Archive for May 2009
I frequently get into the situation of having files locked (in Windows mostly) when I am doing development. I bet that has happened to everyone at one time or another and it can be a pain since Windows does not offer a quick method to simply unlock the file(s) in question from Explorer (how shortsighted is that? I wonder if Win7 is going to have that feature?).
Anyway, I discovered the freeware Unlocker by Cedrick ‘NITCH’ Collomb one day and have been using it every since. Simply right click on the Folder or File(s) in question and click on the Unlocker shell extension and you will have a list of programs that are locking what you selected – nice and easy.
I don’t know about you but I do a lot of UI development both for the web and for the desktop. I often run into the issue of screen size and proportion. By this I mean that I like my screens to size correctly as well as have a proportionate look to them. For instance if I am creating a web page I like to have the content fit within designated areas, if I am doing image maps I like to be able to break up my images in a logical manner and not just into equal sizes.
So, one day I am looking for an on screen ruler and I ran across Atrise Golden Section and that was the end of my search for an on screen ruler. I was able to overlay a configurable grid onto anything I was working on for web or desktop! How cool is that! Well, I think it’s kind of a cool tool to have in the arsenal for those times when I absolutely need a grid to help with sizing and UI component proportions.
I don’t know about you but I have come to love file managers! Not the basic junk that comes with Windows (Explorer) but real file managers that afford me multiple views into my file system, multiple tabs for those views and a set of tools that help me to compress files, ftp files and even encrypt files.
So, this is my attempt to gather the top file managers for Windows (part 2 will cover OS X). As with previous posts, I will list 3 to 4 file managers for Windows that I think (just my humble opinion here) are the best in the free, open-source and commercial categories.
As I am writing this I am finding that there is so much information to communicate about each file manager that it would set a record for the world’s longest post (well, maybe!) so, I am going to limit my review to several key features (dual pane, multi-tabbed, icon overlay, built in compression and compression navigation, intuitive to use, background operations, simple to config, ftp, favorites and built-in viewers) that are important to me when I am coding and working with source code, folders, etc. Even so it is going to be somewhat long but I do hope it will be of value. Small note: I chose to go with a 1 to 5 star rating for the Tidbits based on my opinion of how useful any given feature might be.
Let me just state that these are my picks for file managers and are not influenced by any of the vendors/creators of the file managers that will be reviewed. Please take the time to leave comments and let me know what your favorites are and also give it to me straight when you have information that will clarify or correct this post.