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15 Windows Explorer Alternatives January 31, 2009

Posted by Bilal in Uncategorized.
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Windows Explorer, the default file manager for Microsoft Windows,
hasn’t really changed all that much over the years. Below you’ll find
reviews, screenshots and links to download 10 11 12 14 15 different alternatives.

If I haven’t included your favorite file manager (for Windows..) in
this list, by all means please leave a comment below or feel free to contact me. I’d be more than happy to include it.

Update: I’ve done another 10 Windows Explorer reviews.

Name Cost Trial? Rating (x/5)
A43 free n/a ***½
Ac Browser Plus $21.00 yes **
CubicExplorer free n/a ***
Directory Opus AUD $85.00 yes (30 days) ****
ExplorerXP free n/a ***
Far Manager $25.00 yes (40 days) ***½
FileMatrix 24.00 yes ***
freeCommander free n/a ***½
PowerDesk Pro/Standard $39.95/free n/a **¾
Servant Salamander (2.5) $30 yes (30 days) ****
SpeedCommander 37.95 yes (60 days) ***
Total Commander $34 yes (30 days) ****
XPlorer free n/a ***½
xplorer² 19.95 yes (21 days) ***
XYplorer 29.95 yes (21 days) ****

A43

Requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP

Download: http://www.primitus.us/a43/

Features:

  • Integrated text editor with unlimited size. Dynamic highlighting for the web.
  • Integrated zip/unzip features. Simply drag-n-drop files or click a
    button. You can also turn your zip archives into self-extracting
    archives the same way.
  • Integrated file search to quickly locate and jump to those lost files.
  • Integrated quick launch area for fast access to the programs you use the most.
  • Favorite buttons to quickly open those often used folders.
  • Dual-pane view for those that demand speed in file management.
  • Requires no installation, no data is written to the system
    registry. A43’s configuration information is saved in a local .ini file.
  • Keep it on your pen/jump drive and take it where ever you go.
  • Thoughts:

    A43 took up about 18mb of RAM after using it for 5 minutes. It dropped
    down to 3mb of RAM after 15 seconds of not using it. Its response time
    was very quick while renaming, moving and copying files. The
    drag-and-drop zip/unzip and rar/unrar feature is pretty neat – if I
    made zip files often I would find this very helpful. Also, you can fit
    A43 on a floppy and take it with you to use on any PC (doesn’t require
    an installation). The built-in text editor was easy to use, as was
    ‘quick launch’ section. The ‘file filter’ feature (use wildcards to
    sort files) is well located and works exactly as you’d expect. Between
    the features and the price, this is a file manager that I won’t delete
    right away.

    Screenshots:

    a43 file manager

    default view

    a43 file manager

    easy unzipping

       
    a43 file manager

    Tools list

    a43 file manager

    bottom pane – quick launch

       
    a43 file manager

    image preview

     

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    Ac Browser Plus

    Requirements: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP

    Download: http://www.konradp.com/products/acbplus/

    Features:

  • ACFAT – find a file in a second! This service can index a chosen
    drive, and so you can query this index in a second, more: drive
    indexing.
  • Quick viewers.
  • Editorial Renaming. Rename files with ease, just like in a text editor.
  • Zip as folders, packing, unpacking with ease
  • Adding comments to files and directories
  • Script templates. You can write scripts (visual basic scripts,
    batch scripts- .bat, or anything else), which can be executed in the
    context of currently selected files or folders (thanks to the script
    templates).
  • Multi Window Interface.
  • Smart Renaming.
  • The font color, and other font specifications can be defined by the user, separately for every files extension.
  • Hot Point – a small red rectangle on each file shows you the file properties, and quick view (images, text and multimedia).
  • File Finder
  • Thumbnails’ view
  • Ability to follow the links while searching files.
  • Quick Access Bar – Displaying most frequently used folders and
    allowing you to filter out items from current file browser window
  • Keyboard shortcuts known from Norton Commander and Windows Explorer.
  • Thoughts:

    Lots of features, but the interface feels very “Windows 95″ at times.
    If it was free I would consider leaving it installed and maybe try it
    out for a while longer. Because some of the other file managers are as
    feature-rich (or more so) and have a more consistent (and at times much
    more attractive) interface, I can only give it two stars out of five.

