TotalFinder is just a better Finder
My goal is to improve the Finder in areas where it is lacking but keep the overall design, which is good.
TotalFinder works in OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), and 10.8 (Mountain Lion).OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
TotalFinder is a plugin for the Finder
TotalFinder is an add-on which gets loaded into the Finder when you launch
TotalFinder.app. It does not modify your Finder files on the disk. It modifies the current instance of Finder running in memory. It works similar to SIMBL plugins which you may know from other programs. However, TotalFinder is a standalone application, is not dependent on SIMBL, and should work reliably alongside other SIMBL applications.
System updates from Apple
Due to the nature of how TotalFinder works, there is a small risk that TotalFinder might break with future Finder updates. I use TotalFinder myself on a daily basis so I am able to spot any potential problems very quickly. So far, Finder updates have generally introduced minor cosmetic changes. I am also a member of Apple's Developer Program and have access to pre-release versions of system updates. I am committed to keeping TotalFinder compatible with Apple's updates.
Please remember that if you ever experience any problem whatsoever, it is extremely easy to uninstall TotalFinder and return to the Apple's basic Finder. And if you have any issues, please visit our forums or you can email me directly.
How to restart the Finder
You can go to the Terminal.app and type:
This will restart the Finder in an unaltered state, without TotalFinder. To open TotalFinder again, launch TotalFinder.app in /Applications.