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XYplorer Lifetime License Pro

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When you really think about it, file management in Windows hasn't really changed all that much since the olden days of Windows 3.1. But the way that we use our computers, coupled with the explosion in the number of files that we now store, has made dealing with file management an onerous, almost painful task! Thank goodness XYplorer is here to inject some balance, order, and fun to file management!

XYplorer is the last file manager you'll ever need to install! With XYplorer, you get multiple tabs to jump quickly between folders, a powerful search function, a preview feature that should have been part of Windows years ago, and a highly customizable and intuitive interface. Even better, XYplorer offers this to you in a very fast, very light application that doesn't require any installation or make any system or registry changes. Intrigued? Read on.

If you're a fan of tabbed browsing, you already know how to work the tabs in XYplorer! Click between folders, rename them, reposition them, and drag and drop files onto them -- a whole lot easier than using Windows Explorer, that's for sure. You can even create a tab dedicated to a search filter! The Dual Pane makes it easy to move and copy stuff between folders, plus there's Manual Sorting to enable you to view files exactly as you like. And when you quit XYplorer and come back later, your tab configurations are there waiting for you!

Combine this extraordinary functionality with intuitive Tree, List, and Mini-Tree views, and you're all set with XYplorer. The Mini-Tree contains a history of files and folders that you've actually used, so it's easy to jump to something you've been working on. Ever wanted to create a magic button to launch files in your app of choice? Custom Toolbar buttons makes that happen! You can color code your files, tag files, highlight and bold favorite folders, or use the Catalog function to combine folders and items from all over your hard drive, LAN, and the Internet under a single heading. There's even support for file names longer than 260 characters, an impossibility in Windows! Plus, aliases make typing long directory structures into the address bar a thing of the past!

The robust features just keep on coming with XYplorer! Imagine one-click previews of any of your media files, plus multiple (up to 100) level undo/redo for your file operations that persists from session to session. An advanced Recycle Bin that leaves your default Windows Bin in the dust! You can even enable queuing in XYplorer and stack file operation jobs without even waiting for the first few to finish, then continue working as your jobs complete in the background!

XYplorer also offers Select Special, which lets you modify selections in one pane based on items in the other pane, synchronous scrolling and sorting of both panes, the ability to bring back accidentally erased selections, item name editing, and a quick way to bump selected files up in the folder hierarchy!

ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS!!! XYplorer includes a powerful Floating Preview feature. Essentially a new preview pane separate from the main window, Floating Preview supports Mouse Down Blow Up and the transparency grid for transparent images. It's one of the features customers have requested most!

Check out a sampling of what else is new in XYplorer v14.10:

  • Click and Search: Tired of entering search patterns again and again? With this version XYplorer introduces a new search interface called "Click and Search", a collapsible and fully customizable list of your favorite search jobs. Even better: The jobs can be logically combined simply by ticking checkboxes.
  • Tag Clouds: For tag-based file management Click and Search boils down to an interface you have already seen in the web: Tag Clouds! Tagging files is finally becoming useful.
  • Column Layouts: Now you can export your details view column layouts to files, and later import them back into the list. That way you can very comfortably switch between context-specific column layouts. Of course, the layouts are portable and shareable.
  • Ignore Articles When Sorting: Now this setting can be applied per tab or per folder, and you can assign a keyboard shortcut to it.
  • Multilingual Support: Added support for Dutch.
  • Audio Properties in Columns: XYplorer now features columns for Audio Sample Rate and Audio Bit Depth, and some other audio related properties, for example Audio Length with milliseconds precision.
  • Shell Integration: Now you can show the 64-bit shell context menu instead of the 32-bit shell context menu. That way you can see and use your 64-bit shell extensions from XYplorer.
  • Paste and Find: Now you can find, focus, and highlight files simply by pasting their name into the file list. Smart time saver.
  • and much, much more!
Review Written by Derek Lee
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Stephen B I have v. 14.10 trial installed. If I buy it here will the reg key work with it?
May 28 2014 at 3:40am Copy Link
Donald Lessau It sure will.
XYplorer - May 28 2014 at 6:34am Copy Link
Stephen B Thank you for the reply. That seals the deal then....whenever this promotion is up ;)
May 28 2014 at 7:06am Copy Link
Nelson Carvalho Sorry my English.
Do not miss this offer. I use XYplorer for years. Support is 10. Increased productivity is spectacular. I can not imagine myself without using XYplorer. If you have not tested yet, enjoy and see all the available resources. I bought a lifetime license and it was the best buy software.
May 31 2014 at 6:54am Copy Link
Loco78 * I support the opinion also bought a lifetime license during the previous promotion and what can this program is incredible, I think about buying a second license to another PC but on the other hand, you can use the flash drive though it's still a little tricky to translate flash drive and carry it with you always. The program for me 100% better than Total Commander, and others.

