Path Finder

Licence: Shareware ($39.95)
Version 6.0.0 | Release Date: 2012-04-17 | Download
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Version 5.7.7 | Release Date: 2011-08-01 | Download

Fixed an exception when mounting servers on Lion (10.7).
Fixed ignore volume permissions checkbox on Lion (10.7).

Version 5.6 | Release Date: 2010-02-27 | Download
  • Updated Growl framework.
  • Updated Spanish localization.
  • Updated Slideshow code to use Quick Look.
  • Updated the application list rebuilding code.
  • Fixed the Change Background CM item on the desktop.
  • Fixed a bug in the iTunes browser.
  • Fixed a random crashing bug.
  • Fixed the Reveal in Finder toolbar item window.
  • Using an improved method of loading CM plugins.
  • Updated Portuguese localization.
  • Improved the Size browser.
Version 5.5.6 | Release Date: 2009-11-20 | Download
  • Noticeable speed improvements fetching directory listings for large directories.
  • Open in Tab menu works in sidebar.
  • Open in Tab menu added to the File/Open menu.
  • Updated the French localization.
  • Menu item size of Services menu fixed in contextual menu.
  • Mac Help menu item now works.
  • Fixed drawing problem in column view.
  • Fixed an exception in the processes module.
  • Now blocking older versions of DropBoxPlugin CM.
  • Added a menu item and keyboard shortcut for toggling panes in dual browser mode.
  • Added preference to disable dragging to the browser's toolbar. Right click on the toolbar to see it.
  • Fixed issue with drag and drop to the path navigator in dual pane mode.
  • Fixed issue with file monitoring on network volumes.
  • Fixed .flv preview.
  • Fixed a few exceptions and a small memory leak.
  • Added clicking in sidebar headers expands/contracts group.
  • Column view speed improvements.
  • Icon views selection style now matches the Finder.
Version 5.5.3 | Release Date: 2009-09-30 | Download
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Version 5.1.4 | Release Date: 2009-08-01 | Download
  • Desktop and icon view have grid adjustment slider.
  • Fixed a bug on the desktop where the selection would not restore properly.
  • Fixed some minor memory leaks.
  • New tab design similar to Safari 4.
  • Fixed sort by size bug.
  • Fixed menu short cut setting bugs.
  • Saving PDF preview settings so they don't revert back for every file.
  • Updated German, Dutch, and French localizations.
  • Fixed tab key in column view.
  • Added tab key shortcut while renaming to rename next file in list.
  • Clicking mouse button 3 on a folder will create a new tab.
  • Fixed a problem with groups and user names starting with underscore.
  • Slideshow now finds images in a thread to avoid beachball on large folders.
  • Fixed behavior of left arrow in list view. Now selects parent if selection in expanded folder.
  • Fixed updating the sidebar when the computer is renamed.
  • New Finder submenu in Path Finder menu in the menu bar which lets you enable the "Remove from Dock", and an item that lets you hide the Finder's desktop.
  • Now auto-expanding collapsed sections of the sidebar on drag and drop.
  • Added "Add to Drop Stack" menu item in the File menu.
  • Fixed a bug in movie and animated gif preview.
  • Fixed a bug where saving a file on the desktop would change it's position.
  • Lots of internal changes getting ready for 64 bit.
  • Fixed a bug in setting a custom icon in Get Info.
  • New version of class-dump included.
  • Fixed process shelf contextual menu bugs.
  • Back and Forward buttons now select previous directory if possible.
  • Enter key now is same as return key in Application Launcher.
  • Sharing screens UI now matches the Finder.
  • Fixed preflight scan issue with copying volumes.
  • Added 3 finger swipe gesture to go back and forward.
  • Fixed issues with Back to my Mac.
  • Added Recent Applications to Processes module.
  • Cmd-Up Arrow for going to the parent directory now selects previous folder.
  • Shared section of sidebar now displays any local WebDAV volumes.
  • Preview now support .docx format.
  • More improvements to Menu Key Editor. Arrow keys now work.
  • Renaming a folder now updates the tab bar if needed.
  • New setting to set Path Finder's desktop window level to match the Finder.
  • Spotlight searching works better.
Version 5.1.3 | Release Date: 2009-05-01 | Download
  • New launch button added to processes pane.
  • Fixed stop button on archive expansion.
  • Add preference in General section for larger fonts in browser window controls.
  • Added a select by label option in the selection tool panel.
  • Updated alias file handling to avoid endless refresh bug in OS X.
  • Fixed renaming files bug by stripping out any newlines.
  • Fixed bookmarks menu targetting wrong window.
  • Fixed file selection with keyboard bug.
  • Fixed preview of Illustrator files.
  • Added a confirm on Quit dialog.
  • Added Get Summary Info. Hold down control key for Get Info Summary in CM or menu bar.
  • Drawing folder icons as open in list view when expanded.
  • Fixed sidebar refresh on item rename.
  • No longer removing file extension when creating aliases.
  • Rewrote info view to use views instead of cells. Text now selectable/copyable.
  • Fixed checkbox clicking bug in preferences window.
  • Fixed small memory leak.
  • Fixed coverflow from scrolling to the beginning when removing an item.
  • Updated help files.
  • Fixed a bug when pasting in a path to the Goto Folder window.
  • Fixed an CPU hogging update loop in OS X for recent documents when opening files on smb servers.
  • Fixed a launching bug in OS X that wasn't bringing launched applications to front.
Version 5.1.1 | Release Date: 2009-04-30 | Download
  • New launch button added to processes pane.
  • Fixed stop button on archive expansion.
  • Add preference in General section for larger fonts in browser window controls.
  • Added a select by label option in the selection tool panel.
  • Updated alias file handling to avoid endless refresh bug in OS X.
  • Fixed renaming files bug by stripping out any newlines.
  • Fixed bookmarks menu targetting wrong window.
  • Fixed file selection with keyboard bug.
  • Fixed preview of Illustrator files.
  • Added a confirm on Quit dialog.
  • Added Get Summary Info. Hold down control key for Get Info Summary in CM or menu bar.
  • Drawing folder icons as open in list view when expanded.
  • Fixed sidebar refresh on item rename.
  • No longer removing file extension when creating aliases.
  • Rewrote info view to use views instead of cells. Text now selectable/copyable.
  • Fixed checkbox clicking bug in preferences window.
  • Fixed small memory leak.
  • Fixed coverflow from scrolling to the beginning when removing an item.
  • Updated help files.
  • Fixed a bug when pasting in a path to the Goto Folder window.
  • Fixed an CPU hogging update loop in OS X for recent documents when opening files on smb servers.
  • Fixed a launching bug in OS X that wasn't bringing launched applications to front.
Version 5.0.4 | Release Date: 2008-12-11 | Download

