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Total Commander Reviews

my first interaction with windows began with Norto...

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One of my top essential program that i use all the time. The more you dive into its features the more irreplaceable it becomes.
worth each paid penny and much more.

[+] Rich of Feature: Built in Multi Rename, File Sync, Compare Directory, Search Tool, FTP, etc....
[+] Highly customizable
[+] Big community
[+] Lot of plugins that boost its Functionality
[+] Portable version

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One of my must-have applications on any computer I use. Without Total Commander I feel like without the right hand.

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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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Ghisler is a genius, hard working, no baloney. Product is solid, fast and simply beyond comparison. Well worth the few dollars to reward the author.

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It has been that good for the last twenty or so years

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FILE MANAGEMENT/DOSYA YÖNETIMI+

WINDOWS: TOTAL COMMANDER

I’ve been using for years to management of my files, copying and moving files in order (Teracopy’s function), syncinc files, backing up my files to external disk in easy and reliable mehtod (for me), with FTP Client i can transfer files with my Android Phone which app that provides FTP server feature and syncing my files over FTP with-out cable, with Wi-fi, batch file – folder renaming… Best in class. May need some settings to take shape of how you want…

FREE ALTERNATIVE: Free Commander. Almost can everything that TC’s handle.

ANDROID: MIXPLORER

A File Manager that includes FTP server feature and a app that handle alomost everything which other apps handle. I meet this app with very late because it was NOT in Google Play. It’s paid but in XDA Developers it’s free as APK. Alternative: Solid Explorer also fine but it i’m in more comfort with MixPlorer.


WINDOWS: TOTAL COMMANDER
Senelerdir dosyalarimi düzenlemek, sirali sekilde tasimak – kopyalama isleminin idaresini saglamak (Teracopy’nin özelligi), dosya senkronizasyonu ve yedeklerimi en zahmetsiz ve en sorunsuz sekilde alabilmek harici diske almak, FTP istemcisi sayesinde FTP sunucusu seklindeki Android cihazimi senkronize etmek ve dosya alisverisi yapabilmek Wi-Fi üzerinden, toplu dosya ve klasör isimlendirmek için kullaniyorum. Alaninda bence en iyisi. Programi yükledikten sonra ayarlar menüsünü biraz kurcalamaniz faydaniza olacaktir.
Ücretsiz Windows Alternatifi: FreeCommander. Neredeyse tamamen ayni isleri yapabiliyor.

ANDROID: MIXPLORER

Son zamanlarda kesfettigim, yaklasik bir senedir kullandigim ama Google Play’de olmadigi zamanlarda XDA Develepors’da var olan, epey eski bir program ve epey islevsel. Android için en iyisi diyebilirim. FTP sunucusu özelligi benim için hayati deger tasiyor dosya transferi için. Google Play’de ücretli, XDA Developers’ta ücretsiz. Alternatif: Solid Explorer. Ama MixPlorer varken gerekli mi bilmiyorum.

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When Windows 95 came out and Norton Commander tried to look cool but failed miserably, I found this amazing program. It was called Windows Commander back then and it was truly what Norton Commander should have been. I've never found anything that comes even close to the efficiency of this beauty. If you used Norton Commander back in the DOS days, like I did, the functions used the most (view, edit, copy, move, delete) are on the same old F keys. INS key to select individual files is great, the number pad asterisk (*) to select all saves time too. One little trick that is handier than you realize until you're working on a PC without TC is when you only want to delete all but a few files in a given folder, you simply select the files you want to keep (INS or right click) then hit the number pad * and now all the unwanted files are selected, F8+ enter and you're done. Another nice feature is that you can view files within a zip file by simply hitting F3. For those who are worried about what it looks like, I'll take it just the way it is, thank you very much. I consider this a utility not a vanity. I purchased this program the first year it came out. Probably nearly 10 years later I had lost my licensed copy (nasty divorce) but was happy to pay for it a second time. When I tried to pay for it, the author of the program still had my license info on file and sent me what I needed even though I told him I didn't mind paying again. WORTH. EVERY. PENNY!!

