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FileCutter is a contextual menu plugin that brings two new file management features to the Finder context menu.

In addition to Apple's offered ability to copy and paste files, FileCutter lets you cut files before pasting, and lets you paste an alias to a copied file rather than make a duplicate file.

What's New

Version 1.3.4:
  • Made the submenu that FileCutter has historically put its items in optional.


Mac OS X 10.3 or later (PPC). Mac OS X 10.4 or later (Intel).

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Greg Weston (Developer) Member IconDev+11
Greg Weston (Developer)

Follow-up on FileCutter and Snow Leopard.

After hammering at this (along with some other projects) for a couple of weeks I've determined that FileCutter cannot be reimplemented using Snow Leopard's "replacement" for the context menu plugin mechanism. I will be making available for registered users a package that restores a small subset of FC's functionality under 10.6. I think it will still be useful. But please do not register FileCutter if you have Snow Leopard or expect to upgrade in the near future.

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Version 1.3.4

Gotta respect your warning to users. Finally a dev that truly cares about his customers. I am not one of them but will definitely be watching what your work. Cheers! +1

Greg Weston (Developer) Member IconDev+11
Greg Weston (Developer)

FileCutter, like every other context menu plugin written for Mac OS X in the last decade, does not work in Mac OS X 10.6. Apple does not load context menu plugins into 64-bit hosts. The recommended workaround is to recreate the CM functionality as a service and I am working on that. Existing license codes will, of course, be honored by the new version.

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Version 1.3.4
JimW Member IconComment+454

This is also a feature of the donationware product; Finderpop, except it is called 'Move.' It does this very well along with a multitude of other features, including the mentioned alias feature, hierarchal menus, automatic right clicking (for single button mouse syndrome), folder navigation, and a host of other features. It is a proven and well supported product, having been around since OS 8 or so.

Mind you, I am not saying not to get FileCutter, or that it is bad, but just pointing out it is really nothing new and that another product with a proven track record does what it does and a lot more.

Additionally it is free unless you feel morally driven to reward the developer for his outstanding work and a great product as I, along with many others have done.

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Version 1.3.2
schmiegel Member IconComment+31

Good idea but doesn't work on my Powerbook (10.4.9).
Sometimes all menu items show up, sometimes only a part of them. Sometimes it pastes the file instead of an alias and reverse and sometimes nothing happens. Sorry, it seems to need a lot of work.

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Version 1.2.2
Greg Weston (Developer)

At least some of these comments seem like they stem from not understanding how the plugin works. If the user would contact me and describe what's happening and under what circumstances, I'd be happy to help. But I can't do anything with a single, vague report of unexpected behavior when it's working fine for me and everyone else who's ever commented on it.

Neil2112 Member IconReview+0

Alright. Greg has done what nobody else would do; give OSX 'cut and paste' in the Finder.
And it really works.
Some comments:
• The cut item does not actually disappear as it does in Windows. This is a good thing. It only seems to move once it is pasted thus eliminating the possibility of being forgotten.
• The cut/paste move cannot be undone, neither does it enable Command-X in the Finder. It is under its own CM heading 'FileCutter' at the bottom of the CM and bypasses the Finder's 'copy/paste'. Thus if you hit Command-V you will paste whatever is in the clipboard. You must compete the move with 'paste' from the 'FileCutter' CM. This also seems to be a good thing - you don't mess with what you have stored in your clipboard.
Congratulations Greg. I've been looking for someone to make the cut for 10 years.

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Version 1.0


The cut item doesn't disappear in Windows either. It is only moved when pasted. If you "cut" a file and then forget about it and then "cut" another file or whatnot, you don't lose the original file you cut. It simply stays where it was. The actual file icon gets ghosted to show that you "cut" it, but it doesn't actually get moved or deleted until you paste it somewhere else. Having said that, this command then works very similarly to the Windows command.


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Version 1.3.4
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Downloads 11,952
Version Downloads 8,139
License Shareware
Date 25 Feb 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $5.00
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