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    Windows Explorer Replacement

    I know this topic has been covered at least a dozen times before but I was curious if anyone really uses a replacement that they would / could recommend... And why?

    PowerDesk Pro has been mentioned a time or two but it does come with a hefty price tag. I remember giving this program a try while it was owned by another company, fourth version I believe. It was junk at the time, but maybe it's better now.

    Perhaps there's a lower cost or no cost replacement that includes a nice set of viewers, archival tools, etc.
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    Re: Windows Explorer Replacement

    Hi Ricky

    I have used PowerDesk Pro for quite a few years and I consider it to be an essential program. Features that I use all the time include the file viewer, folder synchronization, enhanced compressed file support and integrated ftp support. I find the sheer number of useful enhancements compared with Windows Explorer is what makes PowerDesk Pro essential for me.

    As I have only used one Windows Explorer replacement I am not in a position to give a comparison with other such programs. Other commercial Windows Explorer replacements are similar price or even more expensive. I have seen the following ones recommended in other forums:
    Directory Opus 8
    Turbo Browser 9.3
    Universal Explorer 4.2

    Some which are either free or offer free versions include:
    <A target="_blank" HREF="http://zabkat.com/index.htm">xplorer

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    Re: Windows Explorer Replacement

    Hi Ricky,

    The company which used to own PowerDesk is Ontrack Data International. I grabbed PowerDesk 4 when it was still <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and I still use it... I wouldn't say it's junk, I really like it. Some basic features like having quick access to any drive in a toolbar, being able to configure which folder you want PD to display when it launches, a "new folder" icon in the toolbar, and many more, are real time savers. Should you be able to give it a second try I suggest you do.
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    Re: Windows Explorer Replacement

    Thanks for the feedback Diegol. It seems I remember version 4 having many bugs and being somewhat unstable. I could be wrong and perhaps improvements have been made to correct some of the issues that I recall.

    And thanks, Tony for the other suggestions.

    A primary reason I asked the question had a bit to do with <!post=this post,465085>this post<!/post> by Diegol. I was going to check my drives to see how large the Google index file was. Wasn't entirely sure where the index was stored. So I thought it should be a simple task to sort all the files on my PC by size, or at least click a few buttons to see the largest twenty files, e.g. Thought Explorer could / should do this with no problem but it ain't happening! Then I reasoned that if Explorer could not do this, then maybe an Explorer replacement could...

    I found a little program called FolderSizes that I really like. Among many other features, it will do a Largest File Report. A 15-day uncrippled trial can be downloaded from the site. Like most useful programs, this one has a price attached to it...US$40. It is useful but it's not something that would be used daily, therefore I think the price is too high for a limited use utility.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Replacement

    If you really want a good visual comparison of file sizes, you should try SequoiaView.
    It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware and "uses a visualization technique called cushion treemaps to provide you with a single picture of the entire contents of your hard drive." Lots of fun too!

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    Re: Windows Explorer Replacement

    Yes, Sequoia View rocks.
    Alternately you can check this thread, especially TimOz's (is that "'s" right after the "z"?) post to grab <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Treesize (or, you can click the last link for a shortcut).
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