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ExplorerMax Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — ExplorerMax

A Chrome-styled File Manager for Smart Windows Users!
User rating: 59 (80%) 15 (20%) 23 comments

ExplorerMax was available as a giveaway on June 1, 2021!

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ExplorerMax is an efficient chrome-styled file manager for Windows users, which enables you to open multiple files at the same time and add bookmarks with a drag-and-drop. Your browsing history is classified into four groups (Today, Yesterday, Latest Week, Latest Month) to help you manage your work easily. With ExplorerMax, you can get the grouped search results very quickly after you enter the keyword in the search box and set the target file type. It’s dual pane feature allows you to switch and interact between two tabs. What’s more , ExplorerMax can even change with the color of Windows 10 to fit your skin preferences as long as you change the accent color for the system. For more information, please visit: https://www.drivethelife.com/

System Requirements:

Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista





File Size:

31.6 MB

Licence details:

1 year license with free updates and support



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Why does it install and run Everything in the background?

It asked to install PhotoMax, which I did, and that stays memory resident, too.

I gave up, finding it unmanageable to have it keep tabs on my file explorer, as the day wore on, I just wanted to explore something, and there were all these tabs, so I closed them and wondered why I had so many, when I can't do anything between them, like drag and drop, instead, they are like separate web pages, unrelated to each other.

So I uninstalled it.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Very bad support!

They never answer their support queries and this version of the program is very buggy.

If you want to use it. I suggest downloading and installing a previous version.

Otherwise go with Directory Opus as it's a far better program IMO and is a one time cost and none of this greedy rip off subscription nonsense!

They do offer a lifetime license option. But again it's too expensive for what it is and Directory Opus is a better purchase.

Reply   |   Comment by Deadshot  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

>"go with Directory Opus as it's a far better program IMO and is a one time cost and none of this greedy rip off subscription nonsense!"

Directory Opus is not a one-time cost; it is for the version purchased and any updates until the next major version:
All minor upgrades (for the same major version number) are free of charge.

When the next full major version number of Directory Opus is released, users would have to pay a fee to get it (it isn't free major upgrades). The upgrade is discounted but it is not clear how much it is. They probably do not want users to know what the upgrade price is because it might discourage users from upgrading. They don't let you find out the upgrade price until you start the update process. From what I have learned from other users, upgrades are only 30%. Per DonationCoder's forum, they have had sales of the OP program with discounts and upgrades for 40% off. If you buy Directory Opus on a "special offer website," you might be able to purchase it at the best initial price, but when it comes to upgrades, you have to pay full price.

As for subscriptions, from their forum, Directory Opus used the same "one-year of free updates," but now seems to have switched to allowing up to the next major version number.

ExplorerMax does have a Lifetime license for $39.95. Once you purchase Directory Opens (and most other software programs) you can use it for a lifetime, but you do not get new releases for a lifetime.

Directory Opus does not appear to have a lifetime option with upgrades; therefore, to keep up to date, you are guaranteed to pay more than the initial purchase price, and likely multiple times over.

The File Manager market has grown since Total Commander came along. Not every company can charge what TM does, especially since there are so many less costly alternatives, including several totally free alternatives.

Because it is so different, I believe OSToto has tried to create its own niche in the market with ExplorerMax. The problem is that it does not work the way we expect the many file managers we have been used to. Despite better pricing, they have not made the user experience anywhere as good as most others. Therefore, they are going to end up with a lot of negative comments when sold here, until they adapt to this evolving market.

I agree that Directory Opus is a lot nicer in many ways than ExplorerMax. Despite all this, bang-for-buck, I prefer xplorer2 over every file manager I have found out about.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  8 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A better FREE explorer program is Multi Commander, a dual pane explorer with many tools.
Available from http://multicommander.com
I use the portable version.
Try it You'll like it.

Reply   |   Comment by Benny  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Seems like the key page doesn't load still. It always redirects to this page. Tried multiple browsers and even after deleting cache this page is loaded.

The new explorer looks good and different. Dual mode is something to explore and nice to have.
Seems like with few hrs left, I am stuck with the trial only mode.

Reply   |   Comment by PRAD  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Once installed the program "takes over" control from Windows File Explorer. It it did not prompt to do this. It also crashes when opening after clicking "Windows File Explorer".

The dark "theme" seems to be only for the ribbon, the file panes stay white.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnny  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Buggy. After viewing a video I try to close the video and rename the file. ExplorerMax attempts to rename the file then locks up in never never land. Restarted, tried different files - the lockup is the same. That behavior makes the program unusable.

