For average Mac users, the concept of a separate program sounds only to manage files and folders enough as overkill. After all, the Finder is free, baked right into the macOS, and does just about anything you could want. But file management programs are no longer just for power users, and once you've gone two-way, it's hard to go back.
Transfer and forklift are among the most recognizable names in the Finder subgenre option, but the folks at Eltima Software have also been keen to cultivate their own solution in recent years, and if you can handle the less refined Windows user interface, You have some unique tricks on your sleeve.
Master and Commander
Has a user interface with two panels with support for Tabbed windows, Commander One 2.1 does not look so different from its predecessor. The first thing macOS Mojave users will notice is that the app supports the entire system throughout Dark Mode, a welcome addition that gives the otherwise button-heavy user interface a more streamlined look.
Dark Mode support alone does not go far enough, since the background of the dual file boxes remains light white by default. Fortunately, Commander One comes in its own color settings to save the unpositive predefined paints throughout the user interface with the same level of eye-pleasing darkness.
The only catch is that after a 15-day trial I have to pony up the $ 30 for the Pro Pack upgrade to use themes, but it also buys a long list of other features. In addition to browsing local and networked volumes, the Pro version works with FTP and WebDAV servers, as well as shooting services, and adds box and backlink to the original set (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon S3).
Another new Pro feature is the ability to mount iOS or MTP devices in addition to Android, but in the case of iOS, an administrator password is required each time Commander One is launched because of Apple's limitations. The only way around this limitation is to completely disable the iOS extension, which can be done from the launch prompt or Settings> Extensions panel.
Although a welcome addition to its arsenal is Commander One's implementation of the iOS device Support is not a substitute for dedicated tools like iMazing or PhoneView, both of which present mobile data in a more elegant, easy-to-use way. In comparison, the extension is a down and dirty, low-level approach to accessing iOS data, but a better fit for advanced users who know what they are doing.
Such force comes with a total lack of Polish. Although Quick Look is built into Commander One If you press the Space key, a file or folder is not previewed, but selects or deselects it instead. Worse yet, by choosing multiple non-contiguous items, you need to keep the command key down all the time – it's a little used to, since it's the opposite of how Finder works, where the first click doesn't need a modifier. If you do not select all files, you also need to use a shortcut on command-resistant shortcuts.
On the plus side, WebDAV connections are now super fast, and Commander One supports Finder tags and extensions, making it easier to color code or manually add files to Connected Dropbox or Google Backup & Sync accounts, for example. The built-in terminal has also been enhanced with the ability to change text size, color, background and marker type, which will make the power users jump for joy.
Although lacking the sophistication of the competitors Transmit and Forklift, Commander One 2.1 delivers a handful of welcome new features and under-consideration improvements that make it worth checking out, but only if you're willing to shell out for Pro upgrade.