The MacOS file manager is one of the most envied file management tools, since in addition to having a very effective aesthetic appearance, its functions are really impressive. Even so, there are users who consider that the Finder, as the file manager of Mac computers is called, is not enough for them, and they are looking for some tool with which to replace it, a difficult task indeed.
There are some alternatives, being one of the best, ForkLift 3 is an app with which we will have full control over the documents and folders stored on our Mac. Among the most important features of ForkLift 3, which are really many, stand out the possibility of being able to mount remote units of files as if they were local, the synchronization of directories using effective combination techniques, and the module to rename files in batch, among others. It also includes a really effective application uninstaller.
Another feature of ForkLift 3 file manager for Mac is the so-called “Stack”, which is basically a location that allows us to add files, folders or storage disks, in order to have them always available and in sight, just like libraries in Windows.
As main sources we obviously have the physical drives connected to our Mac, but we can also access all network resources. In the favorites area, however, we can add shortcuts to the destinations we use most often, including of course also those of cloud services such as Dropbox or iCloud Drive. In the favorites we can also create folders and for data sources the choice is vast: SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Rackspace, AFP, SMB, NFS, VNC (the latter opens the viewer integrated in macOS). It is therefore interesting to note that Forklift is in all respects also an FTP client, one which, on the other hand, allows you to connect to two different servers to make a cross FXP upload without the file passing through the local computer (the function must be supported by server).
Returning to the files (and reactivating the clear interface to show them both), navigation can take place in list view, columns or icons. Wanting also in different ways between the left and right windows. Note that Forklift supports both the tabs and the execution of multiple instances, so we can create the first ones with ⌘T and the new windows with ⌘N, managing to manage and manage even complex situations without any limit. Here is also a small tip, that is to activate in the Preferences (⌘,) the scheme of keyboard combinations of macOS, so we can use the same main shortcuts of the Finder.
Having a folder open on Forklift is not like having it in the Finder. The possibilities here are many more and simpler. For example, there is a quick selection function (⌘S), thanks to which we can tell the application to select only certain types of files for us. After that, also the renaming functions are more complete than the native ones of macOS, allowing us to operate on multiple methods and correlating different ones in cascade.
We can obviously activate the display of hidden files, open the compressed ones as if they were folders or unzip them. As for Zip files it is important to note that creating them from Forklift and not from the Finder, they will not carry the garbage filesmacOS (the various “._namefile.extension” or “.DS_store”), obtaining cleaner and more suitable folders for exchange. The amount of functions present in Forklift 3 is truly endless. Meanwhile, because with the double window on the source and destination path it allows us to activate Sync Browsing, so when we enter a subfolder on one side, he automatically enters the other, giving us the opportunity to do a quick visual check. In addition to this, there is a very advanced synchronization function, which can go in both directions or work by summation, analyzing the files by size or modification date, including invisible files, subfolders and also providing customizable filters.
Local or Remote
Another element not to be overlooked is ForkLift Mini, or the icon that you can activate in the menu bar, thanks to which you get two really useful features. The first is to mount any share, whether local or remote, as a disk drive on the Mac (complete with an icon on the desktop). Operation that is done with a click and only requires that Fuse for macOS is pre-installed (the app will guide you through the installation if we don’t already have it). The second thing is what I personally find most useful and it is the Droplet. I often have to send a file to the NAS, perhaps to a specific folder. Normally I would have to mount the exact network path or go to browse the file system until I find it and then copy the file. Activating the Droplet instead, just drag the file icon and drop it.
ForkLift 3 can be installed in the first few minutes on every Mac. This is because it is superior to the Finder in a thousand different ways and is much more efficient and convenient to administer even in simple copy operations. I think it’s an essential tool for every Mac user, also because it includes many others inside. The nice thing is that it is offered at a very honest price of $ 29.95, also from the Mac App Store , while latest version 3.3.9 (released on April 28, 2020) has come out to offer more functionality due to the known limitations on the File System imposed by Apple.
Pro Efficient and practical file manager
Pro Advanced synchronization functions
Pro Complete FTP / SFTP client with FXP support
Pro Uninstalling applications
Pro Powerful Batch Renamer
Pro Fast document previews
Pro New dark interface
Pro Supports both tabs and multi windows
ProQuick menu with Droplet and Disklet
Pro Excellent quality / price ratio