How to save all Path Finder application settings for use on my other Mac?

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Richard Hoefer

19 Mar, 2019 05:20 AM

I want to have a backup file that contains all prefs and settings for the Path Finder app, so that I can match all my preferred colors, font size, settings, configs, contextual menus, everything for installing onto a 2nd Mac. How do I do that? Is there an export/import settings feature? Or is this found within a System folder on my Mac (such as Application Support folders)?

What is the best way to set up the "second Mac" to achieve a complete settings match to "Mac 1". After downloading and installing the Path Finder app onto the 2nd Mac, what should I do?

Thanks!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 20 Mar, 2019 12:22 PM

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    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for contacting us!

    There is no supported way to do so as of now. We've submitted preferences export and import as a feature request to our developers.

    Although it is not a supported method, you may try copying the following items:
    /Users/your username here/Preferences/com.cocoatech.PathFinder.plist (file)  /Users/your username here/Application Support/Path Finder (directory and everything in it)

    Please feel free to write us back and we will be happy to assist you.

    Best Regards,
    Jordan 
    Path Finder Support Team

  2. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 20 Mar, 2019 12:22 PM.

  3. Richard Hoefer re-opened this discussion on 20 Mar, 2019 05:48 PM

  4. 2 Posted by Richard Hoefer on 20 Mar, 2019 05:48 PM

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    Thanks so much Jordan!
    I was exploring those very files... I'm long time mac user since 1985,but
    this week is the first time I have found Path Finder, and I am discovering
    it is so much of what I have wanted for a very lling time— ok, decades.

    I have ADHD— and I have long wanted to restore the many visual icon cues
    that Apple continuously has designed out of their UI. You will see from
    this screenshot attachment that I'm a power user, and I have already
    explored and have been trying many modules within Path Finder. I am
    generally very impressed by the granularity of controls given the user. I'm
    also a UX Designer, and I have noted several features and actions that I
    would have expected but i see are not quite there.

    But this is not to complain. I do wish though that whenever I save a VIEW
    SETTING file for any given module, that that same file be available to
    customize another instance of the same or similar module. Very surprised
    that that is not there given that the app even lets you save a VIEW setting
    at all per module.

    More than anything, the thing I want most is the ability to have a free
    form drag & drop vertical palette that has any and all of my favorites that
    I currently keep on my Finder desktop. In the screenshot you can see my
    desktyop at extreme left side. all those icons are custom, and they help me
    access commonly used tools. I do not like any version of Mission Control or
    any other apps dropdown menu. I have always liked to drag and drop from
    browser to desktop based on the ergonomics of my wrist moving my mouse in
    arcs from a browser address bar to certain target zones or folders on my
    desktop.

    THAT's what I woiuld like the ability to replicate within Path Finder.
    Within the actual Path Finder browser showing in my screenshot, the dark
    blue vertical column at left is my lame ass attempt to use what Path Finder
    has to try to mimic what I want: So I figured the only customizable
    drag-drop icon zone I could create would be a Sidebar module, using just
    FAVORITES, and then I will drag and drop various applications or file
    shortcuts to it. My hope is that I can mimic what is on my actual Mac desk
    top within that column.

    Any thoughts or tipsd appreciated, such as How can I create specific GROUPS
    within the Sidebar, since I see that when I right click i can select what
    to have present in the Sidebar.

    Lastly, it would be highly logical to have a right-click feature (option)
    within any module that would SHOW VIEW OPTIONS. Since I have discovered I
    can remove/hide header bars to modules, and use the hover while holding
    option key action to show the cog wheel that then enables you to view
    options, that's nice but still illogical that there is no right-click
    contextual menu option to view VIEW SETTINGS for any module.

    Thanks again for helpful support.

    Richard Hoefer
    SF Bay Area

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 21 Mar, 2019 11:17 PM

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    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your feedback! 
    Would you mind if we go through your suggestions one by one to check everything was understood correctly?

    1) View setting for same or similar module.
    As far as I can tell you're referring to the module colors and visual appearance more than any specific layout or items in them, correct?
    And you would like to see something like, for example, modifying Path Finder colors affecting defaults for all modules, or ability to modify defaults for a module?

