Developers and designers often create variations of how or what the next version of iOS could/should look like, but you don’t see as many conceptualizations and renderings for OS X. ClawMenu
is a Mac app that dares to re-imagine how Finder and Launchpad could work together, providing you with a single place to browse files in Finder and launch apps. It’s worth $7.99 in the Mac App Store and has a demo version that you can use for seven days, no strings attached. It allows you to add folder locations, preview and open files, launch apps, and add folder shortcuts. The app can be brought to front by moving your mouse cursor to a screen edge of your choice.
The Finder in Mac is generally just a file explorer with no hardcore features that would warrant calling it anything else, but it isn’t really as bare as it seems. As far as videos are concerned, the Finder can do much more. Specifically, you can use the Finder to encode and resize videos, as well as to extract their audio. The feature, built into Mac, requires no codecs to be installed, and works only on files that Mac supports. Hence, Flash files cannot utilize this encoding, but the common MP4s can be used without needing to think twice.
Mac OS X Lion does quite a few things differently from Snow Leopard, and for the most part, users have either reconciled with it or found an app, script or tweak that helped restore it to how it looked or worked before the new version. Whether you are yet to upgrade to Lion, have recently done so or are already using it without any modifications in the hopes that you will eventually get used to it, here are a few things you can do to bring back some functionality to the Finder.
If you’ve transitioned to Mac from a Windows PC, you will probably have figured out that Finder is to Mac what Windows Explorer is to Windows. You will also find that there are some options from the right-click context menu of a file that were there on your Windows PC, but are missing in Finder. Even if you’re a long time Mac user, some commands like moving or copying a file, finding the file path, viewing hidden items etc, are some actions that you could do with having in the right-click context menu. XtraFinder
is a free Mac app that adds these and other features to both the Finder menu and a file’s right-click context menu. In summary, the app will automatically arrange folders at the top, arrange items by name when in icon view, Collapse all, Show hidden items, refresh, copy file path, create a new file, copy or move a file to another destination, refresh, select multiple files, view contents of a folder as sub-menu and launch an app as root.
We recently covered an app, Easy File Hider
, worth $1.99, which allows you to change the visibility attribute of a file to Hidden
. In the spirit of hiding things from the world and anyone who uses your Mac, here is a little tip to keep files from appearing in Spotlight search and in ‘All Files’ in the Mac Finder. The fact is, hidden files will be visible if you’ve enabled Mac to show them in Finder. They can be searched for from Spotlight, and if you were to view All Files in Finder, they will be listed with their respective file types. Hiding folders and their contents from Spotlight and All Files involves nothing more than a quick visit to the System Preferences.
Many of you would be aware that you can label files in Mac Finder. Color labels can be applied to any file or folder, and when files are arranged by Labels, they are grouped together as per the colors assigned to them. One of the easiest and most commonly known ways of assigning a label to a file is from the context menu. Two additional methods are by adding the label button to the toolbar, or by dragging & dropping a file on to an existing category. While each one of these methods are effective, some take more time than others. Here’s a quick way to add labels using all three methods. Pick whichever seems the fastest to you.
First it was Trulia For Rent, then Airbnb, MyApartmentMap, and so many others in between; Android users (especially those based in the US) have certainly hit a purple patch with so many various apartment finders available to them in a small matter of just a few months. Adding to the long list of invaluable apartment-specific web-based search engines is Apartment.com, that has just released its official Android client to help users find an ideal place to dwell in, without having to deal with umpteen number of yellow pages, or sorting out all the various property advertisements.
Ranging from conventional apartments to expensive villas, Apartment.com ensures that you can instantly find a rental deal of interest on the go. The app comes packed with some very user-friendly features, such as real-time search suggestions for properties within areas of interest, filtration of search results by rent, bedrooms, bathrooms as well as amenities, locating available properties on map, detailed floor plans and 2D models of apartments, instant availability check by contacting the property owner, and plenty of highly informative content pertaining to each and every search result.
are two well known tweakers for OS X. Their main advantage: even a novice can tweak their OS without worrying about going critical mass on a brand new Mac book. For those who think that people messing around with the default settings on a Mac must secretly work for NASA, these apps reveal that they are actually tweaking with hidden (read: built in and totally changeable) Mac features. Similar to those two app is iTweaX,
a Mac app that lets you change several default settings on your Mac OS X Lion. The app divides its customization options into three broad categories, i.e., Maintenance (backup scripts), Tweaks (change how the default apps behave) and Cleaning (emptying Caches and logs). A fourth category lets you restore your system from one of the backups that you’ve taken.
is an application which extends contextual menus
using its own custom folder items. The latest version 2.4 supports both Mac Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, featuring numerous new options to access Desktop, mounted disk images, processes, and user-selected items residing in its FinderPop Items
folder. For those who are not familiar with FinderPop, it adds convenient options and menu to Mac OS X default context menu allowing users to quickly access desktop items, processes and frequently used files and folders.
Mac Finder, unlike Windows Explorer, doesn’t offer address bar and file management buttons in toolbar, such as, copy, paste, move, move to Trash (delete), with other important options which would’ve made using Finder and sifting through open windows a lot easier. Advance search option is another reason why so many proficient Mac users rely more on system search utilities instead of Finder native search option. If you’re using multiple utilities to enhance these core features of Finder, have a look at
standalone application for Mac called Magician File
A while back we reviewed a tiny application for Mac, called, Click2Shell
, which lets you open current Finder window in Mac Terminal. It supports numerous other shells, including, Tenex C Shell, TCL shell, etc while you can use it with widely used Mac terminal emulators, including, iTerm and xTerm. cdto
provides the similar functionality but with small yet useful variations. The application claims to handle special characters in file/folder paths, such as, apostrophes and other Unicode characters while supporting both Terminal emulators iTerm and X11. The application can save you the trouble of manually editing the folder/file path in Mac Terminal before you execute commands over it.