xplorer2 Dual Pane
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Managing files on a computer is something users do a lot of on a daily basis. Whether it be organizing music and photos or hunting down a document that you can’t seem to find…we all do this kind of stuff on a daily basis. Sure you could use Windows Explorer to do the dirty work, but many of the power users out there flock to the xplorer2 application because of its large feature set.

One of the most prominent features that xplorer2 offers is the dual-pane navigation of your computer (pictured above). As you can imagine this is extremely handy for copying and moving files from one location to another, and when you close xplorer2 it will remember what locations you had open in each of the panes. If the dual-panes aren’t enough to satisfy you then maybe the ability to have tabs in each pane will quench your power-hungry navigation:

xplorer2 Tabs

xplorer2 conquers one of the most annoying issues that I have with Windows Explorer: creating a new folder. In Windows Explorer there I always have to right-click, go to the New menu, and then click New Folder. Why is this not located at the root of the menu or better yet where’s the hotkey for it? xplorer2 not only puts it at the root of the menu but also assigns the F8 key to creating a new folder. Don’t like that hotkey? Assign a new one to it in the extensive keyboard customization utility:

xplorer2 Hotkey Customization

xplorer2 is actually offered in two different flavors: Lite and Pro. The Lite version is completely free for personal and academic use, but it lacks some amazing features that the Pro version includes. Here are some of the things that you can do in the Pro version that the Lite version doesn’t offer:

  • Save and restore tabs
  • Multi-column sort (using shift+column click)
  • Individual folder settings
  • Search for text in office and PDF documents using filters
  • Search within archives, FTP, webfolders, and more
  • Search for text using regular expressions
  • Customizable info bars (status bar for each pane)
  • Mini- and densely packed thumbnails
  • Deep synchronization (including subfolders)
  • Detect duplicate files & cleanup
  • Robust background file transfers
  • Color coding of filenames based upon a custom pattern (ex. by file extension)
  • Keyboard (hotkey) customization

–The Giveaway–

We have 10 licenses of xplorer2 (valued at $29.95 each) to giveaway today! All you have to do is drop a comment below providing both your name and email address in the appropriate fields. We obviously need your email address for contacting you in the event that you should win. Believe it or not we’ve actually had winners in previous giveaways get randomly selected, but since they didn’t provide an email address we had to pick someone else.

Just as with all of our giveaways we will be using a random number generator to determine the winners. For this round here is how we’re going to give out the licenses:

  • 1 winner will be picked from comment numbers 1 through 5
  • 1 winner will be picked from comment numbers 1 through 10
  • 8 winners will be picked from comment numbers 1 through however many comments there are.

Entries for the giveaway will be accepted up until December 4th at 5:00PM Central Time.