    2) Freeform palette
    Basically, you would like a module (which will be flexible in its size and placement like all other modules) which is just an empty space to stick apps, folders and other shortcuts? Similar to an isolated desktop in terms of file placement?
    We have received a number of requests to allow adding application shortcuts to the Favorites section, how does that suggestion feel?

    3) Summon module settings as a context menu with the right-click
    Simply add that behavior as an option.

    Please feel free to write us back and we will be happy to assist you.

    Best Regards,
    Jordan 
    Path Finder Support Team

  6. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 21 Mar, 2019 11:17 PM.

  7. Richard Hoefer re-opened this discussion on 23 Mar, 2019 10:05 AM

  8. 4 Posted by Richard Hoefer on 23 Mar, 2019 10:05 AM

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    Hi, fyi, the coupon code pf8survey said it was expired. On your facebook
    page it didn't indicate there was an expiration. Thanks!

    Richard

    ---------- Forwarded message ---------
    From: Google Forms <[email blocked]>
    Date: Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 2:55 AM
    Subject: Pathfinder 8 Survey
    To: <[email blocked]>

    [image: Google Forms]
    Thanks for filling out Pathfinder 8 Survey
    <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZVbiyCOPuIQNl4Ix7LXxkpXx83AEFtF2iN3FXekPUKH6rSg/viewform?pli=1&usp=mail_form_link>
    Here's what we got from you:
    Edit response
    <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZVbiyCOPuIQNl4Ix7LXxkpXx83AEFtF2iN3FXekPUKH6rSg/viewform?pli=1&edit2=2_ABaOnuc_LSTui7VXWNkonrKOJwt68JBoL31MdSlov6O4elyAmwF9m3IJw8Yk0g>
    Pathfinder 8 Survey
    Help us make Pathfinder better by sharing your favorite aspects of it and
    suggest optimizations to support your use.

    As a HUGE THANK YOU, you will receive a discount code off an upgrade and or
    purchase of 25% off Pathfinder 8 and the knowledge that your voice was
    added to the next versions and updates!

    Email address *
    [email blocked]
    Welcome to the Survey (just 8 questions!)

    How long have you used Pathfinder? *

       - 0-1 year
       - 1-3 years
       - 3-6 years
       - 6 years+

    Do you use Pathfinder.... *

       - professionally
       - personally
       - a combination of both

    What is your profession?
    UX & Product Designer for ADHD

    What are your top three to four features that you love and use often?
    Dual pane, customizable interface, color row-labels, snappable modules,

    Are there any features from previous versions that you miss? *
    No, I have never used a prior version to v 8

    How valuable is the customization of the interface to you? *
    1 2 3 4 5

    not important
    incredibly necessary

    Can you share a screenshot of the ways you have customized the interface?
    Files submitted:
    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 2.42.40 AM - Quick Site.png

    Do you have any other feedback to share? (If you are having a technical
    issue please be sure to email [email blocked] so our support team can
    address it directly!)
    File copying is terribly slow, even without file verification turned on. I
    was so psyched to start using Path Finder as my new workhorse, thrilled
    that finally here was a power tool I could use to manage my files in
    real-time for large, complicated projects — vs having stuff pile up that I
    then need to take hours to sort through. But the very first time then that
    I began using it to re-arrange large media folders, it dragged like a dog.
    Easily 25x slower than Finder. I read at least 4 threads on your website,
    going back to 2012, many from 2015, and another from 2018. The same advice
    is offered each time "turn off file verification" — but it is not the
    answer. Something is not right. Also, when using FIND FILE, the separate
    browser with search results does not allow drag & drop toolbar
    customization. And since your image editor does not have Text Annotation
    capability, I need to drag all my selected results to a PREVIEW.app icon so
    I can then batch edit them. This is surprising since your main browser has
    excellent, unsurpassed drag & drop features— leaves Apple in the dust.
    Lastly, I have submitted to Jordan in Tech Support numerous other feature
    suggestions, incl the very thing I have simulated in the screenshot
    attached— in column 1 and in column 3, both are what I would have as a
    freeform FAVORITES column— where I can drag files, folders, aliases, with
    option for NO TEXT (I have just panned them out of the way). P.S. would you
    like to hire me for contract work to get your new version developed and
    best-in-class?

