Directory Opus

Directory Opus

Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.2.2
  • Total Downloads:
    21,682
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 21, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try (60-day trial); $85.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    26.38MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Platform:
    Windows

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5 stars

"The best AMIGA sofware - cannot live without on PC"

July 24, 2008  |  By Altar46

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

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5 stars

"Version 9.1 is Outstanding"

May 14, 2008  |  By lrushforth

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

This Vista-compatible file manager is comprehensive and very configurable. It can virtually replace Windows Explorer (if you wish). It handles FTP and .zip files, and it has a built-in viewer for graphics and even audio files. It can adjust its view based on file types. There are too many features to explain here. Try it for free.

Cons

Registration is about $80. It is pricey, but worth it.

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5 stars

"Best of Breed"

April 28, 2008  |  By DGWilkie

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

Version 9.1 is out. This software is far too comprehensive to review here. It will take a good part of your 60-day free trial for you to reach your own conclusions, but I find it the best of its kind I've seen in 25 years in the business.

Cons

Wish I could afford it! Difficult to justify in today's economy on my fixed-income retirement.

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2 stars

"OK, BUT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH"

March 22, 2008  |  By bazbean

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

An improvement on explorer , though I found it not enough of an improvement to warrant the price.

Some useful features but seems to be fairly slow in some functions.

Cons

I have a major problem with Explorer that crashes without warning , then restarts.

I have tried all the others and the fact that explorer still runs to manage the desktop seems to be the cause. Aston complete shell replacement works brilliantly and looks good but is pretty fussy in the Desktop area .It does provide some very innovative features but tends to produce a desktop area that has trouble fitting in the short cuts that I want.

If it could mimic the simple Explorer Desktop style it would be worth any money!

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1 stars

"Big improvement over Windows Explorer in theory"

March 16, 2008  |  By Leshalles

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

Fast learning curve. Tabbed listers and improved copy operations. Directory size option.

Makes it hard to go back to Windows Explorer.

Cons

Very unstable, crashes every few hours under heavy use. This is true for many of the latest versions on several computers. Have to restart.

Very slow. Eats up computer resources, slows to a crawl when doing directory sizes. Causes operating system to mess up display, I think it uses up window handles or dialogs or something.

Hard to make it correctly remember the display options I choose. Have to repeat them.

But worst of all, the program behaves like spyware. It continually tries to contact the publisher's website, no matter what options I choose, and tries all kinds of tricks to leap around a firewall. I find this an offensive violation of my privacy, no matter what information is being transmitted.

Try Total Commander. Much steeper learning curve, but rock stable and with many more options and features. Also very fast and efficient. Once you learn to use it and have it set up the way you like, it's a big improvement.

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4 stars

"Looks Very good but extremely expensive"

October 19, 2007  |  By rhynecats1

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

File Viewer looks great.

Ftp Interface worked great.

Image converted worked. not totally flexible but good enough.

Cons

Extremely expensive, I will probably NOT BUY It.

Zip formats not extensive or versatile enough.

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4 stars

"Awesome product, but check out xplorer2 before buying"

June 28, 2007  |  By CrankIt

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

Nice colors, great toolbars and user-interface

Cons

$85 is steep. Check out xplorer2 for $30. It is not as pretty, but it does it all, similar functionality, plus more. I cant do without the autocompletion feature of x2.

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5 stars

"This is what MS Explorer SHOULD be!"

April 17, 2007  |  By johnpont

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

Each time you open Directory Opus it returns to your previous configuration. It is intuitive in most things, though some of the nicer features you have to read the help file to use them.

It has multiple windows, split windows in various formats. It will view and compare different drives.

It has a nifty UNDO button which will undo deleted, moved, copied or renamed file actions, as well as other powerful features.

One of its nicest features is a SYNCHRONIZE function to compare and update files. I use it with my external harddrive to coordinate work between office and home. It works flawlessly. I just wish it could do the same with Office Outlook calendar and contacts.

