When I read about Direcscape
to give it a try, because I simply could not understand what it was about! I downloaded the file, 680 KB, and double-clicked it. It is a WinZip SelfInstaller that will unpack to the silly folder name, "Install Direcscape". Would you go looking under the letter "I" to find Direcscape? I wouldn't, so I unpacked the container again to see what had happened. I found it and installed it in a folder named extSoftware
. I tell you these minor details because the Direcscape installer will not
create any shortcuts for you, so...
At the end of installation you are told to move a folder from the program's folder to My Documents:Direcscape: don't get lost in your project
Now came the big question: What the heck was I to do with this program? At first I found it to be extremely strange if
it was supposed to be some kind of a file manager
that would navigate
. But it isn't. All it will do if you click inside the program is to open Explorer. Hmm...!?? It certainly took me more than a moment to understand what was happening. And studying the readme.txt
didn't do much ("This is a sample file." End of story!). Well, the program actually comes with a chm help file and a link to on-line tutorials, so eventually I started to figure out what it all is about. And because of the tutorials you really don't need me to tell much. But I will say that as I kept on trying the program, it became clear to me how smart it is that the author has left it to Explorer to do what Explorer is meant to do, instead of trying to make Direcscape replace Explorer.
But what is
it then, Direscape? No matter what intentions the author may have for this program, I will say that Direcscape is a VERY fine tool to prevent you (me) from getting lost in a project - I would say Direcscape is a project viewer
, if ever there was one. I would also call it a Project Organizer, but in the sense that I will organize the view of the project's folders and files, not the project itself, if you know what I mean.
This is what you see when you finally execute the program:Direcscape: don't get lost in your project
- at first it doesn't make much sense, does it? It didn't to me
which is why I won't explain much further, but mostly leave it to you and the tutorials
When I clicked "Computer", I was taken to the folder I earlier had moved to My Documents:Direcscape: don't get lost in your project
As your project escalates the Direcscape application may show you something like this (1024x768, 84KB):Direcscape: don't get lost in your project
A few words from the company:
Product DescriptionDid you ever try it, and can tell about it? http://www.extsoftwa....com/direcscape.htmlEdited
Direcscape is an innovative software application that is like no other. (Amen!)
While, most software file management programs look like Windows Explorer (Windows File Manager), Direcscape has a unique interface that improves access to files and documents by enhancing the view of folders (directories). Since one is able to manage directories more efficiently, one can organize files and organize directories more effectively.
Direcscape Interface Windows Explorer Interface
Direcscape works with Windows
Direcscape provides a view of the current directory (folder) structure, the same directory structure used by Windows. Hence all Window’s functions and applications function as expected; for example, the Window’s Search, Backup, Recent Items List, File Sharing and Previous Versions (only Vista). And since, Direcscape helps organize your computer more efficiently, you’ll find yourself using Windows the way it is intended to be used.
Direcscape performs common tasks more efficiently
Finding and moving folders are easier and quicker using Direcscape.
Finding Folders, using Direcscape - and using Windows Explorer
Moving Folders, using Direcscape - and using Windows Explorer
Direcscape contains features not found in other programs such as Status and Note Icons
Status Icons allow one to view the type of content in a folder without opening a folder. For example, the Note Status Icon indicates there is a note associated with a folder, while the Task Status Icons indicates there is a task associated with the directory.