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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome well developed and thought out software!"

    October 19, 2010  |   By LBcoolG

    Version: XYplorer 9.60

    Pros

    See below comments...

    Cons

    None yet - except maybe the need for 64 bit support but I believe this is either in the pipeline or part of the latest release!

    Summary

    For a while I have been promising the creator of this great software a review, and here it is?

    I use XYPlorer daily for file management. It is a great Windows Explorer replacement. You can combine user commands and customise your own keyboard shortcuts. There is dual pane (with tabs in each pane) functionality and a ?Mini Tree? view that can show you just the files you are working on in a Mini Tree so you do not get lost in the millions of subfolders you have created or have to view in a folder! This is a real time saver. The application is also portable which is a must for me because I work on many different computers. There is great support forum for this software so if you want new feature in a later release request it.

    Then there is the directory search built right into the application that just works! You have to try this to see how much time it will save you when you are dealing with folders with large amounts of documents in them. Yes, there are other search applications that will give you the results you seek (i.e. Everything search engine), just not from ?within? your file manager.

    Moreover you can set up a ?catalogue? with your favorite folders easily accessible. But wait there is still more (no...no steak knives). You also get document preview inside XYPlorer! Ace! So now you can be sure you are opening the right document every time before you open it.

    You can add your own scripts, see you recent file locations, and the list goes on. You really have to use XYPlorer to see just how innovative its creator/developer Donald Lessau is.

    Above are just some of the features of this great software. I will put up more comments on the features as I discover more about this great software.

    In short this is one of the best file managers around for novices and pro?s alike and I recommend you buy it. I am using v9.60.0000 ? the latest version - and you should too?You won?t look back and you will increase your productivity and make your day to day file management more enjoyable.
    It makes Windows Explorer look like Dora the explorer?and Dora the explorer is for kids??nuff said.

    Buy it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A replacement for the mess MSFT made of Explorer in W7"

    July 26, 2010  |   By sam99999999

    Version: XYplorer 9.40

    Pros

    Don't like the changes Microsoft made to Windows Explorer in Windows 7? Miss the way Explorer worked in XP? This product will allow you to be productive again. You can set up the interface to look just like XP with better search and more features.

    Cons

    Doesn't (yet) support "single click" for opening files in the right-hand pane (though it does support single click in the left-hand folder pane).

    Summary

    The author is *extremely* responsive and end user-focused. He answers email promptly and often responds with changes and requested features in just hours.

    The fact that the product doesn't require installation and makes no registry changes (i.e., it can run portably from a download, USB stick, or CD) is what got me to try it.

    The license terms are very generous: pay once and get unlimited upgrades and use it on unlimited machines. I ended up purchasing after the second day of the trial.

    You can try both the home version and the Pro version by toggling an option in the configuration settings (to decide which version to purchase).

    The changes Microsoft made to Explorer in W7 may be OK for typical end users, but not for power users. The fact that it doesn't even traverse junction points and "hides" the real path to things drove me crazy. XYplorer changes all that. I'm back to being happy with W7 thanks to this product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome Product"

    July 26, 2010  |   By champanag

    Version: XYplorer 9.40

    Pros

    It's wonderful.

    Cons

    Just recent I use academic version of XYPlorer. It's wounderful file manager. Even program is also small in size and fast. Great thanks to author.

    Summary

    Just recent I use academic version of XYPlorer. It's wounderful file manager. Even program is also small in size and fast. Great thanks to author.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast utility with no known (to me) downsides"

    July 16, 2010  |   By nsl333

    Version: XYplorer 9.40

    Pros

    It's fast, light weight, and adds tons of functionality to your File Manager. It took me less than 30 minutes to move from the trial version to a lifetime license.

    Cons

    None at all

    Summary

    The ability to add scripts (macro's) to your file manager is absolutely brilliant! I review a lot of files (docs) in 100's of corresponding directories. Now I can mark the files with colors (tags) for 'In-Progess', 'Done', 'Interesting'. And the directories as 'Done' or 'In Progress' or 'Interesting files within'. For that I use little macros that choose a different icon out of shell32.dll (folder-with-checkmark, search-icon and star resp.). All with just one mouseclick! It really saves me tons of time.

    The color tags can be lost when they are copied outside of your own system. This is due to my OS limitations (XP64). The directory ratings WILL be kept even as you backup to a USB-disc and reload in a system with just a normal Explorer.

    Updated on Jul 16, 2010

    The ability to add scripts (macro's) to your file manager is absolutely brilliant! It adds one-mouseclick functionality and saves me tons of time.

    I review a lot of files (docs) in 100's of corresponding directories. Now I can mark the files with colors (tags) for 'In-Progess', 'Done', 'Interesting'. And the directories as 'Done' or 'In Progress' or 'Interesting files within'. For that I use little macros that choose a different icon out of shell32.dll (folder-with-checkmark, search-icon and star resp.). Previously I couldn't do any file-tagging other than moving files to subdirectories. But that screws up your backups. I did directory tagging before (rightclick/properties/tab-customize-buttonChangeIcon/browse to the new icon...).Now its one mouse-click

    The color tags can be lost when they are copied outside of your own system. This is due to my OS limitations (XP64). The directory ratings WILL be kept even as you backup to a USB-disc and reload in a system with just a win Explorer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely the best--everything in XY is well-planned!"

