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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


User Customization
Resco provides a significant number of options and settings to allow you to customize the Explorer 2007 package to your individual tastes. Almost every screen and facet of the application has settings available.


Figure 23: Setting General Options for Resco Explorer 2007.

Under the 'Colors' setting, you can a specific highlighting color for any type of file, based on its extension, so that it stands out in the display listing.


Figure 24: Setting up highlighting for specific file types.

Documentation
There is a manual for the 2005 version of Resco Explorer available from the Resco website. A 2007 version is promised to be available 'soon' but almost all the features of the application are covered in the 2005 manual. Resco also provides video tutorials for major functions within Explorer 2007 on their website. There is no Help function available from within the application, but generally, I didn't find I needed it, since the functions were where I'd expect to find them and easy to understand. It was good to read through the manual for some of the finer points, though.

Conclusions
While the Resco package is a little pricier than other File Explorer replacements, the toolset provided is much richer and allows significantly greater flexibility in managing storage on the PPC. In fact, there is so much power available in this package, I'm not sure why MS hasn't decided to incorporate the functionality within the Windows Mobile or Desktop operating systems. Depending upon your needs, the Resco Explorer 2007 package is probably a better deal than trying to find integrated zip, encryption, file management, task management and Today plugins separately.

Don is an Associate Director with Fujitsu Consulting and a member of its Enterprise Mobility Community. His son is starting French Immersion in September, so you more 'Frenglish' might become de rigeur in future reviews :-)

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