[guispeak] FileDir 3.0 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 09:40:32 -0500 (EST)


Version 3.0
Released December 10, 2007

Fixed the What command, Question Mark, not verbalizing files over 20K in
size when using JAWS.  Fixed a root directory (e.g., C:\) displaying as
blank in a list of current windows or recent folders.

Made the delete confirmation dialog list the items that would be deleted.
Modified Alt+R to list recent folders rather than shortcuts.  It lets you
pick any folder or zip archive opened since the start of the current
FileDir session -- with the most recent shown first.  Added a button to
list special folders in the dialog for choosing a directory (e.g., the one
after Control+O to open or Shift+C to copy).  That dialog now has buttons
for current, recent, quick, or special folders.  Added the Window Toggle
command, Shift+W, for switching back and forth between the two most
recently opened windows.

Added settings to the Configuration Options dialog (Alt+Shift+C).  Setting
DirsBeforeFiles to N (for No) causes files to be listed before subfolders
in a directory view.  Setting ZipOpener to N causes zip archives to be
opened by the default program associated with that extension (e.g.,
WinZip), rather than by FileDir, when Enter is pressed on a zip archive
with focus.

Reorganized and extended equivalence between "open" and "go to" commands.
An open command creates a new directory view whereas a go to command
replaces the current one.  Control+O is Open Folder;  Control+Shift+O is
Open Special Folder;  and Alt+O is Open Drive.  Substitute the G key for
go to commands.  Thus, Control+G is Go to Folder;  Control+Shift+G is Go
to Special Folder;  and Alt+G is Go to Drive.  Control+Q opens the Quick
folder, whereas the Grave Accent key (top left of the main keyboard) goes
to it.

As before, Recycle with Delete, Alt+Shift+R, is a toggle that determines
whether deleted items are copied to the Recycle Bin.  Turning off this
setting increases efficiency since there is no delay for items to be
copied.  Now this setting also makes directory navigation more efficient
by discarding windows that are no longer needed.  Three pairs of commands
are affected that perform an open or go to operation depending on whether
the Shift key is used:  Enter for a subfolder with focus, Backspace for
the parent folder, or Backslash for the root folder.  By default, The
shifted version does a go to, requiring conscious effort for this more
destructive version that replaces the current view rather than creating a
new one with open.  If Recycle with Delete is off, however, then the roles
of these keys are reversed -- e.g., Enter goes to a subfolder, whereas
Shift+Enter opens it (similar to how Shift+Enter opens a new window when
pressed on a link in Internet Explorer).

Two new commands may be particularly helpful to users of the Victor Stream
or similar devices.  Control+Shift+U unzips to a folder with the same name
as the zip archive with focus.  For example, FileDir would propose a path
ending in mag0712 if focused on mag0712.zip -- thereby making it
convenient to organize Daisy books in seperate subfolders, as recommended.
Use the Volume Format command, Control+Shift+V, to format a disk or
storage card.

The Windows Control Panel command, Control+Shift+W, launches Control Panel
for configuring Windows.  Besides being a convenient hot key, this command
may be needed, for technical reasons, as an alternative to navigating to
Control Panel via the Windows Start Menu if you have set FileDir instead
of Windows Explorer to generally open folders (an option in the FileDir
program group of the Start Menu).

The System Access screen reader, as well as JAWS or Window-Eyes, is now
supported with enhanced verbalization:  extra messages by FileDir beyond
the default verbosity of the screen reader in use.  Such messages may be
turned off with the new Extra Speech Toggle, Control+Shift+X.  They are
then redirected to a log file (re-initialized at the start of a FileDir
session), which may be reviewed with the Alt+Shift+X command in the text
editor that has been configured for use.  The default setting for that
editor has been changed from TextPal to EdSharp, available at

FileDir compatibility with Windows Vista has been improved by locating
data files that are created or modified after installation in a subfolder
of Documents and Settings rather than Program Files.  Quick shortcut or
URL files already created would need to be manually copied to the new
location, e.g., from
C:\Program Files\FileDir\Quick
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\FileDir\Quick

The installer for FileDir now compiles its code from an intermediate
language to a "native image" in the "Global Assembly Cache" of the .NET
Framework.  This significantly speeds up initial loading and execution of
a FileDir session.  The Elevate Version command, F11, now compares the
currently running version with the web server, indicating whether a newer
version is available.


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