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A better 'show all files'. Perhaps the best?
HELSINKI (Rixstep) — There's a natural followup to the fun with SuperShowAllFiles - namely that the objective (for some at least) isn't getting 'TFF' to show all files but toggling back and forth quickly.
Most solutions fail as they're made by ordinary users. They're valiant attempts but users can't get at the 'good stuff' with scripting languages. You need hard code for the good stuff.
Perhaps this is what the doctor ordered: there's no way anyone will get all these people to step up to a good file manager (or even appreciate what they're missing) but perhaps this wee convenience can help them.
ASAF.app ('Apple Show All Files') is an invisible app save for its presence on the far right of the menu bar. You simply click its icon once to flip TFF from hiding files to showing all to back again. ASAF.app continues to sit there until you decide to ask it to leave. You can easily put ASAF.app in your startup items if that's your fancy.
You ask ASAF.app to leave (but why would you) with either 'killall ASAF' or 'ASAF.app/Contents/MacOS/ASAF' (as it's geared to work that way). (You can't make that work from the GUI as Apple's OS shell by default doesn't allow multiple processes from the same source at the same location.)
The total download size is 9226 bytes. Have fun.
ASAF.app has now been tested on 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and 10.6 Snow Leopard.
ASAF.app now has three different sets of menu icons. Copy in the ones you like best to Contents/Resources. The monochrome and coloured icons are of course courtesy graphics wizard Dali who created them in his sleep (and 35° heat) at 04:00 in the morning.
As a result, the download is now a staggering 16,690 bytes.
You've been warned.
Postscript: Version 0.91
ASAF.app has now been updated to version 0.91. Now you can cleanly exit by option-clicking the menu bar icon.
Download size is now 16,859 bytes. Bring the pickup.
Learning Curve: SuperShowAllFiles