May 31 2014 at 11:39am Copy Link
MountainKing Hi Donald. I'm trying to look at the limitations of the trial pro version on the website as opposed to the full registered version but I am not seeing any information on it. Only free vs pro I can see.
Jun 1 2014 at 6:03am Copy Link
XYplorer - Jun 1 2014 at 6:16am Copy Link
MountainKing Thanks for the prompt reply :)
Jun 1 2014 at 6:55am Copy Link
Borut If a company wants to buy a few licenses for its employees:

a) Should it be on an employee name basis, or can it be a company license for some maximal number of concurrent uses?
b) Can this BDJ offer be used for a company order (say for some 4 licenses, or so)?
c) Are there some special limitations of this Lifetime Pro offer compared to a non-BDJ license?

I have my private Lifetime Pro license for years now. No words can tell how positive I feel about XY! Thank you for countless hours... days... probably now already weeks of my life, that I kind of got through the increased productivity by using XY!
Jun 1 2014 at 10:23pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau a) It can it be a company license for some maximal number of concurrent uses.
b) Yes.
c) No. The BDJ-license is 100% identical to the regular license. The only difference is the price.
XYplorer - Jun 1 2014 at 11:08pm Copy Link
Stephen B Just one more question. Licensed per user. I've got 3 computers so 1 license is enough???
Jun 1 2014 at 11:35pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau Yes. (As long as no other person is using XY on these computers, of course.)
XYplorer - Jun 2 2014 at 12:06am Copy Link
Loco78 * You can use XYplorer on all computers. The license is per person, not on the computer. Does this mean that if I have a license to use it simultaneously on up to 3 computers at the same time or on condition that the computers use the program at another time not at the same time?
I have not checked and I need to use it on 2 laptops at the same time only that from the same IP, or in this case, I need to buy a second license for XYplorer?
Jun 2 2014 at 5:59am Copy Link
Donald Lessau You can use it simultaneously on as many computers as you can handle simultaneously. :) And don't worry about your IP. XY does not call home or other dirty tricks.
XYplorer - Jun 2 2014 at 6:29am Copy Link
Loco78 * Thanks for the quick reply now I understand well the way to know that you can use it not only with multiple computers but also from other places and not from a single IP :-)
Jun 2 2014 at 7:11am Copy Link
MountainKing Donald another question about the per user licence. Say I have one licence and two users sharing a single PC. Does that mean that 2 users need to buy one licence or can any one of them use the same licence (on same PC)?

Now let's say two users (one PC/one laptop) using the licence but not at the same time?

Jun 2 2014 at 9:43am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Well, 2 users, 2 licenses.
XYplorer - Jun 2 2014 at 10:09am Copy Link
MountainKing Well, its kind of a headache for a shared PC to 'prevent' someone not using it. Maybe someday introduce a per pc licence or something ;-)
Jun 2 2014 at 10:14am Copy Link
Loco78 * I looked to my license XYplorer I have:
Lifetime License Pro
Name: Rxxxx Wxxxxxk
Key: xyXXXX-xxxxxxxxx .......
Range: one private person (not portable)
Valid all future versions
- It is finally on how many computers can I use it?
Jun 2 2014 at 10:34am Copy Link
Fernando TheThinker This is, hands down, the best File Manager. I use it every day, a lot, and it is amazing.
Jun 3 2014 at 1:04am Copy Link
Stephen B OK, got it, Thank you!

