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Directory Opus not only replaces Windows Explorer, the app also handles all of your needs for FTP, ZIP compression, viewing files and images, slideshows, and more

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What are people saying about Directory Opus 9

Jonathan Potter @Steve Dunn: Minor upgrades are free, major upgrades are charged for with a substantial discount for registered users (and free if you have purchased recently). All licenses include a free laptop license.

@D C: As O M has already said, Directory Opus is updated frequently. All "point" updates are free for registered users.
Jan 27 2010 at 4:52pm Copy Link
Jon Koerner My two-cents on "Is it worth the seemingly high price???"

This is the best price discount (40%-off) that I have ever seen for Dopus. [Thanks, BitsduJour, for negotiating this!) Until now, the best discount was a 30%-off "holiday" sale that they ran during last December -- I bought a 5-user license (which, like the single-user license, allows an additional [6th] installation on a laptop computer) then. [Question: Is this BitsduJour discount also good on their 5-user license??]

Dopus is the most expensive enhanced Windows file manager that I'm aware of, but it is probably the most fully-featured one. Xyplorer Pro, which was in a BitsduJour sale recently, is perhaps the second best one, in terms of sheer number of truly useful enhanced features, and it is less expensive than Dopus (though not exactly "cheap"). I think Total Commander, while being far more useful than Windows Explorer, is not nearly as enhanced as either Xyplorer or Dopus.

But I have actually purchased both Xyplorer & Dopus, because they are both very useful and each has useful features that the other does not have.

Though expensive, compared to other "utilities" software, I consider the expense justified since a "file management" is the utility program that I use far and away more than any other utility software program - probably 50-100 times per day or more. So the time savings obtained by using the features of an enhanced file manager add up quickly to a substantial amount.

Because of that, I have been buying and using various enhanced file managers since 1981, starting with some written for CP/M (called Z-something), and then some for DOS, like Norton Commander and 4DOS and its 4Files add-on, and then many for Windows, like XTree, and later PowerDesk (which was really amazing at the time, until it got sold and destroyed). Probably I've spent more dollars on file managers than on operating systems, since Microsoft NEVER managed to produce a decent one.

Anyway, my point here is that, for those who are hesitant to purchase these products because of the seemingly high cost, you should give them a thorough trial and consider how much time savings you might realize. The problem is that it really takes longer than the typical 30-day trial period, and some serious effort, to learn them well enough to discover how useful they might be.

People spend $500 or more on a program like Photoshop, but it takes them a couple of years or more to learn it well enough to get their money's worth out of it. So I'm just saying you should keep that in mind -- you can't really evaluate, or compare Total Commander et al., to Dopus by doing a casual two or three-hour tryout.
Jan 28 2010 at 4:47pm Copy Link
Nick Kobe Hi!

I previously used a trial version of the product. I liked it. However, it is a single computer (+ one laptop). I have also tried several other desktop explorer products. I purchased xplorer2 and can use it on all 7 of my personal (single user) computers for $14.95 (BDJ discount). I'd buy and use Directory Opus 9 at $45.93 if I could use it on all my computers. It is THAT good to justify its licensing policy and is another product that ENCOURAGES software piracy. When will they ever learn?

Jan 29 2010 at 2:09pm Copy Link
Dor Mouse Strange that so many of the comments are about the high price when the offer actually gives a substantial discount against that price. And a fair amount of bitterness from people who have never even used the program. I do have a licence for DOpus - and for a fair number of other file explorers.

About DOpus. It is expensive, no getting away from that. Major upgrades aren't cheap either - but they don't happen that often, and so overall upgrade price may not be that much higher than some other programs. I can't see that they're going to rethink their pricing strategy because of comments here - they have been going successfully for a very long time; maybe the economic downturn will affect their business enough for them to rethink. But the offer here seems a bit of a rethink anyway. The one thing a major price reduction is guaranteed to do us upset many current customers, so I can't see they'll choose to do that at least before the new version; cheaper upgrade pricing would be popular with existing customers though. I see no reason to believe a new version is just around the corner, and even when it does come, they continue to support older versions.

And, although it is expensive, it is the best and most complete of the available file explorers. Well supported and frequent free upgrades. Easy enough to use without much knowledge - but you will only get full value by developing a good understanding of what it can do and setting it up to suit your workflows. If you don't have that much work for it, then you might well be better off with a simpler, cheaper program.

My current file explorer usage also includes Shellless (cheaper) and Q-Dir (free) primarily because I find the limit of 2 panes (+ tabs) too limiting for lots of simple uses. Q-Dir has 4, Shellless as many as you set up. But for complex or intensive or image related stuff I go back to DOpus.

