Release 11.40

XYplorer 11.40 has been released on 25-Jun-2012. Here's a quick introduction to the main new features:

Color Filters by Properties. Now you can color-code files by their extended properties, which gives you a vast number of options. For example, give a specific highlight to all files of photos that were shot on a certain day or in a certain date range. Or color- code photos with certain dimensions, shot with a particular camera, or using a certain aperture. Or highlight all MP3s with a certain bit rate. Or all PDFs with a certain author AND more than 175 pages AND younger than 2 years. Or all files with a certain SVN status.

The so-called Extended Properties are all those file properties that you can see in File Info Tips when hovering a file. You can find a complete list of them together with their numeric indices under "Configuration | File Info Tips | Show custom file info tips". Note that the correct indices vary with the Windows version and with your system configuration. Win7 has more than 250 properties per file (of course, not all are used by all file types).

1. Highlight Image Width: Here is an example for color-coding image files according to their width in pixels:

The top two color filter definitions refer to the width in pixels (#162 in Win7). The color filters are defined in Configuration | Color Filters.

Result: Files of a certain width clearly stand out. (Click to zoom)

2. Highlight Shooting Date: Here is an example for color-coding image files according to their shooting date:

The top two color filter definitions refer to the shooting date (#12 in Win7). In these examples date ranges have been defined.

Result: Files that were shot within the defined date ranges clearly stand out. (Click to zoom)

3. Highlight Camera Model: Here is an example for color-coding image files according to the used camera model:

The top two color filter definitions refer to the camera model. Here the verbal identifier "CameraModel" is used; which verbal identifiers exist for which properties is not well documented unfortunately by Microsoft.

Result: Files that were using a certain camera model clearly stand out. Note that the second filter ("?*") applies to files that were shot using any other camera model. (Click to zoom)

4. Highlight Hardlinks: Here is an example for color-coding image files according to the number of hardlinks pointing to them:

Note that this is not an extended property but an XYplorer special property of which there exists a bunch.

The #Hardlinks color filter definition refers to the number of hardlinks.

Result: Files that have more than 1 hardlink pointing to them clearly stand out. (Click to zoom)

High Quality Image Preview. Optimized the display quality by applying high-end interpolation algorithms. Applies to all previews (Preview Tab, Floating Preview, Full Screen Preview).

High quality interpolation in the Floating Preview.

Captionless Thumbnails. Now you can hide the captions and enjoy captionless thumbnails.

To hide the captions simply untick Configuration | Thumbnails | Show caption.

Captionless thumbnails.

Metadata Popup. Now you can show all available metadata of a file in a popup text box.

Ever wanted to get hold of the extended properties that are shown to you in the volatile File Info Tips when hovering a file? Now you can! The new Metadata command (Shift+Enter) shows you exactly the same data in a handy text box. Note that also a toolbar button for this has been added.

Metadata at your disposal. The fieldnames are shown in your locale (here it is German). (Click to zoom)

Sort Headers in All Views. Now you can show sort headers not only in Details view but in all other views as well, e.g. in Thumbnails.
For your interest, Windows Explorer in Vista had sort headers in all views but for unknown reasons Microsoft removed this feature in Windows 7. Now, XYplorer brings it back to Windows 7 and to all other Windows versions.

To enable this feature tick Configuration | General | Show sort headers in all views.

Thumbnails without sort headers: You cannot see the criteria behind the current sort oder, and you cannot easily change the sort order. (Click to zoom)

Thumbnails with sort headers: You immediately see the nature of the current sort oder (Created Descending), and you can easily change it. (Click to zoom)

Quick Sort By Menu: When you right-click the "Line Numbers" column header (displayed as "#" in Details view, empty in other Views), the "Sort By" menu is popped. (See screenshot in next section)
Reverse Sort Order. Now you can reverse the current sort order using a keyboard shortcut. This way you can even reverse a custom sort order created by Manual Sorting.

The command Reverse Order is found near the bottom of menu View | Sort By. You can assign a keyboard shortcut to it using menu Tools | Customize Keyboard Shortcuts.

A custom sort order created by Manual Sorting.

Right-click the "Line Numbers" column header to pop the "Sort By" menu. Select Reverse Order.

The custom sort order is reversed.