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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


File Manager
Resco's File Manager is like Windows Mobile File Explorer on steroids. It's bigger, beefier and kicks sand in the faces of all the other 'runts' on the beach.
:twak:

Well, maybe it isn't as quite as rude and uncouth as the bullies we saw on the back of comic books years ago, but it certainly can claim status as one of the most functionally complete file managers available. All of the features have been fully integrated with the File Manager interface.

Navigation through the files uses the now typical and familiar folder tree format.


Figure 2: Navigation through the folder structure.

Alternately, you can run the Explorer in split screen mode (horizontally or vertically!) to show the contents of the next level down in the hierarchy. You do this by selecting 'Show Tree View' from the Menu/View menu – otherwise, it rewrites the screen with the contents of the folder tapped, similar to WM's File Explorer.


Figure 3: Split Screen operation (horizontal) in File Manager.

Unfortunately for those of us looking for one-handed operation, almost all the file-based functions are only available from a menu which shows up when you tap and hold a file name. The Menu soft key at the bottom right brings up global functions for Resco Explorer as a whole.


Figure 4: List of available functions from tap and hold on a file.

Depending upon options set in File Manager (we'll talk more about those later), most functions will provide an 'Are you sure?” dialog prior to doing anything permanent. Drag-and-Drop functionality for movement of files can be turned on as an option from the Menu/Edit option. The File Manager also includes a built-in Search capability which can look for text either in the file name or in the actual content of the file. The typical wildcards (*, ?) are fully supported and the Search also provides filtering of files, based on attributes such as age, creation date, and overall size.


Figure 5: Advanced Search capabilities in File Explorer.

The 'Status Bar', described as a new feature, is a selectable option from the View menu, which displays information regarding the number of files in the currently selected folder, etc. The same View menu also allows you to include display of the Tool Bar and a bar showing the navigation to the current folder.

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