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Giveaway of the day — ExplorerMax 2.0.0.4

A Chrome-styled File Manager for Smart Windows Users!
$9.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 42 (76%) 13 (24%) 52 comments

ExplorerMax 2.0.0.4 was available as a giveaway on June 12, 2020!

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The Focus Stacking software for professional applications!

ExplorerMax is a tabbed file manager for Windows users. It features tabbed browsing, helpful bookmarks, custom search, categorized results, dual pane, photo-management plugin, etc. With an exquisite surface, ExplorerMax offers a great experience on file management and improves your working efficiency to the most extent.

Key Features:

  • Tabbed File Browsing - Tabs let you keep multiple folders open and switch between them quickly.
  • Quick Custom Search - Respond to your targeted search fast and display the categorized results.
  • Bookmarks - Keep your favorite files or folders quickly accessible through bookmarks.
  • Timeline - Track your file-managing history and offer bulk deletions.
  • Dual-pane - Support efficient folder-to-folder interactions in one window.
  • Mini ToolBar - Enable various one-click operations, such as zip/unzip, batch rename, etc.

Tutorials:

System Requirements:

Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista

Publisher:

OSToto

Homepage:

https://explorermax.drivethelife.com/

File Size:

31.1 MB

Licence details:

1 year license with free updates and support

Price:

$9.95

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#23

My work involves a lot of file management, essentially the exact thing that File Managers were designed for. Over many years, I have used a lot of them.

I suppose I could classify myself as a File Manager junkie; there are quite a few of us. I love seeing yet another File Manager become available. I am always anxious to see what it can do, and if it is any better than the one I use. When I saw that ExplorerMax was being offered, I admit I was a bit excited, because I had not heard of it before.

In the past, I have searched extensively for dual-pane file managers, free or paid, just to see which one makes the most sense. After settling that question to my satisfaction, I have not been as active of a searcher of other file managers; maybe that is why ExplorerMax was new to me. When I do hear of any File Manager that I have not taken a serious look at before, I definitely want to investigate it the same as I did several years back. To get to try one that is not normally free, but free for the day, I wasted no time in getting ExplorerMax installed.

Anyone that ever needs to compare two folders/directories or copy or move a file from one location to another knows that a dual-pane view is the sensible way to go, and even having four panels (as Q-dir has) can simplify things when needing to copy/move files from one source to one of several other target directories. Therefore, I was never a fan of Windows Explorer with its single-pane view, and the directory tree view at the left. Trying to copy or move a file into one of the directory tree folders can be tedious, so a dual-pane view is a tremendous improvement. There have been several programs made to enhance Windows Explorer, such as multiple tabs, and other tweaks, but they all lack the luster of a decent dual-pane designed file manager.

ExplorerMax offered a dual-pane view, so it was the first thing I tried.

As I started the program, the view was similar to the Windows Explorer view (single-pane and directory tree at the left). I clicked on Dual pane. A new tab opened. Then I clicked on Timeline, another tab opened up. I clicked on dual-pane again as was not totally surprised that the view switched back to the first tab (dual-pane view). At that point, I was not aware that the dual-pane tab was being reserved for the dual-pane mode, and no other tabs could have a dual-pane view. If you add other tabs, they are not in dual-pane mode. Thinking I could make them dual-pane too, I clicked on Dual-pane again, but was surprised that it merely jumped back to the first tab that I had set to Dual pane. When you click on Dual-pane, it is as if you are reserving that tab's function to be a specific view, and only that tab can have that view.

The "Timeline" option got implemented as a tab, instead of a feature for the selected item. This seems to be the work of a young developer that has not yet grasped the fundamentals of a good user interface.

AN ODD DESIGN SO FAR, OR POOR DESIGN - NEXT, A STUPID DESIGN (OR BUG)

In the dual-pane tab, I can click on a folder to view its contents. That works on either side of the dual-pane (or single pane views). When I click on a folder shortcut, I expected the view to change to that folder, the same way it does in any other file manager, but instead, it causes ExplorerMax to open yet another tab, and it is not a dual-pane view. I see no way of altering any settings that would control that.

HIJACKING SYSTEM/USER DEFAULTS and SERIOUS DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

The program takes over the explorer.exe name use, so after installing, any program that would normally open Windows Explorer, will open ExplorerMax instead. If you kill Windows Explorer (explorer.exe), then try restarting it using explorer.exe, you get ExplorerMax instead.

When you reboot, the program starts without ever announcing that it will do so.

When you attempt to exit, the program goes to the System Tray instead of exiting. While in the System Tray, the program started using a lot of CPU time doing no telling what. The only way to stop it was to kill the process.

