Product Announcement – Magnum Bytes of Dnipro, Ukraine has released Nimble Commander 1.1.4, their file manager app for Mac OS X. Which features are available in file managers, and what do the users actually need? The problem is, though there are a lot of file managers (more than 20), that’s a small consolation for certain users. Why is that so? Because there are two types of users:
1. Common users. They don’t require anything special from a two-panel file manager, so they simply don’t understand why should they switch to another file manager if they already have the built-in Finder.
2. Power users. They know that Finder lacks some important features (such as network connections handling, support for archives, and sophisticated mass renaming). By the way, lots of two-panel file managers promise to fully replace the legendary Total Commander and FAR, but so far that’s just promises. Most of them simply copy TC’s look and feel, but their developers tend to forget that users mostly value rich features and fast performance.
From the beginning, Nimble Commander’s main developer Michael Kazakov focused on power users:
- Software developers
- System administrators
- IT professionals and enthusiasts
The new version of NC released on July 27, 2016, is yet another step toward making it a full-blown analog of TC and FAR, intended for power users:
- External Tools integration support: Quickly open any application with a variety of parameters based on the current focus/selection/path, etc.
- Now External Editors can be used with any virtual file system, and changed files will be uploaded back.
Of course, NC also includes all the features typical for a powerful two-panel file manager:
- File Search
- Admin mode
- Background operations processing
- Search results panelizing
- Full keyboard access with the fastest way to handle file management tasks
- Ability to connect to remote FTP and SFTP servers, including remote files editing, etc.
It should be noted that the developers of Nimble Commander encourage the users to direct its evolution. For example, the users can vote at the NC website for features to be added in the forthcoming version.
“Catch up with Total Commander” – that’s the current motto of most file managers for Mac. Who will be the first one to make the finish? That’s up to the users to decide.
- OS X 10.10 or later
- 64-bit processor
- 3.5 MB
Nimble Commander 1.1.4 is just $24.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies), and is available from the Mac App Store, in the Utilities category. The app is also available from the Nimble Commander website. A free version is also available for download from the Mac App Store. A 30-day trial version is also available from the Nimble Commander website.