I owned Pathfinder once and have taken the time to observe the developments and I felt obliged to say that throughout their long run, they have never understood the Mac. There is a group in Russia who developed an amazing organizer app called 'Outline' and similarly, it wreaks of being ported from a Windows lair that never possessed nor grasped the graphical language and logic of Apple computers.
To be more specific, choice. There are always multiple ways to customize an Apple OS and multiple to achieve ones goals. In this way, everyone can find their grrove on a Mac, but on Apps which maintain the Gatesian thinking, users are forced to oblige the format and options provided and generally have one choice regarding user access and interface appearance.
Path Finder has apparently evolved many under the hood features, which techies think are cool, but as a professional Designer / Mac User since 1989, a custom format is all... and CocoaTech continues to focus upon the wrong features imo.
What are these forsaken labels and why can't I rename them? Why are Tags called Labels and Tag Groups (I think). They find their way into the purity of Apple Finder Tags and cannot be deleted as long at Path Finder remains. Why not simply port and share Finder Tags? Perhaps Apple no longer allows third party access but at least allow for one way syncing so that it's not always a step down to shift from the Finder to Path Finder regarding usabilty. There is so much more to critique, including context! Why is it so difficult to find the controls to adjust the interface? There's a reason Contextual Menus were invented.
The graphical interface has dramatically improved, but this is a fixed, cosmetic layer rather than an authentic user defined environment. To the point, PathFinder has teetered on awesomeness for years now though like the Outline App, it has the DNA of another mother... and simply and obviously will never get there, at least for Mac users who require something different. It may not in fact be a ported PC app Code, but if not, the app creators certainly are PC-like thinkers.
Why would I switch is the question and the answer is that FTP and a dual-pane are just not important enough to surrender the usabilty of the Finder.