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We finally succeeded at adding PayPal to

We finally succeeded at adding PayPal to our purchase options. Please upgrade to the latest Path Finder 8.0.4 to make it work. Thank you for your patience!


Path Finder 7 Official Change Log

Hey everyone,

We’re super excited for tomorrow’s release of Path Finder 7 . We’ve already debuted Path Finder’s new icon for Version 7, and we were joyed to receive an overwhelmingly positive response so quickly. Below is the official Path Finder 7 change log, which highlights the biggest changes and fixes made in PF7.

Thanks to everyone for your direct feedback throughout the PF7 development process, as it was greatly influential in forming the final product. We hope you enjoy using Path Finder as much as we enjoyed working on it!

-The Cocoatech Team


1) Dropbox integration

  •  Automatically detects the installed Dropbox folder for the installed Dropbox application. In that case, asks to link to a Dropbox account.
  • Allows manual linking/unlinking to/from a Dropbox account in the preferences.
  • Offers standard Dropbox-related menu items in both contextual and action menu, just like Finder. This items are shown only if Path Finder is linked to a Dropbox account. Their presence in menus can be configured in Contextual Manu preferences, just like for any other menu item.

 2) FolderSync – Folder Comparison and Synchronization

  • An article detailing FolderSync can be seen here.

3) New copy/move delete engine

  • Much Faster
  • Should remove strange errors which sometime occur (OSStatus -36, -61, etc).
  • Based on a modern API, dumps a deprecated File Manager API.
  • Offers real folder merging when copied/moved folders have conflicting (same) names.
  • On file conflict, offers to stop/skip/replace/keep both/keep based on the time stamp options.

4) Re-designed Path Finder Desktop

  •  Completely redesigned and improved Path Finder Desktop, which solves the many desktop issues present in Path Finder.
  • Improved placement of icons on the Desktop.
  • Displays and arranges icons on any display in a multi-display environment.
  • Remembers which display icons were placed in the multi-display environment and automatically adds/removes them as new displays are added/removed.
  • Respects Desktop background image and color settings in the System Preferences and immediately responds to changes.
  • Compatible with Mission Control.

5) New, faster and improved terminal

  • Faster re-drawing.
  • Works with non-ASCII characters and different encodings.
  • Added option to execute a particular command on a session start.
  • Choose where to open a terminal session when executing “Open in Terminal” from the main menu: new window/new tab/new bottom module/new right module.
  • Offers simplified but versatile options.

6) Re-designed Icon view

  • Completely redesigned and improved icon view.
  • Re-draws faster.
  • Enables arranging/grouping.
  • Fixes arrow key selection (mirrors Finder default).
  • Offers improved in-line file preview for media files (audio, video, etc.)

7) Arranging/grouping items

  • Arranging items in groups based on a particuar file attribute, as in the Finder. This applies to the Find window as well.

8) Improved Find window

  • Supports a full range of view options- icon, list, and column.
  • Features new and greatly improved icon view.
  • Enables arranging/grouping of items.
  • Offers new “does not contain” and “is not” search queries, effectively excluding certain files from the search.

9) Editable Path Navigator

  • Path Navigator now allows typing in a direct folder path.
  • Path Navigator enters “editing mode” when double-clicked, exits that mode clicking anywhere else.
  • Sports autocompletion, offering available folders paths while users type a path.

10) Replaced “Drawers” with “Shelves” 

  • Drawers completely removed
  • Up to 4 configurable modules in the bottom shelf.
  • Up to 4 configurable modules in the right shelf.
  • 8 total, completely customizable modules.

11) Disable renaming and moving of users “home” folders.

12) Identify and indicate shared folders

13) Added ability to undo “Close Tab”

14) Added Closed tab history (can be used to open any of the previously closed tabs).

15) Added Dual Pane mode one-click copy/move functionality.

16) Added ability to invert selection.

17) Better indication of present and available menu items in the contextual/action menu preferences.

18) Separate “Remove from Dock” options for Finder and Trash icons.

19) Vastly improved column autoresizing in column view, if option is turned on.

20) Added menu item/keyboard shortcut to add selected items to the Sidebar.