OVERPRICED PLUGINS THAT STILL DO NOT GIVE A GOOD OVERALL USER EXPERIENCE

If attempting to do anything with photos/graphic files, the program informs the user that they need to install PhotoMax, a plugin for handling photo and graphic files. PhotoMax is not free; it is an over-priced subscription model, and by its own description pages, it does not provide anything spectacular that users don't already have, even from the many free programs that are available. Before installing PhotoMax, I checked its Properties and certificate, which is a Symantec Class 3 certificate issued to "Life Guarder Software Company Limited." A search on that name brings up threat info pages describing how to remove the Life Guarder Software from your system. At that point, my interest in installing the Plugin had waned significantly.

CONCLUSION

Some of the GOTD program designers offer a free license to the best-submitted idea in the section labeled "How would you improve ..." If this program made the same offer, I would not dare enter anything for fear that I might win. The software has to be pretty bad to fall into that category.

In conclusion, ExplorerMax quickly became worthless and a nuisance, ... and were it not a "giveaway-of-the-day" offer, I am expected to pay to have it on my system? To that, I say, NO!

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Gary, personally I don't think it's a fair assessment to compare ExplorerMax to other File Managers, it seems to me that ExplorerMax was designed to be an alternative or even an outright replacement for Window's File Explorer. Both can still work together however, but the hijacking part doesn't phase me, cause the look and feel are similar.

The reason I like ExplorerMax (and just bought a life-time license for it) was that Window's File Explorer can be a little wonky sometimes (slow context-menu, etc.). I've tried all the other file managers, including Q-Dir, Total Commander, etc, but they weren't designed to replicate Window's File Explorer, certainly not in look and feel. However, the pure file managers are great for what it does: file management, transferring files, backing up bulk files, large batch operations, etc, plus they are free too, so no gripes there, no harm in using them either. Personally, I like the free and robust multi-commander but I will relegate that file manager for ftp'ing, or backing up files between disks now, and use ExplorerMax as an alternative to Window's File Explorer.

Reply   |   Comment by Goochi Goo  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

For ExplorerMax 2.0.0.4, for me,
I found 2 hits at VirusTotal,
it installed and runs Everything as a background service, no waning or control,
it replaced Windows File Explorer, no warning,
it tried to auto-start on reboot,
it tried to stay resident when closed,
it opened multiple copies of itself without warning,
it locked up when trying to drag and drop a file from one pane to another
( Windows 7 64 Pro ).

I removed ExplorerMax 2.0.0.4, and then ran multiple anti-malware scans after uninstall.

Thanks to everyone for their "alternatives to" suggestions - there are some great alternative resources, most of them appear more mature, and more friendly, and malware-free, and free altogether, compared to ExplorerMax 2.0.0.4.

Perhaps the vendor, OStoto/DriveTheLife, will review our feedback and offer a more competitive and well-behaved v3?
.

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

Peter Blaise, Thanks for your feedbacks.
1. For Virus Total's results, we have nothing to say. (No ads, no virus, false positive!)
2. Part of Everything's function has been integrated into our search function.
3. Default settings can be unchecked on Installation settings and [Menu-settings] at the start.
4. Dual-pane is a beta version. (Mentioned in the manual: https://explorermax.drivethelife.com/how-to-use-explorermax.html)
It's alright for you to embrace the alternatives. Be happy.
Feedbacks are received and welcome. We'll do it better in the future. Good day!

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

2 hits at VirusTotal,
installs and runs Everything as a background service, no waning or control,
replaces Windows FIle Explorer, no warning,
tries to auto-start on reboot,
tries to stay resident when closed,
opens multiples copies without warning,
locks up trying to drag and drop ( Windows 7 64 Pro ).

I removed it and then ran multiple anti-malware scans after uninstall.

THanks to everyone for their "alternatives to" suggestions - great resources, most of they may more mature and friendly and malware-free and free altogether than ExplorerMax 2.0.0.4.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

I really like ExplorerMax, it has a similar look and feel to Windows' built-in File Explorer, but I'm already a long time user of Multi-Commander, which is robust, featured-rich, sleek, and FREE. Q-Dir is just too crazy for me! Too many planes sores my eyes. I'll continue to test the waters with ExplorerMax, if it's good, I don't mind paying for a license. It's not that expensive anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Goochi Goo  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Hey Goochi Goo, so glad to hear your first impression about ExplorerMax. Hope we'll bring you more in the future. Good day!

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

OSToto, Well, I did end up liking ExplorerMax very much so I decided to buy the lifetime-license. Hope you guys keep improving it!

Reply   |   Comment by Goochi Goo  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Is there a way to add the "Quick access" link in the left explorer when in the dual pane mode?

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks for your feedback. We'll add [Quick Access] to the left side of Dual pane in the future. It's a nice suggestion.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

I've been using Free Commander XE for many years now (after testing dozens of similar programs). I even paid for a subscription. It has more capabilities than most would need, it's fast and flexible, and handles large numbers of files very well (something that few file managers can do), and is still very actively developed.

