Total Commander Reviews

Directory Opus, anyone?

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Well, I used to think this was the bee's knees, and looked down upon people who still use Win Explorer for their file management needs.

TC is miles away from using the windows default.

But truth is, Directory Opus is pretty much the same number of miles away from TC. Too bad I've gotten so used to using it, because the transition would now be easier.

Look up some tutorials on that to see what you can do with DOpus to see what I'm talking about.

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A single DOPUS Pro license with ssh and usb export support costs $110 US. Wow!

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Total Commander is the best file browser on windows imho. Yes, its complicated at the beginning and you need to get used to the "old" idea from norton commander back in the good old DOS days. BUT, once you have used it for a week or two, you will never ever change back.
There is no idea you can imagine, what you want to do with a file browser, that TC has not already implemented. Its faster than the ordinary windows explorer, you can use tabs to have your favorite folders always reachable, and much more. Give it a try :-)

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extremely simple to use, great in facilities!

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Windows files swiss knife

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This software make me an automatisation freak :D
Such a great product.

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A classic

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Love it. Helps becoming a keyboard shortcut master :)

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Been using it everyday for the last 15+ years

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Could not live without it

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TOO CLASSIC

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its feature are awesome but the only weakness of this software is....

TOO CLASSIC

that's all :3

[Edited by Shojimeguro, May 27]

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Yeah, that's just too much! Very old one tool and very classical design.

From childhood

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I remember my father showed me this program. And she did not like me much. But now I can't live without it.

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TotalCommander is a DINOSAUR!!! An expensive dinosaur.

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I remember seeing this around in the 90s in the days of dos. It's really cool that he's kept up to date since then, insuring that it works with the new version of windows.

My gripe with this software is that the dev has not touched the UI since the days of windows 3.1 and that this software has not evolved at all, yet he is asking for a premium price of 45$ which is way too much for what it is. If he was asking for 10 or 15$, I would have been ok: that's fair, he is putting working just keeping it functional from OS to OS, he is hosting it etc. At 45$, he's just f-ing greedy and it is so out of date. Such a low value deal. I can't believe this old piece of junk got as many votes on this site as it did...

Anyways, there are some nice alternatives to this: XYplorer has an intensly solid freeware version and the payware version is currently on special at 40US$. It's a Christmas deal but a regular price of 80$, I would think it must be going on special very often because no one would pay 80$ for a file browser. I'd say the freeware version of XYp has 70% of TotC's functions with a far superior GUI, customization and flexibility. The pay version of XYplorer just blows total commander out of the water with advanced scripting functionality, tagging, color coding, directory mirroring, mirrored browsing, tab sets, pane sets, favorite folder and files, hotlists, recently opened apps, windows shell integration.

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Hello MonkeyFiend,
It's not all about the looks.

  • TC costs $44 with lifetime upgrades, XYplorer costs $99.95 with lifetime upgrades.
  • No advanced scripting functionality. Currently it's TC's philosophy to leave scripted actions to non-GUI tools since they usually perform best, even though it might be easier for the average user to use a GUI to create a scripted action. For users who are not afraid of a little bit of coding, AutoHotkey can integrate with TC quite well.
  • Tagging. It depends, some people think tagging should be a filesystem-level feature, for some it suffices to see the tags inside their file manager of choice. TC does not offer tagging natively but you can emulate it using file descriptions and eg. appropriate color filters.
  • Directory mirroring. Not sure what you mean by that - copy content from one dir to another dir automatically? Synchronize directories on demand?
  • Mirrored browsing. Is implemented in TC.
  • Tab sets. Implemented in TC.
  • Pane sets. Not sure what that is.
  • Favorite folder and files. Implemented
  • Hotlists. Again, not sure what that is.
  • Recently opened apps. From where? Start menu? The file manager itself? Desktop icons? Hard to track all the options.
  • Windows shell integration. Again, not sure what you mean by that. If one is willing to download a .reg file and click on it, one can add TC to the right-click menu as desired.

[Edited by Hacker47, July 06]

Not recommended

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Interface too classic

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