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Author Topic: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)  (Read 9014 times)

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I'm surprised this one has never caught on. I imagine it's only due to a lack of people taking the time to let others know of it. So here it is..

This utility integrates a command prompt window within explorer that stays synchronized with the folder you're viewing in explorer. It includes macro support which is a wonderful extension to the command prompt.

It works through some API hooks combined with normal shell extension interfaces. For the most part, it works well. This project could use a new maintainer though. It doesn't work under x64 at the moment, it needs some modifications in the API hooking code.



Download and source code: http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/CommandBar.asp
« Last Edit: July 30, 2006, 10:15:19 AM by db90h »

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2006, 11:40:56 AM »
nice find, never heard of that one before.

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2006, 11:41:50 AM »
Is this still in development? The latest release was in 02 :-/

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2006, 11:53:49 AM »
No, it's not under development. It needs a new maintainer bad.

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2006, 12:34:21 PM »
Yeah, thats one thing I look for in any software I use. If its not under current development or had a release in a while, I tend to stay clear as I like software that has the potential of being improved or fixed in the case of a bug.

Looks good none-the-less, trying it out now. Perhaps someone from dc should take over development ;-)

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2006, 03:29:31 PM »
Yes, I'd like to see someone take over development or release a similar tool. There are people out there trying to sell software that is simply 'console as a Windows app' without the shell integration. This is a great utility.

I started to update its API hooking code to work with explorer x64, but never finished it.

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2006, 05:15:50 PM »
the installer gives me an unspecified error (?).
I use Dopus anyway. I'll try to entice those guys to program something similar pointing them at this thread :) that would be great. Nice find db90h.

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2006, 06:29:04 PM »
That looks super cool. I will join my voice to the call for a new maintainer. :)

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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2006, 09:14:10 PM »
Looks interesting enough... but xplorer^2 has some tricks with the "location" bar, so I don't need this :)
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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2006, 03:38:55 PM »
Interesting find.. Added to my powertool list for future needs if any :P
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Re: db90h's best kept secret #1: Command Prompt Explorer Bar (Free OSS)
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2006, 06:12:49 PM »
I also use Xplorer^2 which has its own console window integrated with the file manager, allows for some very useful shortcuts... dos like commands can simply be typed directly into the address bar (with a $ prefix) and will then interact with the currently selected files / directories.