TC is cheaper and complex, but much functionality comes through plugins. It's never suited me in appearance or way of working. XY is getting dearer by the year and only just got to dual panes. X2 is very good at what it does but has fewer functions and upgrades aren't cheap there either. So I may well end up upgrading when the time comes - but that decision will depend on price and what I think I will gain from it. That's the downside (upside?) to Dopus pricing - every upgrade or purchase price means that you really have to think about whether it is worth it, but it is a very good product. And they do give time to evaluate it (the trial is for 60 days though there's obviously not many days before this offer has gone).
Jan 30 2010 at 2:34am Copy Link
Glen H Yes, i agree with Dor Mouse. I paid approx $90.00 AUD plus an extra $11 for the USB option a year ago, That was with a 10% Xmas special inc GST so the current price is a fantastic buy for a program of this standard. The FTP feature and search/replace is worth that alone. I've missed out on this excellent deal though i hope that the company may look at looking after their existing customers with some good upgrade offers when the time arrives. The ability to customize this software to your own liking and the endless features make s this program worth every cent if used on a regular basis.
Jan 30 2010 at 1:21pm Copy Link
anthonyraynor I suggested this program for Bits many months ago. I have been using it for quite a while now and it's invaluable. Yes, it isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. File explorer, media player, photo viewer, duplicate finder, ftp, Dual Pane View and so much more. They update it quite often and the program checks for updates weekly as I have it set that way. I tried the others, but this program really works for me.
Jan 31 2010 at 12:09am Copy Link
software guy Directory Opus is an excellent file manager. It is targeted at a select group that need to use it's many advanced features. And for that privelege they must pay. But realistically, most users will be very happy with a simpler, less expensive alternative. As an example, XYplorer was offered here on bitsdujour earlier at about half thediscounted Dopus price for a 5 license, usb capable file manager.
So, my suggestion is to appreciate Directory Opus for what it is, and that is a top level file manager targeted at an exclusive audience. But most will be happy with alternative file managers, periodically discounted here on bitsdujour.
Jan 31 2010 at 4:37am Copy Link
Tony Jacobs Directory Opus and Total Commander are both great products with a long history and fanatical users. Their features overlap by about 90%, but they serve different markets.

Total Commander is aimed at more technical users. The key bindings will not be familiar to a Windows user and it does look like something from Windows 3.1 by default. Spend a few hours working with it and you will have it looking and working however you like. You may need to edit an .ini file and install a plugin or two. If that sounds too difficult then TC is not the product for you.

If you want a more modern looking program that needs less setting up initially, then Directory Opus is the file manager for you. The downside as others have mentioned is that it's more expensive, especially if you have two or three computers. This deal makes Directory Opus much better value, which is why we are all here, right?
Feb 1 2010 at 12:44am Copy Link
Barnet If "Advanced FTP" is purchased, what are the additional features that are available?
Feb 1 2010 at 2:36am Copy Link
Jonathan Potter @Barnet: The Advanced FTP options enable Secure FTP and SSH.

Also everyone please note, re licencing: Opus uses the same model as most commercial software these days - per machine licencing. Although it might not be obvious, all licence packs include a free laptop licence - so for example, the single licence for ~$45 actually covers you for 2 computers. If you need more than 5 licences please contact us directly as the volume discounts get even greater (and yes we'll honour the Bits du Jour discount for larger purchases as well).
Feb 1 2010 at 6:29am Copy Link
Jim McGowan Directory Opus is not inexpensive but I presently have one full license, which covers one primary computer and one notebook, plus a USB Export license. I have owned my licenses for almost three years. No major upgrades have been released during that time frame, but there have been many updates - some have been significant updates, and all have been free. They do not operate on the yearly "upgrade whether it's needed or not" concept that many developers do. I am very pleased with Directory Opus.

Feb 1 2010 at 7:40am Copy Link
anthonyraynor As I said I like the program so much I asked BDJ to feature it. I bought a 2 license pack before, and I am going to buy another license tomorrow. It is on my must have list.
Feb 1 2010 at 1:56pm Copy Link
Ron K My question is about license counting. I understand that it comes with an additional laptop-use license, but how is it counted? What I mean, is that with Adobe Acrobat, for example, every installation is counted by the company against a list of allowed installs. The thing is, un-installs are also counted, and so I can move it to a fresh machine at will, or in my case, a freshly-reinstalled OS on the same macvhine without losing my ability to re-install, as long as I don't forget to un-install first to deactivate that license.

Most software though only counts installs or activations i.e. Microsoft Products. So if I reformat my computer four times this year, I get four ticks against my allowed installs, and uninstalling or deactivating doesn't add back to it.

So how does Directory Opus count licenses? When I reformat my computer next month, and I reinstall it, will that count against me, or can I uninstall first to get a use/license added back to my pool of allowed installs?

I hope I'm phrasing this understandably; I know most people don't reformat as much as I do. I'm not looking to install it on more than two machines at a time, and I wouldn't use it on more than one simultaneously. But the way it counts licenses will pretty much determine whether I buy. I know my case is unusual, and I've lost the use of expensive software before because of this, which is why I ask.
Feb 1 2010 at 6:20pm Copy Link
GP Software Licences are not locked to individual machines - we trust the honesty of our users to respect the hard work we put into the product and our IP and licence conditions to ensure they have purchased the appropriate number of licences for the number of machines on which they wish to run the product.
GP Software - Feb 1 2010 at 6:27pm Copy Link
Mitchel Haas This is, by far, one of the best applications available for the windows platform. Microsoft would learn well from this application, since it's done right in every way. I've owned DO for over 3 years now, and don't know what I'd do without it. I now find it to be an essential part of my everyday computer usage for both my personal and business life.

