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XYplorer

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As an avid producer, I deal with a lot of files that I need to organize on a frequent basis. I'm constantly opening dozens of windows and having to resize and layer them in ways that would make the average user's head explode. Today, modern browsers support tabbed views to help users be more efficient in navigating the Internet. Isn't it about time we get a similar solution for navigating our own file systems?

Enter XYplorer, an intuitive solution to navigating and managing your files on the PC.

When you first install and open XYplorer, you'll notice that it looks like a generic Explorer window, with a ribbon of icons that you'd probably rather ignore at first glance. The ingenuity of XYplorer starts manifesting itself when you learn to understand the layout.

XYPlorer organizes your files via three panels. The far left panel displays the general root structure of your computer, and the two right panels show you two folders. Each of the tabs is enabled by whatever folder or directory is active on the left. The behavior is similar to using tabbed browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and the modern Internet Explorer. There are plenty of useful features to help maintain your sanity, like visual filters for frequently used folders, viewing recent locations, and keyboard shortcuts to speed up your management. Advanced users can also take advantage of the scripting features that remain present from the previous editions (a help file is also provided for those who wish to learn). XYplorer was designed to cater to the needs of both standard and power users. There are many different features to help you maneuver your way around your files, but its core setup remains excellent compared with the stock Explorer that comes with Windows.

This file comes with a 30-day trial, with the full version being offered at around 30 bucks. Should you get it? That depends on how long you're willing to put up with a limited methodology of managing your files. As long as you have your OS, you're stuck with what it gives you. Try out the program and see if it simplifies your computing life.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best manager to manage the files that I know of!"

    March 26, 2014  |   By Loco-78

    Version: XYplorer 13.80

    Pros

    Multi-tasking, easy and clean interface, speed, perfect replacement for Windows explorer and many other programs.

    Cons

    No objections to the program.

    Summary

    XYplorer is the best manager to manage the files I've ever used, automate and simplify my work on your computer like never before. Clear and easy user interface, easily accessible functions and many other features that make a program that is in my opinion the best manager of files on the market that seamlessly integrates with the system and can perfectly replace Windows Explorer.
    His strong powerful functions and easy availability of the interface not only replace the Explorer, but also many other programs and gives us all these features in one place.
    When once you try working with XYplorer will not be able to think that someday you could use a computer without it.
    The program really worth buying!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "On the way to being a great product"

    December 2, 2013  |   By benie01

    Version: XYplorer 13.30

    Pros

    A plethora of options, displays, configurations. The multitabbing is a winner feature.

    Cons

    Thumbnails display is still sketchy. I tried all the popular codec packages: K-Lite Codec Pack, FastPictureViewer and Icaros. Many file formats did display thumbnails (including pdf!) but I couldn't get flv thumbnails to work. If this is unimportant to you, definitely install xyplorer. For me this is an important feature so I'll be checking back in the future to see it's solved.

    Summary

    A great application. Once the thumbnail issue is resolved, it'll be even greater

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, Cluttered, problems"

    August 22, 2013  |   By MarkBiomedical

    Version: XYplorer 12.80

    Pros

    Unlike Windows 8, it can find files. It is very complete with great options.

    Cons

    It returns too many files and they are hard to filter out. The interface is cluttered. It is frustrating and I want a happy experience.

    Summary

    This is a good product, but my company needs a great file explorer and this is not it. I will try then buy another.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic Explorer with superb out of the box add ons"

    March 10, 2013  |   By nsl333

    Version: XYplorer 12.20

    Pros

    Like to be able to color code files like the Mac?
    Or one-click open of all sorts of files with Notepad++ without setting file associations?
    Put an icon in the toolbar and the supported scripting language lets you do all that and more. I can only say Wow...
    And today, after doing a clean install in one of my VM's, I found out per accident the nifty Tree Path Tracing that gives you a birds eye overview of where you are in your file structure. After 25+ years of work, your archives tend to become huge, so this really helps. Another one I found today: the floating preview. Lightweight for a quick glance at textfiles and pictures. VERY handy if you have doings with stuff like .ini, html or php files.
    And then a one-click powerfilter (toggle visual filter) to quickly list only certain types of files, or big files or recent files.
    Yep, organize all your favourite one click icons in your toolbar and it will save you tons of time.

    Cons

    None. Of course a tool like this is complex with all the possibilities. But your time investment is just once, and after that you'll have all kinds of functionality that really makes PC life VERY simple without all the right-clicks. For example, I want to keep the PDF association with Adobe, but I like the Foxit tabs of multiple PDF's. Instead of right-click...open with... etc I now have my own foxit button in the toolbar to immediately open a new PDF tab if I want to. Simple...but a big joy for me.