release notes not available at developer site nor in download at the time of this posting

Version 5.0.2 | Release Date: 2008-11-06 | Download

Bug fixes

Version 5.0.1 | Release Date: 2008-10-31 | Download

A small number of users were having problems launching Path Finder 5. This has been fixed.

Includes new localizations for German, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish.

Version 5.0 | Release Date: 2008-10-23 | Download

Version 5.0 now includes a Dual Pane file browser. A user can display two folders side by side in the same window, and easily Drag and Drop, Cut, Copy, and Paste files between the two. The application also includes a new Sidebar for Devices, Searches, Favorite Places and Network Shares.

Version 4.8.5 | Release Date: 2008-04-29 | Download

Path Finder 4.8.5 changelog
Path Finder 4.8.5 fixes one issue discovered after Path Finder 4.8.4 was released: it reactivates image previews for those running Mac OS X 10.5 on a PPC-based system. It is otherwise identical to Path Finder 4.8.4.

Path Finder 4.8.4 changelog
Path Finder 4.8.4 is a critical maintenance update that fixes a number of issues, including a workaround for a Mac OS X 10.5.2 bug that could cause list view to crash or hang. It also fixes a critical Mac OS X 10.4 issue where file operations could fail. It is a highly recommended and free upgrade for all Path Finder 4 customers.