I use this program exclusively unless I want to view thumbnails of files. Explorer is still more capable in that arena.

Cons

It has a fairly poor thumbnail viewer. It won't display thumbnails of some important file types, like Adobe Illustrator, pdf, power point, and some others.

There is a larger "Viewer" pane which will show pdf files, but it won't show Adobe Illustrator files as well as others.

If these issues were cleaned up it would practically be a bulletproof program in my opinion.

One last gripe, eventhough it is a small one, is that HELP reads like a programmer's manual. It's full of commands, programming language commands and the like without even mentioning how to use them. It mentions that you can do things, without saying how to actually do them. Then, realizing you're not going to get it, referrs you to the pdf version of the manual which, if it's written by the same geek-squad, will be even more confusing. Sighhhhhh.

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5 stars

"Worth twice as much money!"

February 14, 2007  |  By kenalcock

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

There's much more than there is space here to list. This is the most customizable, feature-rich, and flexible application I have ever seen. It is a model of computer efficiency and form-following-function. Anyone who ever used an Amiga, will remember and appreciate this software.

The rich feature list will satisfy even the most power-hungry users. You can configure practically everything about Opus: status bar information, background images, colors, tool bars, menus, and a lot more. You can specify different display formats for: individual folders; folders containing a certain content type, Folders on different types of drives. You can export your entire configuration for backup or transfer to another PC.

You can add descriptions to files. It contains many utilities: Synchronize, Duplicate File Finder, Find. It can display entire folder trees in Flat View. It can launch external applications to operate on files selected within it. It can be expanded through plug-ins. It includes built-in: FTP, Zip and Rar handling, image viewing. If you manage lots of music, video, or image files, this tool is a must have!

Cons

Some may say Opus is too expensive.

Most users are only familiar with Windows Explorer, which is free because does does next-to-nothing. Directory Opus costs money--because it does next-to-everything. It is constantly being developed. GPSoftware often releases free updates between major releases, many times with added functionality. They provide a 60-day free trial with absolutely no limits. You even get technical support during that time! They also provide discount licensing for multiple PCs.

Some may say Opus is too complicated.

Most users are only familiar with Windows Explorer, which is simple because it does does next-to-nothing. Directory Opus takes more time to learn--because it does next-to-everything, and does it much better than Windows Explorer.

The manual is about 250 pages long. There is also very good User Support Forum with several helpful power users. The developers themselves often participate. It WILL take time to familiarize yourself with this software. Reading the manual is REQUIRED because you have never used anything this comprehensive or powerful before. Once, you get past the learning curve and customize Opus to your preferences, getting around your PC becomes faster, more efficient, and a lot less aggravating. It WILL save you time and money in the long run.

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5 stars

"An opus"

February 12, 2007  |  By justanoldtimer

 |  Version: Directory Opus 8.2.2

Pros

The fourth Explorer replacement that I trialed was Directory Opus 8, D_Opus, or plain ol' dopus. An unusual name, but I tried dopus, then looked up "opus" in the Wikipedia, there could not be a more fitting name.

It is "Windows intuitive". An outstanding example of what can be done with the Windows GUI.

It co-exists with Explorer...run one, the other, or both at the same time.

It is easy to start using, but takes some study to take advantage of it's advanced features. I have only scratched the surface of it's capability, but it is doing all that I require at this time.

Only one example: one or two resizable display panes (with one or two folders trees), split horizontally or vertically and multiple tabs per pane with choices of fonts and colors. That is only the window dressing.

It has to be experienced to be fully appreciated......it is an..... opus.

At $67 U.S., perhaps higher priced than some, but it's five star rating is well deserved.

My two month free trial is up. I bought it.

Cons

Cons, if any, are well hidden.

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General
Publisher G P Software
Publisher web site http://www.gpsoft.com.au
Release Date December 21, 2005
Date Added December 21, 2005
Version 8.2.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 26.38MB
File Name DOpusInstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 21,682
Downloads Last Week 8
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 60-day trial
Price $85

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