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20 December 2019

Adds tabs, hotkeys, and other tweaks to the Finder.

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YHC
10 April 2019
Version: 1.11.8

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It became a Buggy app on macOS Mojave. I am too tired to tell all, so I just left an example, If you open DMG file, "Tab" function will be broken. This developer is very weak. According to Acknowledgements in this app, I think he just collected some Free Projects on GitHub, and make "TotalFinder." So now, he cannot handle this app, cannot solve any Critical bug. I think I will delete this app.
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khal72
20 December 2019
Version: 1.12.3
I've been using this app for several years and it would be really hard for me to do without it. It's the only app I know that has a double window with independent menus and the visor mode is just amazing.
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Rob-h
02 December 2019
Version: 1.12.2
I'd love to use this because PathFinder is becoming a p.i.t.a. with it's bugs, but compromising my Mac by turning off SIP is just not worth it.
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0.5
YHC
10 April 2019
Version: 1.11.8
It became a Buggy app on macOS Mojave. I am too tired to tell all, so I just left an example, If you open DMG file, "Tab" function will be broken. This developer is very weak. According to Acknowledgements in this app, I think he just collected some Free Projects on GitHub, and make "TotalFinder." So now, he cannot handle this app, cannot solve any Critical bug. I think I will delete this app.
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Macinman
23 February 2019
Version: 1.11.8
There are a couple notes I wanted to leave after trying TF again this morning after a few years not using it. The first: everyone already knows, is it requires disabling SIP to use, and run.
The second, which was the main one that frustrated me personally, and why I uninstalled it again, was, it resized all my Finder windows, after install, and opening a window. I uninstalled it, and opened a window that was my original size and navigated in that window to the one that had been resized to restore it. I haven't used TotalFinder since before El Capitan as I just haven't needed the features, even though I paid for a license for it. When I used it, I loved what it had to offer. If there is a way to stop it from resizing windows, I'll try it again.

Thanks.

