muCommander is a cross-platform file manager that features support for FTP, SFTP, SMB, NFS, HTTP, Bonjour/Zeroconf, email attachments, Zip/GZip/Tar/Bzip2/ISO/NRG/AR/Deb/LST archives, universal bookmarks, credentials management, themes, multiple windows, full keyboard management, and many configuration options. It is available in 20 languages and is licensed under the GNU GPL.
- New features
- Tabbed browsing support (ticket #185)
- Added support for Xfce desktop environment (ticket #394)
- Text viewer and editor can now display line numbers
- New quick list for root folders, mapped onto Alt+5 by default (ticket #400)
- Natural file ordering, suggested by 'andraaspar' in the forums. All symbols now come before digits (ticket #282)
- Improved the display of filenames when they are not entirely visible, by removing characters in the middle so that both ends of the filename are visible
- Current folder is now automatically changed to a workable folder when it is no longer available (ticket #333)
- Upgraded the JmDNS library (used for Bonjour support) to version 3.1
- Upgraded the jCIFS library (used for SMB support) to version 1.3.14
- Better RAR archive support (ticket #152)
- Text viewer and editor can now wrap long lines (ticket #101)
- The bookmarks quick list is now displayed unsorted (ticket #416)
- Changed the quick search mechanism in quick lists to match the one used in the folder pane (ticket #171)
- Added an option to change the font size in the text file editor/viewer by pressing Ctrl while rotating the mouse wheel (ticket #409)
- Application state is now persisted on shutdown in a dedicated snapshot.xml file, instead of being stored along with preferences in preferences.xml (see http://trac.mucommander.com/wiki/StatePersistence)
- Changed the color of hidden files to be different from regular files (ticket #262)
- Changed the default keyboard shortcuts of the 'open in both panels', 'open in other panel', 'recall next window' and 'recall previous window' actions, to make room for the new tab-related shortcuts
- File editor/viewer is now getting the focus when initiated (ticket #92)
- Comic Book Archive files (cbr, cbz, cb7, cbt) are now recognized as archives (#454)
- New: Turkish translation, contributed by Emre Aytaç
- New: Catalan translation, contributed by Jordi Plantalech
- New: Belarusian translation, contributed by vboo
- New: Norwegian translation, contributed by Ingrid Amundsen
- Russian translation updated. Update contributed by Alexey Sirotov and Evgeny Morozov
- Ukrainian translation updated. Update contributed by Oleksandr Kovalchuk
- Spanish translation updated. Update contributed by Xavi Miró
- Bug fixes
- Pack dialog now implements the same filename selection algorithm as other dialogs (ticket #167)
- When an invalid destination was entered in a transfer dialog, the spinning dial icon would keep spinning
- Fixed an issue that would occur when creating directories whose extension match that of one of the supported archive formats (see ticket #360)
- Fixed a bug that could cause the deletion of S3 files to fail
- Fixed an exception on shutdown (ticket #377)
- Fixed an exception when trying to update text files in archives using the internal editor (ticket #408)
- File renaming is now cancelled when the filename editor loses focus (#428)
- Fixed a deadlock that could prevent the application from shutting down (#431)
- Fixed an issue that caused unpacking of 7z archive file to produce corrupted files (ticket #347)
- Fixed several bugs related to SMB handling (tickets #351 and #436)
Reviewing 0.8.2 (Apr 19, 2008)
Due to being GPL, muCommander does not (and can never) support RAR files because it is not possible to implement RAR v3 (including all compression types) with GPL code. However, there is no excuse for not supporting 7z because GPL-compatible Java implementations have been available for over 3 years.
Really, muCommander feels like a programming class project getting dragged out, except that the teacher isn't guiding it anymore. In fact, there is no roadmap. That's why muCommander is over 6 years old but the developers are still not willing to call it version 1.0 yet. The feature list seems long but it's full of trivial little things which aren't well coordinated. Much effort gets spent on platform compatibility issues. After 6 years, this file manager finally supports deleting files to the Windows Recycle Bin. You see why it's still not version 1.0?
If you really need cross-platform Java, you might be able to tolerate the immaturity of muCommander. If you're really just looking for a free 2-paned file manager for Windows, you may be happier with FreeCommander.
Reviewing 0.8.2 (Apr 18, 2008)
@SPIKED - why can't you just use the right click menu to access your RAR archives when you have WinRAR installed? It works great from Windows Explorer, PowerDesk, Free Commander, muCommander, etc.
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Although I've bailed on using Macs and OS X and am back again using Windows exclusively, the fact that it's multi-platform means it's still useful to me, thankfully.
Since the updates of PowerDesk Pro in versions 6 and now 7 still contain a few show-stopper bugs, such as not keeping the proper sorted order during drag and drop operations and I'm stuck back at PowerDesk Pro 5, I need to start focusing on other options.
PowerDesk Pro 5 has a bug in how it handles NTFS partitions that seems to involve the date and time display. If you update a file in a folder, it will not only show the new date and time on that particular file, but often change the date and time on the folder itself, which is somewhat annoying. Seems confused about which to display - created time and date, last viewed, last updated, etc. Just not handling it properly, whatever the case.
MU Commander does not suffer from this anomoly, nor does Free Commander, I believe.
So, even though the pace of development on this product is quite slow, I still find it a valuable alternative and am grateful that it's available and free.
Reviewing 0.8.1 (Nov 30, 2007)
Only thing I really like is it aphabetizes everything correctly instead of by type.
Problem is, it is it's own interface and neglects your regular windows' options.
If it gave you your normal right click options it would be good. It refused to 'open' an ini file at all.
I guess for simple file operations it is ok, but freecommander blows it away-in resources too.
Reviewing 0.8 (Oct 5, 2007)
Nice. On windows I prefer freecommander's gui though. If I ever get around to running linux (unix?) f/t I will definitely use it
Reviewing 0.8 Beta 3 (Mar 11, 2007)
When I first saw that this was programmed in Java, I immediately thought it was going to be slow and not very good. I'm beginning to have a renewed faith in Java apps. Starts-up pretty quick, seems to run well, no problems that I can see. I think this deserves a solid rating of 4. As this is a beta version, I believe future revisions will make it even better.
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