I shudder to think of the idea of going back to use Windows Explorer. This being the case, I made sure I also got the portable version, so I could use it at my workplace on my thumb drive.

If you find yourself using windows explorer more than casually, Directory Opus is a tool you cannot live without.
Feb 1 2010 at 11:03pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale There are a couple questions here about licenses. Please note that for the newer promotions we now feature the license information overview in the top right panel.
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 2 2010 at 3:15am Copy Link
Joshua Cowan Over the years, Windows Explorer has gotten incrementally better. However, I've still found it frustrating occasionally when I needed to do some heavy file management. I've tried every piece of software mentioned on this page, and by tried I mean used it for several weeks. None of them satisfied my needs or "took".

Since I only found a need to use something more powerful on occasion (and I'm by no means a neophyte), I didn't think buying a file manager was really justified, much less one of the most expensive. I tried DOpus during the holiday season sale last year. A few days later, I bought a license. I will never go back. It's that good.

Yes, you will probably only use a small subset of what it's capable of. That's because it will tend to fit your workflow and not the other way around. It's absolutely worth the cost if you value your time. There is a big community, and you'll be surprised what you missed once you use it for a while. Contrary to my expectations, I use it all the time.

I'm sure my situation isn't unique and I wondered for a long time why somebody would spend money on a file manager. I know there a enough DOpus evangelists out there already, but I just wanted to say something.
Feb 2 2010 at 3:51am Copy Link
Kevin Andresen Using the trial, I was startled by the ability to arrow-key through my Arg. Tango move demo videos where each would start immediately in the preview pane. I'm sure it's not a unique feature but it sure makes me want SOME app like this. Dance video thumbnails tend to all look the same. Very cool.
Feb 2 2010 at 4:07am Copy Link
James Evans My computer is set up for multiple boot using Paragon Hard Disk Manager software which enables booting to either of 3 partitions, on the same hard drive, in the same computer. The boots can not run simultaneously - it is either, or - one at a time. One boot is XP Pro for music & photos & watching Netflix at night. One boot is Vista which is almost totally unused (hate it) and the third boot is XP Pro used during the day for emails, word processing, and watching my retirement funds dwindle, mostly (sigh!)

Would a single license suffice in this case; same computer, same hard drive, different partitions?

Feb 2 2010 at 5:09am Copy Link
Jonathan Potter Jim: Yes a single licence would be fine for that!
Feb 2 2010 at 7:59am Copy Link
curtis bennett Ok.  I've had it with all the other 'best of file managers' and 'free file managers that work'; because simply put, it's all a bunch of BS.  I just wish DOpus wasn't so expensive.  I tried DOpus a couple of trial sessions and absolutely loved it but when time ran out I ran off with another file manager.  Been doing that dance since Vista first emerged.  But after my final straw with Q-Dir's constantly crashing and slowing down with every new build, and the much touted Xplorer2's lack of a plug-in/add on system, well, that's pretty much all I can take.  I have tried just about every File manager imaginable and none can match up with DOpus.  Total commander may have more technical functionality, but that's not necessarily a good thing when you want productivity and not a 2 day session in how to modify your Drive buttons.  It's Windows vs Linux all over again with these two.  
Jul 26 2010 at 5:09am Copy Link
Nick Kobe Curts (Bright Spark) - Have no idea to whom your comments are directed.  I like Opus 9 and used it as a demo.  However, for ANYONE with 7 computers it isn't worth the price (would be the same comment for a fewer number).  I settled on Xplorer2 due to pricing (can install on ALL of the computers I use) and frankly it works and works all the time.  My background is marketing and with the low cost o destops/laptops more and more people are buying several computers.  The Opus 9 licensing process as well as other companies that use similar licensing doesn't fit the 21st Century and breeds piracy!  Software costs are in the development, promoition, and support (assuming there is any).  The cost of downloading software is "cheap" and if you are as well known as Opus they'd make a lot more money by selling user licenses instead of computer licenses.  They could save a lot of money by firing the person that made the computer license decision.  I'd buy the product if it were user licensed!  Have a great day.
Jul 26 2010 at 5:31am Copy Link
Mitchel Haas I've been using DO for years now, and have never regretted my decision.  Actually, I liked it so much I bought my wife a license at the full price (they didn't have the dual install licenses at that time).  If I remember correctly, I also purchased a USB license, although I'm not sure if they offer that.  Not once have I thought my purchases were a waste of money.   DO is a integral part of my work at home, as a freelance developer.   It's FTP features alone are almost worth the price alone, even without it's file manager features.   I've said it before, that Microsoft would be proud to call this product their own, and doubt they could have done a better job at it.
Jul 26 2010 at 12:05pm Copy Link
curtis bennett @  Nick Kobe  (Visitor)  I wasn't commenting @ or to anyone in particular. I read a few other file managers mentioned in several comments such as from  Glen H (Visitor) T Raynor (Superstar) software guy (Visitor) Tony Jacobs (Visitor) Dor Mouse (Visitor) and my feelings were echoed 5-fold.  Yeah, I agree with you on the license issue; although my opinion on that is strictly from a single portable license.  And about xplorer2, I really do like it.  It's great.  In the past few months that I used Xplorer2, in conjunction with Q-Dir on 3 monitors as well as a WHS stand alone unit for media and backups with it's own 64bit file manager, it really has been one of my favorites.  However a couple of issues that reared their heads at my initial trial phase never went away and support has not been able to help either.  The licensing and add ons aren't cheap either I hear.  But my problem was that somehow X2 developed it's own thought pattern and created it's own themed window set with colors so melded as to be eye straining to read as well as font being in Symbol.  No matter what I try, even uninstall, system restore, this theme will always appear if I attempt to open Xplorer2 directly from shortcut.  If I open file or folder from Windows Explorer, then selected desired item to auto open in Xplorer2 it was fine.  
Jul 26 2010 at 2:01pm Copy Link
anthonyraynor I agree that the cost of multiple licenses for DO is quite prohibitive.  That is why I suggested it to BDJ and luckily they came through.  I originally purchased a 2 pack directly from DO which included a laptop license.  Later an additional 1 or 2 through the BDJ deal.  I probably only use a fraction of the features of the product, but it does those better than any other product I have tried.   The big detractor for me with software in general lately is a per computer subscription model.  I personally run 7 computers at home and that model won't work.  A per user and not per computer license would be much more attractive.
Jul 26 2010 at 2:21pm Copy Link
Nick Kobe Hi Curtis and ALL...

