Me and the Mac go way back. I’ve used the Finder on various Mac operating systems since the spring of 1984. It’s a love hate relationship, though in recent years Apple has improved the Finder’s, uh, usability and fixed a few of the most egregious shortcomings (tabs, dual panes). The Finder’s problems spawned a cottage industry of Finder add-on utilities and Finder-like apps with super powers (by comparison). Here’s another one and it’s free.
Most of us use the Mac’s Finder to find files and navigate folders. The Finder has a customizable toolbar and sidebar which acts as an app launcher or folder finder. What the Finder lacks are some of the more esoteric and useful functions that geeks love. Multiple window panes and tabs to start.
New on the block is Commander One, a Mac Finder-like app written entirely in Swift, Apple’s new programming language. What you get in Commander One is familiarity and a bunch of tools the Finder does not have.
Commander One is customizable almost to a fault. It features a dual-pane file manager, multiple tabs, multiple views, and options to display hidden files, rename files when they’re moved, and custom fonts and colors.
Also built in to Commander One are familiar faces, including .zip support to archive or extract .zip files, a file viewer which goes beyond what the Finder provides in Preview mode, and very geeky settings for power users, including customizable hotkeys, root access to system files, and even History and Favorite options, and the ability to select multiple disparate items.
The free version of Commander One has most of what the average Mac user would want, but the Pro version provides different archiving options, ability to mount iOS devices, themes, an FTP manager, Dropbox integration, and more. The Pro options bring Commander One closer to, but not quite as feature laden as my favorite, Path Finder.
If you’ve grown a bit tired of the Finder’s few remaining shortcomings and you’re itchy to try on a new hat but don’t want to pay the price until you see how it fits, Commander One is a good start.