    Screenshots:

    ac browser plus file manager

    easy to view detailed info

    ac browser plus file manager

    helpful scripts

       
    ac browser plus file manager

    purchase to change background

    ac browser plus file manager

    thumbnail view

       
    ac browser plus file manager

    extra navigation

    ac browser plus file manager

    ac browser plus options

       

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    CubicExplorer

    Requirements: Windows 95 (untested), 98, ME, NT (untested), 2000, XP, Vista (works, not supported yet)

    Download: http://www.cubicreality.com/ce/download

    Homepage: http://www.cubicreality.com/

    Features:

  • Tabbed browsing
  • Bookmarks
  • Text editor
  • File search
  • Thumbnails
  • Free disk space labels
  • Empty recycle bin button
  • Support for multiple languages
  • Thoughts:

    Here’s why I gave CubicExplorer 3 stars instead of 2 or 2½ – it has
    potential, and it’s free. Since it’s not even at version 1.0 yet (0.77a
    as of 10/13/06), it can only get better (right?). Unfortunately, the
    0.77a has been around since March of this year, and the forum indicates
    that work on .80a started a while ago (but it’s still not out). With
    all of that said, the Quick View feature is something that I would use,
    frequently. Showing actual html code when an .html file is selected,
    rather than a ‘preview’ of the web page, is ideal for me. The built in
    text editor is excellent for stashing snipits of text, html, web page
    addresses etc, and allowing that text to be a tab is fantastic. While
    this version has too few features for me, I will certainly give the
    next one a try.

    Screenshots:

    CubicExplorer file manager

    default view

    CubicExplorer file manager

    CubicExplorer prefs

       
    CubicExplorer file manager

    Text as a tab

    CubicExplorer file manager

    Quick View files

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    Directory Opus

    Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME or NT4/2000/XP

    Download: http://www.gpsoft.com.au/DScripts/Download.asp

    Homepage: http://www.gpsoft.com.au/Index.html

    Features:

  • Powerful File Manager & Explorer Replacement
  • User-definable File Display Views
  • User-definable Toolbars, Menus, File Types
  • Advanced built-in Image and File Viewers
  • Built-in ZIP and Advanced FTP
  • Visually Synchronize Files & Find Duplicates
  • Advanced Search and Rename Functions
  • More Configurable than any other program
  • Easy Slideshows…and much more..
  • Thoughts:

    Directory Opus is a great File Manager. There are a lot of features and
    options, and nearly every aspect of this program is customizable. It
    really is an Explorer replacement, and it offers to do so during the
    installation – so when you open any folder, Directory Opus will launch.
    The built-in FTP client works exactly as you’d expect. The many
    different view options are easy to access and just “make sense”. While
    in use, Directory Opus took up 28MB of memory on my system. The instant
    that it’s minimized, its memory use dropped to 1MB. If I used Windows
    more often, I would gladly pay the $85.00 to purchase this software. In
    fact, the next time I have a day job that requires Windows use, I will.

    Screenshots:

    Directory Opus

    quick ftp connect

    Directory Opus

    contextual (and excellent) auto-help

       
    Directory Opus

    thumbnail view

    Directory Opus

    extra (audio) file info

       
    Directory Opus

    nag screen

    Directory Opus

    id3 editing

       
    Directory Opus

    huge “file” list

    Directory Opus

    replace Windows Explorer

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    ExplorerXP

    Requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP

    Download: http://www.explorerxp.com/index.html#download (scroll to the bottom)

    Homepage: http://www.explorerxp.com/

    Features:

  • Tabbed interface
  • Easy access to My Computer, Recycle Bin , My Documents & Desktop
  • Drag & Drop with Explorer, the tab bar and special folders on the main toolbar.
  • Multy rename tool – allows to rename multiple files in one step.
  • Displays folder size information and the real size of compressed files & folders.
  • Folder Size Cache – greatly improves the speed of the folder size calculations between sessions.
  • Advanced copy/move.
  • Unicode support.
  • USB devices support.
  • Clean – recursively removes files that match given list of extentions or wildcards.
  • Groups – A group is a collection of folders, which users are able to access quickly or drag & drop files to them.
  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Small download size – only 410 KB.
  • Thoughts:

    Pretty straight forward Explorer-like File Manager. While it doesn’t
    have as many features as many of the other reviewed file managers, it
    is free (for non-commercial use) and makes a great “first” upgrade for
    beginners. Anyone who has used Windows Explorer for more than 5 minutes
    will feel right at home using ExplorerXP.

