If you’re looking for a Windows File Explorer replacement or addition, Altap Salamander is a fast dual pane file manager for Windows. It has an intuitive interface, has viewers for popular file formats, support for common archives, and has built-in FTP and SFTP clients.
Altap Salamander has been around as paid software for some time. They were acquired by civil engineering software developer Fine Software, who then released the program as freeware.
Altap Salamander doesn’t have quite the feature set that Directory Opus (paid program) has, but it comes pretty close. It has features you won’t find in many file managers.
In addition to performing standard file manager tasks like view, copy, edit, delete, rename, it has an extensive set of features. Here's brief list, you can find the whole list here.
- Built in support for most network protocols such as FTP, FTPS (also known as FTP Secure and FTP-SSL), SCP, SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol). Windows shares (SMB protocol) can be mapped to local drives or use UNC paths (\\server\share).
- Supports most file types including ZIP, RAR, 7-Zip, ISO images, and UDF images.
- Supports over 40 images types
- Built in password manager
- Built in registry editor
- Choose which viewers, editors and archivers you want to use
- Work with files that are stored in archives such as 7-Zip without extracting them
- Change file attributes, change case, convert files, and compare files and directories and view the registry.
- Change the appearance using the included themes. Choose from the Salamander default, Windows Explorer, Norton Commander, DOS Navigator or create your own color scheme.
- Choose a skill level for using the program, beginning, intermediate, or advanced. Menu options are adjusted according to the skill level you choose.
The interface is clean and easy to navigate. The toolbar can be configured and has a Right and Left entry to make configuring either window easy. There are extensive configuration options for most areas of the program. The Help section is well developed and can be accessed offline.
You can do almost anything in Salamander with keyboard shortcuts. The list is here and it’s pretty impressive. Salamander also supports Wild Cards. If you find you can’t access certain features, run the program as an administrator.
I found Altap Salamander to be a lightweight, versatile advanced dual pane file manager, a good replacement for Windows File Explorer for most tasks.
(h/t The Windows Club)
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