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by John F. Braun

Get More Info On OS X Files: Check Out Super Get Info
September 17th, 2001

Super Get Info 1.0.2 ($20 Shareware)
Bare Bones Software

Sure, the OS X Get Info command gives basic information about a selected file, but it could do so much more. Fortunately, the good folks at Bare Bones Software, best known for their BBEdit product, have noted some of the shortcomings of the standard Get Info command. The result is a spiffy new utility called Super Get Info.

The first example of how Super Get Info surpasses the features of the standard Get Info can be shown in the General Information dialog box. While the standard dialog shows some basic info, that of Super Get Info also offers additional information. First, it will separate the file size among the data and resource fork of the file selected, rather than lumping them together. For file attributes, Super Get Info offers an Invisible option in addition to Stationary Pad and Locked options. Finally, Super Get Info allows one to view and modify the File Type and Creator codes.

Enhanced Options Offered by Super Get Info

Super Get Info also offers greater control over the Permissions associated with a file. Whereas the standard Permissions dialog offers options for Owners, Members and Everyone groups, Super Get Info offers a matrix where Read, Write and Execute permissions can be selected among Owner, Group and World groups.

Finally, the Preview option under Super Get Info offers an enhancement over the standard Preview option, in that one can view all of the pages contained within a selected document, rather than being able to view only the first page.

Make sure to get the most information out of your file as possible, and give Super Get Info a spin.

Have any other Mac OS X gadgets that help you get greater control? Send an e-mail to John, and he'll be sure to give it a shot.

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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