Nimble Commander 1.3

Free Manage files and folders with a tabbed dual-pane layout.
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Nimble Commander is intended for managing files and folders. In this regard, it is an alternative for Finder, macOS built-in file manager. It comes with several handy features; however, the possibility to browse two different directories thanks to its dual-pane layout is probably the most popular.

If you have used dual-pane file managers before, Nimble Commander will surely look quite familiar. In this respect, those users who prefer using the keyboard over the mouse are likely to be pleased by the possibility of performing practically any operation just by using shortcuts. Of course, learning key combinations for more than a hundred operations may be too much. Still, you do not have to know all of them, as typing the most frequently used are enough to boost your productivity. Fortunately, the application allows opening various pairs on locations simultaneously on different tabs. Moreover, doing so does not seem to affect performance or demand more hardware resources.

Nimble Commander has other features which deserve your attention. For instance, it allows performing searches using its built-in function but also integrates with Spotlight. Similarly, the tool lets you preview the contents of the selected file. Also, when managing a long list of files, it is possible to rename batches using a given pattern. Good news is that it also allows browsing the contents of archives just as you would do with a standard folder, which contributes to saving time as you do not need to unzip the whole archive to extract a specific item. more

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Pros

  • Dual-pane directory browsing
  • Keyboard shortcuts for every operation
  • Tabbed interface: multiple simultaneous pairs of directories
  • Built-in search
  • Low use of system resources

Cons

  • More archive formats should be supported
  • No scrollbar for browsing long lists

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