P.S. I forgot to mention in the original post that I tried TF version 1.11.8 (latest)
I tried it on Mojave 10.14.3 (latest release.)
27" 5K iMac.
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roundfile
27 December 2018
Version: 1.11.3
Love This Add-On but One Wish..... I adore the ability to merge two open windows - that was a genius design move. I love the old-school labels - kudos on that as well. There are a lot of GREAT features and this was well worth my $12 for the superb-but-subtle added functionality. My ONE WISH (Binary Age - you listening?) would be to add the old-school Window Shade Effect where you double-click on the top bar of any window and it rolls UP so you just see the name of the window (e.g. Desktop, Documents, specific personal folder, etc) and the top bar. I LOVED that in older Mac OS versions and have always paid to add that feature when they took it out, but now its impossible to find. BINARY AGE - Please Add A Window Shade Effect !!! Thank you for listening. :)
p.s. Using on High Sierra without a glitch.
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khal72
28 September 2018
Version: 1.11.2
Best finder alternative
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5
rijck
22 September 2018
Version: 1.10.10
A fantastic app. After trying Path Finder and Commander One I went with Total Finder as it is fast, unobtrusive and I love the ability to show/hide a dual pane finder window with the tap of a hot key. Runs perfectly on High Sierra. Highly Recommended.
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jehpo
11 September 2018
Version: 1.10.10
Do not launch at startup, even if it is displayed in the panel Launch in systems preferences ... (with Sierra)
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EdwardN2327
12 August 2018
Version: 1.10.10
Does not work with Mojave Beta 5
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5
Wcstaney
09 August 2018
Version: 1.10.10
Works great!
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Scott-Salbo
10 July 2018
Version: 1.10.10
Pathfinder is great, but just too complicated for anyone but true power users. If all you want is extra Finder functionality that puts everything you could want (including mac utilities) a click or two away, TotalFinder is near perfect. One complaint...it crashes a bit too often.
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Maclover1-1
05 April 2018
Version: 1.10.9
I was so sick of having to focus on a side before applying an action in Path Finder that I switched to TotalFinder which toolboxes in dual mode on each side are linked to the side they're on (logical!). However I have a couple of little gripes.. toolbar tools like DropBox or Defautl folder's DFX.app always open on the right side in dual Mode, even if invoked from the left.. and the DFX drawer app does not work with TF.. Apart from that great app, no memory hog (which is a big plus).. and for those worrying about SIP deactivation.. it is only temporary as you first install TF then you can reactivate SIP (and updates are applied without having to touch SIP again).
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Helmo-Hass
04 April 2018
Version: 1.10.9
What's New Version 1.10.9: Fixed and improved Crash Watcher app. Uploading crash reports stopped working. Fixed flaky redrawing of Colored Labels in List View mode. Fixed alias files losing Colored Labels. Fixed Visor refocus behavior. Well actually latest release is 1.10.10 and doesn't solve @ all Crash Watcher app. problem which continue to crash. This time only when restarting, Still has major problems integrating with System. Finder slowing down, dragging windows by lower side makes a mess. and so on... Tested XtraFinder and frankly seem more stable,
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Filchescat
04 April 2018
Version: 1.10.9
Running totally transparently (except for the features) on a 6,1 MacPro under 10.13.4 - no hiccups, no wierdness at all, just cool colored labels and Finder enhancements. It is a bit of an effort to install by first disabling then re-enabling SIP, but the last time it had to be done was within 10.12.12. Decent price (a one-timer) as well. Same for it's companion app, TotalSpaces.
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skendaro
27 February 2018
Version: 1.10.7
If I had to have just one app installed on my Mac this would be it. I work with a lot of files and the features it brings to Finder such as dual pane, tabbed browsing, and cut and paste are must haves and should be baked into the OS.
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SALAMA Youssef
15 December 2017
Version: 1.10.5
TotalFinder for Mac offers a number of powerful upgrades over the default tools found in the OS X Finder. I tested TotalFinder on Macbook Pro 13 (mid-2012) the application was fast ... no CPU slowdown. The latest version is compatible with High seirra 10.13.2 and with a beautiful design and various tools and with an easy to use menu. I highly recommend buying this app and I give 5 stars
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Zoz
05 December 2017
Version: 1.10.5
I've come to continuously switch among TotalFinder, ExtraFinder and Finder... Every now and then, their updates become unstable or too buggy. This again is the case with TotalFinder 1.10.5, in which I've found two bugs already (after a few hours use): small triangle buttons disappear from folders in some tabs--making it impossible to open them unless leaving the tab--without any discernible pattern of folder types or contents, and coloured tags do not show when page is scrolled up or down (this applies to newly visible items, the ones that were originally visible have the coloured strip as they should). In the latter case, the "new" items have only colour buttons as in the original Finder. Furthermore, the coloured strip can extend all the way across the page or stop in the first column. Both bugs have been reported to the BinaryAge but their only way to do so is by posting the info on the Forum, which is kind of weird and inefficient (admittedly, you can contact them directly but they kind of discourage this by suggestion to limit such contacts to "e.g. lost licence, etc."). It's on MacBook Pro 9,2 and running macOS 10.13.1.
