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Path Finder Reviews

05 August 2020

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The Philosofox
02 November 2019
Version: 9.0

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I'm still in love with Pathfinder, although the time with PF8 was filled with rough experiences and feels like an abusive relationship in hindsight. At the same time, PF seems to be back to a 18month release schedule. Upgrade price was 18$ this time... (by the way, all PF8 users got promised 12month of up to date usage, seems somehow fair). I'm happy the developers keep working on it and I'm willing to continue the ride, but they are cashing in on my good will at the moment. If it's another rough ride, I'll hand in the divorce papers for sure. But for now, I'm still willing to let the app be my work horse on the mac.
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K34566
26 October 2020
Version: 9.4
Pathfinder was a great app at one time. It used to improve your productivity on the mac tremendously. Now after using it for over 10 years I have to say I don't recommend it. It has finally become unproductive to use. The user interface that was so simple at one time, has got so complicated and now has so many options that you now waste hours trying to figure out how to get the darn software to work. It is very easy to change your user interface by accidentally clicking some icon you don't know what is for, then find out some key feature you were using disappears. Then you have to spend hours trying to figure out how to get it back again. This wipes out all of the productivity gains from using the product in the first place. The developers have continued to add more and more features (the software disease known as 'feature creep') until the software can now do everything, but you need a Phd to use it. Everytime you use it, if you haven't used it for a week or so you have to re-read the manual. The developers have completely lost the plot. They should instead do some user testing and remove 80 percent of the features getting it down to a very basic and very simple product that was the original idea. So sad to see a yet another great product absolutely ruined by feature creep. I hope the developers read this and spend the next year creating a separate product (they can keep the old one for geeks), that has a minimal set of features that have been cleverly designed to be intuitive. I don't recommend this product at all now, and that comes from someone who has been using it for 10 years.
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wschauweker
20 June 2020
Version: 9.3.5
It's beyond me how any company providing software to developers can go years without fixing the problems with "Open In Terminal".
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KatRoss
20 June 2020
Version: 9.3.5
I used to love Path Finder 6 and 7 ; 8 till a point but still decent. 9 has so many bugs: they fix one and you got another. Their support is awful. Now they always answer you, actually is Mary who does all the work with trite answers. Giving 2 stars because of the old times. I will never update again!
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mui68k
17 June 2020
Version: 9.3.5
If the author(s) of PathFinder reads this, then please - update the fonts and shadows on icons and labels when setting PathFinder to replace the Desktop. I've mentioned this for years, both here, directly on Twitter and I believe on their own website. Nothing is done about it. It looks really jarring on a Retina display and I bet on a non-Retina display too - Since Yosemite there's been newer font and label shadows but since then all through versions 7 through 9 nothing has been done on that front by this developer or multiple developers. I really would like to update from version 7 of PathFinder to the latest. But, it ain't happening as long as something so jarring to look at is still present for many years.
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bruco
11 May 2020
Version: 9.2
I could not say it better than the review by The Philosofox on 02 Nov 19. I, too, started using Path Finder soon after migrating from Windows and Norton Commander well over a dozen years ago. Based on my own experience including the lingering voids in non-functioning features that remain unaddressed, I can only assume the passion this developer once had for this product has moved on. This is not to speak poorly of the individual(s) but rather the risk of becoming too dependent on developers with the best of intentions but who nonetheless need to make a living. Since profitability is based on margin or volume, it's reasonable to conclude that not as many people rely on file management utilities, strange as that seems to those of us that desperately do!
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briceio
17 April 2020
Version: 9.1
Big fan of this soft a few years back but something changed since then: no more frequent updates, bugs opened for years (eg: file tags aren't sync with the Finder, so they are useless). I paid for all the major versions, but I'll skip the 9th version for the first time. I would love to use it again but there are too many show-stoppers now, at least for me :(
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Simons
10 April 2020
Version: 9.1
