AMUG OS X SIG + Total Finder Review

From: Todd D.
Sent on: Monday, August 22, 2011 9:12 PM


 

 

 

 

AMUG Next General Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 23

Program: All Things Apple

Presenter: Jay Caan

Description: We talk about the latest Apple news announcements, rumors and Q&A.

Location: Macquarium, Peachtree Street, Midtown

WARNING: Don't park in the Macquarium parking lot - they have contracted it out to money grubbers. Save the $10 for a Starbucks and a few iTunes songs! There are two $3 lots across the street. If you are brave and can outrun the bouncers, you can park in one of the restaurant lots.

Questions: Todd Daniel - [masked], cell [masked]

COMING IN SEPTEMBER: We will NOT hold a general meeting in September. Instead, we are holding a picnic/gear swap at Azalea Park on the Chattahoochee River on Sept. 24, 2011, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be an incredible day of fun. Don't worry, we are working to obtain wifi so that no one will go into withdrawal.

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 The Vice President Speaketh

Shareware Utility Review: TotalFinder

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I have always been an Apple purist and never questioned the ways of Steve. When Apple dumped the 3.5" drive, I said "no problem." When they held on to their single-button mouse when everyone else had a two-button mouse, I did not question. When they dumped optical drives, I still did not question. So, it was with great nerve and trepidation that I dared to alter the most holiest of all Macdom components -- the Finder [gasps are heard from the audience].

TotalFinder adds cool features to your Finder software, and it's something I use and enjoy every day. Most wonderfully, TotalFinder provides TABBED BROWSING. This is super nice when you want to move items between windows. Better yet, do a double-click on a tab, and the two browser windows go into side-by-side mode, which makes it even EASIER to move files around.

But wait, there's even more. You now have real CUT & PASTE just like the PC owners, which is faster than drag & drop. Other features include the Visor, which is in your top menu bar and allows you to easily do Finder operations. In addition, TotalFinder has an option list view that allows subfolders to be shown first. One other feature is Show System Files, which makes Apple engineers gasp, but it does allow you to quickly see your hidden files.

When Lion came out I was sure that the Finder would be upgraded to include some of these features, but it was not. Maybe Apple was afraid of pissing off Microsoft -- I don't know. But when TotalFinder immediately came out with a Lion update, I said, "That's a sign of a good company!" So, yes, it runs perfectly with Lion. In fact, it runs perfectly with everything, it does not eat up your processor time, and it's stable and happy.

The cost was recently jacked up to $18, but it's still a deal. For more info, visit: http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/




-- Todd Daniel








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