file open/save dialog replacement

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cslevine
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file open/save dialog replacement

Post by cslevine » 25 May 2013 16:54

after lots of google-ings,
i don't know if it exist, on Windows, some utility which
take over the place of the usual dialog for file open / save, called by the menu "Open" or "Save as" in softwares.

This could be good, because the windows one doesn't have true representation of the real hardware hierarchy,
and fools all beginners with "Documents", "Desktop", and some new "catalogs" representations, making the confusion
in the mind of most users.
( so that I know why most today users are missing completley the using of explorer and file managing.
They only remembering one way to find back their last photos and believe all is fine when datas are "in the computer" and
don't want to mind with "complicated" file copying ! )

Filehero
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Re: file open/save dialog replacement

Post by Filehero » 25 May 2013 17:19

cslevine wrote:i don't know if it exist, on Windows,
Me too, but I'm quite sure it doesn't.
cslevine wrote: This could be good, because the windows one doesn't have true representation of the real hardware hierarchy,
and fools all beginners with "Documents", "Desktop", and some new "catalogs" representations, making the confusion
in the mind of most users.
Here, I AM sure. You don't want to see the "real hardware representation". No, you don't want to see mft entries or lists of clusters/blocks. ;-)

I think you can still get by with the standard dialogs, you just have to know the way MS decided to use descriptive hard-linked shortcuts a bit better and you will be fine.

For example, Documents always points to the document folder of the currently logged user, which is C:\Users\${currentUser}\documents. The same holds true for the famous "desktop" abstraction, the actual folder refered by is C:\Users\${currentUser}\Desktop.
BTW, you can get the real path navigating those shortcuts using Windows Explorer and selecting the path by clicking into the address bar.


Cheers,
Filehero

xman
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Re: file open/save dialog replacement

Post by xman » 27 May 2013 21:34

I absolutely hate the standard open/save dialog. But I learned to live with it. Most of the time I just copy the path in XYplorer or in Everything and paste it to the open/save dialog. Yes, you can just copy and paste the entire path, even when it doesn't match the one selected, and then hit enter. The problem occurs only when there is no box to paste anything, which is a real pain :twisted: .

But there is one utility that I know of, that enhances the open/save dialog: FileBox eXtender (http://www.hyperionics.com/files/). Perhaps check it out :wink: .

avsfan
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Re: file open/save dialog replacement

Post by avsfan » 27 May 2013 22:49

Listary also helps -- if you have the path open somewhere else (such as in XY), then move the cursor to the xy window and back to file load/save dialog, the path automatically updates (plus, you can use favorites, etc in the listary bar which is just below the file load/save dialog). Pretty slick!

Stef123

Re: file open/save dialog replacement

Post by Stef123 » 23 Jun 2013 07:34

Tried all kinds of stuff over the years. Most of it was dedicated to Adobe and MS dialogs and yielded mixed results. DirectFolders is not perfect either, but it's the one tool that really stuck with me, so I guess it must have some merits.
http://codesector.com/directfolders

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