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ReFind for Mac

By Mysterious Trousers Free Editors' Rating
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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 25, 2014

ReFind for Mac brings out the folders you need in an instant, with just a few keyboard strokes. This small application lets you browse through your folders and files faster, and also offers you some bookmarking options that overlap with those of Mac OS's Finder.

Pros

Convenient access to most-used folders: The "Recent Places" feature in Mac OS X is great, but having quick access to your most popular folders is even better. ReFind for Mac grants you just that, featuring three main folder categories: Most Popular, Bookmarked, and Hard Drive.

Folder bookmarks: The app allows you to bookmark folders with just a few clicks. Bookmarked folders are readily accessible through a left-hand side panel in the app window.

Reconfigurable hot key: The default hot key is "^F" but you can easily change it.

Cons

Esc key doesn't work: The app window does not close unless you open a folder or press the hot key again. It would be more convenient if it closed when you pressed the "Esc" key.

Menu bar clutter: Since the app is hot key-driven, it doesn't really need a Menu Bar icon, which feels redundant.

No option to prevent hidden folders from showing: This application offers you quick access to system and hidden folders, but since it's not password protected, it can lead to security vulnerabilities. There should be an option to prevent it from showing folders that are supposed to be concealed.

Bottom Line

At only 200KB, ReFind for Mac proves to be a handy application that can speed up your access to folders. You'll find it especially useful if you regularly need to deal with multiple folders that are in the lower hierarchy. However, some of its features are redundant, as they're already offered by Finder and Spotlight.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1

Small bug fixes. Folders/files with spaces in the names were causing trouble.

General

Release January 5, 2013
Date Added January 5, 2013
Version 1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 562
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

ReFind is a small menu bar mac app that lets you press a hotkey, and quickly find any file or folder you are looking for. We got tired of the repetitive hassle of file system browsing, so we made a better way.

- A universal hotkey so you quickly open it from anywhere.
- Automatically keeps an up-to-date list of your most opened folders and files.
- Lets you bookmark folders and files for quick access.
- Lets you browse your whole hard drive quickly.
- When browsing, it puts your most opened folders/files at the top of each directory.
- A simple set of key shortcuts for common operations.
- e.g. Quickly open any folder in Terminal with command+T.