    Summary

    What a fantastic piece of software. Customization with your own user buttons, like adding colors to files like Mac, one-click changing directory icons for work in progress, or just one click open of all files in Notepad++, has a little bit of a learning curve (at least for me), but you can do it all and the scripting language has endless functionality.
    I bought the life time version at the time and of course that's exceptional value for money.
    I hadn't been using xyplorer that much, but getting more and more fed up with the XP explorer, I'm switching to it full time. Yeah, I'm still using XP, downgrading all new assets to it. I can blindly find my way in standard PC functionality, so I'm not interested in vista, 7 or 8. If I want eye-candy and a WOW feeling, I'll use Linux, thank you very much.
    But really, buy this software, it gives you limitless possibilities, and you can also use it like a simple Win Explorer which is fine for most of the times.
    Bob

    Updated on Mar 10, 2013

    Oh yeah, what somebody else said here: having multiple tabs instead of 20 separate open explorer windows. HOW on earth can one live without this???

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding!"

    February 12, 2013  |   By binocular222

    Version: XYplorer 12.10

    Pros

    Developer really listen and implement users' wish. He visits forum regularly, replies to users' suggestions and incorporate good ideas into his product really fast.
    A lot of innovative features: Scripting; tree path tracing; Visual filter; mini tree; branch view... just to name a few

    Cons

    Little control over statusbar

    Summary

    This is already a very powerful product but keeps on developing super fast (and in right direction, unlike Microsoft's Windows)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's Not Just For Power Users!"

    January 20, 2013  |   By mistertee

    Version: XYplorer 11.90.0200

    Pros

    Excellent alternative to Windows Explorer. Solid tech-support from the developer and through the user forum. Also includes searchable comprehensive "Help" documentaion. Reasonable price considering all the benefits. Runs from an executable so does not change registry settings.

    Cons

    At first glance, configuration options might seem a bit complicated to some users.

    Summary

    Although I'm not a so called "Power User", I recognize that Windows Explorer lacks many features that would be of great value to most users. Since the CNET reviewer has done a good job of explaining the overall use of this application there's really no need to rehash it. Just suffice to say that a few hours of experimenting with the trial version of XYplorer should be enough to convince anyone of it's "must have" status. Yes, there are an almost unlimited number of configuration options available, but even at it's default (or near-default) level XY will make your computer so much easier to use. File related operations that were once a time consuming hassle can be carried out with just a click or two. Then, as you become more familiar with the configuration options you'll realize that understanding and utilizing many of the advanced features is not difficult.

    I also like that the application runs from a single executable file that doesn't actually "install" anything on your computer or change registry settings. After a day of experimentation I purchasded the software and gladly made it the default file manager in lieu of Explorer. This can easily be reversed by simply unchecking the 'make default' box so no worries.

    In any case, the free trial is 30 days which is plenty of time to evaluate the application and determine if it's worthwhile. Highly recommended!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Threatfire... all kinds of alerts"

    January 16, 2013  |   By jim63135

    Version: XYplorer 11.90.0200

    Pros

    don't know didn't finish install

    Cons

    Threatfire popped up an said it was wanting to change the security that would allow malware, the next screen said it was making changes that are open to viruses,popus, etc. At that point I stopped the installation.

    Summary

    Don't do it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "By far the best of all"

    January 11, 2013  |   By garon3

    Version: XYplorer 11.90.0200

    Pros

    I have used a lot of file mangers,including directory opus,speed commander..etc but this one tops all of them in many ways,It really has lot's of features like undo/redo,tabbed browsing and remembers the scroll position,view mode for tabs,hotkeys can be customized to single keys for most actions.

    Cons

    Almost none

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product, must have for Windows 7 and later"

    September 15, 2012  |   By pschaeffer

    Version: XYplorer 11.60

    Pros

    XYplorer provides a fast consistent interface to the file system for all versions of Windows. Crucially it provides the same UI for XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc. The interface is a very improved version of the XP Explorer. That's good for XP, but essential for Windows 7 where the built-in Explorer is hopeless for serious work.

    Cons

    XYplorer is not free. However, one license can be used on several personal machines. On very rare occasions, XYplorer hangs and has to be restarted. Overall it is very reliable.

    Summary

    XYPlorer is basically a Swiss Army knife for the file system. It provides fast search (with many potential criteria), file preview, tabbed browsing, multiple panes, etc. This is one of the few products that I use my own money (versus an employer) to pay for.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A PowerDesk Replacement That Works!"

    September 5, 2012  |   By adinolf

    Version: XYplorer 11.50

    Pros

    Reliable

    Rock Solid

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Would someday like to see a built in Zip program and also a "convert picture file" then I will be completely happy.

    Summary

    I started with PowerDesk Version One and like a dope, rode it all the way to Version 8.5. It just got worse and worse and I still stayed with it.

    When I graduated to Windows 7, I couldn't find a PowerDesk Version that could handle it.

    Because of that I started a search for another file manager that met my needs and as it turned out, XYplorer was it!

    I settled for the Home Lifetime Version which met my needs. It also features Lifetime Updates which is great.

    I wish I had discovered XYplorer a few hundred dollars ago. It's a real bargain

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