Curtis, on BDJ I paid under $15.00 for xplorer2 Pro and the license applied to all 7 computers.  Even if you could, conveniently, use OPUS 9 on 2 computers the cost for me would have been roughly $170.00!  Though I would agree that OPUS 9 can do everything you mention and there are aspects of the software (windows layout/color) I wish were differed the difference in price is a stronger factor in the decision making.  I'm constantly replacing laptops and upgrading/replacing desktop with newer and better computers.  I don't need the hastle of software licensing when I change computers or processors.  I ALWAYS recommend eplorer2 (not to say there aren't other good eplorer replacements with better pricing), because of the relative value when compared to OPUS 9.  Currently, I don't know of any of anyone in my circle that use OPUS 9 for the same reasons I've stated.  By the way, TABBLES is an up and coming software program previously on BDJ that is forward reaching and worth the money.  Goods folks and they will work a deal with you when you buy more than a couple of licenses.  Better stop otherwise I'll get kicked off for using this as a forum.  Take care!
Jul 26 2010 at 4:05pm Copy Link
James Marten @Nick Kobe: Why don't you just use the USB version if you don't want to buy it for all your computers? Presumably you don't need to run it on all of them simultaneously. That's what I do and it works fine for me.

I don't really understand why you find it so hard to accept the licence conditions. Presumably you had to pay for all seven computers, had to buy licences for Windows for all of them - why should other software be different?
Jul 28 2010 at 1:10pm Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ Nick You took the words right out of my mouth :-)  Perhaps it's time we all agreed to disagree on the license issue. Thanks! -r
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 28 2010 at 1:22pm Copy Link
Tazzie I am thrilled to see DOpus offered on Bits Du Jour!!!  Does the discount apply to the dual and five machine rates, also?  Plus, is there a special USB version of DOpus?  I couldn't find one on the DOpus site. 

For those wondering, DOpus IS worth it!  I have yet to find a file manager that does more or better than DOpus.  Xyplorer's new version would be my second choice. 

Since DOpus isn't cheap, esp if you have multiple machines, it's important that you evaluate just what you need from a file manager.  There are some really good free file managers, as well as some that are not as costly as DOpus.  Many people won't use all the features that DOpus offers, so you need to evaluate just what features you may or may not use.  You could even consider a mix of DOpus for the power users (ie if buying for home use) and a free or lower cost program for the other users/machines. 

TIP:  A great site that I've just discovered is
You enter in the software title or type of software (i.e. file manager) you are interested in and then you'll get a list of similar programs.  You can filter results in different ways, and the lists go on :).  Sometimes you have to try different keywords in the search to find exactly the right list (i.e. file manager as opposed to file organizer, etc.).  Results are not always perfect, but you'd be surprised at what turns up and what they can lead to!

Anyway, check out DOpus ... even if you don't use all the options in it, chances are that it does what you do use better than most other programs ... can't go wrong with that!!!
Aug 18 2010 at 10:27pm Copy Link
_*_ I would like to know what the licensing is for this program.  Does it have DRM on it?  If so, is online activation required, limited installs, etc.?

I am hoping for no DRM, so honest users can simply install and run, and uninstall as many times as they wish, or change out components in their computer without the program not liking it.
Aug 19 2010 at 1:19am Copy Link
Peter Gabriel This program is worth every penny. You'll never use Windows Explorer again.
Aug 19 2010 at 3:14am Copy Link
Ennovy The best file manager and indeed worth every penny ;)
Aug 19 2010 at 4:19am Copy Link
Graham Have been using Opus for many years and currently own version 9. Excellent software - expensive but you get what you pay for. To licence, just enter the supplied code. I have reloaded it many times after reloading my OS with no problem so that's not an issue
Aug 19 2010 at 5:26am Copy Link
Gerard Booth Agreed , this is the best file manager available anywhere and as previous comments worth every penny.
Aug 19 2010 at 5:44am Copy Link
Tazzie To repeat my previous questions ... Does the discount apply to the dual and five machine rates, also?  Plus, is there a special USB version of DOpus? I'd really appreciate an answer to these questions. 

