on Tuesday released Path Finder 3, a new version of their file browser and integrated file utility for Mac OS X. The update adds an Action Menu, a Shelf, Drop Stack and more.
The Action Menu, added to the toolbar, triggers a contextual menu of available actions. The Shelf offers a place to store commonly used folders, applications and files for quick access. Plus, you can “pause” drag-and-drop operations by dropping items on the new Drop Stack for retrieval at a later time. Path Finder 3 also adds a Document/Favorites Menu from which you can access your Documents folder and Favorites via toolbar items. Additionally, there’s the ability to create reports of running processes and complete attribute reports on individual files. This is in addition to reports on installed fonts, directories and volumes, and a System report.
What’s more, Path Finder 3 adds two new, integrated applications. PDF Viewer lets you view and print from PDF files from within the browser without having to launch another application. The Terminal Window provides access to Mac OS X’s Unix command line. These apps join others already built into Path Finder, such as a text editor, image convertor and resizer, disk image creator, secure delete and built-in file compression and expansion.
Path Finder 3, which requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, costs US$34; if you bought the application after May 1, you can get the latest version for free. Upgrades from previous versions are $9, and a fully functional demo is available for download from the Cocoatech Web site.