XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

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XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby manmeetbhangu » 13 Oct 2016 04:51

I have been using XYPlorer for more than 3 years and I am damm happy about it. I have a lifetime licence and eagerly await the next update !
Recently, I wanted to rename a lot of files with incrementing prefix. I googled it and I found another file manager "Directory Opus". Never heard of it before but when I googled more, lots of people has good praise for it.
Has anyone used it recently and extensively. How does it compare to XYplorer?

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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby admin » 21 Oct 2016 13:42

You can use XYplorer's Batch Rename function to rename a lot of files with incrementing prefix. Example for pattern:

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Never heard of that other software.

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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby pat55 » 11 Dec 2016 01:34

Never heard of that other software.

Really - it comes from AU and does not have paper folders.

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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby RalphM » 11 Dec 2016 01:42

You must have missed Don's sarcasm...
Ralph :-)
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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby Asta » 16 Dec 2016 16:22

Directory Opus has the advantage of offering a double tree but the disadvantage of being much more expensive than XYPlorer.

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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby Dustydog » 23 Dec 2016 08:53

My two bits: I didn't find it any deeper in a useful way after my evaluation, and I didn't like the interface as much - I personally found XY to hide its complexity more gracefully while being immediately approachable. I like its use of screen real estate and love its feature set. I'm amazed at the rapport Don has with his users, his development cycle, and the sheer usefulness of the features he consistently provides. And as mentioned, XY's pricing and licensing is amazing; Dopus, not so much - at least not in a good way. Each has features the other doesn't - but I'd never switch, price irrelevant.

And renaming! The batch rename is very intelligently designed, easy and elegant. Also a simple find/replace is sometimes handy and the quickest solution. Then there's a context menu with some common renaming tasks on it. And finally, the regex rename is absolutely rock solid, bug free, learn regexes, you'll use it daily, beautiful. And, ofc, move on rename is supported. Combined with the flexibility of his search dialogue to select the files you want to rename...it's a great combination of features. I haven't used, for example, my pre-XY favorite, "Bulk Rename Utility" for ages - it's very lonely.

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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby Enternal » 11 Jan 2017 09:23

For me, I like both a ton. I actually own xplorer2, XYplorer, and Directory Opus.

xplorer2: My least favorite by far. The developer is stuck in his own world so it's really hard to convince him of anything and the software itself does not look good and also does not feel "right". Is portable but does not come with any other portable features such as custom file associations. Functional but very boring.

XYplorer: Pure awesome. Very easy to use, looks good, portable, and responsive developer. Portability is freaking awesome in XYplorer as you can even choose custom file associations that can work portably which is really neat for USB drive usages with your own tools. Basically you can take the file manager with your own pre-configured favorite apps and do your business on any computer. Functional just like xplorer2 but VERY FUN TO USE and LOOKS VERY GOOD.

Directory Opus: Also awesome. In terms of interface customization, it's waaay above XYplorer. So you can also make it look however you want it. It functions really well too due to multi-threading support. Personally it's quite ahead for browsing images (though XYplorer is not too bad at all while xplorer2 is horrible horrible horrible). In terms of portability and other functions related to portability such as File Associations (Opus does support this) and File Icons, not as much compared to XYplorer but decent enough.

It sounds weird but I actually use both Directoy Opus and XYplorer side-by-side daily. I love them both very much so I always switch between the two depending on the mood haha. However, most of my customization I have done with shortcuts, catalogs, custom buttons, Papers for various uses, and more are in XYplorer. So basically XYplorer is my primary.

Directoy Opus has "Collections" which are the same functions as Papers in XYplorer. xplorer2 also have "scraps" which are basically the same as well. xplorer2 came with this feature first which I then requested of Don to implement this feature (thanks Don!).

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Re: XYPlorer vs Directory Opus

Postby Dustydog » 12 Feb 2017 04:56

I recently read, can't recall where, something on software design where the author talked about "there's a price to pay for options." This can be taken multiple ways - cost of development, learning curve, initial overwhelm....

Now my feeling is more, there's a price to pay for options that interfere with basic usage and clutter the interface or are required for proper - or perhaps more accurately, typical - usage.

That's one thing I liked about XY. It's approachable. And the customizations one can do are, on at least the top level, very approachable. Take, for example, Search Templates. After a bit of futzing around, I got a search right that would pull a folder out of a hierarchy of folders. I've got my most common ones saved off the edit menu and can tweak as needed. Highend, who is on an entirely different level of usage than I, showed me how to use a script to pre-load a search using an input box for the level of folder(s) I wanted to pull out, and would work on the current directory. I don't know how much time he spent on it, but I suspect it wasn't a lot because he seems simply that good and it wasn't long. However, on my current level, my solution did what I wanted...well enough, though it takes a bit more tweaking, and requires some semi-redundant Search Templates. I didn't need to know how to script it in order to get my work done. (Though I'm happily getting better at it, and appreciate the guidance, and script, from Highend.)

Directory Opus...from my trial and online research simply didn't seem as approachable to me. The level of knowledge about the product required to use it in the way its users seem to typically use it seemed much higher than with XY. It...felt like more bother than it was worth. I was busy, needed to get things done, and I didn't want to bother with it. And the interface didn't do much for me as set by default. And I was not merely surprised by the pricing and restrictive license, but positively put off. Don may be a little too reasonable - but he appears to be doing alright, and I personally have bought three licenses from him for myself and family. I don't feel irritated at a restrictive licensing agreement: I often use Teamviewer with my server along with an XY installation on that, as well as an installation on my laptop. Were I doing more wandering among computers, I love the thought, as you mentioned, of having a selection of my favorite programs as defaults along with XY and all settings on a flash drive. How cool is that. Really. I have three computers I work on frequently, and XY is sitting happily on each one. Legally. I don't want one of my main utilities with a restrictive license that interferes with my being able to function normally on other computers. Previously, I've stuck with system tools and quality open source and freeware. But XY got me.

And the way Don interacts here is just amazing.

Dopus certainly seemed a powerful tool, and some people I respect love it. But at this point, I wouldn't trade if they gave it to me - which they're certainly not going to do. Yeah, 64 bits would be nice, but it's certainly no deal breaker. Multi-threaded optimization? Couldn't honestly care less for what I do with it. My bottlenecks are disk transfer rates. And I wouldn't want Don to quit adding new features and squashing little bugs at the rate he does in order to implement it in, say, C#, over a period of months. I love his development cycle as is.

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