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Author Topic: Total Commander 7.50 public beta 1 - mini-review  (Read 34877 times)
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« on: April 16, 2009, 10:53:12 AM »

After more than eighteen weeks of private beta testing and eight months since previous version, Total Commander 7.50 public beta 1 is finally available.

Official announcement: http://www.ghisler.ch/board/viewtopic.php?t=21820

The newest version brings out almost 600 fixes (mostly related to new functionality) and many new features. In this mini-review I will try to focus on the biggest changes only because I want to avoid copy&paste of help file. I recommend to take a look on Help or HISTORY.TXT files (some additions will be listed at the end of my post though).

I also encourage anyone to write full review about how do you use the newest TC or what do you expect from it smiley

What is worth to mention is that 7.5pb1 is free for any registered user. Simply run downloaded file and improved installer will update your installation without any data loss.

Even having above in mind I recommend anyone to make backup of your TC (&data but it's obvious) before using it. This is first public beta and new bugs will be found. If you find any, please, report them on TC's forum board.

1. Unicode support

The most awaited feature was to have this application Unicode aware. TC previously had been warning users about improper characters in directories names but it changed. All internal tools support Unicode now. Also plugins API has been updated for that reason. I hope its authors will update their files soon to use it to the fullest.



Internal "Compare by content" window gained few benefits and allows to compare any combination of ANSI, UTF-8, UTF-16  and UTF-16 little endian (Mac).


2. Files handling

64bit systems users will be satisfied now because context menu problems should be gone. TC handles them properly and even allows to define which shell extensions should be shown for them.

Also all time-related functions now use the NTFS time instead of the old FAT file system time (dates before 1980 supported). There are no problems with paths containing names longer than 259 characters too.

Copy dialog gained Pause/Start buttons also in foreground transfers. Copying to multiple targets (folders or LNK files) is supported by selecting them before copy.


3. FTP

All connections are now stored with within tree and can be grouped in folders for easier usage. Because of many complaints about passwords storage security, TC offers master password (AES) for better protection of your data.

Obviously, all encoding related features has been also added like:
  • detecting code page reported by some servers,
  • encoding support in Shift+F5 (server to server copying),
  • allowing the user to choose the encoding of file names.



4. Breadcrumbs

There were few requests on public board about this functionality and one of them growth large enough to gain author's agreement for implementation. So similar to other file managers (i.e. DirectoryOpus, Vista's Explorer) TC has breadcrumb navigation panel now. The biggest difference from other software is that even if breadcrumbs are mainly mouse oriented, Total offers keyboard shortcuts (Alt+F11, Alt+F12) for them what extends it's usability for each keyboard lover.

By default breadcrumbs seem to be harder to handle because of no automatic menu pop-up but after a little bit of playing with wincmd.ini file, they are lot easier to use.




Drag'n'drop is fully supported not only for local drives but also for FTP and filesystem (WFX) plugins.

5. Internal associations system

One of the best features (IMHO better than Unicode) delivered within newest TC is portable files associations system which allow to skip Windows registry hell while dealing with various files. Thanks to that you can assign any application to any kind of file by your own and be sure that your setting will follow you with your pendrive together with favourite applications. All changes made are not messing with operating system and are valid in TC only. By default each assigned program is called by Enter or double click but there is nothing against having more than one application: they will be visible in RMB menu or in separate one (called with cm_ContextMenuInternal command).

Sounds simple and not revealing my excitement yet? Well...

The power of this feature is using similar approach as for files names colouring which are filters based on "Find files" dialog. It is now possible to have rules defined according to various files attributes like date, size, hidden / system /etc. or data provided by content (WDX) plugins. So (i.e.) you can have AIMP opened for John Lennon's songs and Foobar for Paul McCartney ones (to keep 'em separated Wink Of course, if there are no internal associations, Windows ones will be used instead.



6. Lister

Due to Unicode support it would be inexcusable if there is no support for different characters encoding. Since this version Lister will not only allow you to change displayed text's characters set but will also offer full RTL handling, with easy language direction switch between LTR and RTL (hold Ctrl and press either left or right Shift key).




7. Quick filter

Quick filter (Ctrl+S, Ctrl+Shift+S), as the name reveals, give the possibility to filter files list according to typed phrase. QF, custom views and file types filter (menu Show -> Custom) - these features altogether make files operations much easier than any other known (at least to me) file manager.




8. Button bar

Over the years buttons bar seemed to be ignored and few changes made to it, so Christian Ghisler took his time (and users ideas) and extended its functionality. Maximum number of available buttons has been incerased to 500 and they can be placed in multiple rows. No more gymnastics with empty buttons smiley

For such purpose button bar edit dialog has been redesigned a little bit:



As you can see on the picture above, you can add a "link" to other button bar. You can even treat it as pop-up menu:




9. More, and more, and more…

All previous paragraphs are only a brief description of new features. Lots of things have been improved (i.e. synchronize tool or new command line parameters) and it's impossible to write them all and keep myself away from overwriting. I recommend (once again) to take a look on history file to get whole  fixes / addins coverage.. For simple list of some addins, for which I got bored too soon to make it complete... simply click on button below.