OS X 10.5-specific bug fixes and improvements
Worked around an Apple bug introduced in OS X 10.5.2 that causes Path Finder to hang or crash when using List View
Fixed an exception that could occur when nothing was selected on the Desktop and QuickLook window was invoked
Fixed an issue where Column View automatic resizing (by double-clicking on the column resize widget) resulted in columns being too narrow
Added zoom-in animation to QuickLook (thanks to a tip courtesy of Ciarán Walsh http://ciaranwal.sh/ )
Added QuickLook support to Find window
Added better icon previews for Icon View (matches the Finder)
You can now open Quick Look in full screen mode via the Cmd-Option-Y keyboard shortcut
OS X 10.4-specific bug fixes and improvements
Fixed a critical issue where copy/move/delete operations would fail
Fixed an issue where Path Finder’s menus could be greyed out at startup (caused by an unusual Downloads folder set up).
General improvements
Added the ability to customize what plugins appear in the split pane / Shelf / drawers (click on the name / small arrow in the grey header bar and select “Organize”)

Version 4.8.3 | Release Date: 2007-11-29 | Download

Path Finder 4.8.3 changelog
Tiger specific bug fixes

* Fixed a frequent ctask crash when emptying the Trash (this also fixes “quit Path Finder” menu greyed out on Tiger)

Leopard specific bug fixes and improvements

* Fixed an issue where the last part of the name could become invisible while renaming files
* Fixed List View subfolders collapsing issue
* The Shelf now uses the new system icons
* Disk images opened by Path Finder no longer open a Finder window (disk images containing a license are an exception)
* When the QuickLook panel is open arrow key strokes are now passed onto the browser
* Fixed a Size Browser crash that could occur when the tooltips appeared
* QuickLook now previews the contents of the alias’ original to match Finder
* Creating and mounting encrypted disk images work again
* Fixed a crash that could occur when previewing images in the bottom preview pane
* Various fixes to the “Reveal in Path Finder” feature
* Fixed iChat reports

General bug fixes and improvements

* Updated Stuffit engine to the current version - 12.0.1
* Path Finder now comes to the front if you’re dragging a file to a Path Finder file browser window
* The blue background for the Shelf is turned on by default
* Added a hidden preference to make Option key as Meta in Terminal (was hard-coded before which broke the ability to type pipe symbols on german and some other keyboards) - open Terminal and type the following: defaults write com.cocoatech.PathFinder optionKeyIsMeta 1 to set it
* When a file on the Desktop is selected and a Terminal window is opened, the terminal now defaults to the home directory, instead of /Desktop
* Fixed an issue where double-clicking on a column resizer in the Size Browser could produce crazy column widths
* “Add to Drop Stack” contextual menu item works again from the Desktop
* Fixed an issue where it was impossible to drag the Path Finder window around by its status bar if the application was in the background
* Fixed a minor “Go to” window bug
* Fixed an issue with the Subversion plugin when commit messages contained special characters
* Optimized the Icon View speed when it was set to display very large thumbnails
* Fixed an issue where revealing in an existing Tab didn’t select the file

Version 4.8.2 | Release Date: 2007-11-13 | Download

Path Finder 4.8.2 is a free upgrade for all licensed Path Finder 4 customers.

New Features available only on Mac OS X 10.5

  • You can now set Path Finder as your “Default File viewer”! See the Path Finder Reveal preferences for this preference. Activating this will redirect all “Reveal in Finder” calls from other applications to Path Finder. Note that this may not work in all applications, but the majority should redirect to Path Finder correctly.
  • “QuickLook” support: You can now view documents in Mac OS X 10.5’s QuickLook. Access to this feature is available via a contextual menu item, by using the space bar keyboard shortcut, via the Commands menu, or via the toolbar button. As well, the QuickLook toolbar button changes to Slideshow if you hold down the Option key.