A bit much information required for the license. A physical address? Do you want to send me a postcard with the license key? ;)
Jun 3 2014 at 1:42am Copy Link
Bruce I bought XYplorer Pro here last time it was offered. One of my best utility purchases ever.
I've used other file manager programs, even have a few licenses to similar kind of products, but XYplorer Pro is the one that I use most, and the one that I rely on to handle the big file management work. And I much prefer it to the latest Windows File Explorer incarnation(s).
Give it a shot, you may find you like it a lot also. :)
Jun 3 2014 at 1:43am Copy Link
Stephen B Background processing is greyed out (can't be enabled) Why is that? Win 7 Pro x64
Jun 3 2014 at 1:56am Copy Link
Donald Lessau The installation package should include XYcopy.exe which is the file handling the background processing. Can you verify that?
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 2:01am Copy Link
Stephen B Yes, its there.
Jun 3 2014 at 2:12am Copy Link
Phred E Are there any fans out there that can compare an expensive program like this with Total Commander and D'Opus?
Jun 3 2014 at 2:14am Copy Link
Stephen B I can compare it to zabkat's xplorer2. Pretty similar I would say. X2 has a mini scrap which can be helpful. I'd also like to see a dockable (under the tree) preview/props/view window in xy. Copy to/move to X2 selects the opposite pane by default but drag and drop does just the same.Tiny differences.

XY looks certainly much more modern than X2 ;)
Jun 3 2014 at 2:23am Copy Link
D Rogers Great program I have been using for 9 months now. Could not work without it. Frequently updated. There are so many features and it is customizable. But steep learning curve, though worth it. Best feature for me is that I can tag and write whole paragraphs about one file.
Jun 3 2014 at 2:49am Copy Link
MountainKing @Phred E: As far as I can say, DOPUS is WAY WAY priced higher as EACH major version makes you fork out 90 or so bucks. It has some features which is not integrated into XYcopy (Example FTP handling)
Seriously though, its a file manager and the majority of users will not need FTP handling with their file explorer of choice.
Another 'feature' of Dopus is its ability to handle mails internally. I prefer using my regular freebie eMClient for the rare instance where an application/link calls an email address.
Dopus has secure deletion which I am not sure xyplorer has.
XYplorer cannot collapse an opened up file browsing. The collapsed windows (in left pane) remains open and its a feature I've asked Donald about previously. Here are 2 pics to illustrate the concept.

That said, Xyplorer is lightweight and the copy handling is elegant. I'm not sure if Dopus has a separate app/thread going on for handling copying. (A separate exe will mean that in the instance xyplorer crashes or gets unstable, the file copy operation will succeed or a file copy operation will not bog down file management in xyplorer.
Xyplorer has a fantastic support by its committed developer Donald Lessau.
Personally having tested both, I would rather buy a lifetime licence of XYplorer than fork out $90 or so bucks every 1-2 years.
As it stands, I do not have the money to buy the lifetime version, so I will use the FREE 14 version instead of my previous Xyplorer 11.0 PRO GoTD version as this one has implemented many features such as breadcrumbs. Granted I lose the file copy queing operation mode. (I can either use V11 for that or install an alternative copy handler such as teracopy)

One advice: Get this deal today if you can!

Oh yeah, Dopus calls home everytime.
Jun 3 2014 at 3:06am Copy Link
Stew Cam Outstanding program - the best file manager out there bar none. And it works well with Listary, which is my favourite file manager add on.
Jun 3 2014 at 4:22am Copy Link
Loco78 * I have a question in my above post I described the appearance of my license.
Is the version sold today is the same as that possessed by me?
Mainly in terms of sentence License: One person private (non-transferable) What exactly does it mean?
Jun 3 2014 at 4:35am Copy Link
MountainKing Means its valid ONLY for you and you may not transfer it (sell or gift) it to another person.
Jun 3 2014 at 4:40am Copy Link
Loco78 * Thanks for the explanation.
I thought that the version sold today is different from mine.
Jun 3 2014 at 4:45am Copy Link
Donald Lessau @Stephen B: Sorry for the delay. Hard to say what's causing this. Would you mind discussing this in the user forum? Lots of competent people there, and you could post a screenshot which could help understanding what's going on.

