BetterExplorer (Windows 8 Explorer alternative for Windows 7)

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  1. Blia

    Blia MDL Novice

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    #1 Blia, Jun 8, 2012
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    If you like the Windows 8's Explorer (with its ribbon) then you might want to try Better Explorer on your Windows 7 desktop.
    Better Explorer is a replacement for the standard Windows Explorer with more features for more convenience.

    It's still under development (C#) but its goal is to have all features of Windows 8's Explorer + extra functions :
    - Collapsible ribbon interface
    - Conditional tabs (Image Tools, Drive Tools ...)
    - BreadCrumbBar
    - Tabs (useful for dragging-and-dropping files or folders)
    - Conditional select + select all files with same type
    - Tools for managing archives
    - Image tools (crop image, resize image are planned)
    - Music tools (a basic music player is planned)
    - multiple instances (for drag-and-drop)


    This Project is designed for use with Windows 7 (On older operating systems it WILL NOT work).


    Site : better-explorer.com
    Post bug reports on the ISSUE TRACKER page, thank you.
     
  2. Blia

    Blia MDL Novice

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    The project moved from Codeplex to GitHub :
    New URL : https:// github.com/DimitarCC/BetterExplorer/commits/master
     
  3. Blia

    Blia MDL Novice

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    News !

    LATEST NEWS :

    The project (source code hosting) has moved from Codeplex to GitHub :
    github.com/DimitarCC/BetterExplorer/commits/master

    The bugtracker (bug reports, ideas, feature requests) has moved from GitHub to Bug Genie :
    bugtracker.better-explorer.com/betterexplorer/issues/open

    The official website is now hosted at :
    better-explorer.com

    A forum has been created at :
    better-explorer.com/forum

    The 2.0 beta 2 version will be released in a few weeks.
     
  4. mbe

    mbe MDL Novice

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    well...if you want/love metro(/use a tablet) , use the application you posted.

    Better Explorer's intention is to serve a better experience for users with Computer.

    We've been talking and in the future there will be more and more "special" features [check out the bugtracker, more will come - or you suggest something: we are open for any request]. for now, you can compare better explroer with the windows 8 explorer + additional features like tabs, archive support,...

    As already told, Beta 2's release will be soon. I can't give a exact date.


    (you can set a hyperlink in the OP of you want... would be easier for visitors)
     
  5. mbe

    mbe MDL Novice

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    the christmas present is nearly finished. check out the homepage / downloads / test versions to take a look at it.
     
  6. mbe

    mbe MDL Novice

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    The christmas present is ready for download!

    Visit the Home Page to download it.

    Changelog:
    Released 24.12.2012.:

    • Added 64-bit version
    • Added support for multiple windows
    • Improved “set as default” feature; now allows full integration
    • Adds support for storing and retrieving tab collections
    • Added Undo Close Tab feature
    • Added Folder/Drive Size Chart feature (since Folder Size column is an impossibility)
    • Added Resize Image tool
    • Improved Set Image as Wallpaper tool
    • Added support for dragging tabs around
    • Added support for dragging folder onto blank area of tab bar to create new tab
    • Added AutoSwitch; when you select a certain file and a contextual tab exists for it, it will switch to that tab automatically. (this can be configured in the Options)
    • Added link to online bugtracker for posting bugs and feature requests
    • Added ability to move tab bar to the bottom of the window
    • Added new updater
    • Added support for creating symbolic links and junction points
    • Added QuickSelect options (i.e. to select all files of the same type)
    • Improvements to search feature
    • Added Japanese, Dutch, Czech, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Polish, Russian, and Swedish translations
    • Improvements to Backstage area
    • Improved copy to/move to feature
    • Improvements to back-end code and Ribbon layout

    Known Bugs

    We plan to fix these in the Beta 2 Update 1 (Translation Update), coming early 2013

    • View Archive does not work
    • Unable to change where saved tab collections are stored
    • Unnecessary options in Updates settings
    • Some strings are still not translated, and will remain in English when used in other languages
    • Breadcrumb bar not working properly in some cases

    If you have found any bugs yourself, please let us know in the bugtracker.
     
  7. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    can you please post a link to download,thannks
     
  8. HJTT

    HJTT MDL Novice

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    Fantastic download thanks !:good3:
     
  9. mbe

    mbe MDL Novice

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    #12 mbe, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013

    If you request the .exe file through /%realpath%/%SETUP% you will get an error and you'll be redirected to the main page. This is to prevent bad bots and crawlers.

    So: we load the file from /%realpath%/%SETUP% via php (download.php when you click the green button (THE IMPORTAND THING: you need the have a html5 browser with javascript enabled!!) and the site will respond the file, if you are not blacklisted in Google Project Honey Pot and Spamhaus Blocklist. Otherwise, check your PC for viruses and trojans that might have caused a blacklisting of your PC/Network.
     
  10. mbe

    mbe MDL Novice

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    Better Explorer Beta 3 was released 2 hours ago, featuring some huge (speed-) improvements!

    Download:
    better-explorer.com/downloads/
    Changelog:
    better-explorer.com/downloads/changelogs/

    Cheers!
     
  11. Blia

    Blia MDL Novice

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    I confirm.. BetterExplorer is now much more stable and faster !
    Good work guys.
     
  12. Blia

    Blia MDL Novice

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    #15 Blia, Jun 27, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013
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    The developers are currently working on the Sharing options : Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP and WebDAV servers.
    Later will be added SkyDrive, Box.Net, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Flickr ... (at least, it's planned)