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FinderPop for Mac

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FinderPop is a free preference pane that extends the functionality of OS X's contextual menus, helping you more quickly browse, open, move, preview, and get info on folders, files, volumes, and apps using your mouse, in much the same way that other "launcher" apps increase efficiency with keyboard commands. This popular, venerable application has been around since Mac OS 9, and one of its main purposes is to emulate the old Apple Menu Items folder.

At its most basic, FinderPop lets you browse the contents of a folder or volume just by control-clicking on it, while also giving you quick access to your desktop items, any running processes, and recent apps, files, and folders, all within the standard OS X contextual menu. You can also click on any blank spot in the menu bar to get a one-click contextual menu without having to hold down the control key (useful if you have a one-button mouse), and you can add any favorite items to a "FinderPop Items" folder to have them instantly accessible through any contextual menu. As with many similar interface-enhancing apps, FinderPop has more features than you may ever need, use, or even discover, and it provides extensive options for customization. Thankfully, the app comes with a helpful online manual.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Keeps Everything handy-only 1 mouse-click away!!!"

    October 18, 2011  |   By S Mayer

    Version: FinderPop 2.4.1

    Pros

    Very easy to use and config. Keeps everything you need handy; folders, applications, files, running processes, etc.

    Can pass files to active process, aliased apps, or drill down to any app.

    Can move things with drill down through menus

    Very actively maintained (now that author is using OS X) for "beta" & "between" official release versions, which are still quite stable...but in the forums only.

    Great for those who miss the Apple Menu functionality of Mac OS 9.

    ALL THIS FOR FREE!!! WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE??!!!!!

    Kudos to this developer for keeping this tool alive!!!

    Cons

    Small cosmetic quirks...Italics of alias, colour of aliases, some spacing of named entries.

    Some dead spots when trying to click on empty menu bar.

    Summary

    I've been a long time user from the days of Mac OS 9 . Missed it for a long time when it was absent from OS X. SSSOOOO Glad it is back!

    Would be nice if it also included some Expose features, starting with just listing the open windows for a running process and showing active windows. Then would not need the Dock for much.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says. A very handy app."

    October 9, 2011  |   By Razunil

    Version: FinderPop 2.4.1

    Pros

    Great time saver

    Cons

    None I can find

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  • 5.0 stars

    "totally useful"

    October 3, 2011  |   By jake61--2008

    Version: FinderPop 2.4

    Pros

    speeds up my work

    Cons

    I couldn't find any

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than Spotlight"

    September 28, 2011  |   By JohntheDragonSlayer

    Version: FinderPop 2.4

    Pros

    FinderPop is a gem! It does all it is advertised to do. It is very easy to learn and it makes no mistakes. It gets along with everything. It is stable and reacts to nothing. It just works peacefully.

    Cons

    I have no problems. This little program does all I request with no problems.

    Summary

    Get FinderPop and you will be amazed at how it performs. Get a copy today.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Must-have!"

    September 18, 2011  |   By Froggies--2008

    Version: FinderPop 2.4

    Pros

    this adds so many useful tweaks to the system that it's like a major system upgrade

    Cons

    none worth mentioning

    Summary

    Bless you Turly! Gang - let's keep him in ale or stout, or whatever it takes to keep our boy going.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great and Fast in Snow Leopard"

    July 13, 2010  |   By getittowork

    Version: FinderPop 2.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    There are some selections you can do in the program which speeds it up. The program is very responsive and quick. I did use it in 10.4.11 and now on 10.6. It works perfectly. It does not lag. I have a MacBook Pro 2.53 Ghz and 4 GB. This program is a must have for every Mac user. I think that it may be operator error for the problems people are expressing. I know that it is more than just simple and I have had to think about what the selections were in the setup, but not too difficult. It use to have the pulldown menu on the right as well as anywhere there was empty space in the menu bar. Now I notice it is just anywhere there is space in menu bar. Maybe I did not select properly or I have not added the applications selection. I will probably figure it out given some time. But, I don't even need that option to really appreciate the program and how useful it is. Great job and is fast.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's useful, simple and worth a beer!"

    May 25, 2010  |   By ricklib

    Version: FinderPop 2.3

    Pros

    Fast set-up. Beer jokes included.

    Cons

    Nothing of consequence.

    Summary

    Makes my Mac use even better.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Often not responsive in the MenuBar"

    May 24, 2010  |   By GianMarco Tavazzani

    Version: FinderPop 2.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    this is the only problem I ever had: sometime it needs time and efforts to wake up, forcing me in the past to switch off and on again.
    But, beside this, i ever loved this app so much!
    The author then is sooo nice, funny, smart, friendly.. A couple of beers with him must be a joy!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Must-Have Utility!"

    May 24, 2010  |   By Sophya

    Version: FinderPop 2.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    In all the years that I've been a Macintosh user, I don't believe that I had ever tried FinderPop; at least I don't recall having tried it.

    This little app indeed belongs in the list of very useful, must-have utilities that makes the already user-friendly Macintosh even more of a joy to use. PopFinder stays completely out-of-the-way -- and even out-of-sight -- until you actually need to use it, and then it allows you to quickly launch items, glide through levels of folders, etc. all from the Menubar.

    Initially -- before actually installing it -- I wondered why a Snow Leopard user, such as myself, would even need this little app, considering how easily one can now launch apps, open documents, run scripts, etc., from the much improved Dock with its various view options. However, as soon as I installed FinderPop, my eyes were opened, and it's definitely a keeper for this user!

    Thanks to the developer for making this little gem freely available to the Mac community. It is much appreciated.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great - Little Tip you can do."

    May 10, 2009  |   By getittowork

    Version: FinderPop 2.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is one of the best Utility programs you can do. If you screen is full and you want to go into a program that is two, three or more files embedded this is the program. It is the old OS 9 pull down menu. Its is better than what Apple did in that old OS because you click anywhere the menu bar is blank and the customized menus show up. Apple should pay the developer for this one and acquire it, because when my screen is full and the file or program I want is under the open files and programs, I don't have to close stuff on the screen. Always is an issue at some point. No wonder this is a "real" 5 star.

    Tip: Having been a veteran mac user, with the Old OS 9, I would make an alias of the finderMenu, In this case, FinderPop Items alias, and put that alias in itself. What this does is allow you to open the pull down FinderPop menu and put your aliases in the file, by selecting the FinderPop Items alias without searching for the FinderPop Items file in the "Library" folder. Once the FinderPop Items file is open you can then move around the aliases as well as reorder them for your own customization, or remove them, or add to them, etc. My brother originally shared this with me for the old OS. Every mac should use this program. A must have.

    I use a MacBook Pro Intel core 2 Duo running 10.4.11 (I always like to tell this in the review, just so people can know there is no issue or potential issue with my kind of hardware)

    Again, I use on average more than ten times a day. Thanks, Thanks Thanks developer. Yeah, it's free, not some trial passed off as freeware. Trial software should be categorized as shareware because you have to end up paying to continue on the honor system with shareware, yet with trial ware you are forced to pay, unlike shareware. It is more restrictive than shareware so how can those other guys call it freeware? That's my soap box. What I sometimes do if I find out it is trialware (shareware which forces you to purchase or it is disabled) passed off as freeware is I give it one star. This is real freeware.


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