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Thursday, March 15, 2007

An alternative Windows file explorer: 2xExplorer

Alas, there is not too much in the world of Windows freeware, so while we wait for the next big thing, let us content ourselves with 2xExplorer. I'd downloaded it in the past, but decided to give it a second look, seeing as it's highly recommended in various places, and in fact is on the Pricelessware 2007 list.

It's basically a Norton Commander-like utility - like Windows Explorer, but with two panels, an image-preview pane, and some niceties like optional single-click file/directory opening and bookmarks.

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One other thing I'm trying is the Linky extension for Firefox. It lets you open all selected links in tabs. This has actually come in handy a few times this past week.


  • Have you looked into Directory Opus?
    This is, besides Evernote, the only shareware I have paid for yet.

    By Anonymous nonsequitur, at 3/26/2007 10:07 AM  

  • Hey nonsequitur - Actually I tried it a few months back, but only briefly - what do you like about it?

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/26/2007 9:54 PM  

  • Hi Jon! DOpus has an immense amount of features and is totally customizable. Since its UI is entirely made up of a huge set of internal functions it can be fully reshaped to your likings.
    The downside is that there isn't something like a central online repository of user configurations, so you have to spend some time digging through the documentation and making the app fit your needs.

    Until we finally meet widespread implementations of new filesystem paradigmas that overcome the limitations of physical folders, there is nothing better than going with DOpus and a desktop search tool. (DOpus even integrates with Google Desktop.)
    Cheers from Berlin!

    By Anonymous nonsequitur, at 3/27/2007 5:17 AM  

  • nonsequitur - Cool! I'll try downloading it again then.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/27/2007 9:27 PM  

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