Another attraction for DOpus is the DOpus Resource Center ... not an official site of DOpus, but has a lot of resources and support that are not often found for and by users of a software program.

Aug 19 2010 at 7:31am Copy Link
_*_ Hello, I tried to send a mail to you through your website but it will not let me as I am not a registered user.

Here is the mail I was going to send.

Does Directory Opus have any form of DRM attached to it?

I am an honest user that really, REALLY dislikes DRM and I want to support developers that make DRM free software.

Thanks for any help you can provide on this issue.
Aug 19 2010 at 9:01am Copy Link
anthonyraynor My comments remain valid from the last offering of Directory Opus.  It is on all of my computers despite the relatively high cost.  I have tried many alternative file managers, and none, I mean none match it in my opinion.
Aug 19 2010 at 9:35am Copy Link
GP Software Thanks for your comments and questions. To answer the various questions: NO there is no form of DRM in Opus. We trust the honesty of our users and as yet have had no reason to change our view! The discount does apply to the dual and five-pack licences There is an optional USB (portable) feature that can be purchased for a small additional cost
GP Software - Aug 19 2010 at 1:01pm Copy Link
_*_ Thank you very much.  No DRM is the best way to go, and I so enjoy being treated as an honest user.  Thank you!  :o)
Aug 19 2010 at 3:35pm Copy Link
Pedro Laurent I bought this software a while a go full price by the way and never regret it, it's been a must have application for me... the portable feature is worth it if you can afford it which I think you guys can cause the price is right :P.
Aug 19 2010 at 4:01pm Copy Link
S.C. one of the best windows apps ever created. i have used it for many, many years. well worth the price. every windows user should be all over this offer like flies on $%^! ;)
Aug 19 2010 at 4:15pm Copy Link
Max Murkel Will the German version be available too?
Aug 19 2010 at 8:20pm Copy Link
Glen Hilton After using Opus for a just on 2 years one can only cringe at the thought of using the Windows explorer UI again. The user friendliness and extensive options sets it apart from some of the alternatives. The FTP features are worth the price alone. Opus can be set up to access all sorts of other apps quickly and efficiently in a manner that can be customized to suit everyone. Personal settings can be saved so you need not worry about a system crash. It's certainly worth supporting useful software and this is one of them. Recommended..
Aug 20 2010 at 5:56pm Copy Link
Steven Curcuru An amazingly powerful and useful program - I use it every day.
Thanks for such a great program !
Aug 20 2010 at 6:42pm Copy Link
PG BNax Last year I too purchased this app,at full price. It's on both my laptop and netbook, per the license. Simply stated, it's one of the best PC-related buys I've made in years. It's sooo much more than a file manager. Works great on my Vista and Win7 machines. Whether image, document, mp3, whatever-- the preview is great and file manipulation is fuss free. I had been using one version or the other of PowerDesk since the 90's, but one day that app told me I had exceeded my licenses, despite the fact that (1) it had long been installed on 2 machines (non-concurrent use), and (2) I had done nothing new other than restart Windows. That sent me on a mission to find a replacement, which is how I discovered Dopus. Dopus does everything PowerDesk does, withOUT the stuttering, freezing and grief. Folks, I own Total Commander and several other file managers. None come close to this gem. I have no connection with this dev-- just a thrilled and ultra-satisfied user of Directory Opus. Can't recommend it highly enough! Initially, you may be a bit irritated with a learning curve, for some of the more powerful features. Please don't be-- there's a site devoted to a tutorial:
Aug 22 2010 at 1:46am Copy Link
disenchanted Great program. I bought this the last time it was offered. The free laptop license is definitely a great bonus for buying this program. [from DOPUS website: All licence packs include a free personal laptop licence] A personal suggestion: I added the additional USB license during checkout, the last time DOPUS  was offered on BDJ and I was very glad I did. If anyone plans to buy the regular license during this upcoming offer and you think you might have a use for the additional USB add-on license, I'd suggest getting it (just my .02 cents). I have my DOPUS usb license on a jump drive that contains some PC troubleshooting utilities. Occasionally I help a friend  troubleshoot a PC problem. As soon as I fire up DOPUS and switch to a multiple screen view mode, to work with my PC utilities; people ask what the DOPUS program is and where they can get it. [Everyone seems to universally hate MS window's lack of such a utility. And having to open multiple MS "explorer" windows; just to view two file directories]. A few of my friends are waiting for this upcoming sale. I am looking forward to buying a 2nd regular and another USB license , during this upcoming offer.
Aug 22 2010 at 9:35am Copy Link
Van Swofford I just tried to install the software to test it, and the installer hung just after beginning the installation.  Windows 7, 64 bit.  I tried it a couple times, but had to kill it with the task manager every time.  Any ideas?