    Screenshots

    ExplorerXP

    default view

    ExplorerXP

    two windows

       
    ExplorerXP

    ExplorerXP prefs

    ExplorerXP

    command list

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    Far Manager

    Requirements: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP

    Download: http://www.farmanager.com/download.php?l=en

    Homepage: http://www.farmanager.com/index.php?l=en

    Features:

  • Far Manager is a program for managing files and archives in
    Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides
    a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary
    actions: viewing files and directories, editing, copying and renaming
    files and many other operations.
  • Customize it – Far Manager has a multi-language, easily
    configurable interface. File system navigation is made easier through
    the use of color highlighting and file sort groups.
  • Your task – your way. The functionality of Far Manager is greatly
    extended by external DLL modules – plugins (made possible by a special
    set of interfaces – the Plugins API). For example, archive support, the
    FTP client, the temporary panel and the network browser are all
    implemented as plugins included in the standard distribution of Far.
  • Thoughts:

    Far Manager is a pretty old-school File Manager. Mouse support is
    provided, but this is a File Manager for keyboard commandos. Very cool plugins
    add great extra features (FTP, email, Winamp control etc). I’m not sure
    that I’ll pay for this File Manager, but I will be using it until the
    40 days is up before I decide.

    Screenshots:

    Far Manager

    Far Manager default view

    Far Manager

    execute a command in Far

       
    Far Manager

    select multiple files

    Far Manager

    built in text viewer

       
    Far Manager

    search in Far

     

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    FileMatrix

    Requirements: Windows 98, ME, NT4 SP6, 2000, XP or Vista

    Homepage: http://www.gardenerofthoughts.org/ideas/filematrix/index.htm

    Features:

  • Basic. Extensive integrated help (configuration and help wizard,
    hints), between 1 and 10 columns for navigation in directories, 30 sets
    of columns called boards for organizing sets of directories, directory
    tree navigator, thumbnail pictures, drag-and-drop between columns and
    boards and to / from other applications, skins, special graphical
    effects.
  • Advanced. 20 containers (which are lists of files that can store,
    for example, the results of a search), picture converter (including the
    ability to normalize pictures to a specified size), media player (with
    the possibility to resume playing later), mouse gestures with a user
    interface called mouse menu, file hover information (which includes a
    thumbnail and a played media clip), text search with ranking (like an
    online search engine), steganography integrated with the viewer /
    editor (noise management included).
  • Thoughts:

    FileMatrix is quite unique among all of the other File Managers
    reviewed in this article. The interface is much different than the
    typical explorer-style manager. The use of “boards” and “containers”
    makes viewing and grouping files a snap. If you’re tired of the
    same-old-file-manager, give this one a try. And be sure to make use of
    the included Wizards and help files – they will really come in handy.

    Screenshots:

    file matrix

    thumbnail view

    FileMatrix

    right-click options

       
    FileMatrix

    tools options

    FileMatrix

    image converter

       
    FileMatrix

    config and help wizard (very helpful!)

    FileMatrix

    nag screen

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    freeCommander

    Requirements: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT (from version 4.0), 2000, XP, Vista (?)