I like the tabbed view idea in ExplorerMax so I will give this a try. $10 per year is not bad if it does the job well.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you, Dave. Hope you'll fall in love with ExplorerMax.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Is there a way to add the "Quick access" link in the left explorer when in the dual pane mode?

Reply   |   Comment by james snow  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#16

I tried this and it worked alright, but is missing quite a few functions. Personally I use Freecommander which has way more function than ExplorerMax does. The price seems reasonable for what it is but why buy when there is slightly better available for free. I'd score it 6/10.

Reply   |   Comment by Blackhat  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks for trying! You'll find the ExplorerMax license worth more since there is a lot to offer in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Try explorer2.

Reply   |   Comment by tekapa23  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Try ExplorerMax. Love you!

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Tried it on 2 Windows 10 machines. It slowed them both down. Explorer.exe chewing up CPU. The search function is slow. The Everything search tool works better. Also only a year license. Uninstalled both.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Seery  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Emmm.. Actually we have integrated part of Everything's function in our search feature. Just a bit slower than that. Sad to see you go. Good day!

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

XYPlorer is, hands down, the absolute best file manager out there. It's not free, but not expensive either. And if you're concerned enough about your files to use a file manager, then you should get the best one. Bug free--an amazing thing to say in this day and age--, gets updated regularly, and features I never even knew were possible, much less needed. Look no further!

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Nice work, XYplorer Team.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

this seems nice but I personally use Q-Dir which is free and you can have 4 windows and multiple tabs in each which makes it awesome for moving files between servers and directories.

Reply   |   Comment by larry myers  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

larry myers, Q-Dir the best around and free

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Q-Dir is good. But I think ExplorerMax looks more exquisite than it. LOL.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Tried copying and pasting the code multiple times. Always failed activating. Tried typing it manually multiple times. Failed code. Something is wrong. Good luck. You may need it.

Reply   |   Comment by Nate  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Nate, You are not alone. Had the same exact experience. Hoping our voices will encourage a solution from OSToto.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Rob, Nate - I went to Windows Start, found the Explorer Max entry, started the program. Looked like it installed, even though the message said wrong serial. Liked the layout, but uninstalled it.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Cole  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Nate, Rob, Dave, please contact our support team. We can provide you further assistance.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

I downloaded and installed it. Not impressed. There are other actually free tools that do the same things. I don't mind a little effort in order to get a chance to use software. I pay with my time or money.
However, the process to get a reg code for this app needs to be streamlined somewhat before I'll chase it. Thanks, but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Dawson  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Hi Richard, please contact our support team for further assistance. May the registration process has been interrupted by other programs.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Does the "timeline" feature capture snapshots of older versions of changed files, or simply track/record the history of exploring/browsing among the computer's folders?

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Hi HMarx, "timeline" features track/record/clear the history of exploring/browsing among the computer's folders.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

No dark theme for dual-pane, it really sores the eyes switching between tabs and dual pane.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Maning  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi Chris, dark mode for Dual-pane is added to our to-do list. Wish you a good day.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

What happens after 1 year?

Reply   |   Comment by Dattatraya Vaidya  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Buy a license after a year, Dattatraya. We have one-year to win your heart. Or join our review program to win another free license.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Explorer++ is free, virus-spyware free and better.

Reply   |   Comment by DV  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

DV, Explorer++ doesn't have dual-pane viewing which it the most important feature for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Marq  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Hi DV, just try ExplorerMax and you'll know who is better.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

have recieved activation key, states activation failed when I input the key.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick Paul Lampkin  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi Patrick Paul Lampkin, please contact our support team for further assistance. May the registration process has been interrupted by other programs or firewall.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I use MultiCommander, Double Commander, both are free.
TotalCommander is not free and I have stopped using it.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

ricohflex, I use free Unreal Commander and I am completely satisfied

Reply   |   Comment by Tonda  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hey ricohflex, try ExplorerMax and offer PC a new chance.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Is this offering superior in any way to Total Commander?

Reply   |   Comment by YD Pictures  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

More exquisite than TC? LOL. TC is good and ExplorerMax has its own ambitions.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

I prefer a better (and free) alternative: Multi Commander

Reply   |   Comment by xcalibur  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Hey xcalibur, it's OK for you to embrace our competitors. Be happy.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Installed via the link sent to email. Followed ReadMe instructions and was sent Licence Key. Activated ok. Licence valid for one year.
I've been waiting ages for Microsoft to re-engineer Windows Explorer to look and work like this program. It's so much better than the Windows system for accessing files and folders. And fast too.
Only grumble is having to move to an annual subscription (after the first year). I'll start saving up, as this one is definitely a keeper!
Thanks GoTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Justin  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hi Justin, your words are so encouraging! Good day.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you for your trust, Justin.

Reply   |   Comment by OSToto  –  29 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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