Earlier this week we took a look at TotalFinder, a reserved but incredibly useful Finder replacement that uses a tabbed interface to augment your typical file browsing experience.
Today we’re going to follow that up with something that’s not a subtle change but a completely re-imagined file browser like nothing else you’ve ever used: Raskin. Intrigued? You should be.
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Raskin.
There are very few Mac applications that one can label as truly unique, Raskin is one of them. It represents an entirely new way of interacting with and managing your open applications and windows. It makes finding, organizing, previewing, and opening documents a fast and remarkably seamless process.
Take a Step Back
Raskin allows you to use intuitive gestures to zoom out and view all of your content on a single, zoomable surface. The idea is an extreme one and it makes for a wonderfully simple window management process. By maintaining Finder’s built-in file and folder structure, it helps you stay effortlessly organized.
An Awesome Way to View Your Files
Quickly review and organize your visual files – photos, graphics, presentations, and artwork on the Raskin Surface with seamless zooming of all file types. No importing necessary. And Raskin’s “Bird’s Eye Windows” shortcut let’s you zoom-in on and get details of all open application windows.
New In Raskin 1.5
Raskin 1.5 is an awesome update that brings tons of new features. Here are just a few of the awesome additions:
- Light Table View: Use Raskin’s New Light Table View (from the View menu or ⌘L) for ad hoc presentations or as a dedicated review space
- Autofocus while dragging items (moving and re-organizing made easier). This behaves similar than Finder’s “Spring-Loaded Folders”, drag objects on a folder and wait for Raskin to move it into focus. Delay can be adjusted in Preferences.
- Auto-open (eg. Drag and Drop pictures and text straight into your layout document). Similar to Autofocus, documents now are “Spring-Loaded” as well.
- New “Focus” menu and shortcut menu for a better navigation experience.
- Hide objects: New keyboard shortcut to hide selected objects (^⌘H)
- And much more!
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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Raskin. The developer describes Raskin as a desktop user interface Inspired by Jef Raskin which shows you all the stuff on your computer on one single surface. And – with its intuitive zoom and pan navigation – Raskin lets you view, arrange and open documents with ease. In minutes you’ll discover the simplicity and intelligence of our desktop alternative. Raskin has been optimized to run on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
Read on for more information and screenshots!