    Download: http://www.freecommander.com/fc_downl_en.htm

    Homepage: http://www.freecommander.com/

    Features:

  • Dual-panel technology – horizontal and vertical
  • Optional tree view for each panel
  • Built in file viewer to view files in hex, binary, text or image format
  • File viewer inside archives too
  • Built in archive handling: ZIP (read, write), CAB (read, write), RAR (read)
  • Nested archive handling
  • Easy access to system folders, control panel, desktop and start menu
  • Copy, move, delete, rename files and folders
  • Wipe files
  • Create and verify MD5 checksums
  • File splitting
  • File properties and context menu
  • Calculation of folder size
  • Folder comparison / synchronization
  • Modification of file date and attributes
  • Folder / program favorites
  • File searching (inside archive too)
  • File filters for display
  • User defined columns for detailed view
  • Support for Tortoise icons
  • DOS command line
  • Multiple language support
  • Thoughts:

    ‘Easy access to system folders’ is one of the features that first
    jumped out at me. My immediate thought was “why isn’t that in all file
    managers?” I may have overlooked it in some of the others, so I
    certainly won’t say that this is the only one that has this feature.
    “Size of folders” (not enabled by default) does slow things down – as
    freeCommander calculates and displays the folder size. With that said,
    it’s very handy to try and figure out where your hard drive space has
    gone, and easy to get to when you need it. The image preview was a bit
    slow for me compared to most of the others. The screenshot feature
    allows you to chose between image types (bmp and jpg) and even adjust
    the quality. I think the biggest drawback to freeCommander is the lack
    of built in FTP support, and I suppose it’s not that big of a deal.
    This program, though free, is donation-worthy.

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    Screenshots:

    freeCommander file manager

    quick access to System Folders

    freeCommander file manager

    freeCommander prefs

       
    freeCommander file manager

    Extras menu

    freeCommander file manager

    Quick access to Programs

       
    freeCommander

    default freeCommander view

     

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    PowerDesk Pro/Standard

    Requirements: Windows 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, or 2003

    Download: http://www.shop.avanquest.com/usa/trial_form.php?pid=686

    Homepage: http://www.v-com.com/product/PowerDesk_Pro_Home.html

    Features:

  • Dual pane operation
  • Layout Manager
  • Add Notes to Your Files!
  • Customize Your File Folders with Color
  • File Info column
  • MP3 Collection Management
  • Thoughts:

    OK here’s my beef.. It’s not a bad File Manager at all. It’s very
    customizable, has all of the features you’d expect, but the ones you
    really want to try (add notes to files, ftp, sync folders) are only
    available in the Pro version (which there’s no trial for). The Standard
    version is free, but has a ‘nag’ bar that takes up too much screen
    real-estate. I would much rather a 10 day fully-functional demo version
    before I decide to lay down $40. Also, they added me to a mailing list
    when I specifically said I did not want to join (you must provide an
    email address to download the demo).

    Screenshots:

    PowerDesk Standard

    horizontal view

    PowerDesk Standard

    file filter

       
    PowerDesk Standard

    PowerDesk Standard options

    PowerDesk Standard

    Tools list

       
    PowerDesk Standard

    customize the toolbar

     

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    Servant Salamander (2.5)

    Requirements: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4, 2000, or XP

    Download: http://www.altap.cz/download.html

    Homepage: http://www.altap.cz/

    Features:

    This is a list of the main features for version 2.5 RC1. All details/features for v2.5 can be found here, and v2.0 here.

  • Better Wildcard Selecting Files And Directories Against Windows Explorer
  • Calculate Occupied Space: Disk Space Usage Analyser
  • Change file or directory date, time, attributes: read-only system hidden
  • Change Case of Files and Directories Names: lower, upper
  • Batch File Converter: convert coding CP1250, CP852, IBM EBCDIC, ASCII
  • Copy File and Directory Names (Filenames) to Windows Clipboard
  • Directory Size, Folder Size: total size of directory, disk usage information
  • Drive Information: Disk Label, Size, Space, and File System Analyser
  • Filter Files (Filenames) by Names Using Wildcards, Hide File Names
  • Find Files and Directories, Find Duplicate Files, Find Hidden File
  • Make Directory File List, List Files and Directories, Save to Text File
  • Quick Search: Focus File or Directory (Folder) Name
  • Shared Directories: View List, Explore Shares, Stop Sharing
  • Skip and Overwrite files confirmations during Copy and Move operations
  • Thumbnail Images, display photo thumbnails for our image gallery
  • Keyboard Shortcuts for Servant Salamander
  • Copy newer files: overwrite older and skip other existing files
  • Move or copy files in queue, queuing file operations
  • Copy, Move, Rename, Delete Files and Directories in Windows
  • Email Files as Attachments in Windows, Pack Large Files
  • Pack files and directories, Open, Browse, and Unpack archives
  • Compare Directories, Files by Size, Date, Time, Attributes, and Content
  • Shortcut Target: opens directory containing the target of a shortcut
  • NTFS Compress and Uncompress, NTFS Encrypt and Decrypt
  • Regular Expression: Find Files, Grep Files, Rename Files, Viewer
  • Thoughts:

