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[News] Directory Opus 8 released (Windows)ANN.lu
Posted on 05-Oct-2004 14:54 GMT by Damien20 comments
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Everyone's favorite file manager, which started life on AmigaOS and has since been ported to Windows, has just been released in a new version. Skipping from v6 to v8 has brought about a huge number of improvements, particularly for metadata handling. Read on for more, or just go download the 60 day eval.

From the release notes:

GPSoftware is proud to announce the release of a major upgrade to its flagship product, Directory Opus. Already well established in the market place as the leading File Manager and Explorer Replacement for Windows, this new version is achieving wide acclaim from both new and existing users. With more than 3000 hrs and over two years' development, this is not just a superficial upgrade with new colours! Directory Opus 8 raises the bar for Windows File Managers providing enhanced usability for the novice user while at the same time giving the experienced user more power, functionality and better tools to handle all file management needs. You can view the New Features Detailed online or download them in PDF or Flash format.

Some of the new features include: The following is a brief summary of the many new features in Directory Opus 8 in alphabetical order:

Content Type system enables you to configure Opus to automatically change the display format when you access folders containing certain types of files.

Duplicate File Finder function lets you search a folder or hard drive for duplicate files.

Enhanced File Replace Dialog includes more file information and displays image thumbnails where appropriate.

Enhanced File Types system, including new File Type Groups, provides a way to group similar files together to assign common actions and other functionality and to set display colors on a per-file type basis.

Enhanced Rename Dialog includes real-time preview, user-configurable presets and sequential numbering.

Enhanced Toolbar Functionality includes multiple Toolbars per row, alpha-blended and transparent image support, additional highlighting methods and more.

Explorer Replacement Options define exactly which folders Opus will be used in place of Windows Explorer.

File Collections system lets you group files from different locations in a collection, to view and interact with them as if they were all in the same folder. The File Finder can now optionally output its results to a File Collection, which lets you use the full power of the Opus Lister when dealing with your Find results.

Flat View(tm) - a new display mode lets you expand the current folder in the Lister to view the contents of its subfolders, and all their subfolders, and so on.

FTP Enhanced with Secure SSL and SSH/SFTP provides support for secure file transfer (optional feature), plus enhanced Time Zone functions.

Image Conversion function lets you convert, rotate and resize images quickly and easily.

Image Viewer enhancements, including file tagging, alpha-blended and transparent image support, gamma correction and more.

Improved Folder Tree performance, including the option for dual trees in a dual-file display Lister.

InfoTips, ToolTips that can display user-configurable information, including thumbnail images, for any type of file or group.

Lister Styles system that lets you quickly modify the layout of an existing Lister, accessed via a tab control in a Toolbar.

Lister Themes system to create and share Lister Themes with other Opus users.

Private or Shared configuration files.

Redesigned Folder Options system is more powerful yet much more simple than in Opus 6.

Secure Delete function that lets you securely erase files using an NSA approved algorithm.

Settings Import/Export function makes it easy to fully backup your Opus configuration.

Single click mode makes it easy to browse your files just like browsing the Web.

SMTP mailer makes it easy to send files via email from within Opus.

Synchronize File Function that supports single and both-way file synchronization.

Utility Panel lets you access Find, Synchronize and Duplicate File Finder from inside the Lister.

VFS Plugin System that lets you extend the capability of Opus to handle different archive formats or alternate file systems (includes a RAR plugin).

Viewer Plugins. New Viewer plugins included: - Movie Viewer lets you watch movies from within Opus; ActiveX Documents lets you view Office documents, html, flash files etc. Also included are plugins for Text Thumbnails, Animated Gifs and more.

Windows/MSN Messenger integration.

... and much MUCH more...

As a long-time DOpus user I must say that it makes using a Windows system acutally usable, and gives you a huge amount of power to manage your files. Well worth the asking price.

Directory Opus 8 released (Windows) : Comment 1 of 20ANN.lu
Posted by pixie (82.154.54.220) on 05-Oct-2004 12:59 GMT
:O It's AmigaOS Management(tm) made available on Windows! :O
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Posted by hooligan/dcs (Registered user) on 05-Oct-2004 13:20 GMT
Some good stuff compared to V6. Time to test the trial
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Posted by Terry (200.42.212.12) on 05-Oct-2004 13:24 GMT
Everytime a company ditches the Amiga and develops Windows software they end up making fabulous software. You only have to look at the sucess of EA to see why ditching the Amiga is the best move.

