At a Glance
- Countless options, flexible, powerful
Replace Windows Explorer with this powerful, full-featured program.
Directory Opus has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most
powerful Windows file managers, and version 10.0 keeps its old
functionality while piling on even more. It’s unlikely any user
will need every function, tool, option, and setting available–but
if you do need something, it’s probably there.
First, the basics: Directory Opus displays your files in
“Listers”, which most of us would just call “windows”. Each lister
can be configured in a variety of ways–single or dual display,
file viewer or no, folder tree or no–and these settings can be
altered at will. You can save favored combinations of settings and
instantly set a lister to that format or style. You can have as
many listers open at one time as you wish (within reason; if you
try to open thousands, you’ll probably hit memory limits), but my
experience has been that I rarely need more than one or two,
because each lister supports multiple tabs. My default lister with
Directory Opus has two displays, two folder trees, and multiple
tabs in each display. You can sort listings on more than one column
(by modified date and then by name, for example), and version 10
adds in grouping–you can group files by any column, in addition to
sorting (Sorting takes place within groups). Groups can be
collapsed, making it easy to navigate large directories.
New in this version of Directory Opus is the metadata panel.
Many file types, such as WMV, contain extensive properties which
can record genre, artist, year of production, and so on. This
information is often not displayed or is difficult to find and
edit. Directory Opus allows you to easily view and change metadata,
including standard Windows file properties, such as if the file is
compressed or the creation and modification dates.
Also new is expanded support for file compression formats. Directory
Opus 9 had built-in ZIP support; Directory Opus 10 extends this
to RAR, 7ZIP, and several other formats, easily accessed from a
right-click menu option (or a toolbar menu, or the menu bar). This
feature provides several options for file extraction (such as
selecting a group of archive files and extracting them each to a
new folder) and compression.
I found some bugs in DO 10 that were not present in earlier
editions. The Help file is still incomplete, and there is no index
page. Also, opening a folder as a new tab instead opens a new
lister window, an annoying flaw in a feature I use very often. Both
issues have been acknowledged by GPSoftware and should be fixed
The only other drawback to Directory Opus is that there is a lot
of it, and there’s usually more than one way to do something.
Getting full value out of the program requires some effort on the
part of the user, both to learn the functions and configure them.
Tab Sets, for example, allow you to save and restore groups of
tabs, but finding this feature takes a little digging, as does
specifying the tabs you wish to use. After using Directory Opus for
over a year, I still haven’t dived into the command line
functionality, which is extensive.
Directory Opus is not cheap at 85 Australian dollars, but it’s
not overpriced, given the range of functionality–if you take
advantage of it. The 60-day trial is more than adequate to test the
full range of options, tools, and features. I strongly recommend
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit
versions. This is the 64-bit version, which is for PCs running
64-bit Vista. If your PC is running a different supported OS,
please download the 32-bit version
instead. This software is priced in Australian dollars; the price
listed here reflects the AUD to USD exchange rates on the date this
review was published.