FolderGlance
FolderGlance
3.0.6

4.2

FolderGlance free download for Mac

FolderGlance

3.0.6
19 April 2016

Contextual menu plugin, view/open folder contents.

Overview

FolderGlance allows you to control- or right-click folders in the Finder to see and open their contents directly from the Finder's contextual menu, as well as examine the contents of sub-folders down an unlimited number of levels. Using the new menu extra, you can also navigate your folders from the menu bar. FolderGlance also has the following features:

  • Adding your own custom folders to the contextual menu, enabling FolderGlance to act as a very versatile launcher
  • Moving, copying and making aliases of the currently selected files in a folder you browse to
  • Control-free popups: Open the contextual menu without holding down the control-key or using a two-button mouse
  • In-menu Hover Previews of arbitrary files
  • Custom context-sensitive scripts that can act on the selection or folders you browse to
  • Opening files with an application different than the default by using an "Open with..." menu you can tailor to suit your own taste
  • Changing the font size used in contextual menus
  • Browsing into package contents
  • Customizable sorting and customizable display of hidden files and folders

What's new in FolderGlance

Version 3.0.6:
  • FolderGlance now comes as a standard Mac OS X installer package. The default install location has been changed to work properly with Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan. Using FolderGlance on El Capitan requires that System Integrity Protection is disabled.
  • Graphics are finally good to go on retina display-equipped Macs, and have gotten a minor makeover.
  • FolderGlance no longer relies on login items for launching its helper apps, but instead uses launchd to handle this task.
  • FolderGlance is now installed in such a way that it is available for all users of the computer.

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Corpsecorps
03 June 2010

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Despite ridiculous comments about this or that substitute, or this app being altogether unnecessary, the particular unique feature set of Folderglance (including customizing the contextual menu, and the Open With menu, as well as downplaying the little used Finder contextual items and previewing files at distant points in the file system) can be absolutely invaluable. I download and/or drag a lot of images and information to the desktop which I then need to transfer to far flung locations in several drives. Alternatives have, for me, all proven less convenient, or just slow or unreliable. Though I use this less often than I did in the past, I'm very glad it's still around and getting better with each update!
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Version 2.6.9
Eric•Woehler
11 August 2018
Working under High Sierra on MBPro. FinderPop is now offically retired so FolderGlance the only real option for intelligent contextual menu. Shame Apple doesn't offer something like this instead of stupid Dock - not practical on 4k screen to go hunting to the Dock every time I want to do something. Having FG as option by opt-click increases my productivity - no question/no doubt! Recommended by long-time user.
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Version 3.0.6
1 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
12 July 2019
Hi Eric, haven't you got any issue with tags?
Here on 10.11.6 FolderGlance inverts label colors: if I select green, it becomes orange and so on... When I uninstall it all comes back to normal.
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Alex-Macinsky
12 February 2017
Has the same annoying flaw as FinderPop. First you have to click and select a folder, then you can right-click and view the folder contents. FinderPop is faster however in showing folder contents.
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Version 3.0.6
Rjmorita
20 April 2016
I thought it was a bit expensive, but I bought it anyway. I really like what it can do. It does a lot more than just showing folder contents.
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Version 3.0.6
Anthony1947
19 April 2016
I can't help but ask - why would you pay $20 for the same functionality that FinderPop provides FREE?
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Version 3.0.6
1 answer(s)
Jimw
Jimw
08 June 2016
Because Finder Pop has been discontinued. and will not be updated according to the developers site. FG is the best supported replacement right now in my opinion.
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Drdul
05 October 2015
FolderGlance works great on El Capitan (and it's still a 5-star app). The thing is, you have to temporarily disable System Integrity Protection (SIP), move a file and run a Terminal command, then re-enable SIP, which takes a few minutes and several restarts, but it's worth it. Here's what to do (these instructions come from the dev):

1. To disable SIP, restart into Recovery Mode by holding Cmd+R at startup. Go to Utilities > Terminal in the menu. In Terminal, type "csrutil disable" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Restart normally.

2. Move the FolderGlance.osax file from your ~/Library/ScriptingAdditions folder to the /System/Library/ScriptingAdditions folder (creating the folder if it doesn't exist). Make sure there are no other copies of FolderGlance.osax on your Mac (check /Library/ScriptingAdditions, too).

