New Open With command

fman 1.0.2 just came out. It contains a new Open with command. This has been the fifth most voted-on feature for a while. It's great it's finally here.

You launch the feature via the Command Palette as usual:

  • Open With...

The first time you do this, fman prompts you to browse for the application with which you want to open the currently selected file(s):

Screenshot of fman's very first version.

You can then give a name to the application you've chosen:

Screenshot of fman's very first version.

The next time you execute Open With..., that application is automatically suggested:

  • Sublime Text
  • Manage...

An extra entry Manage... at the bottom lets you configure the "favorite" applications you have stored this way.

fman remembers how often you use each app to open the various file extensions. It then suggests the apps you use for a file type most often first. For example: If you usually open .jpg files with Photoshop and sometimes with Gimp, then fman suggests the former first:

  • Photoshop
  • Gimp
  • Manage...

As usual, the implementation is geared for maximum efficiency with the keyboard. To execute Open With, you invoke the Command Palette and type ow. Because of the above ordering by frequency, the app you normally use to open the given files is then pre-selected. (If not, the dialog lets you very quickly select another app). Finally, all you have to do is press Enter.

Michael started fman in 2016, convinced that we deserve a better file manager. fman's launch in 2017 was a huge success. But despite full-time work, it only makes $350 per month. The goal for 2018 is to fix this.