Reply   |   Comment by PhotoGuy  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hey [ PhotoGuy ], ExplorerMax has no explorer, it merely tabs our existing Explorer - your video program never let go of the file open marker, that happens to me a lot, and I need to log out or open a different video to get the video player to let go.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  9 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

FYI, registration page is now fixed and working

Reply   |   Comment by Luca Nonato  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

This is really a one-trick pony, putting our existing Microsoft Windows File Explorer into tabs, that's it.

That's it.


No other features.

That's okay, but don't compare this to Explorer replacers, this does NOT replace Explorer, it merely tabs our existing Explorer.

But I tried the download directly from the vendor, then, immediately on the first run, a pop-up said "expired, buy me", I closed the "expired, buy me" pop-up, and started using the program, so maybe it's a forever nag, not an expiring trial.

The "expired" version promises to NOT have all the paid-for features, but fails to identify what features one gets during any paid-for subscription period other than the elimination of a nag.

Others may confirm if it's a forever nag, not an expiring trial, and what features are missing in the nag version.

For example, Bitsum Process Lasso uses the forever nag scheme, and also -s-l-o-w-l-y- deprecates certain used features, instead of refusing to run altogether - it's a way of acknowledging that some people may take a -l-o-n-g- time to decide to buy, if ever, and while the vendor waits, the vendor can block out their competition at least, at no real expense to themselves, and then be first in line if and when the user does decide.

Performance and behavior wise, this program, ExplorerMax, is definitely in v2 state, a long way to go to compare with Microsoft's own v5 let alone Microsoft's current v10.

But, considering it's just a tabber, NOT an Explorer-replacement, what SHOULD we expect it to do?

What do we all want beyond the current Microsoft Windows File Explorer?

What do we want?


When do we get it?


And more, and less, for example,
- I could NOT find an easy way to cause two panes to show the directories I wanted to see side by side,
- there was no twin-pane tree available,
- toggling the view resets the twin pane settings such that carefully sized panels get reset to defaults,
- it grabs Microsoft Windows File Explorer as a tab, so there's no way to open Microsoft Windows File Explorer separately ( drag one off as a free-floating separate tab ),
- the dual pane view makes a new default base tab, it does NOT add a pane to the current carefully selected view,
- I see no way to take 2 tabs and automatically make them into a dual pane,
- there are no enhanced tools, so we still need other tools anyway, like 7-zip, VurusTotal uploader, Resource Hacker, and so on,
- double clicking closes things - this s a default, really?!? ( we can turn it off ).

It offers to install their own Photo Max, which is a non-integrated separate program that is a fast image finder and browser, though, like Explorer Max, it is otherwise featureless compared to the competition, such as free Google Picasa.

Thanks for letting us explore this, so to speak, and share.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

This program does not show PSD file format like an image into collection of files. The free Frecommander does it with no problems. The program will be deleted.
Thanks to giveawayoftheday for possibility to use and to see.

Reply   |   Comment by Esther IT co  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Terrific fun to play with but I also had no idea what I was doing. I did manage to create an abstraction I like but I doubt I'd be able to repeat it.

Turning preview up to max slowed down this 9900k i9 processor equipped machine more than any other program I've tried. it's a bear.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)


I think your review was intended for the Abstract Curves page.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Copied and pasted exactly as per readme - still just takes me to the download page

Reply   |   Comment by geoff drage  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Version was offered here June 12 2020. You can read the comments here...


Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

I think this program is the same or nearly the same as the one given away previously (no updates). I can't find anything on their website that lists any changes. In the links at the bottom of the page, some have a link to a blog or a forum, but those have been removed, probably because they reveal nothing has changed. Otherwise, I am sure they would inform us of the changes since the earlier giveaway had so many bad comments.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When I try to access the registration page I arrive at this page with no place to register. What am I doing wrong?

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Same behavior. Can't see the get key page

Reply   |   Comment by PRADEEP  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Make sure to copy and paste the URL exactly as it is in the readme.txt, including the backslash at the end of the URL

Reply   |   Comment by Jay V  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Jay V,
it's a *slash*, not *backslash*. Additionally if you don't put it at the end of the URL you get a 404 error instead of being redirected here.

BTW, same problem here. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Luca  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Overall, the program is good in design and function. Only one disadvantage is it can't work as like the default window explorer do when with autohide taskbar on. Does there a way to do that in the setting?

Reply   |   Comment by Jack Tan  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It seems to o a reasonable job but there is one feature of Windows Explorer ( and all the variants on the market) in general that I feel is very weak, the inability to customise the ribbon bar more.

I would love to be able to add some features that I have in the context bar when I right click in an object to select a particular action that has been added by a third party program.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Freeman  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Bill Freeman, take a look at Q-Dir and see if it can do what you want. It's pretty powerful. I've been using it for years and there are still a lot of features I haven't explored. It's well-supported freeware and its home page is at softwareok dot com.

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop17  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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