User forum:
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 5:30am Copy Link
Donald Lessau @Loco78: Just to make it totally clear once again: The license which is on offer here today is *exactly* identical to the Lifetime License Pro you can purchase regularly. The *only* difference is the price.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 5:39am Copy Link
Stephen B @Donald Lessau, Ok thanks, I will do that.
Jun 3 2014 at 6:01am Copy Link
Mappi75 I own:

Directory Opus 10/11
Speedcommander 14

I like the Speedcommander much more than Total Commander,
because i dont want to add tons of plugins - i really want to like TC,
but i did not happen.

So i was a long time Speedcommander user, but i hate the every years upgrade costs like arconis true image.

So i switched to the other programs.

With xyplorer you can do a lots of things, Directory Opus is the most expensive program.
X2 i am not using very often.

Its more a thing about "how feels the program".

I cant say what is the best program. But i can say xyplorer with a real liftime license with a 50% discount is a real great offer!

Only if you use this program sometimes - you cant loose with this price!

Get it! Lifetime Licenses are dying more and more.

For xyplorer you will get a lots of updates with additional features.

X2 has sometimes a update.

DO will release updates too, but this support is included in the high costs of the program.
Jun 3 2014 at 6:04am Copy Link
Cary Adams @MountainKing... XY has offers both Nuke and Wipe capability for secure deletion. But don't ask me to explain them. I have not been able to distinguished the two.

FWIW, XY solved the issue of displaying the 64-bit context menu, Although mine is a little laggy, it is tolerable. That has pretty much solved all my qualms, I still have one issue, but it affects only a small portion (possibly me only) of XY's user base.

Buy it. You won't be disappointed. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the basic file features are simple to master, and I'm always amazed to discover a new capability among the options.
Jun 3 2014 at 6:12am Copy Link
Chandig Does XY support colorizing folders and files and have the ability to sort by color (a la Mac OS)? I find that feature very useful for organizational reasons in very large filesystems. Looking to be able to do this for both a local and network environment.
Jun 3 2014 at 6:30am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Yes. You have Color Filters, and colored Labels. The latter can be used for sorting and searching.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 6:36am Copy Link
Flash Gordon One simple question: In XY, how do you save a search for 'future' use?
Jun 3 2014 at 6:38am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Complex searches in a Search Template. Simple searches are auto-saved in a MRU list.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 6:46am Copy Link
Stephen B @Donald Lessau->found it. I imported the settings ini from the free portable version (no background operation). On every launch XY would re-create that ini file (despite deleting it). Uninstalled, deleted C:\Users\*****\AppData\Roaming\XYplorer, re-installed...all is good ;)
Jun 3 2014 at 7:06am Copy Link
Chandig I found the color labels under Favorites > Labels. Would be much nicer if able to right-click items and apply label colors that way. Noticed that the label colors changed (on network) when copying labeled files from my local HD to the network, why would that be?
Jun 3 2014 at 7:56am Copy Link
Donald Lessau You can easily apply labels via right-clicking the Labels column.

No, those labels are not supposed to change on copying the files, and they don't do this here. Please post usage questions in the user forum, thanks:
You will get quick help there.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 8:18am Copy Link
Watcher1924 Hi, Donald Lessau. Thanks for the offer.
Jun 3 2014 at 8:32am Copy Link
Greg Hanson I scooped up a lifetime license to XYplorer on a previous BitsDuJuor sale. What a bargain!
Regular expressions, dual panes, the "Mini Tree" (trust me, you'll want it)! I am running XYplorer on Windows 8.1 Pro x64 and it's great.

WARNING: if you try it you'll buy it within 30 minutes. I know I did!
Jun 3 2014 at 8:39am Copy Link
MountainKing One last thing. I jsut remembered that zip/rar archive folder support is not a feature of xyplorer unless I missed it.
Jun 3 2014 at 9:34am Copy Link
Donald Lessau You missed it. But you missed not that much: There is basic modest support for zipping and unzipping, plus viewing the contents of a zip file. Also some nice special commands like "Drop into Zip", "Paste Into Zip", "Paste Extracted", "Paste Zipped", and "Zip Here".
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 9:50am Copy Link
Robert Smith Is it possible to get a horizontal layout with TWO separate trees? Like the dual pane horizontal in PowerDesk Pro? I finagled Total Commander to look like this, but would love to have an alternative file manager like this one.
Jun 3 2014 at 10:27am Copy Link
HJ B I installed the time limited version of the program today. I ran a search of my C drive for documents that contained the word "vegan". I knew there would just be a few. It found one of them and was chugging away, while I tended to other things. When I returned to xyplorer, the single document was still listed, but there was also an error message, as follows. I do not know how to interpret the message, but my impression is that the program could not handle something that it was attempting to do.

