UltraExplorer

UltraExplorer

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    36,255
  • Date Added:
    July 26, 2009
  • File Size:
    3.06MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

Editors' Review

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UltraExplorer overhauls the file-browsing experience. Many things will seem similar, yet several key features have radically different work flows from the Microsoft file navigator. It also combines the best aspects of Windows Vista's Explorer with those from XP, and then throws in a few spices of its own to come up with a delicious meal of file management.

The UltraExplorer interface is that it's entirely customizable, from the toolbar menu to the various icons, tools, and options that live below. You can permanently hide any of the 17 toolbars and nine windows that come with the program, so you never have to deal with more clutter than is absolutely necessary. Useful features include, but aren't limited to, an address bar, breadcrumb bar, a temporary scratch pad called the Drop Stack, Dual Views for FTP-style management, user-defined mouse gestures and hot keys, support for Total Commander plug-ins, and the Quick Thumbs and Stretch tools, for quickly resizing icons.

Besides a slightly confusing Options menu, UltraExplorer suffers from two main flaws: The file searching is worse than the native Windows Explorer search, and the app doesn't autoreplace Windows Explorer. There is a shell extension included so you can use the Window key plus E to launch UltraExplorer, but it's not the same as having other programs recognize it as the default file browser.

The creator of UltraExplorer has indicated that he's rewriting the entire code for the program, so hopefully these features will be included in the near future. Until then, UltraExplorer remains a very good but not absolutely necessary replacement.

 
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3 stars

"I don't think this is supported any longer"

June 17, 2013  |  By Lord_Glorfindel

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

Has the potential to be a nice WinExplorer replacement, but several items need fixing.

Cons

There appears not to be support any longer. The Web site is down and links invalid. The existing Help file is old and not corresponding to current version. Too bad.

Summary

This guy seems good at Pascal and such so I hope he brings the site and application back up for support. It would be worth donating some money if it gets fixed.

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3 stars

"Has potential, but buggy."

March 24, 2012  |  By Drake1132

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

Highly customizable, mostly does what it's supposed to.

Cons

Heavy resource usage compared to other file managers I've tried, does not correctly save view type, can be slow to respond, a little unstable at times, context menu extensions are broken, does not always display the contents of a selected folder.

Summary

UltraExplorer has some great potential as a file manager and a Windows Explorer replacement, but unfortunately, it suffers form a few problems that cannot be overlooked.

First of all, let's talk about what's good and useful. UltraExplorer has a high level of customizability. You can change a lot of how the program looks, feels, and functions by manipulating toolbars, sub-windows, and layouts.

You can also set the program to remember the folders you've recently visited and display them in a History pane so you can access them again, quickly and easily, which is particularly useful if you are going back and forth between two directory trees for some reason (something I do fairly often). This can be achieved in other file managers through the use of split panes or tabs, but I personally prefer the saved history. UltraExplorer can also be set up for multiple panes as well if that is your style, and it can do so in a tabbed interface or split panes, or both.

The program also offers some extra features not common in most file managers, including a very large array of sub-windows/panes and toolbars that can be customized, shown or hidden, and moved around.

All of that makes getting the program set up just the way you want it a little time consuming, but once it's done, it is worth it.

Unfortunately, as my list of cons would suggest, the program has some problems which make it less than ideal.

First, it uses a lot of RAM compared to other file managers. This is probably due to customizations and allowing it to save a history of visited folders, and as such it could be minimized but choosing not to rely on those features, but those are some of the features that make the program worth using in the first place. It still isn't as much of a memory hog as Windows Explorer though, and that at least is something.

Additionally, it can be slow to respond at times, even when total CPU and memory usage on the system is low, sometimes UltraExplorer just doesn't want to cooperate in a quick manner. This temperamental side of the program usually resolves itself within a few seconds, and it does not rear its ugly head all that often, but when it comes along, it can be quite annoying.

Furthermore, the program is occasionally a little unstable. Particularly, it does not always like to shut down, instead throwing an error that resources are locked out and asking if you would like to force the closure. If you tell it to force out, it does so without difficulty (which more than can be said for Windows' ability to End Task a hung program), but it seems to be random as to when it will give the error in the first place, and there seems to be no reason for the initial failure to close at those times.

Fourth, as I said, the context menu extensions are broken. UltraExplorer as an option under Tools/Shell Extensions to enable its own context menu extensions for use throughout the Windows environment, but attempting to enable those shell extensions will cause windows startup and context menu errors resulting from the fact that the shell extensions for UltraExplorer are not coded and installed correctly. The only way to get rid of the errors is to manually edit the system Registry to remove UltraExplorer's shell extensions (or restore a registry backup from just before you tried to enable the extensions). Since the extensions simply do not work, and they cause problems if you try to install them, it is better to simply never install them.

Also, again as I mentioned, the program does not always display the contents of a selected folder. Specifically, if you have the folders tree view open and you select a folder, then select a different folder, and then go back to the first folder, UltraExplorer will continue to display the contents of the second folder you selected, rather than correctly displaying the contents of the first/third folder. This behavior seems to be random and unpredictable as well, with the program *usually* correctly updating the displayed folder contents, and only occasionally failing to do so. In these rare occasions, in order to get the program to correctly display the folder contents, you have to click the folder again. I have not, however, seen the same behavior when using the history, so you can work around it fairly easily.

