Release 12.40


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Release 12.40.0000

XYplorer 12.40 has been released on 30-Apr-2013. Here's a quick introduction to the main new features:

Custom File Icons. This version comes with some serious eye candy. Windows can assign icons to file types, but here are new icon tricks that go much further: Assign custom icons to all folders with a certain name, e.g. "movie" or "docs", or on a certain drive. Assign custom icons to particular files, e.g. to "C:\pagefile.sys", or to all files called "readme.txt", or to all JPEGs containing "2013" in the name.

It gets even better: You can take your associated icons with you wherever you go: Custom File Icons are fully portable without changing a single byte in the host system. It all runs from a USB stick, full stealth. Hence this feature is also called Portable File Icons.

Example #1

Here is a shot of a small folder containing some images and sounds from Brazil and Japan in various formats (JPEG, PNG, MP3) using the dull standard icons:

Before: Mixed stuff from Brazil and Japan. Dull icons. (Click to see the full screenshot)

At this point you are rather interested in content than in format, so you want to easily distinguish the Brazil stuff from the Japan stuff. At the same time you are bored of staring at the dull Windows default icons day in day out. Let's handle all of this at once by customizing some file icons. This is what it could look like using custom icons:

After: Brazil and Japan now nicely distinguished. Charming icons. Note that the assigned icons are used everywhere in the XYplorer UI. (Click to see the full screenshot)

And these are the custom icon definitions responsible for the above look:

Menu Tools | Customize File Icons... (Ctrl+I) brings you here. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Full Stealth
With Custom File Icons no windows standard icon assignments are touched at all. The icons you see are taken directly from ICO and EXE files present on the host system or on your USB stick. No registry changes involved.

Example #2

Easily make folders stand out from the crowd:

Mark what's important to you and take the marks on the road. They are portable. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Definitions used in the example:

C:\Users\Don\Test\IconTest\>ads_black.ico   [matches only this folder]
Nuts\>Acorn.ico                             [matches all folders called "Nuts"]

Example #3

Generic folder icons too yellow? Too Vista-ish? No problem, make them blue and XP-like:

It could be any color, and any shape. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Definitions used in the example:

*\>Folder_C_Blue.ico   [matches all folders without a specific icon]

Example #4

You can as well color folders by their drive and thus give a strong visual clue about the location of a folder. This might save your skin when moving crucial files in a high pressure situation.

Folders on C: are blue, folders on H: are green. It could be any color, and any shape. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Definitions used in the example:

C:\*\>Folder_C_Blue.ico     [matches all folders on C:\]
H:\*\>Folder_C_Green.ico    [matches all folders on H:\]

Example #5

Note that the custom icons are respected everywhere in the XYplorer GUI (which is a difference to Color Filters, which only show in Tree and List), also for example in popup menus:

The "Recent File Operations" menu respects the custom icons, just like any other place within XYplorer. (Click to see the full screenshot)


Example #6

Here's how to make the current tree folder stand out:

Always know where you are, without even looking.

Definitions used in the example:

**\>Ribbon.ico   [matches the current tree folder]
code\>Green.ico  [matches all folders named "code"]

How to Customize Your File Icons

Open menu Tools | Customize File Icons... (Ctrl+I) and add the desired definitions. The general syntax for a definition looks like this:
Pattern(s)>Icon Source

Anything that has a system icon (the icon shown in the file list) can be stated as custom icon source, typically you would take either executables or *.ico files. The icon source can be stated as full path, relative path, or ProgID ("Notepad"). Even XYplorer native and environment variables are supported. Paths to icon sources are resolved relative to XYplorer's Icon path, subfolder of the application data path.

Customizing file icons is a one-time job. Once you have customized your icon associations there is nothing else to do or to learn. The feature is simply there for you and works for you. All you have to do is sit and watch. As simple as TV.

For details and advanced options please see the Help file.