Error: 6 (0x00000006)
Desc: Overflow
Dll: 0
Proc: bBM@56
Source: XYplorer
XY ver: XYplorer 14.10.0100
OS: Windows 8.1 Windows 8, 64-bit
Locale: 1033
ANSI: 1252
ACP: 1252 (ANSI - Latin I)
DPI: 120 (125%)

Date: 6/3/2014 12:50:11 PM

Jun 3 2014 at 10:51am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Dual Trees? Nope, only one tree.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 10:59am Copy Link
Donald Lessau @HJ B: Whoops, good find. Very likely it's one particular file (of the searched files) that causes the error. Unfortunately only you can isolate this file. Then I would be able to fix this quickly. But I don't know if you have the nerve to do this.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 11:02am Copy Link
Robert Smith Is dual tree a consideration for future development? I'm just so used to it, I have a hard time with just one.
Jun 3 2014 at 11:17am Copy Link
HJ B Nerve I have. Knowledge I do not have.

I understand that it might be some file on my computer that "does not compute" when passing through your search engine. Whether that is because the file is "bad" or the search engine is not sufficiently flexible, I do not know. I also would not know how to isolate which file(s) are involved.

It is always welcome when a vendor stays on top of the discussion, as you have today. Thank you.
Jun 3 2014 at 11:39am Copy Link
Donald Lessau No, dual tree is not planned currently.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 11:59am Copy Link
Donald Lessau @HJ B: No, no, this is clearly a bug in XYplorer. But it surfaces when searching the contents of one particular file (at least that is my theory), and only you can find that file.

How to isolate it: Try to find/guess the subfolder where the error comes, and then go down to the sub-sub-folder etc.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 12:04pm Copy Link
Heidi-Ann Kennedy Just a quick thank you for this offer, and quickly jumped on buying my copy.
Jun 3 2014 at 1:17pm Copy Link
HJ B OK, I will see what I can do. It will have to be about five or six hours from now.

Thank youi
Jun 3 2014 at 2:32pm Copy Link
Robert Smith Too bad... I was really looking forward to that functionality even if planned...
Jun 3 2014 at 3:08pm Copy Link
Vi - thanks for this offer, had a quick play with it and liked it enough to get on board, now to take time and really start using it. ;-)
Jun 3 2014 at 3:53pm Copy Link
Watcher1924 About the dual tree: Can some of its functionality be achieved if we run a second XY instance?
Jun 3 2014 at 5:04pm Copy Link
David Zhang Does XYplorer suppose to show Windows Libraries and Favorites folders? It seems I cannot access to the Windows Libraries folders, and I cannot find the configuration to display them in the tree?
Jun 3 2014 at 5:36pm Copy Link
Greg Hanson #David Zhang I believe you'll find what you're after in Favorites > Special System Folders. If you want hidden and system folders then you need View > Show Items.
Jun 3 2014 at 6:15pm Copy Link
DGF I know XYPlorer has not supported Windows Libraries although it was promised. Are they now supported? I necessarily need to use Windows Explorer and any 3rd party file manager in tandem and don't really want to lose functionality when switching (even though I realize XY has features that meant to substitute for Libraries)
Jun 3 2014 at 8:04pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau @Watcher1924: Yes, you can run any number of parallel instances of XY.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 10:17pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau Windows Libraries are not supported currently. It is on the roadmap, but there are so many other things that seem more interesting (to me at least) that they are not likely to happen in the next years.
XYplorer - Jun 3 2014 at 10:20pm Copy Link
J S Hi Donald, How does somebody contact You to ask for something to be (possibly) included in a future release?

For example:
XYplorer's SEARCH function only ever appears to talk about Files and forgets about Folders. Yes I do know that the Size filter has a "Search for Folders as well" check-box

Same can be said for the useful BACKUP function, although FOLDERs may be backed up no mention is ever made in the results.