Leopard compatibility fixes

  • Superuser operations (as root) are working again (this also fixes the inability to quit Path Finder after such an operation failed in previous versions of Path Finder)
  • Fixed a problem where a “Launcher” folder appeared in the Dock while copying/moving/deleting files
  • “Connect to Server” dialog works again
  • Fixed an issue where weird numbers appeared in the tooltips in Column View and Size Browser (which made the latter crash)
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect drawing of selection rectangle on the Desktop
  • Select Tool works in Column View again
  • Made List View more resource efficient under certain circumstances

Other fixes

  • Fixes to “Reveal in Path Finder” preference (revealing in tab or existing window works again, and we correctly reveals in the frontmost window if Path Finder was hidden before)
  • Minor Tab drawing fixes
  • Removed drawer borders
Version 4.8.1 | Release Date: 2007-10-25 | Download

Per-folder settings fixes

  • "This window" now correctly reflects "All windows" user preferences as starting point (before you had to start customizing from factory defaults)
  • you can again have two windows open with two different types of sorting

Visual improvements

  • Added a gear button below the Shelf with "Hide/Show Shelf" and "Hide/Show Drop Stack" options
  • Fixed a "one pixel" alignment issue that occurred to the Drop Stack when the Bookmarks bar was hidden
  • By popular request, we added a preference to make the Shelf blue (click on the new gear wheel button under the Shelf)
  • Fixed font size differences in the Shelf contextual menu
  • You can now access Sorting Preferences in Column View by clicking on the column header triangle
  • Fixed the drawing of the reload button in the status bar
  • Fixed an issue where the Tab text color was hard to read when windows were in the background
  • Fixed an issue where the preview column’s background was inccorect when displaying movie previews

Terminal fixes

  • Fixed the option key to work as Meta
  • Fixed the broken Terminal background transparency preference
  • Terminal window now matches browser window style

Other

  • Fixed an issue with opening text files in the text editor when automatic encoding detection was turned on
  • Fixes to the iTunes browser plugin (fixed a burning and isolated crash)
  • Updated Taiwan, Japanese, German and Dutch localizations
  • Updated the Stuffit engine to the brand new version (version 12)
Version 4.8 | Release Date: 2007-10-01 | Download

Features

  • Leopard-esque interface redesign (more on the redesign here)
  • Per-Folder settings: We now store and support per-folder view settings (check out the View Options window) - more information here

Improvements

  • Simplified and shortened the File menu
  • Streamlined the default contextual menu: The default menus are now shorter for the Actions and Contextual Menu. We also added a “New Folder” item, made a bunch of items dynamically appear based on the current selection, and moved third-party and Finder CM items into a “More” submenu to make PF more stable
  • If the option key is held down when the contextual menu is invoked the “Open with” CM menu item now changes to “Always open with”
  • You can now set Path Finder as a default app to open text or PDF files
  • Added the “Tab Sets” menu to the main menu (under the “New Tab” submenu) so they can have Set Menu Keys assigned to them
  • Bookmarks can go into packages now (you can navigate into the iPhoto ‘08 database this way for example)
  • Option to put the Bookmark bar at the bottom of the browser (check out the little triangle at the right side of the Bookmarks bar)
  • Made the entire Trash sidebar area clickable (before you needed to click exactly on the Trash icon)
  • Removed the “Applications” menu (changing the default preference in Path Finder 4.7 to “off” was the first step in this process). If you still need it, there’s a hidden defaults write pref now: ShowApplicationsMenu
  • Added an option to “Keep Path Trail” in Path Navigator – check out little triangle at the right of the Path Navigator bar. When selected this maintains the folder hierarchy of the currect session in the Path Navigator. Turning this off makes the Path Navigator change to whatever the current folder is.
  • Better type-and-sort behaviour in the Application Launcher. The first letter you type will match application names starting with that letter immediately instead of showing applications starting with and containing that letter as well.
  • The Find window now honors the Smart Sorting preference
  • Added bzip2 compression to disk image creation utility for much smaller disk image file sizes
  • Option-click on a disclosure triangle in List View will now expand all of that folder's child folders (ala the Finder)
  • “Sort by” and “Sort ascending” options were to the View Options window
  • Updated the French and German localizations

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a longstanding issue with Fast Search – now it should correctly find invisible files and files starting with a dot
  • Fixed a ctask crash
  • Fixed an issue with password-protected PDFs and previews
  • Fixed a bug where Services submenus got disabled if an item on Desktop was selected
  • Potentially fixed an iTunes browser crash that could happen if you were listening to iTunes and the iTunes Browser was opened at the same time
  • Fixed a Get Info window bug where expanded and collapsed state could be saved incorrectly
  • Fixed a Get Info window crash that could occur when displaying several info windows showing metadata
  • Potentially fixed a frequent Get Info window crash that can occur when opening and closing many Get Info windows that were displaying the permissions pane
  • Fixed an issue with the built-in purchase framework on OS X 10.5
  • Fixed the preview of iChat transcripts on OS X 10.5
  • Fixed some internal build settings on OS X 10.5
  • Fixed a bug with List and Icon View not refreshing correctly
  • You can scroll the contents of background windows by hovering the mouse over them while scrolling (was broken in 4.7.2)
  • Fixed an issue where invisible items in List View were impossible to delete
Version 4.7.2 | Release Date: 2007-07-23 | Download