Good work Gp.
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Posted by Michael Piva (64.42.209.81) on 05-Oct-2004 13:35 GMT
I just wish DOpus for Windows had a "Desktop Replacement" mode that worked like the "Workbench Replacement" mode in DOpus Magellan. If it had that I'd buy it in the blink of an eye.
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Posted by Ronald St-Maurice (67.68.29.218) on 05-Oct-2004 15:32 GMT
What an horrible application.
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Posted by Michael Piva (64.42.209.81) on 05-Oct-2004 16:35 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Ronald St-Maurice):
Care to elaborate why you feel this way?
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Posted by Damien (68.213.132.14) on 05-Oct-2004 17:12 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Michael Piva):
What's the difference between what it does now? You can create Start-menu-like menus with it completely separately to the individual listers. Go shop around for screenshots. The only functionality I'm not sure how to replace are the task bar and system tray...
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Posted by Ronald St-Maurice (67.68.29.218) on 05-Oct-2004 17:26 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Michael Piva):
Looks too much like Konqueror. Bloated UI.

This application must have pretty poor usability.
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Posted by Anonymous (81.175.145.80) on 05-Oct-2004 17:39 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Ronald St-Maurice):
You didnt even try the damn thing and allready are nagging its bloat.. FYI you can make it simple or complex as you like. I bet you havent used the earlier version also.. If configurability makes a program bloat.. Well, thats your opinion.
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Posted by Ray A. Akey (Registered user) on 05-Oct-2004 22:14 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Ronald St-Maurice):
A la contraire. I reigstered Directory Opus for Windows 2 years ago and have been using it as an explorer replacement on one of my systems. MY wife uses it on her system as well, and loves it.

It works fabulously, is quite responsive and does not feel bloated.

I'll take 10:1 odds that those who prefer Windows Explorer over DOfW haven't even given DO a chance.
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Posted by nyarlathotep (165.76.216.116) on 06-Oct-2004 03:50 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Ray A. Akey):
i want it on linux.. would be awsome.
a lightweight & efficient file manager..
windows is not an option for me, so no use at all.
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Posted by Chris Perver (81.168.91.158) on 06-Oct-2004 05:51 GMT
I must admit, DOpus on the Amiga was a classic. I tried the PC version a year or two ago, and well, I found it to be not much use, as the standard version of Windows is pretty usable compared to the standard Workbench. Hopefully they've improved it somewhat.
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Posted by Toothy (81.156.128.29) on 06-Oct-2004 06:26 GMT
After many years using DOpus on AMiGA, I just had to buy DOpus 6 on PC when I moved to PC-Land.....DOpus 6 definitely has kept my sanity intact. =^D

24.16 for an single-user upgrade licence to DOpus 8 is a *bargain*!!! \0/
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Posted by Seehund (81.229.105.2) on 06-Oct-2004 06:43 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (nyarlathotep):
i want it on linux.. would be awsome.
a lightweight & efficient file manager..


http://www.obsession.se/gentoo/
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Posted by Damien (65.33.70.98) on 06-Oct-2004 08:03 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Ronald St-Maurice):
Looks too much like Konqueror.

Given that it is the continuation of DOpus for AmigaOS and was released some seven or eight years ago, my vote is that you don't know what you're talking about. Konqueror looks like DOpus.

Bloated UI.

... which can be configured to be as plain or as advanced as you want. That's the whole point of it.

This application must have pretty poor usability.

Actually, it makes a computer _usable_.

Go try it, then you will have an idea of what it actually is.

Damien
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Posted by Teron or AmigaOne? (218.50.2.74) on 06-Oct-2004 08:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Ray A. Akey):
Fuck off you low life stinking crook. how the fuck you have the nerve to post on here is unbelieveable.
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Posted by Andreas Kleinert (213.23.248.162) on 06-Oct-2004 11:58 GMT
Hm, ~48 EUR is relatively much.

If it were around ~29 EUR (maybe a "light" version?) I really would consider it for in-company usage as Explorer, ZIP, FTP replacement...
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Posted by coldfire (162.39.222.170) on 06-Oct-2004 21:06 GMT
In reply to Comment 16 (Teron or AmigaOne?):
That's just what we need more of. Mindless ranting. Way to go moron.

coldfire
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Posted by Neodym (194.138.39.97) on 08-Oct-2004 09:25 GMT
Remembering great times with DOpus Magellan II (registered as well as DOpus4 and 5 before). Now if DO8 would be available for OSX, that would be really tempting! How about a port, Mr. Perry? :-)
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Posted by Alessandro Pini (213.140.6.103) on 08-Oct-2004 10:01 GMT
In reply to Comment 17 (Andreas Kleinert):
DOpus 6 is worth every eurocent, and as soon as my current project ends and I have to time to breathe, I'll gladly pay my upgrade to version 8.

Every time I use it at some client's office, people invariably ask what the hell it is I'm using, invariably joke about me and my odd bag of tricks, and invariably drop their jaws when I go away four hours early thanks to my odd bag of tricks. :-) One or two of those four hours are the result of using Dopus.

Highly recommended.
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