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Commander

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File management and viewing utilities are great for comparing, copying, and moving files and folders in one or more directories, especially if they also extract compressed files, rename files in batches, and display a wide range of image files with auto scaling and enhancement options. If they're free, compatible with all versions of Windows from 98 to 7, and have lots of options, like MeeSoft's Commander, then all the better. It displays JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, ICO, HIPS, CR2, WMF, EMF, and other file types, extracts ZIP and RAR files, and displays hex files.

Commander uses a split-view format with duplicate windows in one long, rectangular interface. Each window displays a list view of files in a directory under headings labeled Name, Size, Type, and Modified and an address bar with drop-down list. The main menu bar featured entries labeled File, Tools, View, Options, Shortcuts, and Help, the latter accessing a series of simple pop-ups and Web-based resources. Though Commander has a plain look, it hides a wide range of settings and options, everything from file associations (which we could also set during installation) to auto renaming to color settings. The Compare Directories tool analyzed our selected directories by modified time stamp, size, and data, while the Synchronize Directories tool copied files between our source and destination directories. We especially like the function key shortcuts listed along the bottom of the interface, which made basic commands quick and easy to perform. We also like the ability to specify additional Windows programs for editing and other functions. An optional thumbnails view, including the ability to set thumbnail size, made handling images simple.

Commander is an easy-to-use yet flexible and capable file viewer and manager that can help you keep your files, folders, and directories in order with a minimum of fuss. You can also download and install the free MeeSoft Image Analyzer to increase Commander's image-handling capabilities by adding compatibility with Tiff, JPEG 2000, RAS, PPM, and other file formats.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""XTree Gold" is definitely back in this beauty!"

    June 27, 2011  |   By batsdude

    Version: Commander 1.35

    Pros

    It fills the old XTree gap pretty close to a, well, (X)Tee.

    Cons

    Not sure as of yet, but the ease of useage, coupled with the split screen file cap[abilities makes me hard pressed to find any cons as of yet.

    Summary

    Truly a revival of a long lost relic that XTree was. So much so, that if one clicks on the Options\colors tab, it even resembles a "Window"ized version of the old dos editor, which was the best file editor that I've ever used. Way too many people mourned XT's passing, and this is, as far as I can tell so far, the real thing. Good job Meesoft!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Windows NC type file manager."

    February 24, 2011  |   By vitalxs

    Version: Commander 1.34

    Pros

    Light weight, easy to use, reliable. Works where WinNC did not. And it is free. Compatible with win7

    Cons

    There are none.

    Summary

    Definitely recommended.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cannot compare files!"

    May 16, 2010  |   By parinya

    Version: Commander 1.34

    Pros

    don't know

    Cons

    This program compared files and gave incorrect results.

    Summary

    This program compared files and gave incorrect results.

    Updated on May 16, 2010

    Also cannot sort files.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Worked fine, but feature set limited."

    January 8, 2008  |   By Rod Sparks

    Version: Commander 1.32

    Pros

    Liked the look and feel of the application.

    Cons

    Did not match the feature set of Total Commander like compare of different folders.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fabulous!"

    October 13, 2007  |   By gordintoronto

    Version: Commander 1.30.2

    Pros

    Quickly see text and image file content.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great time saver! Performs as promised."

    March 7, 2006  |   By pcdoc4christ

    Version: Commander 1.27 2006

    Pros

    This is an excellent program for comparing the contents two folders and making sure each has the same files. You can view files in lists, thumb nails, or details. It highlights all files with differences in names, sizes, or time-stamps. Copying or moving files from one folder to another is as easy as dragging and dropping. It's perfect for copying files to a removable storage device and making sure the contents are the same as those on the computer hard drive. If you know how to use Windows Explorer, you won't have any trouble using this program, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without it!

    Cons

    The help file is far from helpful. It may take some playing around to learn how to use all the features of the program.

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