Release 19.80

XYplorer © 2024 · File Manager for Windows

XYplorer 19.80 has been released on 12-Mar-2019. Here’s a quick introduction to the main new features:

  • Multi-User-Tagging. The concept of Multi-User-Tagging, i.e. sharing file tags within a networked team, is around for quite a while in XYplorer, but the first implementation lacked power, comfort, and elegance. Not anymore.

    If you are looking for a way to implement a shared tagging system, you found it. Easy setup, fast automatic real-time synchronization, access control, and a large number of independent fields (Label, Tags, Comment, and 16 freely definable Extra Tags) for each file.

    Give it a try, annotate a file and have all your team members see your notes in real-time in their file manager. And see their comments in your file manager. Your team is fully connected.

    How to set up Multi-User-Tagging (MUT)

    Your team mate comments a file in his file manager and you see that comment in your file manager right away? That’s not a dream anymore. With the new XYplorer you enter the wonderful world of streamlined Multi-User-Tagging. And to set it up will take you about 5 minutes.

    The following 4 steps are all it takes to create a MUT network:

    • Step 1: Understand the Structure. Each team member needs a copy of XYplorer installed on his local Windows. The tags database is a single file that will be kept in a central location accessible to each member of the network. That location would typically be an UNC path pointing to a shared folder, for example "\\North\Share\XY\SharedTags.dat". Nothing to do yet, just understand the structure.
    • Step 2: Connect to the Database. Now create the shared database using the command Tags | Load Tags Database.... Enter the full path, e.g. "\\North\Share\XY\SharedTags.dat" (use any name you like). If the database does not exist yet using that command will create it, else it will open it. Now that the database exists each member of the network can connect to it using that same command Tags | Load Tags Database... and same full path in his XYplorer instance.
    • Step 3: Show the Columns. To each member: To actually see the tags in the file list do the following: Go to folder containing tagged files or files to be tagged. Select Details View in the file list. Then use command View | Columns | Show Columns... to show the columns (tags) you are interested in. Note that you can drag the columns to new positions if you please.
    • Step 4: Automate the Synchronization. The finishing touch is to have any changes in the shared tags automagically appear in each member’s XYplorer instance in real time. To enable this feature the checkbox Tools | Configuration | Information | Tags | Auto-refresh tags has to be ticked in the member’s XYplorer instance.

    If all is set up right, each member of the team will see the same tags on the same files, and if any member changes any of them, the others will see the change in real-time in their instance of XYplorer.

    In a MUT network all your team members will see up to 16 freely definable Extra columns like these.

    Look here for options and details.

  • Status Log. Now the last 1000 changes in the Status Bar are permanently logged. It might be interesting to see what those rapidly changing Status Bar messages actually said, or what exactly you were doing 15 minutes ago. Now you can find out.

    To open the Status Log right-click the Status Bar and click Show Status Log.

    The right-click menu of the Status Bar.

    The Status Log will look something like this:

    A Status Log.