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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--May 11, 2

By ebott ·
I'm sick and tired of the Windows Explorer, and I'm looking for replacements. If you've found one that works for you, tell your fellow TechRepublic members about it. I’ll award 250 TechPoints for every suggestion I add to the list--but only ifyou can meet two conditions: First, you have to really use this program; no fair searching your favorite download site and listing something that sounds good. Second, convince me to make the switch by listing at least one killer feature that makes your replacement worth it.

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by SANgineer In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Try Win Commander from Cristian Ghisler at www.ghisler.com. It is based upon the old dos Norton Commander and offers 2 windows, drag and drop, zip and unzip, ftp and a very fast user interface. A very well written and stable program.

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by byron In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Windows Explorer, Winzip, Cute FTP, File Viewer, Graphic converter, and Print Screen, these seperate programs all gone. Power Desk 4 Pro is the one!!
As a nework administrator I have found this to be the absolute best all round tool on the market. Besides the above programs I no longer need or use it also allows me to synchronize drives or files, mapping, space usage, and a most excellent fully customizable tool bar. After using it for 11 months I have found nothing close to it. Go to Ontrack and try it.

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by drich In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I couldn't work without Windows Commander (www.ghisler.com). I almsot never use Explorer. It is so functionally rich, I wouldn't try to list everything here. Drag file to the toolbar to execute program against the file, the FTP capabilities are alifesaver, shortcut menu to favorite directories, drag and drop copy and move, excellent search, directory compare, great support for ZIP files (look just like directories), calculate space used by dir and all subdirs, etc.

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by lawbell1978 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

It may be hard to believe, but I am still using Norton File Manager from Norton Navigator for Windows (version 95.0.c) in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Norton/Symantec has long ago stopped supporting it, but it works in all environments without problems. It has wonderful search features (so I can identify every document touched on our server on any given date, for time sheet and other reference purposes), handles *.zip files seamlessly, monitors ftp transfers, synchronizes and compares folders, and the list goes on. Frankly, if Symantec were smart, it would keep the product alive and sell strongly. Louis Michael Bell (lmb@gjlaw.com)

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by peachey.stan In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I use Windows Commander. It opens a split-window, like many ftp programs. You can easily select things to copy from one window to the location in the other. If you switch to another server it will open the same location which proved to be very helpful when I would copy image updates to multiple, identically structured, lab servers. You can use Windows Commander to FTP and Unzip as well. One feature I really like is the ability to delete and copy files with attributes. If you encounter a read-only file, for ex., you have the choice to skip, delete or delete all of that type; Explorer just quits. The only problem I have found is that the progress indicator displays the status of the entire task and the status of the current file (%). This is very accurate and handy, but is also a bit chatty. Stanton Peachey Athens, Georgia

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