Path Finder 7 Review


Path Finder 7 is a file management utility that should be part of everyone’s resources. On the surface, it is a Mac OS Finder substitute offering traditional access to drives and files, as well as expanded technical access to file attributes, permissions, and other information. It is compatible with 10.7 Lion through 10.11 El Capitan.

As Apple changes the Finder it’s nice to have an alternative approach, and one that incorporates its own substitutes for many tools. Basic text and image editing, screen capture, disc burning, as well as disk image creation, batch rename, and folder synchronization are available. The Find command is especially useful, providing clearer access to Spotlight results and specific drives.



If you’re an El Capitan user lamenting the removal of Secure Empty Trash, you’ll be pleased with Path Finder’s Secure Delete option incorporating up to 35 passes.  If you wonder what is different between two files, Compare will highlight the differences.

Path Finder even has a handy tool for calculating MD and SHA checksums. As Internet security and program integrity continue to be more important, being able to verify that a downloaded file hasn’t been altered is essential. Recently and on a whim, I used Path Finder to verify a checksum for a file I downloaded . When the checksum did not match, I was surprised and glad to know that file should be avoided.

Cocoatech has been offering Path Finder for well over 10 years and they continue to keep it updated, relevant and useful on many levels.

PathFinder Screen



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About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E.. He is a producer of books, films, games, and events, as well as an Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced dozens of books including:  "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution," "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software," "Synergistic Software: The Early Games," "Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition," "What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition," and "The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers."  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise convention and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.