For a few years I’ve been using Cocoatech’s PathFinder app as a replacement for OSX’s Finder app, which falls short at times for my needs.
I initially started using PathFinder in the pre-Mavericks days for tabbed and split-window file browsing. It rocked and I have since come to love some of its many features I occasionally use like batch renaming of files, built-in terminal, and checksum calculation.
I often, however am working from a zsh terminal and need to open a directory to do something to it. To open it with Finder I would do the following:
# Open current directory in Finder $ open ./
It would be cool if I could do the same with PathFinder. While PathFinder doesn’t have a cli (AFAIK), it was easy to extend the idea above by adding this to my zsh config file (in
#-> This allows one to open a path in PathFinder app alias pf="open -a \"Path Finder.app\""
And use like so:
$ pf ./
I don’t know why it took me so long to realise this could be done, but glad I did now.
pf now complements other quick access commands I’m already fond of like:
$ stree ./ # Opens git repo in source tree app $ subl ./ # Opens directory in SublimeText
Simple pleasures, I know. When you do this often, however, it feels good to have saved a few seconds in extra effort.