Path Finder 4.7.2 changelog
Path Finder 4.7.2 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of issues (including one priority issue). Is a highly recommended update for all Path Finder customers and is free for all registered Path Finder 4 users.

Fixed an issue where selecting or moving a large number of files could fail or cause Path Finder to crash
Fixed path navigator drawing problems when placed below the browser
Fixed Volume icons placement on the desktop (where the Network icon could overlap other icons)
Setting PF’s terminal to use an external terminal application works again
Fixed incorrect highlighting in Column View that could occur when deselecting files using command-click
Dragging an address from Firefox browser to PF’s Desktop will now correctly create a .webloc file
Dragging and dropping selected text into a Path Finder window or Desktop will now correctly create a .textClipping file
Fixed an image converter bug
Added a “Convert Image” item to the Preview menu
Fixed an issue where ‘Date Modified’ could display twice when a custom date format was set in System Preferences
Fixed Spotlight comments text wrapping
Updated Japanese and Spanish localizations

Version 4.7.1 | Release Date: 2007-07-04 | Download

Path Finder 4.7.1 is a maintenance update that addresses issues discovered after the release of Path Finder 4.7. It is a highly recommended update and is a free upgrade for all registered Path Finder 4 customers.

  • Fixed an issue where hitting tab in the svn commit panel submitted instead of focussing the cancel button—Subversion support is no longer experimental.
  • The “Open Package” menu item was broken – fixed
  • Optimized the speed of moving items to the trash and deleting items
  • The Application Launcher will no longer show aliases to applications as duplicates
  • Potentially fixed an exception that could occur when parsing XML for the “svn status” command
  • Added Screen Capture back to global application menu
  • Built-in Text Editor can open .rtfd documents again
  • Added Module windows menu option to open Preview, Terminal, Console, etc. in their own window
  • Label color names in Get Info window are now displayed correctly
  • Added the ability to set “open with” application for multiple selection
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue where the upper part of the column view separator didn’t move when resizing columns
  • Optimized the Application Launcher’'s loading time
  • Internal localizations work and fixed Japanese localization of Application Launcher
  • fixed Get Info on OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • We now sort “open with” menu application list by name
  • Reverted back to the old Connect to Server dialog (the OS-provided one is unfortunately still buggy)
  • Added two preferences for associating FTP / AFP / file URLs with PF (see Path Finder > Application preferences)
  • We now save Spotlight comments automatically when closing the Get Info window
  • Fixed an issue where PDFs in the trash that had been in the PDF viewer prevented the trash from emptying.
  • New updated Japanese and German localizations
Version 4.7.0 | Release Date: 2007-06-10 | Download

Redesigned Get Info window which allows get summary info (Cmd-Option-I)

New Subversion plugin (experimental - use with caution) that provides basic svn functionality (status, update, commit, diff, add)

Redesigned Applications Launcher - press F8 or see the Go menu

Updated the Terminal to the latest iTerm code: new interface; drag reorder tabs in terminal; drag tab out of window to create new window; many other new features. Terminal preferences have been moved and can be now found in the terminal window (“Settings” toolbar button).

