notice that the suggested retail price in the review heading
is shown in Euros as well as U.S. dollars. That's because
the software I'm reviewing is developed by a European programmer.
The thing is, the "Inter" in Internet really
does seem to stand for International and the Kickstartnews
gang always looks for software—excellent software—no
matter where it pops up. As well, all of us former Atari
guys know about good European software because we used
to live off that stuff! Anyway, xplorer² Professional
is from "over there" (the Czech Republic to be
specific) unless of course you actually live "over
there" which means that we're "over there" to
you and, well, never mind. There's an enormous amount of
superb and useful software coming out of Europe—dozens
of products every week from the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, France and
on and on. Competition in the utility software category
has never been stronger. xplorer² Professional is
a serious replacement for Windows Explorer and is designed
to be a comprehensive file management utility for any Windows
PC user (at home, business, home, school, network or wherever).
got two long-time favorite file managers: VCOM's PowerDesk
Pro and Christian Ghisler's Total Commander (formerly
Windows Commander). I also have to give a nod to Novatix'
ExplorerPlus which is much newer than the first two,
but is so feature-packed (and reliable) that it is hard
to ignore. PowerDesk 6 shines as a do-it-all file manager,
desktop & file information tool, and program launcher.
But our beloved PowerDesk 6 cannot stand up to day-long
use without a restart from time to time, while xplorer² Professional
just keeps going and going.
Commander is a pure do-it-all file manager with an additional
command line component that expands the utility into
a general system maintenance tool, power which is also
available in xplorer² Professional front & center
if you need it. That's nice too (although it's an up-front
feature that I never use). So the quest for the perfect
file manager (or at least for MY perfect file manager)
has to begin with the best of both worlds: multiple panes/windows,
full drag & drop support between all panes/windows,
multiple drive views, fast access to any drive from any
pane/window, quick switching between paths/drives, full
network file management compatibility, fast access to
frequently used paths (bookmarks, favorites or whatever
you want to call it), and last but by no means least,
an easy to use interface that is not cluttered with needless
and inefficient fluff. File managers, no matter how far
beyond the strictest definition designers have gone,
have to work efficiently and be easily accessed and used.
be darned if xplorer² Professional isn't rapidly
becoming my favorite file manager. At first I griped
to myself about the absence of Total Commander's dedicated
drive list for each pane. But as I got used to accessing
various drives, paths, files and folders from the navigation
bar built into the top of each pane in xplorer² Professional,
I forgot all about Total Commander. Also at first, I
griped about the absence of the program launch capabilities
which are so front & center in PowerDesk Pro. But
with a command line built into xplorer² Professional,
I can actually launch amost anything I want.
the course of the review I used xplorer² Professional
daily for five weeks. The software proved to be completely
stable, with excellent compatibility, no crashes, and
perfectly handled files of all sizes, types and descriptions.
I found myself quite attracted to many of xplorer² Professional's
unique features including Paste Special (which lets you
paste the entire original folder structure of a file
you've copied), Sync-Touch (which lets you match modification
dates of items from the active pane to the inactive pane),
ADS handling (which lets you transfer NTFS-based files
with alternate data stream information intact), and a
built in file shredder for doing permanent deletions.
There's lots more.