Aug 23 2010 at 7:53am Copy Link
Tom McMahon A terrific program. Worth every penny.
Aug 23 2010 at 10:36am Copy Link
Mike G Okay I see the DOpus fan club is out in force. :) I have to admit the more I play around with it, the more addicting it seems to be. Which is scary because the price is really expensive--even with the BDJ discount, let alone at full price. I'm sure most here will/have said Opus is worth it. Perhaps a slightly scaled-down "standard" version with a few advanced features removed (such as scripting) could make this great Explorer replacement affordable to the masses. I have a few relatively minor gripes/suggestions to counterbalance all the gushing, but well-deserved remarks: (1) Advanced Rename feature could learn a few tricks from a utility named Renamer for more complex replacements. (2) Rating column is not available in the lister for music and video files. One of the few areas where Windows Explorer has Opus beat. (3) Not even one alternative lister theme is included out of the box. You can go online and download themes, but the selection seems a bit limited for my tastes. (4) Even after reading Help I couldn't figure out how to set a negative filter to hide files I don't want to see. I did add File Filter Field to the toolbar, but could only get positive filters to work. (5) One has to purchase an additional license if your second PC is not at the same site or location. This pushes Opus back out of reach for many users even with the BDJ discount. Other than these things, DOpus has been a very positive experience so far. Definitely a tool for power users.
Aug 23 2010 at 5:43pm Copy Link
Chris . Another long-time DO user here... however due to the expensive upgrades I've had to hold back from upgrading my copy of DO8 with SSH for a very long while now.

Therefore, my question is this: Do us old patrons of Directory Opus get an equivalent discount on upgrades, as well?

Keep up the great work, as always!
Aug 24 2010 at 4:46am Copy Link
disenchanted Questions regarding the USB/U3 add-on license.  I was reviewing your website, specifically the USB/U3 add-on license. I notice that the order form's drop down menu offers 4 choices: a. NO USB/U3 ($0)  [default choice] b. 1 USB/U3 license (+$10) c. 2 USB/U3 licenses (+$20) d. 5 USB/U3 licenses (+$50) 1. During this upcoming Thursday's sale , after I buy one regular desktop license, can I add 2 USB licenses to my order [for an addtional +$20]? 2. Or are customers limited to "one USB license for every one desktop license" they purchase? 3. USB vs desktop version:    I was trying to find a feature-comparison-chart on your website. In regards to features, are there any features that the USB version lacks, when compared to your desktop version?
Aug 24 2010 at 1:51pm Copy Link
GP Software Regarding Chris's comment, unfortunately it seems some users can never be satisfied with upgrade policies. Opus simply does not have expensive upgrades. Upgrades were available to all registered users at approximately 40% discount for a period of two years after the release of a major version (in this case Opus 9 over three years ago). INMHO two years is ample time for a user to decide to upgrade or not. In that time Microsoft put out two new operating systems at less generous discounts than offered by GPSoftware.  Almost no one in the software industry these days provides such a long discounted upgrade period. Plus, all users were notified by direct email several times of the availability of the discounted upgrade. If a user chooses not to take advantage of the upgrade discount for years then that is their decision. Three years later there would seem little reason to complain, especially if they have upgraded their OS to new systems requiring a new version. With all due respect, this seems a very fair and reasonable policy to us. Plus to note that since the release of Opus 9 there have been over 30 free updates including a free update for windows 7.
GP Software - Aug 24 2010 at 3:28pm Copy Link
GP Software USB export licences are available for A$10 each and designed to licence the export (read install) onto a specific USB device. You can purchase at any time and as many USB licences as devices on which you want to install Opus, providing the licences are used exclusively by the same person registered for the main licence.
GP Software - Aug 24 2010 at 3:32pm Copy Link
GP Software Opus uses InstallShield as the install engine. The delay ate the start is 'normal'. Unfortunately it seems this is related to how InstallShield handles the UAC system and for a reason known only to them and God, it has some indeterminate timeout it waits for. There's nothing we can do about this at the moment. A little patience is required.
GP Software - Aug 24 2010 at 3:37pm Copy Link
disenchanted Thanks for the quick response to my questions.
Aug 24 2010 at 5:21pm Copy Link
Van Swofford Hi Greg,

Thanks for the tip - it took maybe 5 minutes, but eventually completed the installation.

Can DOpus display and delete alternate data streams?

Aug 25 2010 at 4:00am Copy Link
Dick Oz Agreed, it's THE file manager. Nothing else I know off comes close. Everything can be improved though. I think for DOP it's FTP. For example, there is no fold out in the directory pane I know off, in FTP. ALso single click and double click on FTP sites open 2 different 'opportunities' to enter a password/username. At the same time I mean! It's not clear why for some sites I have to clear the anonymous mark first, before entering a password. Everything else is really fabulous I think.
Aug 25 2010 at 4:48am Copy Link
bryan poort Tried it for a few days. It's not bad and if all you know is the windows explorer than it's a definite upgrade.  I'm having trouble always having to use the mouse instead of keyboard only.  Is there a way to integrate a command line and plugins to hit the filesystems on iphone or wince devices? Count me with group concerned over pricing for one user of multiple pc's. 