    At the suggestion of a number of commenters, I downloaded and installed
    Servant Salamander 2.5 RC1. It’s another Norton Commander-style
    inspired file manager, and a pretty great one at that. It has every
    feature you’d expect, and then some. The plug-ins allow for features
    that go above and beyond a file manager (screenshots, encrypt and
    decrypt, sftp/scp etc). The ability to set a ’skill level’ is a great
    idea. Executing commands is not only easy, but the command window
    doesn’t automatically close once the command has been executed! As it
    stands right now, I can’t pick a “winner” between Servant Salamander
    and Total Commander. I’m quite sure that it just comes down to personal
    preference. If Norton Commander-style file managers are your thing, I
    would strongly suggest you try both Total Commander and Servant
    Salamander, and decide for yourself which is best. If you’re on a
    limited budget, go for freeCommander. When the demo versions expire, I
    plan on buying either Total or Servant – I’ll update this after I
    decide.

    Screenshots:

    Servant Salamander file manager

    default view

    Servant Salamander file manager

    Servant Salamander plug-ins

       
    Servant Salamander file manager

    Servant Salamander prefs

    Servant Salamander file manager

    set a user level

       
    Servant Salamander file manager

    map network drives

    Servant Salamander file manager

    execute commands

     

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    SpeedCommander

    Requirements: Windows 95/98/98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Windows XP/2003 x64 Edition

    Download: http://www.speedproject.de/enu/download.html

    Homepage: http://www.speedproject.de/enu/speedcommander/index.html

    Features:

  • Proven Two Window Technology
  • Extensive Archive Support
  • Add-In Interface
  • Macros
  • Enhanced FTP Functions
  • Native 64-bit Version for Windows XP/2003 x64 Edition
  • Thoughts:

    Lots of features (built in browser is cool) and very snappy response
    times. Macros are simple to use. Worth checking out, but the price is a
    bit steep. If I had an x64 version of Windows I would be anxious to try
    out this app.

    Screenshots

    speedcommander

    default view

    speed commander

    View options

       
    speedcommander

    File options

    speedcommander

    Run a command

       
    speedcommander

    Preview files

    speedcommander

    Launch apps

       

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    Total Commander

    Requirements: Windows 95, 98, ME, Windows NT 4.0,
    Windows 2000, and Windows XP. 16bit version available for Win 3.1.
    Another for Windows CE and the Pocket PC.

    Download: http://www.ghisler.com/download.htm

    Homepage: http://www.ghisler.com/

    Features:

  • Direct access to Network Neighbourhood
  • Supports Drag & Drop with Explorer/the Desktop etc.
  • Command line for starting of programs with parameters, simply by
    typing the program name or by pressing ctrl+enter or ctrl+shift+enter.
  • Configurable button bar and Start menu (User-defined commands) to
    place your frequently used DOS or Windows programs into a drop-down
    menu. The actual directory and/or the file under the cursor can be
    delivered to the application.
  • Configurable main menu.
  • Built in file viewer (Lister) to view files of any size in hex,
    binary or text format, using either the ASCII- (DOS) or the ANSI-
    (Windows) character set. The line width and font size can now be
    changed. You can even view files inside archives! New: Support for
    Unicode UTF-8 format.
  • Bitmap viewer in Lister, additional formats through Irfanview (see addons).
  • HTML- and Unicode-Viewer in Lister.
  • Parallel port transfer function (direct cable connection), works between Win95/98/NT/2000/3.1 and DOS!
  • Thumnbails view shows preview images in file lists.
  • Custom columns view allow to show additional file details.
  • Total Commander comes in the following languages: English, German,
    French, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Czech,
    Russian, Polish, Hungarian, and now also Hebrew, Greek, Afrikaans,
    Catalan, Turkish and Ukrainian
  • Built-in FTP client supports most public FTP servers
  • Archives are handled like subdirectories. You can easily copy files to and from archives.
  • Extended copying, moving, renaming and deleting of entire trees (Enables deleting “full” directories).
  • Thoughts:

