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Adam Engst 10 comments

Do You Use It? Finder Tags See Focused Use

The results of our poll asking how often you use Finder tags are in, and while tags aren’t broadly popular, being reminded of what they can do for you might encourage you to use them in appropriate situations.

Adam Engst 100 comments

Do You Use It? Finder Tags

This week's Do You Use It? poll asks how often you use Finder tags, which are marking their tenth year of being part of the Mac experience.

Adam Engst 18 comments

Do You Use It? Proxy Icons Quietly Boost Productivity

The results of our poll asking about proxy icon use are in, and we hope that this article’s explanation of what proxy icons are good for encourages those who haven’t used them to give them a try.

Josh Centers 13 comments

Use ChronoSync to Move Large Folders

Moving large folders with the macOS Finder can become an exercise in frustration if it doesn’t gracefully handle errors. In such situations, ChronoSync Express from Econ Technologies can move your data more successfully.

Michael E. Cohen Adam Engst 18 comments

Apple Takes macOS to Big Sur… and to 11

Described as being the biggest update to macOS since OS X, macOS Big Sur features streamlined design, more customizable controls, privacy enhancements, and increased interoperability with iPadOS and iOS. X hasn’t marked the spot for several years, but we’re now in Spinal Tap territory: it’s macOS 11.0 Big Sur, for those who are keeping score.

Adam Engst 35 comments

TipBITS: Stop Getting Finder Windows in Tabs

Frustrated by having drives and folders in the Finder open in tabs instead of new windows, Adam Engst discovered that there are two preferences that control this behavior, and one is in a surprising spot.

Sharon Zardetto 9 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: The Mac’s Hidden Markup Tools

The Preview app has long provided tools that let you mark up an image with arrows, text, and even free-form drawing. But other Mac apps—Mail, Notes, Photos, TextEdit, and more—also provide access to similar markup tools, and now macOS 10.14 Mojave makes them available even in the Finder and the new screenshot interface.

Default Folder X 5.3 Agen Schmitz No comments

Default Folder X 5.3

Adds full support for macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.6 MB)

Sharon Zardetto 31 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: Batch-Rename Items in the Finder

It’s a cinch to rename a file or folder in the Finder. But renaming a group of them in a common way—appending a project name, fixing a repeated misspelling, or adding serial numbers? That, too, can be easy, with the Finder’s often-overlooked batch-renaming capability.

Default Folder X 5.2.5 Agen Schmitz 1 comment

Default Folder X 5.2.5

Brings preliminary support for macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($34.95 new, free update, 7.7 MB)

Adam Engst 38 comments

TipBITS: Reveal Invisible Files on the Mac with a Keystroke

If you’ve ever needed to work with invisible files on your Mac but didn’t want to drop into Terminal, read on for the secret keyboard shortcut that reveals the files and directories that are normally hidden in the Finder.

Default Folder X 5.2.4 Agen Schmitz No comments

Default Folder X 5.2.4

Adds support for Forklift and improves speed and reliability of switching within file dialogs. ($34.95 new, free update, 7.7 MB)