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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Two Windows Programs I'm Trying Out: Directory Opus, Button Boogie

  • Directory Opus - It's the Rolls Royce of file managers, and it's pretty pricey ($75). But it has the little luxurious touches. I'm also thinking about trying out XYplorer - half the price, and also well spoken of.
  • Button Boogie 2 - I just bought this one for $8 from PC Magazine. It arranges my taskbar buttons alphabetically. I think I've found window-management nirvana - my taskbar is docked to my right, showing the titles of all my windows, and they are organized alphabetically so I can easily find any open window.

Funny how window-management has remained essentially the same for the past 20 years - overlapping windows. The drawback of course is that it's hard to find windows hidden behind others. So having an alphabetically sorted list of windows always visible is a major step forward in ease of use.


  • Wow - I used Directory Opus on my Amiga 500 (when it looked like this).

    By Blogger Dan, at 8/14/2007 6:36 PM  

  • dan - even then, it looked like a powerful tool!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 8/14/2007 6:57 PM  

  • I'm also trialling GoScreen, which is a kind of TaskBar replacement / virtual desktop that sorts the window names alphabetically. I've got it docked down the left side of my display.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 9/07/2007 10:33 PM  

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