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 11:11:32 AM »

Awesome review!!  TC is one of the greatest programs ever.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009, 11:18:41 AM »

Thanks Fenix Thmbsup
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009, 11:28:37 AM »

Thanks guys.

BTW I did not post it in reviews section because this is only the list of new features and I hope someone will write better one (and complete) in the future smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009, 11:29:06 AM »

Fantastic file manager, and awesome post, fenix!
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009, 01:26:34 PM »

Thanks for that ingenious overview fenix  Thmbsup
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009, 02:52:18 PM »

A very nice and well written piece, fenix.  Thank you for taking the time to do this!
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009, 03:05:34 PM »

Thanks for the round-up, fenixproductions! This is awesome news. I'm such a TC fanboy!  Kiss
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2009, 03:19:07 PM »

TC is the best filemanager, period. And the license is great.

Now, for the new features...
I cannot get the filter to work. ctrl + s does nothing. Is there any setting we need to get right?
And how do you take advantage of the file associations?
The only mod I have is the "English with extended menu (wcmd_ext1_eng.mnu)" just in case it matters...
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2009, 03:29:04 PM »

Quote from: urlwolf
I cannot get the filter to work. ctrl + s does nothing. Is there any setting we need to get right?

You can try one of these solutions:
1. Configuration -> Operation -> Quick Search -> Letters - with search dialog;
2. check if you've got any command binded to Ctrl+S and change it;
3. assign your own shortcut to cm_ShowQuickSearch

Quote from: urlwolf
And how do you take advantage of the file associations?

Under Files menu you've got Internal Associations (Total Commander only) item by default. You can also create button with cm_InternalAssociate command.

Quote from: urlwolf
The only mod I have is the "English with extended menu (wcmd_ext1_eng.mnu)" just in case it matters...

Yes it does because your menu file might not contain all new options.

You should correct your MNU.
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2009, 03:58:37 PM »

That's a new feature in the install process. Before it used to just go with the default menu and language, but now it'll read your previous settings and not change anything, just do the updating part.  thumbs up
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2009, 04:02:53 PM »

Thanks fenixproductions. MNU corrected. Associations set.
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2009, 04:09:36 PM »

That's a new feature in the install process.

I don't think it's new. I've just checked with 6.5 and all my settings are there unchanged. It could be related to installation directory thought.
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2009, 04:26:42 PM »

Nice post! Was maybe going to skip beta 1 but now I've read your post some of those new features are too tempting to miss!!! smiley
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2009, 04:43:07 PM »

Nice post! Was maybe going to skip beta 1 but now I've read your post some of those new features are too tempting to miss!!! smiley

Why skip? Because it might be unstable?

7.5 had eighteen private betas and was tested really hard. One of the testers did superior work finding very extreme bugs out. "Extreme" because it was even very difficult to reproduce them (many strange steps to take).

TC 7 was in public beta for long too but there were only few (if any) serious bugs within IIRC.
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009, 06:48:54 PM »

Yes, Total Commander is a very good file manager. But I'm hopelessly addicted to ZTreeWin and simply could not live without it. :^)
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2009, 07:51:23 PM »

Thanks for the heads-up, fenix. TC remains indispensable. The new Quick Search is superb!
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2009, 09:14:35 PM »

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I understand being addicted Wink

You might check TC's options to:
- have vertical panels,
- with tree in one of them and files list in second.
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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2009, 12:38:37 AM »

That's a new feature in the install process.

I don't think it's new. I've just checked with 6.5 and all my settings are there unchanged. It could be related to installation directory thought.
Really? OK, there's something new in the install process though, there's a no-questions-asked option. That's what I was thinking of. But previously I always had to switch to my preferred menu setup after an update...
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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2009, 02:19:54 AM »

Great TC and great review.
And, I'll write something for TC7.5 this evening, in Chinese.
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2009, 04:38:35 AM »

2urlwolf
You might want to take a look on this:
http://www.totalcmd.net/p...ugring/TcMenu_en_750.html

Edited:
LOL Ellipsis in URL above replaced just one letter.
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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2009, 09:06:52 AM »

I've added "beta warning" due to new bugs discovery. None of them are super dangerous yet  but it always good to be aware smiley
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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2009, 09:42:18 AM »

When I delete a file/folder, TC loses focus and goes back to the last window I was using.
Is that a new feature? If not, I may have activated it by accident. I'd like my old behavior better smiley. I prefer to stay in TC...
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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2009, 10:33:43 AM »

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Delete in foreground or background?

IIRC there was some discussion about it. I will take a look for it.

Edited.
Hm. Can't find it. Also it does not happen here and I've tried many files different in size and locations.

Can you provide more info? It would be nice to give step by step instructions including what applications are in foreground. Some movie would be the best.
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2009, 06:27:49 AM »

ok, more info.
It happens after ANY popup window occurs (move, delete, etc). Instead of returning focus to TC, it goes to some other window, my guess is the last with focus before TC, often FF. It's really annoying. This is windows server 2008, so it might be that.

Step by step: press any shorcut that produces a pop up (e.g., F6), finish the operation, see how TC loses focus.

Should I post it to the main TC forum?
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