When comparing Path Finder vs Byword, the Slant community recommends Byword for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for macOS?” Byword is ranked 33rd while Path Finder is ranked 37th.
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Pro Heavily customizable
Path Finder is built around a modular interface with six customizable views. Show only the information you need, when you need it.
Pro Dual finder panes allow seeing two folders side-by-side
Pro Integrates useful utilities, protocols, viewers and editors
Path Finder can be configured to automatically open and edit word documents, text, and image files. It also has an integrated terminal, hex editor, can archive type files, and can handle file network protocols, such as ftp and afp.
Pro File tagging
Pro Batch renaming support
Pro Powerful file search
Pro Drop stack allows temporarily collect files for operations
Pro Git and Subversion
Path Finder has built-in support for Git and Subversion version control systems.
Pro 30-day free trial
A full-featured version of Path Finder can be evaluated for free for 30 days.
Pro A dark theme is available
Pro Can export to html, pdf, rtf
In addition to plaintext, Byword can export to HTML, PDF, RTF.
Pro Word count support
Pro Exemplary Markdown support
Byword de-emphasizes the syntax itself, while emphasizing its effects. It appropriately adds style, like italic and bold, to text that's designated by markdown and dims the syntax so it does not getting in the way of comprehension. Additionally, there are commonly used hotkeys (⌘b, ⌘i, etc) that can be used to apply style without having to know the syntax or having to type it out each time.
Pro Includes features that speed up writing
For example, while authoring a bulleted list hitting return automatically prepares a new bulleted line.
Pro Available for all Apple devices
Byword is available on a Mac, an iPhone and an iPad.
Pro Syncs using iCloud and Dropbox
Documents can be synced using iCloud or Dropbox from within the editor for use across all devices.
Pro Can publish directly to external services
Pro Live update support
- Heavy load on the system after network drive activity
- Crashes sometimes without warning
Con Inserted disks or mounted volumes do not show up in the left pane in Path finder
You have to dig into the menu bar to mount a disk in the pathfinder, a royal pain. Disks should just show up when inserted.