Files for Mac aims to ease file management in OS X by giving users a dual pane interface. While fast, smooth, and with a small memory footprint, this file manager could use some improvements when it comes to ease of use.
Opening Files for Mac for the first time, we were presented with an intuitive, but inelegant, interface, which displayed different folders in each windowpane. Each pane included a "Go To" drop-down menu, enabling quick and easy access to all the main folders in a user's home folder. It became clear very quickly that this file manager doesn't adhere to any of the OS X interface standards. While there are no thumbnail previews, full-size previews are available by pressing "F3" and not the spacebar, as it works in Finder, and this is only one of the many shortcuts that differ from what you're probably used to. There is no right-click or CTRL-click context menu at all. And, most baffling, you cannot drag and drop files from one side of the window to the other, which is the most basic and intuitive aspect of file management on the Mac since 1984. To move a file you must also, confusingly, hit F6 and rename it to another folder. Now, all of the shortcut confusion aside, the app works well, but we didn't find much to woo us away from the built-in tool.
Files for Mac aims to improve on the OS X's Finder, but could use some improvements, itself, such as adding a drag-and-drop option for a more convenient transfer. However, users who prefer minimalistic interfaces might like this file manager.
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