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    Hi him just wondering what would you say are Apps that I should download on my new Imac

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    They're most already on your Mac.

    Everyone here has some third-party apps that we really like, but as I say in my essay (linked below), you should really take some time and get to know the apps you already have. If for no other reason than then having a better idea of what you think you might need, so we can give you better recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    They're most already on your Mac.

    Everyone here has some third-party apps that we really like, but as I say in my essay (linked below), you should really take some time and get to know the apps you already have. If for no other reason than then having a better idea of what you think you might need, so we can give you better recommendations.
    The one thing I found to be so true in your essay:

    It's important that you UNlearn a lot of what you learned about Windows in order to really go beyond the basics of the Mac and enjoy its full awesomeness.

    If I would have followed that advice at first it would have saved me so much time and effort.
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    Hi OP,

    Hi him just wondering what would you say are Apps that I should download on my new Imac
    Defiantly your first Mac. Welcome and enjoy.
    I will add go to the app store and get Pages.

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    Been a Mac user for over twenty years and yet to have a 'must have App'. Just get what appeals to you.
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    How about PATH FINDER guys. I really find it useful. It's my first paid app and it's worth it. I'm not satisfied with FINDER because it cannot hide/reveal a file or folder except using Terminal commands. That is very important to me. Path Finder also has very nice side bar arrangement 

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    Quote Originally Posted by CebuCity View Post
    How about PATH FINDER guys. I really find it useful. It's my first paid app and it's worth it. I'm not satisfied with FINDER because it cannot hide/reveal a file or folder except using Terminal commands. That is very important to me. Path Finder also has very nice side bar arrangement 
    I haven't used Path Finder in quite some time, but I don't remember being impressed with it back in the day.

    TotalFinder is a plug-in for the Finder that adds tabs and allows you to join tabs to do dual-paned file manipulation. It also adds system wide cut/copy/paste functionality for file manipulation. Additionally, it can show hidden files with a hot key. Best of all, it's less than half the price of Path Finder.
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    The main reasons I got Path Finder was for Tabs, smart folder sorting, cut/paste of files, and easy hide and show of system files. Total Finder has all of these - and I highly recommend it.

    I bought Path Finder before Total Finder was ready. That being said there are still a few things that pathfinder has which may be nice - but the software is expensive. You can assign hotkeys to any menu item. It has "shelves" that let you access processes, a terminal, and reccents very easily. It cycles through icons like other file managers do (i.e. as I push arrow right, the selection will wrap to the next line) You can view coverflow with any type of other view (i.e. it doesn't have to be list view to be in cover flow. There is extra info available under files. The context menu is customizable as well. Most of this stuff is power user stuff so it may not matter to most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanLasston View Post
    The main reasons I got Path Finder was for Tabs, smart folder sorting, cut/paste of files, and easy hide and show of system files. Total Finder has all of these - and I highly recommend it.

    I bought Path Finder before Total Finder was ready. That being said there are still a few things that pathfinder has which may be nice - but the software is expensive. You can assign hotkeys to any menu item. It has "shelves" that let you access processes, a terminal, and reccents very easily. It cycles through icons like other file managers do (i.e. as I push arrow right, the selection will wrap to the next line) You can view coverflow with any type of other view (i.e. it doesn't have to be list view to be in cover flow. There is extra info available under files. The context menu is customizable as well. Most of this stuff is power user stuff so it may not matter to most.
    How can I install TotalFinder guys? If I knew this at first then I would have not bought Path Finder.

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    You install it by downloading it, and opening the installer app.
    TotalFinder brings tabs to your native Finder and more!

    And OMG, I see something new on his website!!!! I'm gonna try this out since I was missing it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I haven't used Path Finder in quite some time, but I don't remember being impressed with it back in the day.

    TotalFinder is a plug-in for the Finder that adds tabs and allows you to join tabs to do dual-paned file manipulation. It also adds system wide cut/copy/paste functionality for file manipulation. Additionally, it can show hidden files with a hot key. Best of all, it's less than half the price of Path Finder.
    Guys, I guess I need some help here. I just installed TotalFinder plug-in and I'm looking for the things you mentioned.
    1."dual-paned file manipulation?" what do you mean? What I really want is like a Tree Type arrangement like windows explorer. PathFinder has this "Two Columns" option where you can make Tree arrangement of folders on both columns.
    2. Show/Hide file. How can I find it in TotalFinder?


    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanLasston View Post
    The main reasons I got Path Finder was for Tabs, smart folder sorting, cut/paste of files, and easy hide and show of system files. Total Finder has all of these - and I highly recommend it.

    I bought Path Finder before Total Finder was ready. That being said there are still a few things that pathfinder has which may be nice - but the software is expensive. You can assign hotkeys to any menu item. It has "shelves" that let you access processes, a terminal, and reccents very easily. It cycles through icons like other file managers do (i.e. as I push arrow right, the selection will wrap to the next line) You can view coverflow with any type of other view (i.e. it doesn't have to be list view to be in cover flow. There is extra info available under files. The context menu is customizable as well. Most of this stuff is power user stuff so it may not matter to most.
    IvanLasston,

    Can you pls help me about the below list. I jus installed TotalFinder. I have MBP and installed path finder but I plan to buy iMac and install the same until some guys recommended total finder which is nicer and less cost.

     You can assign hotkeys to any menu item?

     It has "shelves" that let you access processes, a terminal, and reccents very easily?

     It cycles through icons like other file managers do (i.e. as I push arrow right, the selection will wrap to the next line)?


     You can view coverflow with any type of other view (i.e. it doesn't have to be list view to be in cover flow?

     There is extra info available under files?

    Sorry I'm just a newbie

    Thank you

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    What SPECIFICALLY do you need path or total finder to do for you that Finder isn't able to do for you?

    With respect to my colleagues, I don't think either program is IMO a good suggestion for someone who says they are still learning the Mac. As I say in my essay, "unless you have a specific reason not to do so, just go along with the way Apple designed the system."

    I think you've been done a disservice CebuCity, quite frankly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CebuCity View Post
    IvanLasston,

    Can you pls help me about the below list. I jus installed TotalFinder. I have MBP and installed path finder but I plan to buy iMac and install the same until some guys recommended total finder which is nicer and less cost.

     You can assign hotkeys to any menu item?

     It has "shelves" that let you access processes, a terminal, and reccents very easily?

     It cycles through icons like other file managers do (i.e. as I push arrow right, the selection will wrap to the next line)?


     You can view coverflow with any type of other view (i.e. it doesn't have to be list view to be in cover flow?

     There is extra info available under files?

    Sorry I'm just a newbie

    Thank you
    The list I made was for Pathfinder - it is the things Pathfinder adds that total finder doesn't have. These - in my opinion are nice to haves but Pathfinder is $40 vs Total Finder's $18.

    To use dual pane mode in Total Finder - View -> Dual View (or Cmd-u)

    IMHO Finder is missing some basic niceties that people except coming from other OSes. Although I mostly agree with Chas' suggestion to use the Mac out of the box - the Finder is one of the places where I'd recommend getting some kind of upgrade and not be frustrated by what is lacking. Note that Lion already adds copy/cut/paste of files so that major annoyance has gone away. But Chas' point is valid - I had very specific requirements that I needed day to day and Total Finder fit those requirements - but I expect not everyone needs to see system files(for example)

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