3. Open Terminal, enter "sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/ScriptingAdditions/FolderGlance.osax" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Provide your admin password when prompted.

4. Re-enable SIP by restarting into Recovery Mode as in 1. above, but instead type "csrutil enable" (without the quotes) in Terminal, and then restart normally.
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Version 3.0.5
4 answer(s)
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
12 October 2015
hey thanks for the tip - have disabled SIP on El CRAPITAN, moved .osax file, changed owner but FG still doesn't work - restart finder required??
thanks
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kar-1
kar-1
21 October 2015
FolderGlance works perfectly on my iMac early 2009. Running El Capitan. Just updated Yosemite to El Capitan. Didn't have to disable SIP. Using FolderGlance 3.0.5.
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Brighton-Pete
Brighton-Pete
13 November 2015
Thanks - it's nice to have FG back once again. Pretty much the same routine to get Bartender up & running in El Capitan also.
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Dan-D
Dan-D
17 November 2015
Is it not possible to adjust the installer-script to install the related file (FolderGlance.osax) to the correct folder under El Capitan? So one would not have to move any files around, change owner using terminal or disabling SIP at all?

Also, what if I haven't installed FolderGlance before and want to install it now, running El Capitan? Can I install the FolderGlance.osax file by simply moving the resource file from the installer-package to the correct location ("/System/Library/ScriptingAdditions" instead of "~/Library/ScriptingAdditions")?

Thanks,
Dan
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Ront
03 October 2015
Not working on El Capitan, sorry to say. That is too bad. It has been a great little utility so I am still giving it 5 stars. Hopefully the developer will see if it can be made to work on El Capitan OS 10.11.
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Version 3.0.5
1 answer(s)
Drdul
Drdul
05 October 2015
See my instructions above for how to get FolderGlance working on El Capitan. I am so glad it still works, as I couldn't live without it!
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mikokim
20 May 2015
Overall, I found this useful (mostly for quickly moving files to favorite folders), but I had to uninstall it because it messed with the context menu; more specifically, it messed with tagging via the context menu (Yosemite 10.10.3).

Here's what happened: if I assigned a "red" tag via the context menu, it would actually assign the color purple; choose purple, it would assign orange etc.

When I used the Action button in the Finder to assign color tags, everything worked as expected (i.e., red -> red etc). After disabling FolderGlance, everything worked as expected again as well; so it must be a bug in FolderGlance.

Using Dropzone for now to quickly whisk files to specified favorite folders (granted, not as convenient, but as is, FolderGlance is messing with my tagging and I can't use it).
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Version 3.0.5
polocanada
04 March 2015
Had to uninstall. Causing hags of contextual menu on Mavericks.
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Version 3.0.5
1 answer(s)
polocanada
polocanada
04 March 2015
This can be minor annoyance. I managed to shorten the "hang" to a delay of about 1 second before the contextual menu pops up but still delay. No other addons, haxies or kext installed that would influence the contextual menu. By the way, even when I disabled Folder Glance, I still do get the miniature icon representing "Folder Glance menu" when clicking. Goes to trash unfortunately and I remember it didn't work properly on Snow Leopard either. Perhaps I just happen to have bad luck with this tool.
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Manu-V
01 November 2014
As Maclover1.1 says, tis software in like FinderPop on steroïds. Used with Default Folder and Total Finder, it's enormous ! Just one thing : the color tags doesn't work correctly with Yosemite. When you choose the yellow color, the green one is selected ! And so on… Otherwise, this is a perfect soft, very helpful. Anyway, used recently, I could not do without it now ! So, grat app !
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Version 3.0.5
Maclover1-1
15 August 2014
This is FinderPop on steroids. It still works flawlessly in Yosemite Preview/Beta. Hope the dev will continue to develop. It' s the best in this category. IMO if the dev would show some "action" it could have become as sort of "front office" DefautlFolder. It actually can inline in the Finder and display previews of files (QuickLook), making it faster to review files than the regular Finder and its bag of tricks (ie. gimmicky CoverFlow). Oh.. and the icon is horrendous.. still.. GREAT APP. Dev: Do not let this one die away.. please. 5 stars when you show some "updating action." :0)
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Version 3.0.3
$20.00

4.2

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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