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Xplorer2 Lite

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This slimmed-down file manager trumps Windows Explorer on many counts, but it may have too much flexibility for some users.

Xplorer2 Lite's interface is easily adapted to your preferences. Toolbars and information windows can be moved on a whim. You can browse two or more folders in one window, using program tabs and different panes. What's more, you can customize search windows and save the settings for later use. Visual filters improve crowded directory readability. You can easily rename multiple files at once, split or merge files, synchronize folders, and shred data to prevent recovery. However, we are disappointed that the Check Duplicates and Compare Subfolders functions are disabled.

An enhanced DOS command line allows you to create scripts to process file batches, a nice touch for more advanced users. The online help is detailed, tool tips are mini manuals, and the Tip of the Day feature gives even more helpful information. All in all, this program makes the learning curve gentle. Almost everyone will find this file manager a great improvement over their current tool. Xplorer2 Lite will even make novices feel like power users.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Vast improvement over Windows Explorer in every way"

    April 8, 2012  |   By garylben

    Version: Xplorer2 Lite 2.0.0.3

    Pros

    Feature rich, powerful and easy learning curve

    Cons

    Paid version even better; not so much a "con" as a caution that more is better, and more costs more.

    Summary

    Comparing Windows Explorer to Xplorer2 Lite is like comparing Zork I to X-box games. There is no real reason not to upgrade, unless you are invested in entry level computing. It's true that the Pro and Ultimate versions do still more, and the more you see the more you want, but you can adjust to mere wealth rather than vast riches easily enough. And more isn't that expensive.

    I've encountered no deficits. The integration with Windows 7-64 seems flawless and the package is very robust. I've been using Lite for a couple months and wouldn't go back on a bet. Considering Pro, but I have yet to fully tap the resources provided by Lite.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice proggie BUT the Xplorer2 'Lite' is FAR less useful"

    March 28, 2012  |   By compuable

    Version: Xplorer2 Lite 2.0.0.3

    Pros

    Very useful but limited by disabled options in the Lite version (vs. the $30 shareware version)

    Cons

    Can be a somewhat of hit-or-miss proposition and extremely frustrating experience while using it; because many of the 'more advanced' options (those that are made unavailable unless you upgrade to Pro) are not clearly labeled as such.

    I actually used Xplorer2 (as well as its predecessor: 2xExplorer) Lite version; a dual-pane file manager for Microsoft Windows operating systems, for several years and enjoyed it very much as an alternative to Windows Explorer... However, I gradually became disenchanted that the more advanced features are restricted to the Pro version. For example: As opposed to the professional version; this lesser version basically lacks customizability and any "search command." Additionally, Check Duplicates and Compare Subfolders functions are disabled in the 'free' lite version. Three other man features of the Xplorer2 Professional version not present in the lite version are advanced search (Omni-Finder), full Unicode support and robust transfer.

    Summary

    Often time's free versions of software are independent of their paid upgrade, however Xplorer2 Lite is simply Xplorer2 with more than just a few of the far more useful options turned off. This can make for an extremely frustrating experience while using it, because many of the options (those that are made unavailable) are not clearly labeled as such. But for me, the biggest negative is that you still must use the Windows Explorer search function in order to search for any files. Don't get me wrong here, I'm not really complaining because Xplorer2 Lite, which is offered free for personal and academic use and is actually an overall useful program; however the fact remains that it is - simply put - the free version of the far more useful paid software (which incidentally only costs around $30 bucks and well worth it; for what you get, particularly if you fancy the advanced features).

    Side Note: Be sure to check out the Feature Comparison Table at the developer's website. This table compares Windows Explorer (windows 7 version), and the lite and professional versions of xplorer2

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Free version doesn't replace Windows Search function"

    December 16, 2011  |   By gparade

    Version: Xplorer2 Lite 2.0.0.3

    Pros

    Free - but a trial version

    Cons

    Trial version

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