    Having only used it for about 30 minutes total (so far), take these
    comments with a grain of salt. Total Commander appears to be the
    fastest file manager in terms of response times. I asked it to
    calculate the size of 14 folders (that contained a couple hundred
    files) and it immediatley
    gave me the answer. The hard drive didn’t clunk away trying to count
    files, it just happened. As the screenshots below demonstrate, Total
    Commander looks very old school (though there are many options to
    customize the look and feel). As the name implies, it’s styled after
    Norton Commander, and as you’d expect it can be completely controlled
    via the keyboard. At $34 USD I’m curious to compare it to Free
    Commander (see comments at the bottom). I reserve the right to bump
    this up to 4 stars after I look at Free Commander )

    Screenshots:

    total commander file manager

    Total Commander prefs

    total commander file manager

    default view

       
    total commander file manager

    FTP view

    total commander file manager

    customize the button bar

       
    total commander file manager

    calculate file/folder sizes

     

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    XPlorer

    NOTE: a number of folks have mentioned that XPlorer
    may include a trojan (AVG catches it as Trojan Horse Generic10.AEGX).
    I’ve removed the download link, but left the URL available if you want
    to copy and paste it into your browser and try downloading it/living on
    the edge.

    Requirements: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003 or Vista

    Download: http://guti.webcindario.com/static.php?page=XPlorer (scroll to download section)

    Features:

  • True multitabbed interface with independent combo, tree and list for each tab.
  • Blazing fast program execution.
  • Small footprint, can be run from floppy disks, USB devices, hard disks, …
  • Quick startup time.
  • High productive interface, almost every command is accessible optionally by keyboard.
  • Internal file viewer.
  • Internal file editor.
  • File toucher.
  • Command prompt here feature.
  • Split files in fragments.
  • Join fragment files.
  • Clean unneeded files.
  • Select files by wildcard selection.
  • Show files by filter.
  • Thoughts:

    Arguably the most Windows Explorer-like of all the reviewed File
    Managers, XPlorer is certainly better than the default Windows
    Explorer. Here’s my only real complaint – when you delete a file, it
    remains ‘visible’ in the list of files until you refresh the screen.
    And you can only refresh by hitting F5 on your keyboard (no
    right-click, no Edit > Refresh etc). That one annoying ‘feature’ is
    enough for me not to use it (I replicated this problem on 3 different
    Windows XP machines). If that kind of thing doesn’t bother you, by all
    means check this one out because it’s not bad otherwise.

    Screenshots:

    XPlorer

    default view

    XPlorer

    right-click options

       
    XPlorer

    Xplorer options

    XPlorer

    File list

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    xplorer²

    Requirements: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003

    Download: http://zabkat.com/x2down.htm

    Homepage: http://zabkat.com

    Features:

  • Shell namespace explorer
  • Tabbed dual-pane interface
  • Instant preview of files
  • Browsing flexibility
  • View & edit text files
  • Extended file information
  • Search for files everywhere, using arbitrary criteria
  • Find text within office, Adobe PDF and other documents
  • Manage files from many folders simultaneously
  • Compare and synchronize folders
  • Discover and cleanup duplicate files
  • Execute DOS commands and scripts
  • Customizable user interface
  • Help and assistance where you need it
  • Individual folder settings
  • Visual filters and selection engine
  • Advanced file management
  • Robust file transfers
  • Throughts:

    The ability to search for files everywhere, with Omni-Finder, is
    actually very cool/powerful. The built-in Help is very useful, as it
    explains all of the features (and how to use them) clearly, with
    illustrations. At first glance xplorer² appears fairly average, digging
    deeper shows it to be a powerful File Manager.

