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WinNc

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.0.0
  • Total Downloads:
    198,242
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 06, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (Limited functionality); $35.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    12.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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WinNc lets you organize your files and folders using a two-panel window layout that can show two different directories in the same window. In addition, this premium software offers a multitude of features that are not found in Windows Explorer, such as the ability to color-code and synchronize folders.

Pros

Tabbed file management: WinNc also allows you to have multiple tabs open, just like in a Web browser, with different directory pairs in each. Unfortunately, you cannot drag and drop files from one tab to another.

Built-in file encryption and compression: File encryption and compression are made much more accessible when compared to Windows Explorer, especially since before compression you have the ability to split large files into smaller portions. Compression speeds are what you would expect -- we zipped up a 14MB file in seven seconds.

Advanced features: While testing this software, we discovered many advanced yet extremely useful features, including the ability to set up a sync between two directories, create folders with different colors for different projects, create self-extracting archives, and modify the attributes of a given file.

Cons

Noticeable learning curve: The software is distinct enough from the standard Windows Explorer that you might find yourself wondering why you're not able to create a new folder or show the context menu for a file. Even so, it will not take you long to get used to it.

Stunted functionality: When you open the app's settings, you'll see a handful of features that are available only in the full software version. While no vital features have been disabled in the trial version, extra goodies like skins and a customizable favorites menu will only be available to you once you upgrade.

Bottom Line

If standard Windows Explorer is too tame for you, and you're looking for an alternative app with more features, WinNc will fit the bill nicely. However, be aware that with the increase in functionality comes an increase in complexity -- actions that usually take one step might now require two or more steps to accomplish.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of WinNc 6.5.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Best file manager EVER!!"

December 18, 2013  |  By kamull01

 |  Version: WinNc 5.9

Pros

- Easy to use (once you get the hang of it)
- Indispensable for synchronization
- Can be portable
- Provision for multiple toolbars, all customizable
- Can create panel states
- Allows for project tabs
- Can customize the display
- Can run multiple instances to suit different needs
- Designed for Windows 7 and Windows 8 special folders
- Speedy
- Live updates, if registered
- Can create virtual links
- File viewer supporting popular formats
- Can run parallel tasks
- Slideshower, audio player, cd/dvd burner
- Can compress and uncompress
- Can create self-extracting zip files
- Creates file lists
- Encrypts/Decrypts
- Copies, Deletes, Moves Files & Folders, creates links, searches
- Can change file attributes
- Can split or merge files
- FTP capability
- Can report problems easily (developers respond!!)
- Can save configurations allowing multiple uses

If you don't need or use every function, it's easy to pick and choose just what is useful to you.

Cons

It needs a much better help function. But, don't let this deter you. The display is intuitive and it doesn't take long to learn. And, veteran users are known to help others out via the WinNc forum. [WinNc has a large following].

Summary

There isn't much that the developers haven't thought of, as you can tell by the list of PROs above. I was a Norton Commander user long, long ago and found the two-panel file management format so easy to use. I found WinNc when DOS faded from the scene and I have become a devotee. I started out with 3.0 and have continued through versions 4, 5, and now 6. I can't do without it. WinNc is currently at 6.1.0.0 and has kept abreast of all the Windows 0/S versions -- it's a superb replacement for Windows Explorer.

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2 stars

"Ok product works as advertised"

May 22, 2010  |  By modmikey

 |  Version: WinNc 4.8

Pros

Good layout
Easy to navigate and use

Cons

Needs a finder
Needs a file viewer

Summary

I wanted more than what this product could deliver. Okay for the casual user.

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5 stars

"WinNC makes my life much easier."

November 08, 2009  |  By WireEagle

 |  Version: WinNc 4.8

Pros

i can manage and organize my data with lighting speed! awesome.. im using it since 1989.

Cons

well, i just say that WinNC is a perfect local browser and data manager on the planet... i cant live without it.

Summary

i have no dislike about this product. to the WinNC team... guys, thanks for developing this... keep up the good work. god bless!

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5 stars

"I have loved WINNC for years!"

October 19, 2009  |  By Holidave

 |  Version: WinNc 4.8

Pros

I don't go anywhere without it. I bought a copy for my desktop and one for portable use. Of course I remove it after using at another computer. I tried using Q-Dir and even tho it is very nice and gives up to 4 screens, I still prefer WINNC.

