FinderPop 1.9.2
Posted: 27-Mar-2001

4 1/2 out of 5 Mice

Author: Turlough O'Connor Type: FREEWARE

Reviewer: Stan Hadley Class: UTILITY
     
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FinderPop is a free contextual menu enhancer that allows a user to add additional file manipulation and applications launching. Some of the capabilities it provides includes:

  • Holding down the mouse button for a set amount of time activates the contextual menu without needing to press the control key
  • Control clicking (or click-hold) gives access to a list of applications or files you use frequently
  • Control clicking (or click-hold) in the menu bar gives even quicker access to applications or files
  • Various scripts are included to let you quit programs, sleep, restart, hide applications, or switch to finder
  • Files can have their file type and creator changed to any of a number of other types
  • Active drives and folders can be navigated from the contextual menu to get to files buried within your disks
  • Fonts for contextual menus can be changed

The program also incorporates various items from the View menu, Special menu, and Windows menu, giving you quick access to various common tasks.

To add a file to the list of files for access, you control-click on it and select the Finderpop item in the contextual menu. It will then ask if you want to add the file (or an alias) to the Finderpop Items Folder. Similar steps are used to change file types, hide applications, etc. These actions were not well explained or intuitive, and caused me some confusion at first. I started doing things the hard way: finding the folder where items are stored and manually adding aliases of my main applications and file type templates.

Pros

  • Makes contextual menu more accessible
  • Adds desirable features to contextual menus
  • Free

Cons

  • Initial set-up to access applications and add file types for conversions is not intuitive

Ratings

Functionality 5 Mice
User Interface 4 Mice
Overall 4.5 Mice