Xfolders
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Xfolders supplements the Finder through its assistance of simply administrating of your files.

Features:
  • Completely for Tiger re-written cocoa application.
  • Uses the new technology of Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Full integration of the Finder, thus support of all file operations from and to the Finder.
  • Drag & Drop between both filelists and the Finder.
  • Support for all important file operations.
  • Info dialoge for simply changing the file and folder attributes.
  • Intelligent path navigators for both file lists.
  • Bookmarks & manager for
What's New
Version 1.6: Ported to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard", Xfolders runs now on 10.4.x and 10.5.x
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

*Previously available here



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Xfolders User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Vulcan_ reviewed on 10 Jul 2013
the author's website is abandoned and the download no longer works
[Version 1.6]


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Freerider commented on 16 Nov 2008
Image viewer crashes on my mac too OS X 10.5.5
Check for updates doesn't work either.
Needs a tree view.
[Version 1.6]


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A J Benamu commented on 31 Oct 2008
When using Image Browser, it crashes on 10.5.5, Intel Mac.
[Version 1.6]


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cenocre commented on 05 Oct 2007
Wow. It is hard to believe that anyone could like this program. It looks nice, but it adds an extra layer of difficulty to everything.

You end up losing most familiar commands such as command-d, command-delete, command-up/down arrow and on and on. It is incredibly awkward to navigate from disk to disk as multiple disks/partitions are not normally shown.

If you try to copy 100 items to another folder and there is a problem, you have to click on a button in an error dialog 100 times!!!!! Once for each file. Unbelievable.
[Version 1.5.1]


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Inflatable Mouse commented on 29 Jul 2007
I quit using it because it crashes continually on my system.
[Version 1.5.1]


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StevenJayCohen commented on 14 Nov 2006
I love this program!

Any chance of adding a search box or custom buttons to the top of the window?
[Version 1.4]


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amcan12 commented on 16 Jul 2006
What about "Make alias" from within Xfolders?

This is first miss I found so far just after 10 seconds of trying Xfolders and it makes it unusable for me, sorry.
[Version 1.3]

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bobster replied on 04 Aug 2007
Make alias: cmd-M
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pluto198 commented on 16 Jul 2006
What is everyone's problem with Apple's Finder? Everyday I see a new "Finder-substitute" on here. I'll stick with the original Finder, thank you.
[Version 1.3]

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kiddailey replied on 16 Jul 2006
Apple's OS X Finder is a bit buggy and SLOOOOW (try working with a folder of more than a couple thousand files). But by far, the most annoying feature is that it drops little .DS_STORE files in *every* folder that you open. Not a major problem when working on only your own computer solely. However, they can show up in ZIPs that you create, on FTP servers when you upload and all over network drives (unless you know how to turn network writing of the DS_STORE files off via the command line or a prefs editor).
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easer replied on 20 Oct 2008
It's been awhile since this was posted, so I'll add my own comments based on Leopard's Finder. The main problems I have with it are (1) you have to constantly adjust column view widths every single time you open a new window, and (2) you are way too limited in being able to adjust font and icon sizes. This is especially true in the new sidebar. Jeez, I'm pushing age 50, and my eyes aren't what they used to be. That stuff is teeny tiny and a major strain to see.

I personally prefer PathFinder among all of the browser alternatives. It addresses both of the concerns I raised above. It does use a reasonable number of resources and may seem a bit slower on older systems. I have a MacBook pro with full RAM, so that hasn't been an issue for me. Once I played with it for awhile, I found that it had so many useful features, I could never go back to the original Finder. (Having tabbed windows in PF is also a much nicer alternative to having too many open Finder windows.)

As for XFolders itself, it seems a nice program. But if you want a really good dual-pane program, look into either ForkLift or DiskOrder. (I also have a license for that program. In my experience, you'll get far better customer support, as well as product development, from ForkLift.)
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jmgriff reviewed on 01 Jun 2006
I like orthodox (2-panel) file-managers and was therefore happy to see that this program is being actively developed.

IMO the best file-managers can be driven completely from the keyboard. What Xfolders needs most is more keyboard shortcuts ... especially for the options in the Path Navigator contextual menu (e.g. to swap source/destination and 'Other Folder'). This applies equally to the favourites manager, where it doesn't seem to be possible to select favourites by the keyboard alone.

I suspect most of the potential users of this software don't want to use a mouse ...... ;) Look at the original Norton Commander to see what is possible.

Comparison to PathFinder is inappropriate in my view. With the dire state of the Finder, what Mac OS X needs is a fast, lean and mean application that confines itself to *managing files*. Xfolders could be that app if the user-interaction was made more efficient and intuitive.
[Version 1.2]

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jmgriff replied on 01 Jun 2006
I actually meant "Look at *Midnight* Commander to see what is possible" as far as keyboard control is concerned.
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amcan12 replied on 18 Jun 2006
I can live without keyboard shortcuts - I do absolutely everything with multi-button mouse and use keyboard exclusively to type text and maybe copy/paste. I've been doing it since first GUI and never had any need for keyboard shortcuts.

So, please don't generalize that "most" users would prefer keyboard shortcuts.
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jmgriff replied on 19 Jun 2006
I stand by what I said originally. I've been following the situation of orthodox file managers on OS X for a number of years (muCommander, MC in terminal, Disk Order). Many of the people interested in orthodox file managers will have previously used Norton, Midnight or Total Commander, applications that have characteristically high levels of keyboard control.

I'm not saying you shouldn't be able to use the mouse, but good keyboard accessibility would greatly raise this applications usefulness.
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JimW reviewed on 27 May 2006
Tried this and did not like it. Nice interface and great idea but poor implementation. To begin with, no instructions other than shortcut key definitions. So if there are ways to get around its problems, I can't find out how to do it.

Then there is the prompting - at least for "More" and "Delete." I found no way to turn off the warnings for each and every operation. Gets really annoying when you are trying to restructure and cleanup folders to have to confirm each operation.

Finally their is the problem with "Move." I could not figure out how to move a file from the left to a closed folder on the right without first opening up the destination folder.

So if you are trying to reorganize files and folders quickly, this does not seem to be the tool to use for this.

FYI: It also crashed on me a couple of times.
[Version 1.2]


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John F. had trouble on 18 Jan 2006
How do I get a new window after I close it? Only way, it seems, is to close the app and relaunch it. (Using Tiger 10.4.4)
[Version 1.0]



dkagolf rated on 08 Oct 2012

[Version 1.6]


Downloads:51,010
Version Downloads:27,762
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:31 Oct 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Xfolders supplements the Finder through its assistance of simply administrating of your files.

Features:
  • Completely for Tiger re-written cocoa application.
  • Uses the new technology of Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Full integration of the Finder, thus support of all file operations from and to the Finder.
  • Drag & Drop between both filelists and the Finder.
  • Support for all important file operations.
  • Info dialoge for simply changing the file and folder attributes.
  • Intelligent path navigators for both file lists.
  • Bookmarks & manager for folders.
  • Direct access to importend system utilities.
  • Navigation with the keyboard ala Norton Commander.
  • Integrated, detailed Spotlight search.
  • Versatile search and compare possibilities.
  • Zip archive support.
  • Flat or 3D Unified look.
  • Supports the following languages: English, German, Italian, French and Spanish.
  • Optimized for the PowerPC G5 processor, but remains compatible to G3 and G4 processors!
  • Universal binary: Compatible with Intel based Macs.


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