[access-uk] FW: Announcing FileDir 1.0--a free, powerful & friendly file/directory manager

  • From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Access-Uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 03:37:32 -0000

Just thought some here might like to try this useful sounding, speech friendly 
file manager.
Think it is from the same source as TextPal, an advanced text editor aimed 
particularly at
screen reader users.
  Haven't tried it myself yet, but a direct link for downloading is included in 
the info

Happy New Year.
From Ray

I can be contacted off-list at:

-----Original Message-----
>Now available at
>FileDir 1.0
>Released January 1, 2007
>FileDir, a file and directory manager, is intended to be a generally
>superior alternative to Windows Explorer or My Computer for managing a
>computer file system in an efficient, accessible manner.  It is
>particularly designed to optimize productivity by users of the JAWS or
>Window-Eyes screen readers.  Familiar features of Windows Explorer are
>replicated for starting functionality and ease of learning.  FileDir then
>adds much in power and convenience.
>Developed in the C# language, the FileDir application requires the .NET
>Framework 2.0 to run.  This is a free Microsoft download from
>FileDir features include the following:
>*  Open any number of directory views in a standard Multiple Document
>Interface (MDI), where Control+Tab cycles among open windows and
>Control+F4 closes one.  F4 also lets you pick from a list of those
>currently open.
>*  A standard ListBox rather than ListView control is used to display
>files and subfolders, so the interface is more streamlined and responsive
> >then Windows Explorer.
>*  With single, mnemonic keystrokes, start verbalizing a file or inspect
>its size, date, or other attributes.
>*  Tag files or folders in various ways.  Unlike selection in Windows
>Explorer, an accidental change of focus in the list does not affect the
>set of tagged items, and the Control key does not have to be held down to
>preserve tags while navigating.
>*  Via speech, list all files in the current folder, or just the tagged
>ones -- regardless of how many are visible on the screen.
>*  Zip and unzip files, or navigate within a ZIP archive with the same
>interface as regular folders.
>*  Convert various file formats to plain text, including Microsoft Word,
>Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Windows Help, Rich Text Format, and HTML.
>*  Capture the full path of a file or set of files to the clipboard for
>convenient pasting into dialogs of other applications.
>*  Combine multiple files into a single compound document.
>*  Filter files in the current folder based on a wild card specification.
>*  Jump to a file in the current folder based on part of its name or words
>in its body.  Multiple keyword terms are possible, where a match may
>require either all terms or any one of them.
>*  Navigate among the subset of tagged files, e.g, going to the next
>tagged file, skipping over untagged ones.
>*  Go quickly to another drive, arriving in the folder and on the file
>that last had focus there.
>*  Create a shortcut to any file or folder, and invoke a list of them with
>a single key.
>*  Start an email message with the textual content of a file as its body,
>or start a message with one or more tagged files as attachments.
>*  Burn files onto a CD.
>The number of FileDir commands exceeds 100.  Each is available by either
>menu selection or hot key.  If you have trouble remembering the menu or
>key associated with a command, try the Alternate Menu command, Alt+F10,
>which lets you pick from a single, alphabetized list of all commands in a
>standard list box.
>All commands are discussed in sections of the documentation organized by
>conceptual category.  The documentation is automatically displayed at the
>end of installation, and may be reopened by pressing F1 in the program.
>Alt+Shift+H displays a summary of hot keys.
>This is the official, 1.0 release of FileDir, after several rounds of
>public beta testing and feedback.  I invite people to try it, ask
>questions, make suggestions, offer programming contributions, and spread
>the word on this free, open source project.
>Happy New Year!

Regards Steve
Email:  srp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Skype:  steve1963
MSN Messenger:  internetuser383@xxxxxxxxxxx

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