Cons

Nothing at all.

Summary

I just love it.

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4 stars

"Great product with both keybord and windows navigation."

January 29, 2009  |  By sparx_nl

 |  Version: WinNc 4.6

Pros

Great keyboard navigation, audio handling, good office file handling tools, good NC compatibilty.

Cons

usage of strange characters in filename
synchronising two directories is somewhat simple.
winnc doesn't sense when a second screen is removed.

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5 stars

"All i need for filemanagement"

August 12, 2008  |  By Reggino

 |  Version: WinNc 4.6

Pros

- Norton commander / Midnight commander style shortcuts

- audio-, video- and image-support

- CD burning capabilities

- archive support

- no more Windows Explorer :-)

Cons

- layout can be a little bloated on first sight, but works out fine after you get familiar with it!

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5 stars

"WindExplorer kept crashing, could save files and has mp3 ripper, file compressor"

October 16, 2007  |  By Goldernie

 |  Version: WinNc.Net 4.4d

Pros

My windows explores was busted, any attempt to move, copy, rename etc files would trigger the "this program has encountered a problem and will terminate" message. im gonna reinstall windows to fix this, i ve only been working on this computer one week so i don't have too many files on it, but the ones i do have to save were busted because i couldn't move them! ahhh here comes this software to my aid, now i just move the files to a flash drive and bye bye old ******-up windows. Plus it has mp3 ripper and a file compressor that creates self extractors :) haven't try them though, maybe they are not available in the demo version.

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1 stars

"usefull program with some bugs"

May 27, 2006  |  By celkom.net

 |  Version: WinNc.Net 4.4d

Cons

This program can not copy files with longer file names or with diakritics :-(

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2 stars

"A Work in Progress"

September 18, 2005  |  By MrScottG

 |  Version: WinNc.Net 4.4d

Pros

I used WinNC.Net for a day to Windows Explorer became unstable. This program did its job, allowing me to manage files through software other than the MS brand. There are a large number of excellent features here that would have taken me several days to sort and learn.

Cons

The developers probably should have focused on the ease of use for the most basic and common usages and perfected this before adding all those features. As described in an earlier review, files can not be dragged-and-dropped within the same frame. That is functionality which has been standard in Windows Explorer after (I think) Windows 3. That, however, is just one example. What really bothered me the most is that WinNC.Net assumes I will always be copying a file instead of moving one. I move files a *lot* more often to copying them, but to do so in WinNC.Net was a pain. I had to either type in the new location manually or else copy the file, reselect the original file, and then manually delete it. According to the Help File, I should press the Shift Key while dragging in order to move a file without copying. Guess what -- the Shift Key trick simply doesn't work. I'm certain there is a way to fix this entire mess by customizing the options to my preferences, but I can't find it.

I have switched to Xplorer2 freeware version, and I'm quite happy with that less robust but more usable file manager.

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5 stars

"Allround computer and file manager"

August 14, 2005  |  By alderliefste

 |  Version: WinNc.Net 4.4d

Pros

It's a very handy tool for lots of things; i especially like the functions for the different types of file compression and unpacking (zip, rar etc.), but also for musicfiles like conversion of mp3 and wav files. The synchronization of the content of directories and maps, ftp-interface and pictureviewer are also nice. The rest of the program has a comparable functionality as Windows Explorer, only with a better interface due to the two screens which make the copy, replace and all other filehandling very easy and synoptic. Automatic updates come in frequently.

Cons

It's inconvenient to work on a computer without WinNc, because on my own computer it has become my central workspace for almost everything. I don't appreciate Explorer anymore...

I complained at their helpdesk for the problem of replacing large directories at once (more than 20GB), but after 6 hours I got answered their working on that in next version. With all the pro's this is just a small and temporary con.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.0.0
- WinNc is now available for Windows 10
- New interface for Windows 10
- Added color folders in Windows 10 style (only available in Windows 10)
- Bug: View MP3 files crashes WinNc (#528)
- Bug: Font preview in panel options is not updated (#527)
- More small bugfixe: see our site
General
Publisher Dunes MultiMedia
Publisher web site http://www.dunesmultimedia.com
Release Date July 22, 0015
Date Added August 06, 2015
Version 7.0.0.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 12.02MB
File Name setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 198,242
Downloads Last Week 16
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited functionality
Price $35.95

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