Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 12:31 UTC, submitted by michuk
OSNews, Generic OSes "ROX is one of the genuinely interesting file managers available for the major platforms - GNU/Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows (under Cygwin). As can be inferred from the manager's website, ROX-Filer is a project aimed to move the best features of RISC OS onto Linux and Unix platforms. Its small footprint and configurability are its unquestionable hallmarks."
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2 pane view
by renhoek on Tue 9th Oct 2007 22:55 UTC
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Member since:
2007-04-29

why does everyone implement a file manager as a 1 pane view? explorer, finder, and nearly every other file manager works alike. even the gods of interfaces got it wrong with finder. while everyone i know really likes the 2 pane view like norton commander/mc/total commander.

i really don't care about features like filter, a zillion different views and a build in commandline. the most common action is to move or copy files, for this a 2 pane view is ideal (no, opening 2 windows still sucks donkeyballs).

i still see people suffer each day because of the one pane view, so please developpers, support a 2 pane view, it can't be that hard.

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RE: 2 pane view
by Spellcheck on Wed 10th Oct 2007 00:27 in reply to "2 pane view"
Spellcheck Member since:
2007-01-20

I've tried using two panes, but it's difficult. Maybe I nest things more deeply... I just get lost. Of course, I always have an address bar visible in my file managers. I type paths a lot more than clicking.

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RE: 2 pane view
by Soulbender on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:43 in reply to "2 pane view"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"i really don't care about features like filter, a zillion different views and a build in commandline."

I don't care about a 2-pane view.

"so please developpers, support a 2 pane view, it can't be that hard."

ROX-Filer will most certainly never have a 2-pane view. Feel tree to use any of the Norton Commander clones (like Xnc) or code one yourself though.

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RE: 2 pane view
by gavin.mccord on Wed 10th Oct 2007 11:20 in reply to "2 pane view"
gavin.mccord Member since:
2005-09-07

I still miss the filemanager from Windows 3.1; their last decent effort.

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RE: 2 pane view
by rcsteiner on Wed 10th Oct 2007 15:11 in reply to "2 pane view"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

Two panes are limiting. With multiple one-pane windows, you can have 1...n panes open and drag-and-drop between them arbitrarily.

ROXFiler perfectly fits my own desktop style as a long-time OS/2 and classic MacOS user. If you don't like its approach, use another filemanager...

(I also use MC on the command line quite heavily, and that sort of filemanager is very useful in a console context, but that isn't the way I like to operate when in a mouse-centric UI).

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RE: 2 pane view
by rcsteiner on Wed 10th Oct 2007 15:19 in reply to "2 pane view"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

I would like to add: in operating systems such as OS/2 that have a desktop with features like Workgroup folders, you can set up an arbitrary number of windows in fixed positions on your desktop and then open and close the entire group of windows concurrently with a single double-click.

Just create a controlling folder object, create shadows of the programs you want to control in that folder, click the "Workgroup" box in the folder settings, and then use that folder icon to open and close the entire application set as a group.

Those windows could be anything -- directory windows, text editors, other applications, etc.

Why Linux and other OSes still haven't duplicated this type of logical window/application grouping is still a puzzle to me. It's very useful.

Edited 2007-10-10 15:22

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RE: 2 pane view
by Tom5 on Wed 10th Oct 2007 18:28 in reply to "2 pane view"
Tom5 Member since:
2005-09-17

It's fine; just set up some shortcuts. For example, on my ROX-Filer setup, pressing "n" duplicates the current window. Then <Win>+S does a vertical split (i.e. puts one window above the other), while <Win>+| puts them side-by-side.

The two split commands are provided by the WM (Ion 3 in my case). It's better to let the WM provide the layout/tabbing features than to have every program implement its own.

Of course, this also allows you to have as many windows or tabs as you want.

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RE: 2 pane view
by DeadFishMan on Thu 11th Oct 2007 20:29 in reply to "2 pane view"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

Open Konqueror, press Ctrl+Shift+L and WHAM! You have your 02 panels view. Awesome trick to use Konqueror as a FTP or SFTP/SCP client when using the fish:// KIOSlave.

When you're done, press Ctrl+Shift+R to remove one of the panels. You can't get any better than Konqueror as far as file managers are concerned... ;)

Edited 2007-10-11 20:31

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RE: 2 pane view
by Thomas2005 on Thu 11th Oct 2007 21:10 in reply to "2 pane view"
Thomas2005 Member since:
2005-11-07

I have no problems with Finder, but File Manager in Windows 3.1 was better.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Filemanager31.png

Microsoft really screwed up when they tried to "bake" IE into Windows giving us Windows Explorer.

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