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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

File Ho! -- File Management with Resco Explorer 2007

Posted by Don Tolson in "SOFTWARE" @ 08:00 AM


Introduction
While the File Explorer provided with Windows Mobile provides the basic functions for managing files on the device, it is limited. It lacks the more sophisticated features we've come to expect from the Windows desktop version (such as drag and drop capability) and only deals with files on the device itself, as there is no network capability. Fortunately, developers like Resco have stepped in to provide much better and more robust file management software.

Resco Explorer 2007 is not the cheapest option available, but it provides a robust solution by packaging a significant number of tools with it. These include:
  • File Manager;
  • Recycle Bin;
  • Today Plugin;
  • Strong File Encryption;
  • ZIP File Compression/Decompression;
  • File Viewer;
  • Network Browser;
  • Registry Editor; and
  • FTP Browser.

    Many of these are available separately from other vendors, but Resco's package integrates them into a workable and cohesive interface. The 2007 version (also known as V6.0) is an enhancement of the award-winning previous versions, so if you've worked with any of them before, the interface and accompanying toolkit will be familiar. In fact, I was quite happily surprised at how easy it was to use this toolkit, after having been away from it for at least a couple of years.

    So what's new in the 2007 version of Resco Explorer? Well, according to the website, you now get:
  • Status bar;
  • File Decryption in memory (on the fly);
  • Quick-Search bar;
  • Advanced Network Settings;
  • File Types highlighting;
  • Task Manager within Today Plugin; and
  • Folder Properties – recursive file attribute setting.

    I'll be looking at how most of these are implemented in the review below.

    When you run the install package provided by Resco on the Desktop PC, you get the chance to select which options you would like to install. Some of the options are packaged together to make installation a little easier.


    Figure 1: Desktop Installation Screen.

    Two nice features of the install routines are that, as you select items, the size requirements for program memory on the PPC are automatically updated and a quick description of the functionality is displayed. Little things, but they show that Resco is trying to help out the user as much as possible.

    So, let's take a look at each of the modules available....
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