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xplorer² – by Zabkat software

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xplorer² – by Zabkat software

xplorer² is a dual-panel desktop file manager combining the simplicity of windows explorer with the speed and efficiency of traditional dual pane orthodox file managers, helping you be productive with your documents, pictures, music, source code and other files.

Unlike Windows explorer, xplorer² allows you to browse more than one folder at a time, using tabs and dual panes. Sorting out and copying files becomes a breeze.

You can navigate your shell namespace quickly using favorites, clickable paths (breadcrumbs), easy access to root folders, a tree and a bookmark pane (Dropbox) etc. You can even save and restore folder groups whenever your workflow deems necessary.

xplorer² browsing model scales up well to large folders with thousands of files. It reads fast, offers visual filters and a variety of selection mechanisms that allow you to manage your files effectively.

xplorer² Features:

  • Full shell namespace browser
  • Dual panes and folder tabs
  • Preview documents, images, music etc.
  • Desktop search using all file attributes
  • Folder sizes and disk space visualization
  • Synchronize folder contents
  • Search for duplicate files to free space
  • Advanced copy and delete operations
  • Filename color coding
  • Execute custom commands (even DOS)
  • Fully customizable
  • Everyday efficiency and control
  • Manage large folders with ease
  • Lightweight system resource use
  • Native 32/64 bit and Unicode versions

Changes in xplorer² (June 13, 2021):

  • Fixed some tree’s quick access list gremlins. If you get multiple phantom folders in it, just delete them and they shouldn’t come back.
  • A little better recovering from network folder tab becoming unavailable. You only need to wait up to the ping timeout before xplorer² comes back to life.
  • Editor² allows larger toolbar skins, e.g rename ed2skin_XL.png to ed2skin.png in the installation folder and see how it looks (good for high DPI)

Changes in xplorer² (March 16, 2021):

  • If peek preview on some PDF document takes too long, hold down ESCAPE key to abort reading it
  • The inevitable small bugfixes

Changes in xplorer² (October 25, 2020):

  • editor² build 2971 adds automatically managed frequent document list in FILE menu
  • when switching to single pane mode, all tabs from old (closed) pane are saved, so you can restore them when you turn dual pane mode back on.

Changes in xplorer² (May 3, 2020):

  • Brazilian and Russian translations back online

Changes in xplorer² (November 19, 2019):

  • better handling of mass rename regular expressions, to be used for filename case changing. The down side is that now all search and replace regexp operations are case sensitive
  • dark shell context sumbenus and other small dark secrets
  • multi-monitor manifest is optional, must be selected during installation, because it causes problems for some users
  • when you manually request folder sizes with <CTRL+D> keys, and if a folder item is selected, then size will be calculated just for the selected folders. This doesn’t affect people that have folder size on all the time.

Changes in xplorer² (October 27, 2019):

  • Welcome to the DARK side. Use TOOLS > ADVANCED OPTIONS menu command and turn on the fashionable dark mode (see the GLOBAL property page). It may be good for your eyes, or it may be just another fad, but you’ve asked for it and we delivered!Microsoft didn’t make it easy for old school desktop programs like xplorer² to change window colors, so you will discover a number glitches, remnants of the default white-ish system colors here and there. In general things look best for windows 10.You can tell which pane is active by its slightly brighter dark background. Inactive panes are pitch black. If you need more distinct identification of inactive panes, select a background color from TOOLS > OPTIONS menu, but that is liable to upset the darkness. Alternatively tick the advanced option (TOOLS > OPTIONS menu again) to “Highlight active pane’s titlebar as in 2xExplorer”.
  • [P] Mass rename with regular expressions. Finally that long term disabled “RE” tickbox in FILE > MASS RENAME dialog is available for use. This is a super advanced rename mode suitable for replacing parts of filenames with backreferences etc. Here is an example:
    • filename = LOG.17112006.TXT
    • regexp = (\d\d)(\d\d)(\d\d\d\d) -> matches all digits in 3 (groups)
    • replace with = $3-$2-$1 -> backreferences
    • result name = LOG.2006-11-17.TXT -> inverted date YMD

So using group operators in (brackets) and then $1 etc back references, you can rearrange parts of the filename, or remove them altogether. Parts of the filename that aren’t matched, remain the same.

