: PowerPro is a great program - but I agree you wouldn't really run it just for the dialog extender features. It only really makes sense if you intend to use several of its features.
I realise I didn't expand on why I find Total Commander useful. TC has built-in "macros," which you can attach to a button on its button bar. I added two buttons, one for UNC path+filename, one for short path+filename. You put the cursor on a file, press the appropriate button, and TC sends that information to the clipboard. Then you can paste it into a dialog. XYplorer has a similar feature, bound to a hotkey instead of a button.
: In your review, you say there's a free version of Direct Folders. It looks to me like it's only free for personal use. 95% of my computing is done at work...