I wish I could give Pathfinder 9 a better review. I upgraded to Catalina and purchased an upgrade to Pathfinder 9. Pretty much all the functionality that wasn in PF8 works in PF9. I use multiple desktops (three finger swipe right or left) so that I don't have to juggle multiple windows and apps on one desktop. I can have an e-mail client on one desktop, a word processing program on another, a web browser on a third, and so on.. The reason I uninstalled the app is because when opening a PF browser on one desktop, the browser window appears on all desktops often being the topmost window. If I have multiple PF9 browsers open, all of them appear on every desktop. I've gone from relatively clean desktops to cluttered ones. An app that is supposed to increase productivity has made productivity more difficult. Another annoyance is that I created an alias to a network share I use from home through a VPN connection. The alias fails when I double click it in PF9. The same alias works in the Finder. Not a huge annoyance because I could still access the share through the Connect to Server option. The problem with the same file browser windows on multiple desktops does not occur with the Finder nor did it occur with PF8 in High Sierra. The same with alias's to network shares. If these are something that Cocoatech has no control over because of Catalina, that's fine (like access to iPhones). I wish they would just say so. Until I'm certain that that at least the PF9 browser windows are fixed, I will not be using PF9 nor will I take a chance on paying for an upgrade.
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kengler412
24 March 2020
Version: 9.1
I used to love Path Finder, but had to stop using it because its desktop refresh function broke. IOW, when I mount/unmount a drive, or add/remove an icon on the desktop, the desktop doesn't refresh...all the icons remain the same. I have to do a Cmd-A to select all the desktop icons to force a refresh.
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Yoshita
01 March 2020
Version: 9.0.8
This used to be a 5-star utility that was among the 3 first things I installed with a new system. Not sure what happened, but it sure feels like the original devs and quality control decided to go home and just let the interns run the show.
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Frodo-life
22 February 2020
Version: 9.0.6
Using this app forever, but it has become an absolute memory hog and many things just don't work, cant preview raw images (finder can preview) often wont connect to network drives and many small little things needs some serious QA and bug fixes
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Londonskater
22 January 2020
Version: 9.0.6
Struggling to find the words to describe just how bad this application has gotten. I've archived most of my email but still found an email from 2008 and I'm pretty sure I've been using it longer than twelve years. Anyway, it just doesn't work properly. Batch rename is permanently greyed out. Creating a new file seems to work but does it appear in the file listing? No. When you overwrite it with another new text file does that appear in the listing? No. How about the drop stack? Broken. Why does it take over as the foreground application every time you switch to a space? Why does it hang? Why does it lock up my machine(s)? I bought PF8 in 2018. I barely use it now. It is a terrible piece of software.
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Amgwanagitbhuti
19 January 2020
Version: 9.0.6
9.0.6 has not fixed the drop stack. It still collapses when files are removed from the stack, either by dragging them elsewhere or using the Remove Top/All command in the module. Locking the module when the drop stack is expanded does not prevent it from collapsing when it's emptied. Does anybody know how to achieve this?
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mhicks-1
16 January 2020
Version: 9.0.6
This version breaks my heart. I'm licensed for version 8 and EVERY SINGLE DAY there is a popup telling me to upgrade to version 9. The development team has mastered the art of nagging. I would think Cocoatech would want people to feel good about their app, but rather they want to nag us for money.
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stefanoskaklamanis
09 January 2020
Version: 9.0.6
They have a wonderful application, but awful support!!! I had purchased last year PF8 and I was upgrading without problem, until PF9.0.3 Then, at the completion of the year subscription, they asked me to pay again if I want to keep PF9. I paid again and I had PF9.0.3 Then, 10 days after my purchase of PF9.0.3, the app asks me to upgrade to PF9.0.5 but I should pay again!!!! For more than 1,5 month, I'm trying to contact them (emails, support, forum & facebook) mentioning my problem, they confirm that they received it, but nobody answers. That means that we should pay for every minor release or stick to the app we have. If we don't upgrade, then we must live with the various bugs of the early releases. Not a professional behaviour by a serious company!
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2stepbay
21 December 2019
Version: 9.0.5
A while ago, I tried PF 8, but found it way too buggy especially with the sidebar. So I reverted back to PF 7 (I've used PF since v 4). Recently, I tried PF 9 and actually liked it. However, Cocoa Tech wants me to pay the full price for PF 9 ($36) instead of an upgrade price ($18) since I didn't buy into very buggy 8. :( So it's back to PF 7. Nice way to lose an on-going customer CT.