    Screenshots:

    xplorer2

    default view

    xplorer2

    preview window

       
    xplorer2

    Tools list

    xplorer2

    System navigation

       
    xplorer2

    Commands via a container

     

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    XYplorer

    Requirements: Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP or Vista

    Download: http://www.xyplorer.com/download.htm

    Homepage: http://www.xyplorer.com/index.htm/

    Features:

  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Searches in Tabs
  • The Address Bar accepts not just folders, but also files, URLs, and search terms
  • The Tree and List offer a suite of (partly revolutionary) highlighting options to increase visual grip.
  • Catalog: Your favorite locations reside deep down in some heavily nested structures? Lift them to the surface!
  • Panel: The hideable tabbed panel at the bottom provides quick
    access to information (file properties and previews) and action (Find
    Files, Reports).
  • Find Files: XYplorer is a file manager featuring a high-end search engine
  • Save your current search settings to a template for later re-use.
    Very handy with complex search patterns or distributed search locations.
  • New in 5.20 Breadcrumb: Ctrl+Backspace will pop up the coolest
    breadcrumb you can get. It takes no screen space, is 100%
    keyboard-driven, and takes you up and down relative to your current
    location.
  • New in 5.20 Drop-Text-To-File: You can drag & drop a
    selectable text or data chunk from any other application onto a folder
    in XYplorer, where it will be automatically converted into a *.txt-file
    or an *.rtf file, depending on the content.
  • My Network Places, Server Management: Network servers are internally stored and remembered between sessions!
  • Instant Preview of image (incl. PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, ICO and many
    more, using high-quality resampling for shrinking/zooming), audio, and
    video files (displaying detailed media information).
  • Thumbnails of image files can be shown right in the details view, introducing the unique “Mouse Down Blow Up” functionality.
  • Instant Preview of installed and uninstalled TrueType and Type-1 font files (displaying detailed font information).
  • Instant Preview of Office files, and of HTML, MHT, PHP files (including configurable server mappings) with printing option.
  • larger list of features here
  • Thoughts:

    Wow. It only took a couple of minutes of looking around to see some
    features that I’d never seen before (drop text to file, ctrl+backspace
    breadcrumb) – and some that I’ve seen before but never this detailed
    (see the “Rename Special” screenshot below). If you click and hold the
    left mouse button on an image (in the Preview area) it enlarges until
    you release the mouse button. Very cool. XYplorer appears to have a
    slighly larger memory-footprint than Directory Opus (the only other
    Explorer-style file manager that I gave 4 stars), but it is less
    expensive.

    Screenshots:

    XYplorer file manager

    default view

    XYplorer file manager

    Rename special

       
    XYplorer file manager

    hover info

    XYplorer file manager

    Tools menu

    XYplorer file manager

    XYplorer prefs

    XYplorer file manager

    customize the Toolbar

    Source: SimpleHelp.net

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    Comments»

    1. Mr.macdesperate - September 26, 2009

    Is there Any Windows explorers that look like a mac’s? because im making my pc look like a mac. and it looks cool

    2. Ask Jack - March 7, 2011

    […] JS: There hasn’t been a limit on the number of files in a root directory since the FAT32 system was introduced with the second release of Windows 95. However, the FAT file system gets progressively slower as the number of files grows larger, and Windows Explorer is not particularly good at handling large directories, especially if you use very long file names. (It’s sorting files, calculating directory sizes etc.) For speed and reliability with FAT file systems, it’s better to divide files into subdirectories. I try to keep the number of files in each folder under 1,000, and 500 is better. It might also be worth your friend trying an alternative to Windows Explorer, such as the free version of xplorer² (zabkat.com/x2lite) – you can decline the bundled toolbar – or Total Commander. […]

    3. How many photos can you store in a folder? - March 14, 2011

    […] For speed and reliability with FAT file systems, it’s better to divide files into subdirectories. I try to keep the number of files in each folder under 1,000, and 500 is better. It might also be worth your friend trying an alternative to Windows Explorer, such as the free version of xplorer² (zabkat.com/x2lite) – you can decline the bundled toolbar – or Total Commander etc. […]

    4. workfromhomebusiness - July 8, 2011

    Thank you very much was very good

    5. Theron - February 28, 2013

    This is exactly the 4th post, of yours I really went through.
    But yet I enjoy this particular one, Pictures of Window Treatments “15 Windows Explorer Alternatives | Tech Blogs” the most.

    Thanks -Kyle


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