best of both worlds? Sort with folders first and sort folders and files by alphabetical order.

In other words, folders first and then sort each group (folder and files) by your favorite criteria (one criteria for both).

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