    Name
    Richard Hoefer

    Email
    [email blocked]

    Thank you very much for participating!
    To receive 25% off please use the following coupon code during check out on
    a new purchase or an upgrade!

    coupon code: pf8survey
    Please feel free to share this survey with friends so they can receive
    their coupon code too!

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  9. Support Staff 5 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 23 Mar, 2019 05:39 PM

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    Hi Richard,

    I have forwarded your email to our Sales Department.
    It may take some time to confirm the information with them.
    Once we do, we will get back to you.

    Meanwhile, don't hesitate to contact us should any questions arise. 

    
Best Regards,
 Jordan
    Path Finder Support Team

  10. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 23 Mar, 2019 06:06 PM.

  11. Path Finder Support Team re-opened this discussion on 23 Mar, 2019 06:06 PM

  12. Support Staff 6 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 30 Mar, 2019 10:57 AM

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    Dear Customer,

    We are sorry but our survey has ended and the coupon code is now expired. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to further get informed about our upcoming promotions.

    Best,
    Alexandra.
    Cocoatech Sales.

  13. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 30 Mar, 2019 10:57 AM.

  14. Richard Hoefer re-opened this discussion on 31 Mar, 2019 10:27 AM

  15. 7 Posted by Richard Hoefer on 31 Mar, 2019 10:27 AM

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    That's not right. I just contributed over a week's worth of very relevant
    product feedback and suggestions-- look at the threads. That's really
    pretty bad to take that hardline attitude when people give to the product.
    That tiny percent you're not willing to part with? Makes me wonder about
    your company values.

    Richard Hoefer
    Design for ADHD
    SF Bay Area, CA

  16. 8 Posted by dhnyny on 01 Apr, 2019 11:49 AM

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    Because the email from Cocoatech that provided the coupon code did not say anything about an expiration date, Cocoatech should provide the discount. To impose terms and conditions that were not explicitly stated when the offer was made is wrong.

  17. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 01 Apr, 2019 12:02 PM.

  18. Path Finder Support Team re-opened this discussion on 01 Apr, 2019 12:16 PM

  19. 9 Posted by Richard Hoefer on 02 Apr, 2019 02:45 PM

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    I agree @dhnyny — it is very unprofessional for a company to do that. I actually took screenshots of that facebook page when I took the survey— just for this exact purpose. I never expected I would actually have to use it. The company is creating bad will, particularly when a user is contributing valuable screenshot-annotated feedback.

    P.S. — to Jordan — I knew I was going to be re-installing my OS, which is why I first wrote this help question re Prefs and Application Settings. GOOD NEWS! The prefs and Application Setting files I saved and then dropped into the new installation's folders worked perfectly ! All of my color and module configuration settings re-appeared. yay! :)

  20. Support Staff 10 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 03 Apr, 2019 12:11 PM

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    Hi Richard,

    I'm glad to hear this.

    As for the coupon code issue, our sales department is looking into this and we will follow up with you.

    Please feel free to write us back and we will be happy to assist you.

    Best Regards,
    Jordan 
    Path Finder Support Team

  21. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 03 Apr, 2019 12:11 PM.

  22. Path Finder Support Team re-opened this discussion on 03 Apr, 2019 10:53 PM

  23. Support Staff 11 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 03 Apr, 2019 10:53 PM

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    Hi Richard,

    After a detailed inspection, our sales team leader suggested that we create a free license for you. 
    You've contributed a fair amount of feedback even besides the survey and we feel it's deserved.
    You should receive the email with your license info. If you don't, please create a new private discussion or email us at [email blocked].

    We'd also like to share with you a new promo code: "fiveoff" for $5 off the license purchase - feel free to share it around ;)
    Note that the code will have an expiration date in a few months (we aren't completely set on it yet) but it's fairly recent. 
    Let me know here if you'd like to know the exact expiration date and I'll make sure to update you on that.

    Please feel free to write us back and we will be happy to assist you.

    Best Regards,
    Jordan 
    Path Finder Support Team

  24. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 03 Apr, 2019 10:53 PM.

  25. Richard Hoefer re-opened this discussion on 03 Apr, 2019 11:58 PM

  26. 12 Posted by Richard Hoefer on 03 Apr, 2019 11:58 PM

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    How fantastic Jordan, thank you, to you and the sales team. Very happy with
    that.

    Best regards,
    Richard

  27. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 04 Apr, 2019 02:45 PM.

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