21) Added support for more e-mail clients (AirMail, Mail Pilot and others)

22) Improved browsing and root focusing in the column view.

23) Fixed ignoring invisible files when compressing/archiving files.

24) Switching to and from the column view no longer resets columns (as in Finder).

25) Added ability to change Sidebar color in color editor.

26) Added QuickLook gesture (three fingers tap).

27) Added “Where from” file info.

28) “Sort by” toolbar item added to the main window toolbar.

29) “Tab Sets” toolbar item added to the main window toolbar.

30) “Drop Stack” item added to the main window toolbar (enables ability to use Drop Stack while sidebar is hidden)

31) Added “Close all Tabs” action in the tab contextual menu.

32) Greatly improved “Set as Default File Browser” functionality.

33) Path Finder now prevents the system going to sleep while long file operations are in progress.

34) Added ability to change the color of the Text Editor’s background.

35) Sidebar sections can be moved & removed via drag and drop.

36) Favorite section now has drag and drop functionality.

37) Improved synchronization between Finder and Path Finder tags.

38) Improved registration functionality.

39) Licensing verification updates.

40) Updated graphics

41) Many other small tweaks, bug fixes, and UI refreshments.

Path Finder 7 Announced Feature: FolderSync

Hey Everyone,

In our last blog post, we talked about Path Finder 7’s first announced feature- Dropbox integration. This go around, we’re excited to announce the latest development for PF7: FolderSync

FolderSync is a Cocoatech-developed folder comparison and synchronization engine available exclusively in Path Finder 7. Aptly named, because that’s exactly what it does. In normal Cocoatech fashion, it combines the best of a simple user interface, an extremely customizable set of options, and the standard reliability that Path Finder has been known to provide for over 13 years. We’ll go into a little detail of this amazing feature below.

We’ll start by accessing FolderSync. Simply select two folders to be compared/synchronized, bring up the contextual menu, then select the “FolderSync” option. You can also access FolderSync in the “Command” menu, when in Dual Pane mode.

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Comparing folders is one of the more simple tasks that FolderSync can do. Shown below is the FolderSync interface. Currently, FolderSync is in “Compare” mode, as indicated by the drop down menu on the top-right of the window.

On the left pane, we see the “Documents” folder, and on the right, the “Downloads” folder. These are the two items being compared, each having their contents listed below them.  Also note that the full path to the directory folders are shown in their respective columns.


Below, we can see the text color editor for different folders/files. This menu is brought up by simply clicking the “colors” button.  Each color has its own designated meaning, and each color is completely customizable. The default colors are shown in the image.


In the image below, we’ve brought up the preset menu by selecting “Presets”. We selected the preset “Mirror to left”, meaning we’d like to mirror the contents of the right folder to the left folder. In this menu, we can also select our synchronization options for each preset. The default options are shown in the image.

For the options we’ve selected, the items that are “orphaned”, meaning items that are in one folder, but not in the other, are to be deleted. Note the red “delete” tags on items that are orphaned. These tags are all clickable to toggle that action on the item.

The ones with “add” tags will be added from the right folder to the left folder. Again, you can select to leave out individual items by simply clicking on the colored tag in the middle “Action” column.


5 synchronization options and a comparison option- FolderSync’s full arsenal.


FolderSync’s capabilities are so powerful that we couldn’t possibly explain all of its features and capabilities in a single blog post, so we hope to provide screencasts that go into full detail of FolderSync.

At Cocoatech, we’re fully committed to making Path Finder 7 the most productive app out there, and FolderSync is another step in that direction. So far, we’ve announced Dropbox integration and FolderSync as two big Path Finder 7 features, but we’re not done yet. Be on the lookout for more Path Finder 7 announcements.

Thanks for your support! Stay organized.

– The Cocoatech team.

PathFinder 7 announced feature: Dropbox integration

Leading up to the eventual release of PathFinder 7, we’ll be highlighting and talking about some of the biggest a newest features slated for PathFinder 7. Most of the ideas for these features came directly from our users, and the vote count on our feedback page for each idea held significant weight in our decisions. In short- You spoke, we listened.