Still kicking it around for another tool in the box.  My avg upgrade discount question was already answered above but do virtual PC's count against your license(s) if they are running on a pc already authorized? 
Aug 25 2010 at 9:51am Copy Link
GP Software Thanks for all the interest and questions but this is not the forum for technical issues. Technical questions should be sent directly to GP Software via our web site or on the DOpus Resource Centre ( ).
GP Software - Aug 25 2010 at 12:47pm Copy Link
GP Software @bryan poort: No, VMs are not counted in your licence count.
GP Software - Aug 25 2010 at 3:29pm Copy Link
disenchanted Anyone else having problems trying to place an order? I get a transaction declined error(s), [despite the fact that I know the funding source I am using is valid]. Hope the order system starts working again; before the sale ends.
Aug 26 2010 at 3:58am Copy Link
Michael M After reading all the comments, and having used various Explorer management systems, I decided to buy this and give it a try. I write tech articles for a magazine and I'll be discussing this program and others. Thanks to all of you who provided detailed comments because that helps get me started on my article.  Particularly timely were the comments on licensing, updates and upgrades.  In the September issue of the mags they are publishing my article on software licensing, and the differences between "updates" and "upgrades." I agree with those comments about how expensive this program is (I usually negotiate discounts for my readers who enter the link provided in the magazines).  All developers deserve and need to be paid for their hard work (believe me, from experience I understand the concept of doing $400 an hour work, but due to external circumstances ends up my being paid about $20 an hour).  However, consumers are faced with the reality that every year they have to pay $500 to $2000 for upgrades to this, upgrades to that.  It gets very expensive for the end user to stay up-to-date.  In these hard economic times, that's why people are commenting in here about how expensive the program appears.  On the surface the expense seems unnecessary in light of the fact that every Windows OS comes with File Explorer that to most people is all that's needed to function on a PC.  For my readers, who are a hard sell on products like these, what seals the deal, so to speak, is that a program like this has many functions that would cost them money if separately purchased (such as FTP, ZIP and a context image viewer).  Moreover, if a program saves users time and money, that will convince them to press the "buy" button. Sidenote:  On buying issues, I had no problem.  I clicked the "Buy Now" icon on Bits and after selecting my purchases (one license, FTP, and USB) the Bits discount was applied to ALL three items.  I ended up paying US $64 for all three, including $10 ea. for FTP and USB functionality). Sidenote:  The thing that will tank this program with my readers, instantly as if by magic, is if it is not intuitive and easy to use.  My readers (like most consumer/users) have no patience, little tolerance for a significant learning curve and move on to other things if programs are not "one or two click" to make things work. For example, I spent a few minutes trying to put labels on the tool bars, the same as Windows Explorer allows one to do.  I could not find that option.  It's "difficulties" like this that my readers expect me to point out so that they can get a realistic picture on what a program is all about, before they buy.
Aug 26 2010 at 8:01am Copy Link
Guy Good Can anyone mention the advantages of DO9 vs. XYplorer? I use a freeware program called Filezilla for the few times I use FTP. My interests would be other advantages than FTP since the freeware handles my simple needs. Thank you.
Aug 26 2010 at 8:28am Copy Link
Ennovy @Guy Good For a start you can look at this page:
Aug 26 2010 at 8:50am Copy Link
Mike G Here's an update/conclusion to my personal evaluation of Directory Opus in case it might benefit someone setting on the fence. After hearing about DOpus for years, I decided to take a little closer look: + DOpus comes in 32 and 64-bit versions. I've used several other Explorer alternatives. All of them are 32-bit only--hampered by development platforms that still don't support 64-bit. Thus DOpus provides tighter integration/compatibility with Windows x64--especially for advanced functionality and admin chores. + No other file manager has  as many included features and extensions (through plug-ins). (Closest competitor I've looked at is TC.) + Once you experience integrated file viewers (text, movies, image files, audio, etc) it will be difficult to go back. + By far the most expansive customization capabilities. + Of the file managers I tried, only DOpus and Windows Explorer provide dynamic mode switching based on content type. + GP Software is extremely responsive based on my own direct interactions and looking around the forums. You can see a great deal of attentiveness here on BDJ as well (lack of response to my earlier post notwithstanding). + Very active development: Many improvements/fixes since version 9 was released in 2007. Some of them quite major. * In their forum I discovered tagging and ratings column support is already on the development road map. (It's been on the map for a while, but tagging support is not trivial plus they're working on many other enhancement/features.) * DOpus doesn't claim all of it's tools are best-of-breed. However, the tools are top-notch and full featured (enough to save you from having to find an equivalent standalone tool in most cases. For example, I preferred ReNamer for a recent batch renaming task. The DOpus advanced renamer is just as powerful, but I need more time to get up to speed on it. * Didn't have time to investigate raw commands, but there are many and it looks powerful. * Previously, suggested a scaled-down version for the masses, but I suppose if GP Software thought that made good business sense (with all the freeware competition  at the lower end) they would have done it  by now. - Yes, price is high, but this is a top-of-the-line tool. Today's BDJ discount makes it more affordable. Be prepared to spend about the same amount (%60 of full price) to upgrade when version 10 is released. (No idea when that might be.) Also be aware that dual and five install license packs give an additional discount, but all computers must be " the one site". I take this to mean unfortunately you can't buy a dual pack to cover your work and home PC. That requires 2 single licenses. Please correct if I'm wrong. Conclusion: I agree with others here that DOpus is the best Explorer replacement. As a power user, I simply cannot resist taking advantage of today's BDJ discount to this premier file management tool (at least for home).
Aug 26 2010 at 10:08am Copy Link
GP Software Ordering issues: To Frank or others with difficulties - The ordering system is working fine but individual cards can have problems at times if the CC company is intransigent. If you have a problem, please contact us directly via email with the details and we can track it with the bank to attempt resolution (or you can pay via PayPal). And yes we will honor the sale price even if the resolution takes longer than the sale period!
GP Software - Aug 26 2010 at 12:53pm Copy Link
Curtis Mosby I just downloaded the trial version; but will be unavailable to evaluate before purchase for a couple of weeks. I have a couple of questions:

