XYplorer

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Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 68 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
12.80
File Size:
3.32MB
Date Added:
August 07, 2013
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
44,943
Downloads Last Week:
52
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 Versions:

    4.3

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 1 votes

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    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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    "This is the worst software I have ever used"

    July 05, 2014   |   By DLD-UK

    Version: XYplorer 14.20

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    It is really hard to find a file manager that make MS Explorer look good but this achieves it. The interface is a mess. I have tried repeatedly to get a simple drives view on the left, folders view in the middle and file preview on the right. I failed. I read the manual which contains virtually no screenshots. I contacted the develop who refused to answer such a basic question.

    When you enter dual pane mode you expect the second pane to show a complete duplicate of the first pane. It doesn't. There is only one drive/folder pane on the left for both of the other panes. This makes using the software a complete nightmare as you are constantly i

    Summary

    I can find nothing to recommend this software and contacting the developer just resulted in abuse. Apparently the only support available to customer is to use a forum. I do not want to use yet another forum in order to get the software to do basic file management tasks. I thought reading the manual would help. It didn't.

    For anyone looking for complex tasks like batch renaming I strongly recommend Bulk Rename Utility. Not only is it free but it accomplishes the renaming with such power and ease, something XYplorer failed to do. It takes a few minutes to learn but it is well worth it. When I got XYplorer to eventually batch rename some files it merely made me appreciate just how good Bulk Rename Utility is. XYplorer was way more complicated, much less friendly and failed to do what I wanted 99% of the time. Bulk Rename Utility worked each time with ease.

    For audio file management I recommend Mp3tag. Again, this is free but is wonderfully powerful and easy to use.

    With both Bulk Rename Utility and Mp3tag I have never once had to read a manual. They just work and are easy to understand. With both you can easily see the effect of any changes you make and also undo them with ease.

    I cannot recommend anything about XYplorer and I found the developer hostile. Rather than answer basic questions he merely insulted me. I personally do not want to support developers like that. In my view, a developer should realize that a customer forced to ask basic questions is merely highlighting issues that need to be addressed in both the product and the manual. Such comments should be welcomed. Instead, my first question was ignored, I was then rudely referred to the forum and then told that my behavior was bizarre because I felt the software should be easier to use and that the manual should address the issues I was raising. To me, it is as basic as a photo management program that will only display the top 1/4" of any photo and the developer referring you to a forum instead of dealing with the issue. I should make it clear that I have a fully paid professional license, so I am not talking about the free version. Being referred to forum for a free product is completely acceptable.

    If you want a very powerful way of manipulating files then I would suggest learning Perl. It is a great scripting language with the power to do any file manipulation you may want. There is a learning curve but once learned you are not hindered by badly designed interfaces. And again it is free, works on Linux too and is well supported by very well written books.

    If you like reading loads of syntax with almost no screenshots then you might like the XYplorer manual. Personally I found it 700 pages of totally useless information and a total waste of time. Even having read it, I could not get XYplorer to display my drives, folders and files in the way I wanted them displayed. And surely that is the most basic thing you can expect from a file manager.

    Don't waste your time. Even the cmd prompt is easier!!!!

    Updated on Jul 5, 2014

    My review got truncated. It should have said

    "This makes using the software a complete nightmare as you are constantly in the wrong place in the drive/folder hierarchy for the tab you are in"

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