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Heinzy
26 November 2019
Version: 9.0.4
Daily crashes. OS Catalina 10.15.1
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dwp-1
21 November 2019
Version: 9.0.4
No access to iCloud or Documents in PathFinder or am I hopefully missing something? Been a paid user on and off since you came out ;) I do have to admit you have been more than fair with the pricing on your updates and for people to complain is just plain ridiculous. Most people don't get how difficult and time consuming managing a project of this size. I feel for you and wish you the best. I think it is Steve, correct?
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Lvdoc
21 November 2019
Version: 9.0.4
I'm sticking with Version 8 since I don't want to get caught up in a yearly subscription. However, at this juncture, version 8 keeps popping up an "upgrade to version 9!" message frequently. I dismiss it, but it's really annoying, especially since I turned off "Check for new updates" in preferences. I may go to ForkLift if this keeps up. I've loved PF for many years, but either sell me a license for a given version or leave me alone.
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Amgwanagitbhuti
16 November 2019
Version: 9.0.3
In the new version, does the drop stack remain open? I can't seem to keep it open in version 8. It always collapses eventually and I have to open it prior to dragging files into it. Really useless.
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KatRoss
15 November 2019
Version: 9.0.3
I followed Path finder since the beginning , bought every update . Now I cannot even try it , the window goes crazy each time I click on update or try It's a mess again! Back to Path Finder 7, the last useful one. Please fix the bugs
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vgelfand
07 November 2019
Version: 9.0.2
The application is very good but the store is glitchy and customer support does not exist. They charged me twice (once the discount upgrade price, once the list price) and I still had a hard time entering the license number (the software reported that my email address is incorrect). My
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ecxstar
04 November 2019
Version: 9.0
We've been using PF since it first came out (long time). I still have receipts as far back as 2006 from our first purchases. While PF9 is the new shiny version, we'll be sticking with PF8 for a while. PF is getting mature enough that we feel we don't need to upgrade (even with Catalina) to every new version. Back in the early days of Mac's finder app, PF was a necessity! Now it's a nice to have product.
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StrictlyBagel
02 November 2019
Version: 9.0
No release notes for Pathfinder 9 on MacUpdate nor the developer's website? Strange. But looking at the features one understands why: This is a mere bugfix release offering compatibility to Catalina. That's it. No new features as far as I can see. Plus, with the upgrade to version 9 your serial will only be valid for 1 year, whereas if you stick to version 8 it's valid as long as the app runs on the Mac OS. Sorry, but I keep my USD 18.- for the time being.
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The Philosofox
02 November 2019
Version: 9.0
I'm still in love with Pathfinder, although the time with PF8 was filled with rough experiences and feels like an abusive relationship in hindsight. At the same time, PF seems to be back to a 18month release schedule. Upgrade price was 18$ this time... (by the way, all PF8 users got promised 12month of up to date usage, seems somehow fair). I'm happy the developers keep working on it and I'm willing to continue the ride, but they are cashing in on my good will at the moment. If it's another rough ride, I'll hand in the divorce papers for sure. But for now, I'm still willing to let the app be my work horse on the mac.
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Big77
02 November 2019
Version: 9.0
All I can tell from the version 9 release notes (on their blog, since they are missing on the Release Notes section) is that Pathfinder 9 now is a subscription even though Cocoatech says it's not. Basically, it appears that now you rent Path Finder a year at a time and when your year is up, Path Finder stops working. How is this not a subscription? Or do I misunderstand?
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Dixie44
08 October 2019
Version: 8.6
I’ve been using PathFinder for 3 years, but had some issues with PF8. I tried to uninstall according to their instruction but could never get it to be completely uninstalled. I finally used Find Any File to locate PathFinder files in an obscure location not mentioned in their documentation. I’ll NOT reinstall this application in the future
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mui68k
14 August 2019
Version: 8.6
In the years since Apple changed up the fonts and shadows used throughout macOS - Path Finder hasn't kept up one bit.. It's probably a good product now at version 8. I only have license for Path Finder 7 and that suits me well.
I don't use PathFinder currently and probably won't ever again after seeing the mess that is PathFinder 8.