Added the ability to preview Safari .webarchive files
You can now preview and play media files as well as preview PDF thumbnails in the last column of column view

Many more changes and fixes

Version 4.6.1 | Release Date: 2006-12-04 | Download
  • Fixed tab switching quick keys (Cmd-Shift-[] shortcut for next and previous tabs should now work)
  • Fixed an issue where the Secure Delete file listing could be garbled
  • Updated Japanese and Italian localizations
  • Worked around an incompatibility with older versions (pre 11.01) of the Stuffit contextual menu plugin
  • Fixed an exception that could occur when printing from the PDF viewer
  • Fixed an issue where print dialogue appeared as a sheet when invoked from the desktop
  • Fixed an issue where applications launched via Path Finder's application launcher were not added to the file history
  • Fixed a bug where a window invoked from the Path Finder dock icon didn't receive focus
  • Fixed a rare NSBrowser crash
  • Tweaked brushed metal mode to fix a window dragging issue
  • Fixed a "calculate" issue with more than 10 items
Version 4.6 | Release Date: 2006-11-29 | Download

New Features

* Tab sets! You can now set up a window with the tabs open and settings you like and then save this as a tab set (see the tab bar button).
* You can now drag and drop tabs to reorder them
* Double-clicking on the tab bar creates a new tab
* Added “Combine as Tabs” feature which collects all currently open windows as tabs into one window.
* Added the ability to always open folders and desktop volumes in a new tab (see Browser preferences)
* You can now drag a folder on the tab bar to create a new tab with that folder
* Added warning if the window is closed when there are multiple tabs open.
* Now compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” (we think)
* Implemented new iTunes 7-esque “brushed metal” look courtesy of Matt Gemmell’s TunesWindow
* You can now preview .flv (Flash video) files in the preview pane. (Note - this doesn’t work in the preview drawer due to issues in Webkit, but I’ve got Steve looking into it)
* SWF (shockwave flash) previews now have play controls (only those that allow for this)
* Implement Find in HTML preview (click into preview to give it focus, and then hit command+f to search)

Bug fixes and other improvements

* Updated German, French, Italian and Swedish localizations
* Fixed problem with Path Navigator where a small font will cause it to display just ” …”
* Fixed issue where bookmarked folders and shelf items disappeared when drive on which they reside is ejected
* Fixed a problem where “replace file?” sheet appeared behind all windows in some cases
* Fixed problem where “new shelf” sheet appeared behind the browser window
* Optimized speed for “man to pdf” command
* Fixed problem, where clicking “more info” in last column will cause the get info window appear behind all windows
* Fixed issue where folder/file history could grow beyond preset limits, thus slowing down the program
* Fixed issue when CM menu would not show up in some cases until PF is relaunched
* Fixed crashing issue involving Path Navigator (NTButtonBar)
* Fixed issue where current column wasn’t fully visible in file browser
* Optimized performance (copy / move / delete operations should be approximately 30% faster)
* Fixed crash when opening PDFs in the built-in viewer
* Fixed an issue where the icon's size slider for Desktop skipped 48×48 size
* Fixed bug where Spotlight comments were not saved for folders
* Made the Network Activity window's colours match the Console window
* Fixed crash that could occur when dismounting a volume
* Fixed issue where rename toolbar item was disabled
* Now when "double-click when clicking icon" is on, you are able to select the file name by clicking on label/text part (before it opened, no matter where you clicked)
* Fixed some issues with the Japanese localization
* Fixed problem with contextual menu plugins (e.g. Ambrosia Software's Dragster) where holding down modifier keys didn't change the menu options in the CM
* Fixed issue with shadow drawing bad in the status bar
* Moved drawer toggles to the toolbar
* Fixed issue where PF could crash while recognizing the formatting / type of a volume
* Fixed type-to-select issue with filenames that began with a number
* Updated RBSplitView, OmniFrameworks, and Stuffit Engine to latest versions
* Fixed issue with browser window not resizing properly on second monitor when opening drawers
* Fixed page up/page down/home/end keys in icon view
* Fixed image preview checkerboard issue (set colour to opacity of 0 to hide)
* Alternating row colours were a bit flaky, but no more
* Fixed the tiny gap that appeared in column view when using small scroll bars
* Background colour in column view is now applied to all columns
* Moved the open Applications folder menu item to the Go menu
* Added an open Utilities folder and set the quick key to Command+Shift+U
* Fixed an issue where file copying could fail if you tried copying a file that was larger than the free space left on the drive - it now works
* Fixed copy bug when command-dragging into packages
* Added an icon for RAR archives

Version v 4.5 | Release Date: 2006-10-28 | Download
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Version 4.1 | Release Date: 2006-07-09 | Download
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