FindeXer

FindeXer is a program that can provide access to frequently used folders, files, URLs, and/or applications on the left side pane of any open folder.

It features the ability to drag and drop icons to add them to FindeXer’s left folder pane’s list of shortcuts.

Yet another program in a long list of apps designed to make your favorite folders, files, apps and URLs easily accessible (check out Visual Subst, Folder2MyPC, and Folder Guide, for other attempts).

Here’s what you need to know about this one:

  • Managing entries is very simple; drag icons to add, right click to edit and re-arrange. Allows you to add dividers for better organization.
  • FindeXer will display the correct icon in most cases (for some reason the Windows XP icon for folders was replaced with a somewhat blander version).
  • Size of icons can be customized across a range of 16 point icons as a minimum all the way up to gigantic 128 point icons.
  • It is possible to choose to display a custom image for any entry in your list of shortcuts
  • It is possible to access the normal Windows context menu for each of the shortcuts on display (although an extra click is involved).
  • There are 2 ways to get rid of FindeXer in your folder pane if you need to (a) by unchecking view > explorer bar > FindeXer, or alternately (b) by clicking on the close ’x’ button on the FindeXer pane itself. Note that whether this button is there or not is something you have to decide on in the program options.
  • You can save/load your configurations, which means you can experiment with multiple setups and/or undo any changes to the shortcut list that you do not want.
  • This program is donationware: if you like it and use it a donation is suggested.
  • The version tested is still in beta and might have some bugs that need to be ironed out.

Wish list:

  • I have found that when dragging and dropping a shortcut from the desktop FindeXer will actually point to the shortcut rather than its target; it would be great if it would automatically point to the original executable or file instead.
  • It would be also be great if the icon image for folders issue mentioned above is fixed.

Its been a few days since I installed this program and although it takes a little bit of getting used to it works really well. One thing that it doesn’t offer (that some of the other programs mentioned above do) is access to your folders within the “save as” dialog, but that seems unavoidable given its design (and for me is a non-issue). My suggestion is that you try it; I would bet a good amount that most people will like it.

Version tested: 1.1 build 3

Compatibility: Windows 2000, ME, XP; no info on Vista.

Go to the program page to get the latest version (approx 76K). Click here for installation and uninstallation instructions.


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

Has been reviewing software since 2006 when he started Freewaregenius.com
flattr this!
  • Curt

    You talk about the fine but unfinished FindeXer from Tom’s Effect, but you may have overlooked that there has been no development at all for a year, since July 2006. I don’t think “Tom” will finish / update this program.

  • Samer

    Hmm.. You’re right (I didn’t notice this). I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we might get an update sometime.

    Although I might add that as is the program works well.

  • risk

    PlacesBar Editor is a similar Freeware. http://www.maddogsw.com/placesbar/

  • Samer

    Thanks Risk! I like the program you pointed out; check out my review of PlacesBar Editor.

  • risk

    Sure, no trouble.

    One more similar product, FlashFolder. Check it out at http://sourceforge.net/projects/flashfolder/

  • http://360.yahoo.com/nxqd_3051990 Nxqd3051990

    This software is so great :)
    But i use XYplorer right now, see ya later :p
    nXqd

  • Mick

    The developer of this is working on an update sometime into 2007.

  • Silversleeves

    Yep. As a long time OS X user I can tell you that FindeXer does at least make the windows and dialogs in XP look more like OS X (Jaguar and later) than many apps, utils and add-ons I’ve seen around.

    But to be fair, ultimately we all owe debt to the guys who work on KDE. Steve Jobs told the press (whether it was the Mac user-community oriented one or the Rupert Murdock/Lord Beaverbrook one I don’t remember exactly) that he was inspired to arrange and design the OS X 10.3 and later Finder windows and columns by looking at KDE Konqueror and seeing how it operated.

    Just a little extra useless piece of info.

    BZT

  • Pingback: PlacesBar Editor | freewaregenius.com()

  • The DataRat

    ,

    “no info on Vista”

    .

    Vista has the “Navigation Bar” on the left side of folders. It, too, is customizable.

    Windows Vista has received a lot of bad media …much of it undeserved. Microsoft
    has put many improvements into Vista, especially for file management. Add QT Tab…

    http://qttabbar.wikidot.com/

    http://www.freewaregenius.com/qt-tabbar/

    …to improvements like Vista’s Navigation Bar, and get a lot more done faster and easier !

    .

    The Computer Rodent

    .

  • The DataRat

    ,

    “no info on Vista”

    .

    Vista has the “Navigation Bar” on the left side of folders. It, too, is customizable.
    ( Not as pretty as FindeXer with it’s big icons, but containing more links in a list
    type view. )

    Windows Vista has received a lot of bad media …much of it undeserved. Microsoft
    has put many improvements into Vista, especially for file management. Add QT Tab…

    http://qttabbar.wikidot.com/

    http://www.freewaregenius.com/qt-tabbar/

    …to improvements like Vista’s Navigation Bar, and get a lot more done faster and easier !

    .

    The Computer Rodent

    .