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.
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.
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:
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!