I purchased a different File Manager because it tells the Uer the number of characters used for 1. Folders, 2. Files as well as the 3. TOTAL length of characters.

All of that having been said or asked about I still want to buy XYplorer too but it could do with some improvement.
Jun 4 2014 at 12:00am Copy Link
Donald Lessau All wishes and usage questions go to the user forum please:
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 12:09am Copy Link
HJ B You asked me to try to find the file that was causing a word search of content to crash the search function. The search was for all files on my 1TB C drive (which is more than 3/4 full.

I content searched for another word, and the program found about 24 files, and I asked it to quit. (it may be that if I had not asked it to quit I eventually would have had the same result, as reported below)

I then, again, searched for VEGAN. After finding one file, and then searching for a few minutes, exactly the same thing happened that happened earlier today - with the same error message. See below. I did it again, with the same result. See below.

In both instances, the file that was being searched was named 00006.MTS - 4.5 gig video file. ( I am not clear why a word search would bother with a video file).

Source: XYplorer
XY ver: XYplorer 14.10.0100
OS: Windows 8.1 Windows 8, 64-bit
Locale: 1033
ANSI: 1252
ACP: 1252 (ANSI - Latin I)
DPI: 120 (125%)

Date: 6/3/2014 10:31:53 PM

Error: 6 (0x00000006)
Desc: Overflow
Dll: 0
Proc: bBM@56

Source: XYplorer
XY ver: XYplorer 14.10.0100
OS: Windows 8.1 Windows 8, 64-bit
Locale: 1033
ANSI: 1252
ACP: 1252 (ANSI - Latin I)
DPI: 120 (125%)

Date: 6/3/2014 10:39:43 PM
Jun 4 2014 at 4:10am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Thanks very much! I know what to do now. And good point there (why does it search a video file?).
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 4:14am Copy Link
Donald Lessau PS: About the video file: XY searches all files unless you limit the scope by a Name or Type filter.

Question: Did you tick any of the checkboxes on the Contents tab?
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 4:26am Copy Link
Mark Johnson @ Donald Lasseau -- I have read the exchange above between you and HJ B about the error he had when searching his hard drive for files containing the text 'VEGAN'. I have to say you are providing great support by responding to HJ B but I also have to ask why a search would have an error in a particular file and not identify what file it had a problem with? If the UI of the application tells the user the level of detail that is described above, it could certainly also say something like "the error happened while searching xxx.yyy". Like I said previously it is great that you are responding to the problem a user is having, but also quite disappointing that the user has to go to such great lengths to identify something as basic as "where did the problem happen?". At the very least shouldn't there be a logging option for when errors occur so the user isn't asked to spend large amounts of time helping you track down the error?
Jun 4 2014 at 5:30am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Agreed, that would have better. (And right now I am adding this.)

But note that this search routine is in the app for over 10 years now and such error never occurred (or at least was never reported). I assumed it was safe. Well, I learned something today.
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 5:48am Copy Link
Mark Johnson @Donald Lessau -- Thank you for the response, and it is great that you are adding the identification of error locations to the program.

Expanding on the problem a bit -- The user describes that the error happens when trying to search for text inside a 4.5 Gb video file, and you have responded, "About the video file: XY searches all files unless you limit the scope by a Name or Type filter.".

It sounds like search for files containing text is much slower than it needs to be as by default it includes files that really should not be searched. You describe above that "this search routine is in the app for over 10 years now and such error never occurred (or at least was never reported)". I have to wonder if people do not use this search routine very often because it is much slower than it should be. Sometimes a lack of problems reported in a feature of a software application is because that feature is rarely used, not because the feature is trouble-free. Searching for text in a file is an important thing, so if included in a piece of software it needs to be as optimized as possible or people will not use the feature and turn to other software instead. I'm not saying this is necessarily a problem in xyplorer but the postings above indicate it likely is.
Jun 4 2014 at 6:20am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Conc. video files I had answered too quick. XY searches all files. (I already corrected that in one of my mails above). And yes, don't worry about performance in XY: this is my special hobby. :)
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 6:25am Copy Link
Donald Lessau @HJ B: I tried to repro that error with mucher larger files but without success. Is there anywhere where I can download this particular video file?
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 9:41am Copy Link
HJ B @Donald Lessau & Mark Johnson

1. In response to your questions, none of the options was checked and the mode was "normal". While I have not tried it, my suspicion is that it would not have made a difference.