I contacted the team? behind Path Finder; cocoatech a long time ago about the times when I want to use PathFinder as a complete Finder replacement, including using the desktop portion of Path Finder for the complete package.. It looks terribly wrong with modern macOS - sometime after Mavericks the font and shadows on the desktop hasn't been the same.

I haven't gotten any reply to the feature request. via Twitter.
And now the application is at version 8.6. I would be very surprised if cocoatech changed the font appearance on the desktop for the Show Path Finder Desktop feature. I will revisit my comment after trying the new version which claims to have macOS Catalina compatibility.

So one last time I'm downloading PathFinder 8.x.

Edit .. Less than one minute later and PathFinder is downloaded and tried the Show Path Finder Desktop. It looks no less than awful still. What an oversight..
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john-1234
30 June 2019
Version: 8.5.4
It looks promising, but still can't get the tiny useful details correct.
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Mcr
26 June 2019
Version: 8.5.4
Feeling nice today, so just leaving a Comment instead of a star Review. I've tried every major release of PF since v4, because I know someday my tried and true TotalFinder will no longer be available as Apple continues to lock down the OS. I can not give a vote of confidence to PF v8. Main issues, aside from the looks, which is a matter of taste anyways, is 1) high CPU usage, even when 'dormant', 2) Favorites keep disappearing or reset.; 3) inconsistent search results.....there's more but let's just stop there. On a top of the line Macmini 2018 with i7 6 core/12 thread cpu, PF still intermittently pauses briefly, CPU spikes, while not performing any other user operation other than just scrolling through folder lists. Seriously, what could it POSSIBLY be doing that requires that much CPU. My main need is having a fast and responsive dual pane file manager, seeing two lists side by side, the rest is just icing (to me). But, I am used to having a Sidebar too, so dual pane apps like Commander One etc, without a sidebar don't appeal. At some point, TotalFinder and XtraFinder will be dead (already on life support).....ah, what to do, what to do .....
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dwp-1
25 May 2019
Version: 8.5
I for one appreciate that the developer sticks to developing PathFinder. Last I knew he did most of the coding himself which tells me he is an extremely intelligent person. Coding a front end for a operating system is extremely difficult and I believe he has done very well keeping up with the Finder, adding additional features not available in the Finder. PathFinder is stable and of course has bugs as does **every** software package on the market. I applaud the developer for sticking with PathFinder for all these years. I personally have purchased and used every version of PathFinder since it was released and am proud of it. Instead of ripping the developer apart because he doesn't have a feature you want, develop your own front end for macOS, Jeshush and Xipper, you two both sound like geniuses.
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Xipper
14 January 2019
Version: 8.3.7
This used to be my goto app as a Finder replacement, however the developer now cashes checks but delivers no value. It is fraught with bugs and major defects that last for many versions that completely prevent it from being usable. It corrupts your ability to use Finder, it is a resource hog and contributes to many system hangs and crashes.
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Scott-C-H-
02 November 2018
Version: 8.3.2
Bloated, and quite frankly, unnecessary. I use ForkLift or Terminal commands if I need to perform some UNIX-ish file operations. I used it for several years until v.7 but I found myself not using it for anything. So I ditched 1.5 years ago and never missed it or felt inconvenient at all.
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2.5
Maclover1-1
28 October 2018
Version: 8.3.2
I randomly lose some customisations and way too often. I'll have to get back to just Finder and Default Folder combo. less customisation, monochrome sidebar icons and non-adaptative column width.. but PF has been giving me much heartache and wasted a lot of my time, which no productivity tool ever.
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4.5
rw49
28 October 2018
Version: 8.3.2
Thanks for all the work you've put in to make this a very pleasant use with Mojave and the dark theme, which you've finally got right! Like lots of others I found the change from version 7 difficult with Modules instead of the sidebar but the learning process wasn't difficult and I'm more than happy with version. Too many people don't RTFM!! ;-)
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4.5
mb-14
26 October 2018
Version: 8.3.2
Works nicely, now also with dark theme.
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Rjmorita
23 October 2018
Version: 8.3
Works and looks much better now.
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CynicalMike
22 October 2018
Version: 8.2.3
8.2.3 Llaunches but then freezes/hangs every time. Using Mac OSX 10.13.6 and PF 8.2.3. Useless!
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ralph-22
20 October 2018
Version: 8.2.3
CAUTION ! Don't download. It is crashing running on Mojave !!! Vendor doesn't answer after getting paid. The worst you can get.
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mb-14
03 October 2018
Version: 8.2.3
Path Finder is version 8 still has some problems. In particular in macOS Mojave. Also I don't like the permanent nagging to update to PF 8 when you still use PF 7. But: there is no other file manager that comes close to the feature set and usability of Path Finder.
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nikabuz
01 October 2018
Version: 8.2.3
Path Finder has some good features such as a dual pane view and tabs. The Drop Stack feature is useful, and batch rename function.
Its also highly customisable.

However the app is quite buggy - performing like a Beta version.
I find that when transferring files in P.F. it affects both audio & video playback. When I change tabs it sometimes can take 10secs or more for P.F. to show the files especially if there's a lot of files or folders.

Other quirky things like the app has put me back into trial version mode. I'm unable to access the registration window to insert my serial number.

