Once upon a time there was a highly regarded DOS file browser
and utility program called Norton Commander. It was so beloved, and
so on-point conceptually that clones for Windows were soon to be
found all about the land. Some, like the super-tweakable, even more
powerful XYplorer, still exist. And that means one big happy
forever after if you do a lot of files copying, moving, deleting,
Okay, enough of the fractured fairytale. XYplorer is dual-paned
file browser, not unlike what you see when you have Windows
Explorer open with the tree in view, albeit with and extra pane to
facilitate moves and copies. The beauty of this program, however,
is that you can open multiple tabs (right-click over a tab) in each
pane. This makes it super-easy to copy file from multiple locations
to a single one.
XYplorer also offers a host of appearance tweaks and the ability
to create, save and load scripts for automation. About the only
thing missing is folder syncing.
So, if you’re looking for a file browser on steroids in the
tradition of Norton Commander, XYplorer is well worth a look.
There’s also a portable version that’s a slightly larger
Note: This program costs 20 Euros. The USD
price given here reflects the exchange rate on the day this review
–Jon L. Jacobi