2. The way I figured out which file was causing the problem is that the name of thefile that is being searched is displayed as the search is going on. Thus, when there the search hangs, at least in this instance, the problem file is there to be seen. That "progress" field is different from the field that contains the list of "found"files.

3. As far as I can tell, every search in XY is a fresh search, i.e., there is no overall index maintained,. The result is that what I can do with "Everything" in a fraction of a second may take a half hour with XY. That is not a problem for me since having both programs active does not appear to create any problem. My bet is that you could integrate the free program, "Everything" with XY and avoid re-inventing the wheel, and maintain an historical record of the searches (in the form of search parametrs) for whatever use that may be to people.
Jun 4 2014 at 11:10am Copy Link
Donald Lessau You can find my email here:
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 11:15am Copy Link
John H When a tag is created for a file, is the tag data embedded in the file or is it stored in an XY database somewhere? Does tagging change the file modification date?

Can I use XY as tree type MP3 player? How about Video player? Or is it mainly for preview type use.

Thank You
Jun 4 2014 at 11:37am Copy Link
Mark Johnson I just did a test of file searching as described in the text above. I picked an SSD drive, 91Gb of 256Gb populated, on Windows 8.1 64-bit.

The text I searched for was TCLOO_PRIVATE_INCLUDE_SPEC, which is a setting in a config file for Python. I had each application search all files.


FileLocator Pro v7.2 took 4 min 20 sec to complete, locating the text in two .sh files and one .zip file. It used 8 threads (one per processor) and max cpu was 64%, but there was no noticeable lag in using other applications.

Directory Opus Pro 11.4 took 15 min 5 sec to complete, locating the text in two .shfiles and one .zip file. It used a maximum of 13.5% CPU; no noticeable lag in other apps.

XYplorer 14.10.01 trial version took 42 min 51 sec to complete, locating the text in two .sh files but did not locate it in the .zip file. It used a maximum of 13% CPU; no noticeable lag in other apps.

I do not have any video files on that drive (I don't have any on this pc), but the majority of files there are binary. I did not encounter any errors.
Jun 4 2014 at 12:03pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau @John H: Tags are stored in a database. The tagged files are not touched.

XY can preview MP3s and videos (if you have the CODECs).
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 12:06pm Copy Link
Robert Smith Well, I went ahead and purchased since this was such a good deal. I've added dual trees to the wishlist forum.
Jun 4 2014 at 2:04pm Copy Link
William McKeever Just a suggestion for you Donald Lessau on searching for text within all files. For all video and pictures extensions maybe you should just search the metadata within those file types, at least the ones that contain metadata. That should speed up searches quite dramatically. That means more work for you, but the results may very well be worth the effort. It just seems pointless to search for text in a video stream. Thanks for the great product and your continued hard work!
Jun 4 2014 at 5:21pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau @William McKeever: Thanks for the tip, but I knew that. :)

Background: Contrary to other programs XY does a combined binary and textual search and it searches every byte in every single file. This is done on purpose and it explains why certain other programs apparently are faster.

Future: Optionally confining the content search to just textual contents could become an additional option, of course. I will consider adding this.
XYplorer - Jun 4 2014 at 9:46pm Copy Link
Tom Taylor Tried to install the trial from unzipped folder, but failed. Right after running the installation file, I am prompted the error message "Error opening file for writing [...]/xyplorer.exe". Repeat does not fix the problem, ignoring obviously not as well. Same error occurs for ALL files that are supposed to be installed. Am I missing something?
Jun 5 2014 at 12:42am Copy Link
Donald Lessau Exit any running XYplorer before installing the trial.
XYplorer - Jun 5 2014 at 12:44am Copy Link
James Kenney @HJ B
I love Everything search too, but it only works on NTFS volumes.
If you have any FAT32 drives, it will not search them.
Jun 5 2014 at 8:00am Copy Link
T L I have xplorer2 Pro and wonder how XYplorer compares to it.
Jun 5 2014 at 11:43am Copy Link
Linda Hatchett I started with the trial and very quickly saw this was just what I needed. With literally hundreds of thousands of photos, recipes, and craft patterns on numerous drives, it has been impossible to find anything. This will let me get them organized and since it will work on both my desktop and laptop is just exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you so much for offering the discount. The search is not that important to me because I am still old school and have everything in folders. The problem is I have copies of copies of folders from moving them from computer to computer over the past 20 years and now I can clean them all up. Once I get them in their proper folders I will be able to find anything. But, just moving them and deleting duplicates between folders and external drives has been a huge chore with windows explorer.

