FileBrowse
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Easy-to-use file/media browser.   Shareware ($25.00)
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FileBrowse is a unique file/media browser for Mac OS X, with many interesting features that the Finder is lacking, such as:
  • Thumbnails for most common file types, such as images, movies, songs, PDF/RTF/Word documents, and even Web pages. Finding a file by visual content has never been easier.
  • Beautiful 3D icons/thumbnails, rendered in real-time using OpenGL, with lifelike, soft shadows and perfect anti-aliasing (no jagged edges).
  • Folder icons that show miniature icons/thumbnails of the items inside, so you don't always have to open a folder to see its contents.
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What's New
Version 1.2:
  • Button symbols are now more consistent with Apple's symbols. Most notably: triangles instead of arrows for navigation.
  • This version is faster and more responsive.
  • This version can optionally show icons with a different 3D perspective. By default, FileBrowse shows all 3D icons with a shared perspective, with the vanishing point in the center of the screen (resulting in icons that change visually according to their positions on the screen). This of course differs from Finder icons, which all have their own perspective (because they're just images). To better match other Mac apps visually, you can now choose to view icons without the shared perspective (by selecting Item Perspective from the View menu).
  • The folder icon in the upper-left corner can now also be pulled and dragged, like other icons.
  • Command-Left Arrow and Command-Right Arrow can now also be used to Go Back and Forward.
  • You can now Shift-select with the arrow keys.
  • A right-click or Control-click on an icon will select it with the preview hidden. (Info and commands are still shown, so this works similar to a right-/Control-click showing a contextual menu.)
  • Dragging a file/folder icon from the Finder to the FileBrowse (dock) icon will now open a new window (instead of navigating inside the same window).
  • Bug fixes, small cosmetic changes and various other small modifications.
Version 1.2:
  • Button symbols are now more consistent with Apple's symbols. Most notably: triangles instead of arrows for navigation.
  • This version is faster and more responsive.
  • This version can optionally show icons with a different 3D perspective. By default, FileBrowse shows all 3D icons with a shared perspective, with the vanishing point in the center of the screen (resulting more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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FileBrowse User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Overall:
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PorkPieHat reviewed on 15 Feb 2011
$25 for little more than a list of my files? This developer is delusional. Though FileBrowse’s interface is very pretty, I’m afraid uselessness trumps prettiness. Besides, I could create essentially the same user experience for free by maximizing a Finder window on my iMac and arranging softcore pics around the bezel!

Though I’m sure some of you will object that I am rating this app without ever downloading and testing it, I feel I must nevertheless award this developer a 0.5 rating for being both clueless and greedy.
[Version 1.2]


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Still_Sparkling reviewed on 11 Jul 2009
I'm so glad I resisted the urge to buy this app when it first came out a couple of years ago. Don't get me wrong, it has a gorgeous interface and it does give you a fairly smooth way to browse your files, BUT that is ALL you can do: browse. You can't delete, move, or copy between folders; you can't flag, group, or otherwise manager images, you can't assign ratings or edit in any way, shape, or form. What a joke! The most gorgeous interface in the world can't make up for such a lack of basic functionality. There are free apps that can do more than FileBrowse.

And considering the glacial pace of updates (there have only been two measly .1 releases in 2 years) and the $25.00 price tag, this app is ridiculously overpriced. I feel bad for the people who've wasted money on this thing.
[Version 1.1]


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Drdul commented on 04 Jul 2009
I purchased a FileBrowse license primarily because of the UI -- it's gorgeous! It's also easy to use (check the developer's website for instructions and some good tips) and fast.

At this stage (version 1.2), FileBrowse is a file browser and nothing more. It really, really needs some basic file management capabilities (flagging, moving and trashing files) to be useful for reviewing and selecting photos and other files. I contacted the developer, and he says that file management is planned to be added, but isn't certain when, as he's working on other things right now. Maybe if more people request that he add file management capabilities (hint, hint!) we'll see them added to FileBrowse sooner rather than later.
[Version 1.1]

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Easer replied on 04 Mar 2011
Apparently not, given that this was almost 2 years ago. What a waste.
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Jim-Neumann reviewed on 27 Aug 2008
This is a great program which I've used for the past 2 years. The UI, though unconventional, is well thought out (and nicely designed) and offers some real "Hey, how come no one else does that?!" moments. It's also very fast - it can handle my 27000+ iTunes library on an external drive so anything less is cake for FB.
Plus, the developer is very responsive (and a really nice guy!)

One caveat… when you use it, don't think of Finder comparisons, think something NEW!
[Version 1.1]


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easer commented on 06 Nov 2007
I wonder where that new version is that was supposed to be ready by the end of March . . .
[Version 1.0.2]


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solidsnake commented on 12 Nov 2006
The app looks great and could be pretty usefull however i just went to install it and the 1st thing the app is doing is trying to access https://accesd.desjardins.com. This is address of my bank and where I access my account by Internet so why this app is trying to make this connection?
Thanx littleSnitch...
[Version 1.0.2]

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R Green Blue (developer) replied on 05 Mar 2007
FileBrowse only connects to Internet servers when it tries to create a thumbnail of a web page - usually a ".webloc" file, sometimes also ".webarchive" and HTML files. (It'll be an option in the next version.) There's nothing "snitchy" about it.
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ramirez.g4 had trouble on 25 Sep 2006
Setting Movie Poster Frame for mp4 movie corrupts source file. No ability to open it afterwards.
Plus, no preview for avi files which are viewable with QuickTime and in Get Info Finder's window...
[Version 1.0]

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R Green Blue (developer) replied on 05 Mar 2007
I'm terribly sorry about the poster frame bug. It was fixed in 1.0.1.

The next version will have previews and thumbnails of AVI (and WMV) files, as well as a whole bunch of other new features and improvements. It should be ready before the end of this month (March).
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Downloads:4,775
Version Downloads:1,375
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:14 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $25.00
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FileBrowse is a unique file/media browser for Mac OS X, with many interesting features that the Finder is lacking, such as:
  • Thumbnails for most common file types, such as images, movies, songs, PDF/RTF/Word documents, and even Web pages. Finding a file by visual content has never been easier.
  • Beautiful 3D icons/thumbnails, rendered in real-time using OpenGL, with lifelike, soft shadows and perfect anti-aliasing (no jagged edges).
  • Folder icons that show miniature icons/thumbnails of the items inside, so you don't always have to open a folder to see its contents.
  • Large previews for most common file types, shown in-context (between the icons). This is much faster than having to open a file in a separate application.
  • Powerful grouping and sorting, by kind, date, color label, artist, album, camera, and many other attributes. Groups can be easily "collapsed"/stacked and in many cases can replace folders.


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