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WinNc

By Dunes MultiMedia Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 12, 2015

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.0.1

  • Panel alignment issue fixed
  • Folder color setting in create folder issue fixed
  • Email to dunes issue fixed
  • General

    Release January 29, 2018
    Date Added January 29, 2018
    Version 8.0.1

    Operating Systems

    Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None

    Popularity

    Total Downloads 208,837
    Downloads Last Week 1
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    Developer's Description

    WinNc is a tabbed file manager especially developed for Windows 10. It also works on the older versions of Windows. This NC clone file manager is inspired on the dual panel concept of the old file manager Norton Commander. It has shortcuts to all the Windows special folders and the multiple tabbed interface allows you to organize your data by projects.

    Projects can include files and folders from all over the disks that relate to the project tab and are stored virtually in the project folder as a link. With a new Windows 10 interface WinNc can do all the basic tasks you expect from a modern file manager like copy, move, delete, compress, uncompress and create links. WinNc uses logical colors for the file actions so you can quickly see if a file is being copied (green), being moved (orange) or being packed (yellow).

    WinNc allows you to perform multiple tasks by setting the maximum parallel tasks to more than one task in the configuration panel.