If the developers got this app right it would be great, but at the moment its too buggy to recommend. And each update seems to throw up new issues.
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Rjmorita
25 September 2018
Version: 8.2.1
As much as I love this app and think it's one of the best apps, it looks so antiquated and outdated compared to the new look of the Finder in Mojave. I'm sticking to the Finder, for now.
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Creidenouer
25 September 2018
Version: 8.2.1
I rarely write reviews and almost always Upgrade. This time it's different. I feel compelled to beseech the developers to scrap some of the changes they made and re-look at the good of their old functionality. Many many people were upset with this one. This time I was put the pain of reverting back. Not next time. I'll have to move onto a different app b/c I'm not being supported with functionality I needed: the reason I initially chose PathFinder.

I put the app at 4 starts. It's still great, with the options presented. But as time goes by, I can't see this being the case.
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Lvdoc
11 September 2018
Version: 8.1
Okay, I just updated to version 8.2 from within PF. There's now tentative support for dark mode. I'm running the Mojave beta, so I've had a chance to look at it. It's nice, but you might be unpleasantly surprised by the default look. I had to tinker with the color settings to create something that works well. If you're not familiar with those, you might well find the experience frustrating. I also notice that when switching to a new tab, I can't immediately scroll. I either have to wait a second or move the cursor to a different position to get the scrollling going. These are my very preliminary observations.
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Kd2020
04 September 2018
Version: 8.1
Pathfinder used to be one of the first things I would install on any new Mac. However, Pathfinder 8 has been a huge mistake. I deleted it and reverted back to Pathfinder 7. I'm not alone in this, the feedback for PF 8 shows similar issues from MANY people.
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Yoshita
30 August 2018
Version: 8.1
As someone who's been using this invaluable utility for about 12 years, version 8 feels like the company fired their quality control and just released an early beta. The list of oddities isn’t exactly short but the way the new search function forces me to fall back on Apple’s native Finder (as PF8 doesn’t give me the full path of the results) and how the info window doesn’t reveal the size of a file with a longer filename, combined with plenty of spontaneous freezes, makes it impossible for me to use or recommend v8. I truly hope Cocoatech survives this disaster and gets back on track.
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soniccat
19 August 2018
Version: 8.1
Great app for everyday usage. Bought it 5 years ago. LunchBar support is very much appreciated.
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0.5
KatRoss
10 August 2018
Version: 8.1
I really used to love Path Finder, one of the best app ever but since a while they are loosing contact with what users need. Too complicated. Sticking with the old version.
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Maclover1-1
10 July 2018
Version: 8.0.3
The really aggravating thing i that after all these years you still cannot backup your customizations/configurations and periodically lose some of them if not all of them ? This is total insanity, this should be so evident that such a cutomizable tool needs users to feel safe they have not wasted ample time over time... multiply that by all the users... support tells me that have that in their dev. roadmap.. for when, ready in another 12 years or so ?!!! Cocoatech: implement this it once and for all on your side FFS! And stop wasting your users' time and grinding their nerves.
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Lvdoc
06 July 2018
Version: 8.0.3
I had initially written a negative review but asked MU to remove that in order to write this new one. Having recently upgraded from El Capitan to High Sierra, I've discovered that several of my applications were functioning oddly; and I was getting system freezes regardless of PF. I initially thought PF was the culprit, but now I believe it's something else. I did a very clean reinstall of High Sierra and gave PF another spin. Overall, it seems to be working okay. So I now want to review it in this new light. Like others, I miss some features from the PF of old; and some of the new features don't really grab me. (For instance, I prefer to be able to just have the sidebar open and close, rather than mucking with it as a module.) I also can't fathom why the sidebar can't show color icons. It seems to me that PF's sidebar is proprietary, so they should be able to have it do anything they want. The PF of old appeared to work with Apple's Finder; add an item in one, it shows up in the other. That's no longer true. So adding color shouldn't be a problem. But there are other features of PF that (for me) make it an essential alternative to Apple's Finder. In particular, I like being able to set font sizes to be much larger. (Apple, please hire some older developers so that they'll understand how aging makes tiny font hard to deal with.) I also like the legacy labeling rather than the tiny tag dots. (Although it appears you can also use tags if that's your preference.) I also appreciate the discounted upgrade price. For me, the loss of features is a quibble compared to what I can do with the program overall. I really hope they accommodate Mojave's dark theme. Overall, I recommend this new version.
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phil-harvey
26 June 2018
Version: 8.0.3
I have been a big fan of PF or many years ad it is still one of my most trusted applications. PF 8.x is a little different from PF 7.x and I find I must get used to it al over again. If I were to give it a star rating it would probably be '4.5' but I first need to gain more experience of using it.
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