I love the idea of modules for customization, but my day-to-day use doesn't require constant customization. What my current day-to-day use does include is the desire to not see those shelves/panels all the time but be able to quickly toggle them.
I entirely agree. Please bring back the botton shelf option. It has taken me ages just to get both Preview and Recent Folders side by side in the bottom shelf. I do not need extensive module customisation.
This and some of the other missing features in PF8 are a deal breaker for me, so I have reverted back to PF7. I am willing to purchase an upgrade, but not this one.
You can get any module you want in a bottom shelf--or left or right shelf for that matter--by hitting Window > Modules then dragging, say, the Terminal module to the main window and positioning it at the bottom. Try that; it worked for me.
PF8 got rid of shelves and replaced them with modules, which can be placed in the same locations as shelves and provide much of the same functionality. But, as the comments in this thread demonstrate, many of us--perhaps most of us--only need a handful of features on a regular basis and we're used to being able to configure the shelves to provide exactly the features we want, customized the way we want, and to toggle them on and off as needed. The PF8 approach (modules) may offer more ability to customize and may be useful for those who constantly switch among all the many features that the application offers but for the rest of us it is much more cumbersome and slow than PF7's approach (shelves that can be toggled). Like others, I quickly found that PF8 was slowing me down a lot and so I switched back to PF7. Hopefully the good folks at Cocoatech will start restoring some of the essential lost functionality in order to convince PF7 users that there's a reason to upgrade.
Just adding an additional voice of complete agreement. Path Finder is my favourite tool for the mac, I use it every minute of every day I'm working. However, the loss of the ability to show and hide modules with a single click has made Path Finder 8 a much less useful product and I've switched back to 7 even though I paid for the upgrade without hesitation.
I presume this "downgrade" in functionality is simply a consequence of the rewrite and I look forward to it's return at which point I will return to PF8 as well.
I also just upgraded to v8 and the first thing I missed were toggling the shelves on and off!
I'm guessing there may be some good features for Modules once I have used them more, but modules that can toggle on and off like the shelves did would be even better!!
I'll work with v8 for a while and see what it's like, but I'm betting I'll be reverting to v7 before too long - regretfully, but this is a tool that should help streamline my work not add to it, which currently v8 does.
I paid to upgrade. I am completely shocked and dismayed that I can't have the bottom shelf? What in the world??????? Terrible decision to remove this functionality. It is integral to my workflow on my Mac. Unreal.
on 05 Jun, 2018 12:27 PM
Add me to the list. And please when you bring toggle back make sure that its can be triggered via a shortcut! I always just hit F3 to toggle the bottom shelf. I don't want to reach fir the mouse to do this.
on 05 Jun, 2018 02:34 PM
I used to have a bottom shelf that had three panes displaying the 3 project folders I use most recently. One click to show the shelf, then a single click to open whatever file I needed from my 3 major projects.
Now, there's no way to open/close the bottom shelves.
Now, there's no way to have the contents of a folder display in a pane.
Get the developers some 13" non retina computers to work on. All the screen shots are wonderful on a 27" desktop, but real estate for some is precious and the retractable shelves were perfect for the small screen. I'm not upgrading until that feature is back.
Also whoever is in charge of their marketing should know that reworking the underpinnings of software is not a selling point - no matter how impressive those changes are to the programmers since the future that those changes will facilitate are what we consumers want. Promising a brighter future is a great way to stop sales of the current product while people wait for the tangible changes to be implemented. Taking away vital features is an exceptionally effective way to stop sales.
Spotlight bar does not work at all (files are not being found); Sorting by date columns in left or right directory listing pannels does not work. Path Finder 8.3.7 on macOS 10.14.2. Any settings to reset? Any other clue?