5 applications to search, find and work files (desktop and mobile)

FTP client, multi-OS, fleet management; file management tools evolve and offer features that go further to deal with data. Update on some solutions.

1. Total Commander, the most complete

Total Commander is an orthodox file manager (OFM for Orthodox File Manager) to Windows and Android , available in French. It is priced at € 38 and testable shareware. This powerful tool includes an FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support. It compares files, or to browse archive files. It is also possible to rename multiple files at once or USB port for the connection.

The latest version of the tool (8.51a) includes Unicode support, a tabbed interface, a search function improved directory synchronization and comparison of files, a quick view with bitmap display, file compression support (ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE). Note that this new version includes version 1.0 for Windows Phone 8.1 (after a beta of year) in freeware version.

Note that from 1993 to 2002, Total Commander was called Windows Commander, but heartfelt letter prompted Microsoft to developers this tool to change the name …

2. Double Check, the alternative open source

Double Commander is a file management tool open source, presented in the form of two panels too. Strongly inspired by Total Commander Double Commander is available in Mac OS X, Windows, FreeBSD and Linux . No mobile version so.

Still, the updates are regular, and the code obviously open, so possible adaptations. English only.

3. ES File Explorer for Android and Kindle

Dedicated to mobile, available for Android and Kindle Fire , ES File Explorer is a free file manager that allows in addition to managing the installed mobile applications on the shelves, turn them off, or to simplify the management of files hosted on remote servers.

To do this, ES File Explorer uses an extension of WebDAV named HTTP (for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning). Specifically, WebDAV allows multiple users to edit the contents of a file simultaneously. So he knows how to manage the access rights to files and folders by temporarily locking the edited files and folders.

A complete tool, but when we tried a few bugs prevented optimal use of the tool . A test to see so. Available in English, Arabic and Chinese only.

4. Midnight Commander, desktop specialist

Another open source solution that allows to manage files under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux . The tool can copy, move or delete files and whole directory trees. And in GUI mode (Graphical User Interface or GUI) or text. An internal editor as a visualization tool are included.

Side documentation, however, is a little thin, by the admission of developers. A documentary project is yet underway. Available in English and Russian.

5. FreeCommander, the portable option

“FreeCommander is a very lightweight, and highly configurable alternative to conserve system resources,” says the publisher. Available only for Windows FreeCommander is also presented as “a simple alternative to using” the Windows file management tool. And wants a worthy successor to Norton Commander. With 37 supported languages, is the most comprehensive tool of this selection on this point.

In addition to the classic features of a file manager (Double vertical or horizontal windowing, using tabs, support for the archive formats ZIP, CAB (read and write), RAR (read), …), Free Commander can store screenshots as a file or in the cover of the machine. Another advantage of FreeCommander, its portability. It can be used from a USB key or a cdrom directly on a machine with Windows.

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