A Bunch Of Useful Patterns That Will Start You Off

%computer%    matches the Computer special folder
%desktop%     matches the Desktop special folder
%personal%    matches the Personal special folder
%user%        matches the User special folder
%net%         matches the Network special folder
%recycler%    matches the Recycle Bin special folder
E:\           matches drive E:\
E:\*\         matches all folders in E:\
E:\ /r        matches all folders in E:\ and E: itself
E:\Jobs\*\    matches all folders in E:\Jobs\
[F-L]:\*\     matches all folders on drives F-L
*\            matches all folders that have no specific icon
**\           same as above for the current tree folder
pics\         matches all folders named "pics"
E:\*          matches all files in E:\
pics\*        matches all files in folders named "pics"
pics*\*       matches all files in folders beginning with "pics"
*.jpg;*.png   matches all JPG and PNG files
*.fnd         matches all FND files and is used for Search Results
*.            matches all files with no extension 
*23*          matches all files containing "23" in the name
*2013*.txt    matches all TXT files containing "2013" in the name
readme.txt    matches all files named "readme.txt"
<xyicons>\*   matches all files in the default Icons folder
\\Wagner\     matches server "Wagner"

Test Icons

Here are some icons for testing (including all icons used in the above examples). For all I know these icons are free for commercial and uncommercial use. Thanks and credits go to the designers of these icons!

In XYplorer, go to the default icons path (simply paste <xyicons> into the Address Bar and go there), and paste the extracted icons into this path.


Final Remarks

Once again: With Custom File Icons no windows standard icon assignments are touched at all. The icons you see are taken directly from ICO and EXE files present on the host system or on your USB stick. No registry changes involved.
There is a master switch to toggle the whole thing on and off: Configuration | Refresh, Icons, History | Icons | Enable custom file icons.
Changing icon definitions or enabling/disabling the feature all works smoothly, ultra-fast, and on the fly. No restart required.


Release 12.40.0100

XYplorer 12.40.0100 has been released on 08-May-2013. Here's a quick introduction to the main new features:

Custom File Icons. Now you can customize the icons of the currently selected tree folders.

The open state icon is only shown in the folder tree. Its typical use is to make the selected folder stand out from the crowd.

The following examples show how three drives with identical folder structures can be visually set apart by custom icons, and additionally show drive-specific icons for the selected folder:

Watch the "half apple" icon of the selected tree folder. (Click to see the full screenshot)

The "half apple" icon moved to the new selected tree folder. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Clearly we are not on the "apples drive" anymore. (Click to see the full screenshot)


How to Define Custom Icons for Selected Tree Folders

The icon to be used for the selected folder is appended to the normal icon, separated by a "|" (pipe). The following definitions are used in the screenshots above:

D:\*\>Apple.ico|Apple_Half.ico
X:\*\>cup_coffee.ico|cup_coffee_empty.ico
Z:\*\>Folder_Blue.ico|Folder_Blue_Open.ico
Custom File Icons Toolbar Toggle. The new toolbar button "Enable Custom File Icons" lets you quickly toggle custom and standard icons. No restart required.

Custom File Icons ON. In the screenshot the button is located below the Tools menu. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Custom File Icons OFF. (Click to see the full screenshot)

Note that the button's right-click menu has some useful stuff.

Credits for the icon go to http://www.everaldo.com/.



Release 12.40.0200

XYplorer 12.40.0200 has been released on 16-May-2013. Here's a quick introduction to the main new features:

File Times in UTC. Now you can show all file times in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), i.e. in the universal time format that is independent of your current time zone.

If you are a pilot or frequent flyer who often crosses time zones you will be delighted to see your files showing the same universal timestamp, no matter whether you are in Los Angeles, São Paulo, Rome, or Tokyo. In other words, XYplorer now supports portable file times.

Universal Time Stamp. Now you can as well modify the UTC file times (as they are stored under NTFS) directly: Simply append a "Z" (UTC marker according to ISO 8601) to the time string, e.g. "2013-05-16 12:00:00Z". That way you can guarantee the same universal timestamp regardless of any DST (Daylight Saving Time) offset in effect. Very nice for software developers with a global market.

Universal Time Search. Now you can as well find files by their UTC timestamps. In other words, your search-by-date templates now are perfectly portable and work reliably independent of the time zone of your current host system.

Background Information on UTC

The rotating ball we live on - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth


Release 12.40.0300

XYplorer 12.40.0300 has been released on 31-May-2013. It just has some bug fixes.