XtraFinder, by Tran Ky Nam Software, is a free program that dramatically enhances the overall usefulness of the OS X Finder. XtraFinder sports a 0.16 version release (as of this writing), but even in such an embryonic state, it packs a wallop. (Hat tip to Scott Yoshinaga, of the brilliant webcomic Nemu-Nemu, for making me aware of this program.)
What It Does
XtraFinder is a super tiny app that installs itself within your menubar, and it does several neat things found in many of the paid Mac apps you may already use.
First and foremost, XtraFinder gives the Finder a tabbed user interface. (Note to Apple: this should be a built-in feature.)
As you may have noticed in the previous screenshot, you can replace the drab monochromatic sidebar icons with the colored variety, and also optionally view them with their label color. From a usability perspective, XtraFinder makes it much easier to find the sidebar folder you’re looking for.
With XtraFinder you can also customize the Finder’s text and background color. I’ve always favored white text on a darker background, and XtraFinder makes it easy to do that. Again, this is something I really wish the Finder would do out of the box.
XtraFinder also sports some window management prowess. Read on for more…