What if you don’t like the Finder? There are Finder replacements. Some do more than Finder, like Path Finder, which is a Finder for the geekier Mac user or power user or Wonder Woman (who uses an invisible Mac). At the other end of the scale is the Fisher Price Finder replacement called zCommander.
What you get with this superhero sidekick Finder replacement is familiarity and a slightly easier-to-use user interface. Oh, and tabs. Lots of tabs. That’s what you would expect from file management software which doesn’t use the word Finder but performs many Finder-like functions for a modest price.
Like the Mac’s built-in Finder, zCommander displays a list of apps, files, and folders, from whatever hierarchy you, well, find. The split-pane view shows multiple locations on your Mac and each can have multiple tabs. Many tabs. Tabs of tabs.
With all those tabs comes great responsiblity. Tabs can be sorted by items. Search just by typing a file name, but the advanced search option means you can search by file type, size, and even contents.
Up top is the zCommander toolbar with larger and more obvious icons than the Mac’s Finder, and with a few additional options which seem to negate the need for the Finder’s Sidebar, which I like (despite the lack of color). Click to view the Desktop, Documents, or Downloads, right from the Toolbar.
Overall, zCommander is a bit easier to use than Finder, but also comes with a few customizable options not found in Finder.
That’s just one, but navigation between folders is easier, and a click gets the Mac’s Terminal.app on screen. See? zCommander goes from simple to geeky with a click. Copying, moving, and trashing are fast, thanks to multi-threading, but copying and pasting work Windows-like. Don’t ask why.
While the Mac’s Finder is fine for Mac folk, zCommander appears aimed at the great unwashed masses of Windows users who left the dark side to back in the light of Apple. You’ll see some of the Fisher Price effect in Toolbar icons, extra color options, but the app still gets the job done. Finding stuff on your Mac with just a little bit of point and click here and there.