Path Finder 8 review

Version 8.2.4Developer Cocoatech




Path Finder 8 is the latest version of Cocoatech’s macOS Finder replacement. Finder being the integrated file handler in macOS and really improved in Mojave OS, does come with limitations. Path Finder 8 is along with Forklift the best replacement for the basic Finder. The most important change in version 8 is ‘ Modules ‘, and the way they are organised and used.

Path Finder 7, had bottom and right shelves and a sidebar, and each of them could accommodate four modules. Path Finder 8 however changed the static modules(shelves) in flexible modules. You now may add as many modules in a single window as you need. You can arrange, dismiss or drag them away if you don’t need them any longer in the interface. ( check the video’s below )

Path Finder 8 is absolutely loaded with features. It isn’t easy to find a meaningful action which is doesn’t provide.


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The interface is fully customisable and with its dual pane option a joy to use for data handling. The menu bar is customisable as is the total interface including the new modules. Pat Finder 8 is a step forward but sadly also a step backwards in terms of functionality.

As I was trying to drag a fielder to Path Finders sidebar, I noticed it would show the inserting image ( line) but not actually granting access to the sidebar. This should be fixed asap, as it is one of the used features of a customisable interface.

If anyone really misses the ability to drag your most used folders to the sidebar, as was done in Pathfinder 7 but doesn’t work in Pathfinder 8, you can downgrade. Here’s the link to PathFinder 7 should you decide to downgrade:

Collect files with Drop Stack, then copy or move them in a single step. View and manipulate hidden files, is also one of its tricks to help you out.

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Dark Mode being a matter of taste, I still feel it add’s no real advantage other than when editing images. The full dark-mode of Mojave makes me search for icons and relevant interface features. Some areas read well ( good contrast ) but
most menu’s are harder to read due to lack of contrast. I understand business and selling points, but I feel Apple has overstepped itself with dark-mode. A good thing preferences allow us to choose and pick the mode we like and feel comfortable with. Path Finder 8 is in dark-mode or basic not without faults yet. Just check the Drop Stack area ( Left top ), and try to read any header. I can’t, maybe due to age but this is no good. Even in plain mode ( basic mode), there is
a image distortion. ( check the small image below ). This happens when you click your mouse in a screen area next to the opened Path Finder 8 interface. Suddenly lines darken en add thickness ? This shows Path Finder is still in development I guess. Its no big issue, but simply needs to be tackled in future releases(updates).


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Path Finder 8 is the best replacement for your Mac’s Finder. It provides a full options interface and ease of use. The addition of Modules is a bonus but not something you can’t do without. However its interface is showing all customisable information or setup possible. The dual-pane and cover-flow are features you can’t do without. The dark-mode is not really my cup of tea, but may suit others. Dragging folders to the sidebar is a feature that needs to be implemented in next updates as it is one of the crucial aspects of file handling. Still I feel Path Finder to be a great improvement over macOS Finder. Path Finder will always remain our default file handler with or without modules implemented. Once you experienced the pleasure working with Path Finder, you never want to part.


Path Finder 8 review 5

$ 40.00


One Reply to “Path Finder 8 review”

  1. Hola. Soy nueva en pathfinder, mientras sigan manteniendo la opción de cover flow, me tienen de cliente!!
    Tengo un problema, me han desaparecido las flechas desplegables de la izquierda en las carpetas, seguro que las he quitado sin darme cuenta, y no soy capaz de volverlas a poner, ¿donde está la opción?
    Gracias un saludo.

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