File Cabinet Lite is the lite version of File Cabinet Pro, the file manager for the macOS menu bar. With File Cabinet Lite you can view files directly from the menu bar. File Cabinet Lite is also a document-based application that ships with a built-in text editor, image viewer, pdf viewer, and media player.
After downloading File Cabinet Lite, you will be able to use all features available in File Cabinet Pro without limitation for 30 days. After 30 days has passed, you can use the app in "Viewer Mode." You can get all pro features for an unlimited period of time via a single In-App Purchase.
***Pro Features In-App Purchase***
Open, move, rename, compress, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from the menu bar. You can open many file types natively within the app or open files by launching other applications. It's easy to click into directories in icon view, drill through directories in list view, or navigate the file tree in column view.
***Pro Features List***
∙Click into subdirectories and open documents.
∙Open directories in new tabs.
∙Tag files easily. Select files in the app, right click, and then simply add or remove file tags from the control in the context menu.
∙Show selected files in Finder.
∙Copy and paste files.
∙View items as icons, in a list, or in columns.
∙Launch the application at login. You can have the app automatically launch when you login to your Mac (optional feature, disabled by default).
∙Create a list of all your favorite directories in the sidebar.
∙Create and edit txt, rtf, and rtfd files using the built in lightweight text editor.
∙Rotate images, crop images, and apply filters to images using the built in lightweight image editor.
∙Watch video and play audio files using the built in media player.
∙View pdf files using the built in pdf viewer.
∙Revert document versions for supported editable document types.
∙Set a Global Hotkey for showing and closing the app's window (optional feature, disabled by default).
∙Preview selected files in Quicklook by pressing the spacebar.
∙Share files in apps that support Sharing extensions like Mail and Messages.
∙Create text documents from Finder using File Cabinet Lite's Document Creator Finder Extension (Note: To use this feature, you have to enable the Finder extension in System Preferences under the "Extensions" tab).
∙Verify the SHA256, SHA1, or MD5 checksum of files using the "View Checksum in File Cabinet Lite" Service.
File Cabinet Lite supported document editors and viewer include:
-Plain text files (txt)
-Rich Text Format (rtf)
-Rich Text Format Directory (rtfd)
-Portable Document Format (pdf)
-Portable Network Graphics (png)
-Joint Photographic Experts Group (jpeg)
-Tagged Image File Format (tiff, tif)
-Bitmap image file (bmp)
-Photoshop File Format (psd) Import only
-Scalable Vector Graphics (svg) Import only
So what are you waiting for? Get File Cabinet Lite now!
Added new Service named: "Save Web Location in File Cabinet Lite." This Service allows you to quickly save website shortcuts to File Cabinet Lite.
-File Cabinet Lite now enters Dark Mode when you turn on the System wide preference in macOS Mojave.
-On macOS Mojave File Cabinet Lite's built-in Text Editor, Image Viewer, PDF Viewer, and Media Player now support Dark Mode.
-For users on macOS High Sierra and earlier, you can still turn on Dark Mode in File Cabinet Lite's Settings window.
Ratings and Reviews
Good but a few issues
I like this utility. It puts Finder windows (and navigation) in the menubar and offers a great alternative to the standard way of doing things. There are some problems though. The biggest one so far is search. If I search a folder it only finds contents in the parent folder I’m viewing and not the sub-folders inside it. This is a real deal-breaker for me. What’s the point of searching just the parent folder?
Another very annoying issue is how the preference pane resizes. As you click the preference options the window resizes from the bottom and not the top as is standard in all Mac apps. This is a silly and meaningless deviation from the standard Apple Interface Guidelines and the only purpose it serves is to make the app stand-out in a negative way.
Another huge problem is the price. The developer wants $30 for a simple utiltiy which is essentially a finder window in the menubar. I know a lot of good thinking and work went into making the app but if this were priced at $4.99 instead this could be an App Store front page item, now it’s just an overpriced utility that few people will buy. That’s too bad since it is very well done in most other ways.
Developer Response ,
Hi Verdulo! The Settings window now resizes from the top instead of the bottom. Thanks a lot for your feedback!
mmm ok so favorites hide behind the main screen...
so I;m not buying.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback. To show and hide the Favorites sidebar you can use the following keyboard shortcut: Option+Command+S. If you prefer not to use the keyboard shortcut to do this, you can just add the "Sidebar" button to the Toolbar that is in the main window. To do this, follow these steps:
1) At the top of the window right-click or control+click on the background area to bring up a context menu and choose the "Customize Toolbar…" menu item. This will bring up the Toolbar's customization palette.
2) In the Toolbar's customization palette, choose the "Sidebar" button and drag it into the Toolbar.
3) Press the "Done" button to dismiss the customization palette.
After you do that, you can just click on the Sidebar button directly in the toolbar to show or hide Favorites. Also if you happen to have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can use the Sidebar button directly from the Touch Bar.
Thanks again Dot.Roxie for your feedback.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.