You still use the Finder? Apple’s aging interface for file management gets a facelift every now and again, but it’s the same old Finder. And it’s the place where many Mac users spend their time. Here’s a way to make your Finder efforts a little easier.
Finder Is, As Finder Does
The Finder has become more useful through the years. You gotta love Column View, but Cover Flow is pure eye candy. I drop folders and icons onto the Toolbar and Sidebar to improve my workflow.
There’s one function in some apps in the Dock that I want to see in the Finder. Create new documents. Right click on the Mail icon in the Dock and you get an option to Compose New Message.
That’s a handy option to have in the Finder and that’s what Neu does. It adds a Create New Document option to the Mac’s Finder so you can create a new document without having to open the app first.
On the surface, Neu is simple enough. It adds Create Document… and Create And Open Document… in a few places you’re likely to use regularly, including the Menubar, the Dock, and the Services menu (right click in the Finder and you’ll see the option).
Here’s what it looks like in the Menubar.
Neu comes with templates for a number of popular applications, but you can create starter templates for any Mac app. Templates are actual documents so you can pre-fill them, or format according to your needs.
Functionality and options are found in Neu’s Preferences, where you can change Appearance, Behavior, Presence, Keywords, and, of course, manage the Templates.
The price tag is modest, considering the functionality it brings to so many locations on your Mac’s screen.