To use regular expressions, tick the RE box and enter your regular expression in your WHAT TO MATCH field, then provide the replace string in the TARGET NAME TEMPLATE. Note the usual $-tokens in xplorer² cannot be combined with regular expressions.

  • [U] MARK > FIND TEXT IN FILES (ctrl+G) has a tickbox to USE SEARCH INDEX, for super-fast content matching in the current folder. Note it cannot find special symbols or keywords that are not in the beginning of the word, as all cases of indexed search. If you need to search for exact text with symbols, untick this checkbox.* New keyboard-only command CYCLENEXT (id = 33525) can be used to jump from one pane to another. Unlike past editions where you had to remember that <CTRL+TAB> keyboard combination jumped to the folder tree pane, <SHIFT+TAB> jumped to the addressbar and so on, now a single key cycles through all open panes. The recommended binding is key, but as this is already used, use CUSTOMIZE > KEYBOARD menu command, find command 33525 in the Miscellaneous category, and assign your favorite keyboard shortcut to it. Command #33526 cycles in the opposite direction.

Sorry some native mode preview handlers eat all keyboard shortcuts, so if you get stuck in one, the only solution is to click out with the mouse. Here’s a reminder of other pane navigation keyboard shortcuts:

TAB: Switch locally e.g. from the active to the inactive pane, or from the addressbar to the filter box

ESC: Jump from any pane back into the active folder pane

CTRL+ALT+LEFT: (or right arrow) Jump to previous or next tab

ALT+Q: Switch previewer modes (native/draft tab)

  • Advanced option GAO2_WEXPATTRS(=512) tells xplorer² to use explorer-friendly file attributes. Most attribute letters are the same, but there are some differences (L==junction etc). For more information see here* Windows 10 version 1903 has sadly made an adverse turn in terms of managing files in very deep paths. Renaming/deleting files in deep folders works only in elevated mode (you must run xplorer² as administrator or use WINDOW > ADMINISTRATOR menu command). In transition folders you will need to use CTRL+F2 to supply a deep file or folder name
  • xplorer² should look better if you have two or more monitors with different DPI resolutions
  • Macro command POSITIVE can be used to test arithmetic operations whether they are positive or not.
  • [U] Programmable column instruction DIRCNT, similar to Contents [S] column but more flexible. You can use it to count files under a folder given a wildcard, and specify if you want to count only files, only folders or both.
  • [U] Programmable column instruction DATETIME formats a (file) date as you like it. For example DATETIME(${modified}, YYYY.MM.dd, “”) will show the date as 2019.09.15 without any time information. This could be useful for mass renaming tasks or for general date formatting. Note you can also use the advanced settings editor if you need to customize how stock dates appear in xplorer².
  • [U] A PREVIEW button was added in the programmable column definition dialog, that lets you test the expression on the selected item (in the active pane).
  • Zoom image previewer (Draft tab) takes JPG photo/picture orientation tags into account and shows correctly rotated picture previews.
  • [P] similar picture locator (TOOLS > FIND SIMILAR PHOTOS menu command in a scrap window) can detect pictures that are (almost) the same and differ in rotation/orientation.
  • $P token (selected item’s folder path) now works even for empty folders
  • New tips 51a, 98c and 164a.
  • Internal editor² version 2.96 with better handling of high DPI screens. If you need it in dark mode, tweak the background colors to taste from program settings (VIEW > OPTIONS menu).
  • All demo videos from HELP > HOW DO I? menu now shown in youtube. Quality is a bit worse but you don’t need to worry about flash plugins.
  • various bugfixes and improvements

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Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-bit, 64-bit)

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