Shelves columns and modules
The file browser window in Path Finder 7 comes with two shelves areas, one at the bottom and one at the right of the window. Shelves are not quite new, there were available in Path Finder 6 as well, we just increased the number of columns/modules they can contain. Each shelf can have up to 4 independent columns and each column contains a single Path Finder module. One example is shown in the picture below:
In the bottom shelf, there are modules Info, Preview, Hex View and Size. The right shelf sports Attributes, Permissions, Tags and Rating and Selection Path modules.
A module type in a particular column can be changed by clicking the title of that column/module and choosing another module type from the menu that appears.
If you don't want all 4 columns present in a shelf, just drag dividers between them and simply collapse the column you don't want any more. Collapsed columns can be brought back by clicking titles of present columns and selecting Reveal Collapsed View menu item.
In the Single Pane mode, modules show information and content relevant to the current selection in the browser. In the Dual Pane mode, there are two ways shelves and their modules can be configured. In the default configuration, all modules show information and content relevant to the current selection in the currently active pane in the browser window. However, you can use left/upper modules of shelves to show information and content relevant to to the current selection in the left/upper pane, while right/bottom modules show information and content relevant to to the current selection in the right/bottom pane. That way you get Dual Pane browsing not only in the main browser area, but also in the shelves area. To do that, open Path Finder preferences and in the Browser tab, check Use separate shelf panes for dual browser checkbox, like in the picture below.
In this short introduction video, you can see all above mentioned things in action: how to set different modules in shelf columns, how to resize and collapse columns and how to bring collapsed columns back. You can also see the effect of Use separate shelf panes for dual browser preferences setting in the Dual Pane mode.
Finally, a few words about drawers. In Path Finder 7, drawers are completely abandoned. Since OS X 10.7 (Lion) has been released, drawers were causing a lot of problems, especially in the full screen mode. We had to fix and patch things with almost every minor OS release. We do not say Apple was making changes in drawers functionality, but they probably did in other parts of the system affecting drawers. Effectively, that was causing more and more weird issues. After all, Apple seemed to abandon drawers ever since OS X 10.4 (Tiger) was released in 2005 and they apparently do not care if drawers work properly or not.
So, we had to move forward. Shelves and modules are the way to go. We plan to improve the way modules are organised and positioned within the main browser window, but that's work in progress.