Lastly, and most personally annoying to me, while the program allows you to set a default sort option under Tools/Options/Listview/Common/Default Sort Column, it never actually sorts files and folders by the default that you set. When you open a new folder up, you will find that the specified default sort column has an active sort arrow as if the program is sorting by that column, but the files and folders themselves are actually displayed as sorted by Name, not by the sort type you've specified. This is also true if you set the program to remember each individual folder's sort method. Because the program never correctly sorts based on such settings, there is no reason to change the default sort method, or to have the program remember each folder's sort setting individually, but simply set it to always sort by Name for all folders (since it will anyway). This means that if you want to sort by a different method, you have to correct the sorting each and every time you view a folder. If you set the sort method for a folder to something other than by Name, navigate to a different folder, and then navigate back, you will have to set the sort method again.

So in summary, while UltraExplorer has a lot of potential, and while I truly love the customization options available for it, the reality is that the program has too many bugs to ignore. In the end, the potential productivity gains from the customization options are offset by the productivity hindrances of the bugs and the ensuing annoyance. I personally will keep looking for a better alternative.

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5 stars

"Office Admins must try"

November 06, 2011  |  By CDS-DOC

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

double click to go up a folder.
multiple folders in one window.
shortcuts tab.
copy path button - gives full file path local & network addresses
quick filter

Cons

does a refresh every time you manually rename a file. causes a slight (couple of seconds) delay before you can manually rename another.
rarely but occasionally crashes - linked to multi-tasking whilst extracting from zip/rar files

Summary

If you are an office administrator or deal with large quantities of files/documents over a large array of different folders this is absolutely worth a look. You may decide you don't like it for whatever reason but do yourself a favour and try it out.
I save myself so much time every day having spent a little time becoming adept at using this programme. You will amaze your colleagues at the speed you navigate/filter/supersede/copy/cut etc. The double click to move up a folder alone is worth getting this programme in my opinion.
An awesome tool for file management professionals.

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2 stars

"Not too good"

September 16, 2011  |  By mcmaster41

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

Remembers where you closed it and will re-open to that place.

Cons

Kept having some kind of error message each and every time it was closed down. The bar at the bottom kept changing sizes intermittently.

Summary

Not so good when you expect something better than Windows Explorer. Which this, unfortunately, is not.

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4 stars

"WORTH TRYING OUT"

February 13, 2011  |  By doctorbiz

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

Has a lot of features to offer. Interesting layout, will take time to know it better

Cons

A bit confusing at 1st

Summary

Will try it out, it gives me better control of my files than explorer

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3 stars

"the program is good but full of bugs! what a shame"

July 02, 2010  |  By dannykm

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

the program is good

Cons

full of bugs

Summary

what a shame

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3 stars

"Está bueno, pero tiene muchos bugs, se cuelga seguido."

December 16, 2009  |  By gr.1425

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

Muy customizable, trae muchas mejoras al explorer standard.

Cons

Le faltan un par de funciones basicas, tipo crear directorios, una opcion para copiar archivos mas especializada, la busqueda no es muy clara.
Pero lo peor es que tiene varios bugs, con los favoritos me cansé y dejé de usarlo.

Summary

Por ahi si arreglan algunos bugs y le agregan un par de funciones mas seria un golazo. El programa está muy bueno, se nota que le pusieron mucho esfuerzo, y encima es gratis... Pero le falta un poco mas, muy poco.

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5 stars

"Totally customizable, feature rich!!"

November 19, 2009  |  By DrShajul

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

1. Totally customizable, including all the displayed toolbars & windows and whats more, you can save different named customizations, which can be accessed with one click. Lot of features, go through the options also.
2. Tabbed interface
3. Dual Pane

Cons

Nothing i can think of offhand. Will update if required.

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5 stars

"Excellent way to see multiple folders and move files"

August 01, 2009  |  By Barzillai

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

Panels of folders and the Drop Stack make moving folders and files easy

Cons

A bit slow at times, but not a problem

Summary

I open Ultra Exploer across dual monitors for a good scan of multiple folder panels. The first time I used UE I found a folder that I had saved in the wrong place. I found it because I could see so much more of the directory structure.

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4 stars

"Very good & easy to use"

July 28, 2009  |  By dboneuk

 |  Version: UltraExplorer 2.0.3.1

Pros

You can change the colours of the panes

Cons

nothing wrong

Summary

I use it most of the time

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.3.1
Version 2.0.3.1 has fixed a bug in the writing of the Options to the options file fix from 2.0.3.0 and 2.0.3.0 would crash on a restart after opening once and saving the Options file.
General
Publisher Mustangpeak Software
Publisher web site http://www.mustangpeak.net/
Release Date July 26, 2009
Date Added July 26, 2009
Version 2.0.3.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.06MB
File Name UltraExplorerSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 36,255
Downloads Last Week 17
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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