1. How long is the trial period?
2. If, after trial, I choose to purchase is today's BDJ discount price still good?
Aug 26 2010 at 2:24pm Copy Link
GP Software Hi Curtis, thanks for your interest in Directory Opus. The trial period is for up to 60 days - unfortunately the BDJ offer won't still be available at the end of that (or indeed, after today!) but if you contact us directly when you're ready to purchase I'm sure we can do something for you.
GP Software - Aug 26 2010 at 2:36pm Copy Link
GP Software Mike G, thanks for your generous and well-reasoned comments :)
GP Software - Aug 26 2010 at 2:36pm Copy Link
Stephane M Can we add the extra FTP feature ($10/license) at any time or do we need to add it during checkout?

Aug 26 2010 at 3:51pm Copy Link
GP Software Yes. You can add extra licences and features such as secure FTP and USB licences at any time, although there will be a small extra processing fee.
GP Software - Aug 26 2010 at 3:58pm Copy Link
Stephane M Thank you!

I noticed that the 40% off do not apply to secure FTP and USB licenses, is it normal?
Aug 26 2010 at 4:10pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Due to the overwhelming response GP Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Aug 26 2010 at 5:00pm Copy Link
GP Software Stephane, sorry - we misunderstood your original question. Please contact us privately if you have any concerns.
GP Software - Aug 26 2010 at 5:01pm Copy Link
Jerry S I'm running Vista Ultimate 32-bit currently, but will be migrating to Windows 7 64-bit in the not-too-distant future. Does a single license cover both DOPus 32 and 64 bit versions? Or would I have to buy two separate licenses?
Aug 26 2010 at 6:16pm Copy Link
GP Software Jerry: Yes the 32 and 64-bit versions are interchangeable from a licencing perspective.
GP Software - Aug 26 2010 at 6:59pm Copy Link
Michael M Yeah... I made a mistake in my post.  I thought I read that the discount applied to the USB and FTP add-ons too and I thought I got it, but turns out I did not.

On reflection, what the developer posted was that the discount applied to additional licenses.  He did not say anything about the discount applying to USB and FTP features (that would have been $12 instead of the $20 I paid).  Oh well.

Personally, I would have liked the Bit's 40% discount to apply to anything we bought, but $8 is not enough to get all worked up about, I guess.
Aug 26 2010 at 8:31pm Copy Link
Guy Good How can I tell Directory Opus to exit? When I right-click or left-click the tray icon, nothing happens. A double-click displays the application, but I am not seeing the way to shut it down.

I wanted to know for sure if the discount applies to the USB and FTP options at checkout time or not. If not, how much is the small extra
processing fee?

If a new major version is released in the next few months or so, the
buyer will have to pay the standard upgrade fee or not?

I am asking because some other companies offer a discount just
prior to releasing a new version and expects many folks will want the
latest and greatest release.

Thank You

Aug 27 2010 at 6:37am Copy Link
Peter C1 Q. Does Directory Opus v9.x have a function(s) similar to ExplorerPlus' (by Tracker?

If it does, or, if this function will be included in a future release then I'll buy more than once copy/license of Directory Opus. which I've just installed

In case you're not familiar with ExplorerPlus File Manager (which was written/compiled by Mike Kronenberg (was at but now at which had its origins in PowerDesk, I'll quote the Dialog Tracker functions from the Help File:

"OpenSave Dialog Tracker enhances Open dialog boxes and Save dialog boxes by adding a menu of previously opened files, and another menu of previously opened folders.

You can use OpenSave Dialog Tracker to:

Display a history of previously accessed folders.

Display a history of previously accessed documents.

Resize dialog boxes

Use the Viewer Pane to see the contents of a file before opening it."

Once selected by the user, the Dialog Tracker loaded on Windows Startup so that whether you had ExplorerPlus open - or not, the History of Accessed Folders & Accessed Documents "Caption Buttons" (located near the Minimize / Maximize / Close caption buttons in the "Title Bar"), and was available for use by any program (for example Notepad / Word / Write / Internet Explorer / Firefox / Opera etc).

The Dialog Tracker functions in a similar manner to File-Ex v3.xx by CottonwoodSW [] File-Ex v3 only supported up to Window XP version 1, not SP2 or SP3

I certainly hope your answer is YES it does or yes it will be included in an update or version to come.
Aug 27 2010 at 2:59pm Copy Link
GP Software Many thanks to all those thousands :-) who supported us during the BDJ promotion. This is not the forum for further technical discussions. Any with technical questions should contact us via the Support page on the GPSoftware web site or check out the  DOpus Resource Centre forums for FAQs, hints, tips and discussion.
GP Software - Aug 27 2010 at 8:32pm Copy Link

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