Apple’s OS X and iOS, for Mac, iPhone, and iPad respectively, are app centric. Most work or usage of any kind is done within an app. Finding, opening, managing files on the Mac are handled by the Finder, itself an application. Instead of bouncing back and forth between the Finder and apps you need and use, add SideFolder to your Mac and get the files you need without the app bouncing.
SideFolders is a self descriptive app. It gives you access to your files and folders from a pop out side window. Move your Mac’s screen pointer to the side of the screen and this is what pops out. Think of it as a mini-Finder with hierarchical file navigation built in.
Without leaving the app you’re using at the moment and switching to the Finder, SideFolders gives you quick, visible access to files and folders. SideFolders works easily, simply, and intuitively, including drag and drop.
The side in SideFolders means you can choose which side– left or right– of the Mac’s screen you want to have the pop out window pop out. Built-in to SideFolders are options to add a New Folder, Move to Trash, even Rename a file– all without leaving your currently opened app.
SideFolders displays Downloads, Recently used apps, Recently Downloaded Files, and Devices connected to your Mac. If bouncing back and forth between apps and the Finder slows your productivity, the few dollars you’ll spend on SideFolders is a good investment in efficiency. A more Finder-like interface would be nice, as would an option to park SideFolders onto a specific screen in multiple display setups. Otherwise, nicely done, affordable and useful.