    July 14, 2010  |   By Jon Bush

    Version: XYplorer 9.20.0200

    Pros

    So much power over your files and folders--so much ability to configure XYPlorer the way YOU want it, so many protections are built in and well-designed, so you have to be asleep to screw something up... EXCELLENT PROGRAM!!!

    Cons

    Just one little-bitty one...I'm older and I need to increase the size of the fonts somewhat... some of the configurations do not allow larger or bold fonts. That's kinda petty on my part, huh? There are only 5 Stars to give--I give it TEN!!!

    Summary

    This one program is the heart of ALL my computer operations, along with Firefox online... EVERYTHING I do is done with Firefox and XYPlorer!!! Absolutely the very best File Manager program since XTree in the days of the X80 processor--more power in my hands!!! Mr Lassau is leading Microsoft along by a rope, since they are incorporating so many of HIS ideas... I hope they are paying him royalties!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Dense and versatile, makes life easier."

    April 23, 2010  |   By jortony

    Version: XYplorer 9.0.02

    Pros

    Very good UI for filesystem
    Packed with tools
    Customizable
    File hierarchy tree
    Tabbed browsing
    Unique shell commands on right click within the program
    Easy batch file editing
    Folder size calculation
    Doesn't fail
    Well documented

    Cons

    requires learning
    thumbnails are a little slow to load

    Summary

    This is one of a few pieces of software by which I judge others. The commands are densely packed in tabs, trees, menus, and shell (within the program only). It allows for organization and manipulation of files by any way imaginable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great filemanager!!!"

    April 19, 2010  |   By CyGho

    Version: XYplorer 9.0

    Pros

    Small, FAST, extensive, cheap prices (LIFETIME lisence), fast development and very fast reactions on the Users Forum.

    Cons

    Non that i know off.

    Summary

    Great app. Use it on a daily basis for many file management jobs. I'm a big fan of the combination of the User Commands and Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts.
    Also the Dual Pane is very usefull.
    The program allows different Configuration files so one can quickly switch settings. The Catalog is another timesaver.
    Well, there is mutch, mutch more. To mutch to write down here. Did i mention Portability? The Lifetime license? Tabs? Search? The list is endless.....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Queuing file operations is great!"

    April 17, 2010  |   By serendipitee

    Version: XYplorer 9.0

    Pros

    XY9 is the newest version with great new features like background processing of file operation that can be queued, Visual filters that can be named etc. I have tested these and they work great. As usual the support is great.

    Cons

    No complains so far.

    Summary

    XYplorer has come a long way from being just a file searching utility to being a full blown file manager.
    I have been following this since 2005 and it amazes me how quickly it has grown and how amazing its development is. Its user-friendly and intuitive and its author gives lot of importance to speed. I This ofcourse was my first preference when i first reviewed it. It had smaller footprint and very easy to learn. Quickly i grew fond of its simple yet effective ways of handling files and at work i could not do without it. Thats when i decided to buy its lifetime license. I could automate several long tiring tasks into one key press.
    For example, i regularly have to backup files from one drive to another and rename them in special way depending on date/time etc and then pick specific files and load them into an application for further processing. In XY, all this drama is a key press.
    XY gives me more time to do other things while it is taking care of file management needs. I have full control of what is on my PC and how to quickly find them based on their age, size or any other specific parameter.
    It has this neat catalog where you can keep your most used folders handy.
    With it you can view folders differently based on its contents. I like my photos to be in thumbnail view and documents in detail view and i can have it my way.
    I can undo a file operation if i made a stupid mistake of copying it to a wrong place.
    The mini tree feature is genius. Mostly the tree is full of branches i don't need, so I can choose to see the tree i want hiding unnecessary branches.
    I can't live without color filters. I have all MS related files shown in blue, pdfs are brown, music is green and so on. Its so damn easy to spot what file i am looking for. I can also hide a particular file type using visual filters.
    These are only few of the numerous features XY has. I have more time to do other things now, no more tedious file digging. I am glad I chose XY. I am quite sure my lifetime license last my lifetime.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "won't stand by product"

    April 17, 2010  |   By UProf

    Version: XYplorer 9.0

    Pros

    Rich feature set

    Cons

    Doesn't play well with other software.

    After less than one day I had to remove it from my computer. He wouldn't give me a refund -- even thought I (stupidly) purchased the lifetime version. So the owner gets $70; I got zip.

    Summary

    It's risky getting it. Stay away until they stand by their product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WHAT WINDOWS 7 EXPLORER IS MISSING"

    April 10, 2010  |   By gvergottis

    Version: XYplorer 9.0

    Pros

    XYplorer 9.0 just made Windows 7 workable for me.
    Can not of anything more I could wish for in a file manager / explorer

    Cons

    Could do with a better icon

    Summary

    I got a new PC early March 2010, my first with Windows 7.
    I was so disappointed in the W7 Explorer that I was ready to send the machine back until a young colleague suggested to search the net for alternatives. Tried about half a dozen "explorers" but XYplorer was by far the most complete and consistent, better even than my trusted Windows Explorer in XP

    Simple to the point with lots and lots of tweaks

    Well done you XY guys

    George Vergottis

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