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Foulger
17 November 2017
Version: 1.10.2
Latest update causes finder to crashing 10.13.2 beta 4 and preferences have to be deleted to bring finder back. Now going to xtrafinder which is far less buggy
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Albabe
09 October 2017
Version: 1.9.3
How's this working in High Sierra? Does it have an "Open Folders in New Window" function?
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Mr.Ash
27 August 2017
Version: 1.9.3
Can't be recommeded from my side. Total Finder run's very unstable and crashes during every session on my MacBook (late 2008, 10.11) or iMac (late 2015, 10.12). Of course all requierd things like disabling SIP (boot from recovery, run terminal and insert csrutil disable) are performed in advance, but no success to get Total Finder to run smoothely. I recommend to use Xtra Finder, which is totally free and runs perfectly on all my computers without any crashes.
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Rjmorita
20 June 2017
Version: 1.9.3
This is weird. I'm running 1.9.6.
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higherterrain-com
20 June 2017
Version: 1.9.3
No worth it without System Integrity Protection. Start working on what the app needs with SIP enabled.
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Astraloid
08 April 2017
Version: 1.8.2
The best. Can't live without this.
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Mac-Freak
03 April 2017
Version: 1.8.2
New Version 1.9.1 Work with SIP fully enabled. https://downloads.binaryage.com/TotalFinder-1.9.1.dmg
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Mac-Freak
22 March 2017
Version: 1.8.2
New Version 1.9.0 Work with SIP fully enabled. https://downloads.binaryage.com/TotalFinder-1.9.0.dmg
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dehmel
11 March 2017
Version: 1.8.2
great app, syncing fast (iOS and MacOS, iCloud ans Dropbox), big options. I love it!
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Mcr
01 November 2016
Version: 1.7.12
TotalFinder is up to version 1.8.1. BTW, it IS POSSIBLE to use TotalFinder with SIP fully enabled, you just have to partially disable SIP, install, move some files, then re-enable SIP: http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/system-osax Version 1.8.1 is running very stable for me under 10.11.6 and 10.12.1, with CUSTOM colored sidebar icons.
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Mcr
27 September 2016
Version: 1.7.12
As of this date, there is Version 1.8.x available now, compatible with Sierra, El Cap, Yosemite and Mavericks. I'm running with the modified SIP setting that allows code injection but still protects against access to system folders and have no issues. Additionally, look at the developers work around that allows to install TF and then RE-ENABLE SIP completely afterwards, for the best of both worlds. see my post here under user Michael1 on how to get custom icons in the sidebar http://discuss.binaryage.com/t/feature-request-custom-icons-in-sidebar/4663/4 still works in Sierra
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sanechechek84
14 September 2016
Version: 1.7.12
I think we should remember about tasks when talking about file managers. It is not a habit-question, it’s question about features, which you need for your work. For example Total Finder. They’re talking that it’s the big brother to Finder. But it is problem! Because it doesn’t have features, which power users need (unlike Nimble Commander, for instance): finder-like column view, live filtering by typing, archives browsing, file coloring filter etc. May be it’s not necessary for regular users, but it is for IT specialist. That’s why plenty of them chose more powerful file managers.
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Astraloid
05 May 2016
Version: 1.7.12
can't live without it
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Seanc
03 April 2016
Version: 1.7.12
Long time user of TotalFinder, and still use it on my Yosemite machines (where I give it 5 stars), but it really shouldn't be listed as compatible with 10.11.4. Even the ReadMe file included with the v1.7.12 update says "Not compatible with El Capitan without a system tweak." The term "compatible" implies no need to tweak anything, much less the OS itself.
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Andy49
03 April 2016
Version: 1.7.12
Why is this program listed as a new version when the version number is the same as the last one? where's the update?
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Dan-D
03 April 2016
Version: 1.7.12
The release notes of the latest version says "NEW: Compatibility with OS X 10.11.4. El Capitan". Is it now finally possible to install TotalFinder w/o disabling SIP? (There is still the warning about installing TF w/ SIP disabled on the developers homepage?) Is it now fully El Capitan compatible or not?
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Mehdi-Dubucq
03 April 2016
Version: 1.7.12
Compatible OS X El Capitan à condition de désactivé la sécurité SIP "System Integrity Protection" qui est quand même une grosse sécurité contre les attaques susceptible de modifier des fichiers systèmes. Du coup, pour moi, Total Finder n'est pas compatible avec El Capitan.