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Be it in Windows or Android, TC is from far the best file manager I ever used (and I keep on comparing such softwares for decades).
I once boought a licence for it (at last century) and keep on updating it for free.
It's in fact so powerful that there are parts I even don't know about.
Simply said, it fully replaces ftp, winzip, explorer, lynx (if you want to browser web site in text mode), mozilla ftp, svn, any file renamer, etc.
It allows me to make full duplicates of my web sites (server side!), synchronize whole disks or cloud backups, compare files even in different zip archives, refine successive searches (in content too), and so on.
For developers or media producers, imagine what you can do by being able to assign 3 programs (instead of 1 in windows) to each type of file…

Never found a thing to do that would have been simpler with standard File Explorer of microsoft than with TC. Often found out that daily use of TC could just not be done without it (or it would spend a lot of time).
And the ability to annotate file is so useful!

Let have a try at it, and let alone the mouse. You'll gain in productivity!

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P.S. Forgot to mention Alt+f10 to move instantly to any directory. Such a time winner!
So bad I don't have it on MacOS nor linux (natively I mean, as Wine or VBox will allow you to use it).


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There are four essential tools I use on every PC, and they are the first things I install whenever I set up a new machine:

  1. Take Command command processor

  2. AutoHotKey keyboard macro/scripting tool

  3. Total Commander file manager

  4. Kedit text editor

Except for AutoHotKey, which I've "only" been using for 15 years or so, I've been using each of them since the late 1980s or early 1990s. I've heavily customized each of them, of course, because each of them is extremely customizable.

The supplied Windows file manager has one fatal design omission - it's a single panel. You usually need to open two instances to copy or move files, for example. Total Commander's dual pane approach makes copy/move operations much more intuitive and faster.

There are literally hundreds of features in TC, so many that it can easily overwhelm users. And then there are plugins.

I started using it at a company that had a site licence for it. Their IT department banned users installing software, but you could configure TC with plugins. You weren't allowed to install CD burner software without IT approval, but you could install a plugin that would let TC burn CDs, though. So, I started installing plugins like made, and I ended up using TC as my daily driver. I liked it so much I bought a copy for myself.

It's a dual pane file manager, with command line and tree support, and I've made it my program launcher (rather than the start menu). It can display image files, treats archives (zip/rar/7zip/tar) files as directories, sees FTP sites as directories, and (with plugins) can read Linux extfs drives, WebDav servers, cloud services like DropBox/Google Drive/etc., the Windows registry, etc.

There are so many options, it can be overwhelming, to be honest. But even out of the box, it's a superior replacement for the Windows file manager. So beginners can start using it right away, and customize it and extend it as much or as little as they want.

Unfortunately (for Ghisler), the freeware Double Commander, which is a look-and-feel clone of TC, continues to improve. It's now at the point that for most people, the free DC does pretty much everything that TC does, including support most TC plugins, for free. As a consumer, I'm glad, but as a supporter of good software, I'm sad for Ghisler.

On the other hand, it's only 37 Euros (less if you're a student), and that includes a lifetime of upgrades. I got my licence in 2004 or thereabouts, and it's still good for the latest Windows 10 version in 2020.

I know that Directory Opus can do even more, but that's got an even steeper learning curve, and is more than double the price, and doesn't include updates and support for life. While DC can probably do everything I need now, I don't regret buying TC all those years ago in the slightest. It was money well spent.

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legendary must have

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Best alternative for Windows Explorer.

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Using TotalCommander since the Diskette day's... One of the best 2-pane filemanagers around! Even on Android it's great!

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It's age can be seen. But why change what works? It's essential. Can't live without it. And yes, I am one of the older folks who remember Norton Commander :-)

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By far, it's the best filemanager out there. Superfast file search by name/content with optional regex syntax, file comparer, directory comparer, FTP client, SCP/SFTP client with plugin, bulk file renaming, quick search file/directory name inside current directory, and much more.

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