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UltraExplorer

At a Glance
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UltraExplorer has all the boilerplate features one expects from a File Explorer style program. It has a tabbed browser, a two-pane viewing option, a file viewer which can show image, PDF, and multimedia files in-line, and lots and lots of toolbars. UltraExplorer exists in part to show off the developer's line of components for Delphi--if you are a developer and like what you see, you can incorporate these pieces in your own applications.

Those are the expected features. UltraExplorer has a few nice perks, as well. The main window is easy to modify, with just about everything being detachable and mobile. There is a "Dropstack" window which is very nice--you can drag and drop files, or groups of files, or folders, into the window, where they form links (the files are not moved). This provides you with an easy way to gather files from all over your system for various purposes, such as saving or copying. What gives this function an extra boost is that it remember the 'groups' of files you dropped--drag three folders at once, and there's only a single link in the list. Drag 5 images, and now there's two links, one for the folders, one for the images. It's nifty and intuitive, a definite winner. I used to habitually make 'temp' folder to serve as staging areas like this, and this is much better.

If you're just using Windows Explorer for your file-management needs, this program is a strong improvement (though of course there's a learning curve). If you're using another Explorer replacement, it's not certain UltraExplorer offers enough extra "oomph" to justify switching--but it's free, so why not try it out?

Note: This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development. This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

--Ian Harac

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At a Glance
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