http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/system-integrity-protection
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Mehdi-Dubucq
03 April 2016
Version: 1.7.12
N'est pas compatible El Capitan, sauf en désactivant une des plus importante sécurité de l'OS, le SIP "System Integrity Protection"

http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/system-integrity-protection
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bumper314
02 February 2016
Version: 1.7.10
Here is an honest, but disgusting statement from an Apple employee regarding Apple's end-game for app's like TotalFinder:

Apple's end game is to push for apps they approve via the MAS. If an app gets into system [root] settings, they won't approve it. Using SIP will deny its use, thus forming an end game. Either the developer abides by set rules via the MAS (OS X Mac App Store) or the app/developer folds.
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WordWeaver
20 January 2016
Version: 1.7.10
I am a long-time user of TotalFinder, having purchased it in November of 2010. At that time -- and in consecutive updates prior to Yosemite -- TotalFinder worked great. It gave me tabbed windows prior to Apple introducing them in Yosemite, as well as colorful icons in the sidebar. Then Yosemite came along, followed by El Capitan, and tabbed windows became an integral part of Mac OS X. But we also lost our colorful sidebar icons and were forced to accept Apple's bland gray color scheme. Blah! I still don't like it! More headaches -- for developers and end users alike -- ensued with the introduction of SIP, or System Integrity Protection. While I obviously understand the necessity of SIP, nevertheless, suddenly, it became a hassle to install third-party apps such as TotalFinder. Personally, after jumping through the "Disable SIP Hoop" a number of times, I finally surrendered to Apple and stopped using TotalFinder, because I now had the tabbed windows that I needed built into the system. But to be honest, I still miss the colored sidebar icons and an easy, risk-free way to keep folders on top, without having to tweak something somewhere in the System files. All that to say this: While TotalFinder was great in its day, sadly -- and as the developer notes on the page below -- its days are numbered for a variety of reasons. So before you disable SIP and decide to install TotalFinder, I encourage you to read what the developer has to say here: http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/system-integrity-protection
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Leesa
25 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
I'm one of those Mac Users who likes the Old Function that Apple in their always Infinite Wisdom (#snark) has removed from their Recent OSs: Always Open Folders in New Windows. Does this return this old Function?
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Tdstout
18 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
TotalFinder seems to be working fine for me after disabling SIP. Nice to have it back again.
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RogerKatz
18 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
version 1.7.8 is the current version. According to the developer's website, it is "Compatible with OS X 10.9 and 10.10", but "Not compatible with OS X 10.11: needs a tweak!"
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Filchescat
11 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
Keep it coming. Disabling SIP is necessary and it's not a deal breaker. The latest TotalFinder was released 10.11.15 (how appropriate) and it now colors the sidebar again. Under 10.11. There are a number of these highly usable system mods that SIP broke. Have faith - this developer is among the talented.
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Bigboysdad
05 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
I'm about to upgrade to El Capitan, si it's time to say goodbye to Total Finder. There is essential software I can not use my Mac without, including Carbon Copy Cloner/Chronosync, Default Folder and 'till today, Total Finder. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the developers for this essential piece of software.
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Mcoyle
04 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
The newest version (1.7.3) is working great for me in 10.11 after disabling SIP. You also need to disable SIP to use cDock, LiteIcon, Default Folder and I'm sure many other tweaks. Here are instructions: http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/system-integrity-protection
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larrymcj
01 October 2015
Version: 1.6.27
Yet another way Apple restricts us from using third party apps that do the things they leave out of their own system software. I can't imagine Finder without TotalFinder, but I'm sure I'll survive.

FWIW, here's a link to the developer's site on how to completely uninstall TotalFinder using Terminal if you've already installed El Capitan. It works flawlessly, I used it on two Macs.

http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/uninstallation
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Brighton-Pete
30 September 2015
Version: 1.6.27
R.I.P. Total Finder! I just installed El Capitan. Too bad Apple has done this to you. I loved you, but now I must part ways with you. If you are not upgrading to El Capitan, by all means... get this!
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Mcoyle
05 August 2015
Version: 1.6.27
It's really important that we let Apple know that System Integrity Protection is limiting the way we have enjoyed using our computers. If you're beta testing El Capitan, file a bug report. It takes 30 seconds. So far, I've done it for LiteIcon, TotalFinder and cDock. These are all utilities that I love using to customize my Mac and I want them back!
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jack2001
14 July 2015
Version: 1.6.27
questa app è in assoluto la migliore del suo genere. PROVATELA
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Helmo-Hass
06 July 2015
Version: 1.6.27
well... What's New Version 1.6.27: IMPROVED Compatibility with OS X 10.10.3. Yosemite Did someone tell the dev we'r already on 10.10.4? Anyway the only thing i really noticed is since after beta 1.6.23 this application has broken something on the way. Somehow now all external drives opens in a separate window, No tab at all Major bug with Deskovery, which now cease to work if both installed, Dmg still opens in tabbed mode again, which is a real pain an other few imported bugs absent from v1.6.23 Honestly can't really say i noticed any improvement so uninstalled and happy again
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Mcr
06 July 2015
Version: 1.6.27
TF is one of my few 'must have' mods. Having said that, there are very good reasons NOT to turn off System Integrity Protection (SIP), which at least for now, is the only way for TF to run in El Capitan. I've submitted developer feedback to Apple to come up with a way to allow system mods from KNOWN AND SAFE developers while still protecting against unauthorized changes (malware and viruses). Perhaps a whitelist along with a special certification signature. Right now SIP is global, all or nothing proposition. I encourage other developers to give their feedback if they agree. For all the years I have been using TF going back to 10.5, THANK YOU BINARYAGE. And what a wonderful gesture to discount the product, especially so early on before El Cap's release, even though you didn't have to. You still could have charged full price now for people still using Yosemite, but you were upfront about what's coming and chose to discount the price. I respect greatly for that, more developers should follow your example.
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Jim-Leff
06 July 2015
Version: 1.6.17
Note that this app (like TotalSpaces) has been discounted 50% (to $9) due to the fact that it will not work in El Capitan (though there is a workaround: turn off the new "System Integrity Protection"). More info at http://blog.binaryage.com/el-capitan-update/
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