This program is very similar to an old program I had on my earlier computers and I am so happy to find it.

It was easy to install the trial and then get the key and unlock the trial using Windows 8.
Jun 5 2014 at 12:13pm Copy Link
Ronald van Dyk I was hoping that your app would be a better alternative to Xplorer2 by Zabkat, but it is not, not even for half price. Xplorer2 is going to $29.95 USD.

Also for the price of XYplorer one is better off buying Directory Opus for just about the same price. After trying XYplorer I find it to be no where near as powerful as Directory Opus.
Jun 5 2014 at 1:33pm Copy Link
Watcher1924 Yes, but can some of dual tree's functionality be achieved if we run a second XY instance, or there will be some complications? Can we use drag & drop?
Jun 5 2014 at 4:25pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau You can drag & drop between XYplorer instances, and I don't see particular complications here. But it will not be the same as a real dual tree.
XYplorer - Jun 5 2014 at 10:41pm Copy Link
Peter C1 Dear Donald Lessau, I am new to your program and I'm in the middle of a look around to see if I'll buy a few Licenses for my family, I do like what I've seen so far and I find it very helpful that the program is very customizable (so customizable that the User can even right-click on some of the toolbar icons to refine their actions). .. I have 2 questions on the one item that I've not yet found answers for: .. Sometimes I do not know what all of the proposed Settings [the Green/Brown colored floppy diskette icon] changes are and would like to know before either Accepting the changes (icon goes from Brown to Green) or using the ReStart WithOut Saving option. .. Q1a. Is it possible to Review or Review-&-Edit the proposed "Settings" changes anywhere (diskette icon colored BROWN) before either clicking on the icon too accept the changes or Restart XYplorer without Saving? .. .. The Back & Forward History icons (as well as some other toolbar icons like the UNDO & REDO icons) for example, have a small dropdown arrow/triangle that allows the user to find a certain item. .. .. Q1b. So is it possible to add such an arrow/triangle to the Settings diskette icon so that the User can see/edit the proposed Settings changes before merely clicking on the icon which Accepts the SETTING Changes .. OR, .. Q1c. Alternately is it possible AFTER ACCEPTiNG the "Settings" changes, to open a file with these Settings changes and edit the most recent changes made to XYplorer. (I thought it might be the Configuration file but I found the file to large too find recent Settings changes). -------------------- .. Q2. Perhaps it is something that I have done or not done, BUT, is it possible to make the REFRESH (F4) function automatically refresh the TREE and File Pane during the same refresh action? -------------------- .. I do like the fact that You also have a somewhat LIMITED File/Folder Character Length indicator. For me Character Length is pretty important especially across the home network. .. I use FileBoss File Manager because it gives the User 1. Folder length, 2. File length, as well as Total (combined Folder & File) Character Length, so that the user can easily see if the character length goes beyond 250 to 260 characters -------------------- .. .. Finally thanks for allowing 3 days for this 50% OFF Deal because 24hours just wasn't enough time for me to make up my mind about buying Licenses for family or just 1 License for myself or no licenses at all. .. Regards, Peter C1
Jun 5 2014 at 11:11pm Copy Link
Donald Lessau 1) You can right-click the Save Settings button to see which kind of settings have been changed.
2) Refresh (F5) refreshes Tree and List.
3) There are many ways to indicate the File/Folder Character Length. Please ask in the user forum for the details.
XYplorer - Jun 5 2014 at 11:30pm Copy Link
Chuck It's about time this deal came back around... Take my money already!
Jan 4 at 2:58am Copy Link

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