For the first installation of the series, we’ll be talking about Dropbox integration within PathFinder. As one of the longest and most requested features, Dropbox and PathFinder will finally be able to work together harmoniously. 

A little sneak peak of how it works:
Right upon launch Path Finder tries to determine if you have Dropbox application installed and linked to a Dropbox account. If not, nothing happens. If you do, Path Finder tries to figure out the root folder used by the Dropbox application for file syncing. If it’s not successful in that, nothing happens. If it is, Path Finder offers you to link it to your Dropbox account as seen below: Image 

Once you are successfully linked, you will able to manage your Dropbox files the same was as in the Finder or the Dropbox application itself.

Complete and detailed instructions for linking your Dropbox account to PF and how Dropbox works with PF will be available upon PF7’s release.

Stay tuned for the next exciting PathFinder 7 feature!

PATCH: Another patch released, 6.5.3.

Hey Everyone,

We’ve released another patch, Version 6.5.3, in order to fix bugs introduced in both 6.5.1 and 6.5.2. A few days ago, we released 6.5.2 as a fix for 6.5.1. This caused some issues for some users who may not have been affected by the bug in the first place. This new Version fixes that and should be a stable version for all users.


Please get in touch with us at if you have any issues.


Change log:

1) Fixes to bugs introduced in 6.5.1 and 6.5.2

Version 6.5.2 released as a patch for 6.5.1

During our release of Path Finder 6.5.1 yesterday, we noticed some users having an issue with scrolling within Path Finder. This was something caused by OS X, so we were able to pinpoint the issue and solve it rather quickly.

You can download the patch by clicking “Check for Updates”in the Path Finder menu. Please visit with any questions or issues.


Change list:

1) Fixes to some bugs introduced in 6.5.1

Path Finder 6.5.1 released

Cocoatech released Version 6.5.1 today for Path Finder 6, available as a free update to all licensed Path Finder 6 users. This update fixes some commonly seen issues, and helps ensure a better file managing experience.

Please visit for any issues you may have.


1. Browser window restores position after un-maximize.

2. Fixed exceptions when cropping a resized image.

3. Fixed Quick Look preview restarting (10.9 Mavericks).

4. Fixed drawer openings for the Find window (10.9 Mavericks).

5. Fixed active window restoring when becoming active app with PF Desktop shown.

Path Finder 6.5 released, contains fixes for common issues

Cocoatech has released version 6.5 for Path Finder, a free update to all licensed Path Finder 6 users which contains fixes to commonly seen issues and bugs. 

For any issues, please head over to and start a discussion.



1. Fixed hanging issue some people experienced when launching Path Finder or opening Path Finder’s application launcher. (10.9 Mavericks)

2. Fixed exceptions when saving image in the Image Editor. 

3. Fixed exceptions some people experienced when using Text Editor. 

4. Fixed drawers opening on start up (10.9 Mavericks)

5. Better synchronization of tags with Mavericks Finder and some other applications which use OpenMeta specification (e.g. Yep)

Path Finder 6.5 Beta: Freeze on launch fix

Hey Everyone,

We have released an public beta containing a fix for the “Freeze on Launch” issue. For more information and to download the Beta, head over to our Open-Beta discussion, where you can report your findings on the beta and discuss with other PF6 users having the issue.

Thanks for bearing with us through this difficult bug! 

-The Cocoatech Team

Path Finder 6.4.5 released, fixes some common Maverick-related bugs

Cocoatech has released Version 6.4.5 of Path Finder, which fixes some bugs that popped up upon the official OS X Mavericks release.

Please note that there is still an issue some users are experiencing, with PF freezing upon launch of the app. While this update probably won’t correct the issue, we’re still spending a majority of our time on fixing it, and expect a complete fix in the next update.

If you have any issues or questions, get in touch with our support team at

Change List:

1. Column view headers fix for Mavericks.

2. Key shortcuts mapping fix for Mavericks.

3. Tiled desktop image fix for Mavericks.

4. QuickLook image preview fix for Mavericks.

5. PDF preview fix for Mavericks.

6. Path Finder no longer previews Mail .eml(x) files as text files.

7. Menu bar icon list fix for Mavericks.