CuteExplorer – extended File Manager
Qt was mentioned in my posts few times already. Most of the times I refered to this framework as good base for building applications on many platforms, including Maemo. This time I have another example of Qt application.
CuteExplorer is currently available in extras-devel and for now it seems to be really under development, at least I think it is not perfect yet . Nevertheless it gives power beyond built-in file manager.
Browsing with keyboard is rather easy and intuitive, arrows to move around, backspace to go up in directory tree and enter to go to selected directory or open file as in default manager. Selecting multiple files is also easy holding shift key and moving as usual. Mouse browsing, well, to be honest I still can’t get the idea. Most of the times i get stuck in directory or file I don’t actually want to see. Maybe I should read the manual first, but I think I’m not that type of person .
The most interesting feature from my point of view is browsing whole filesystem, not only one directory from device and memory card as defauld browser allows. This may help when you find some tutorial pointing i.e. /usr/share/hildon directory and you have no idea where to look, now you can see full path on top of the screen and see exactly what’s inside.
One more thing is worth mentioning, Bluetooth sharing of selected files. Usage is a little confusing, because first you need to ‘copy’ and then ‘send’ files, but it’s relatively easy when you find desired file somewhere in directory tree and you want to quickly send it.
Few more features, new look and intuitive keyboard usage are things that made me want to use this application. Still I see that CuteExplorer needs further work but I hope some day it will be great replacement for default file manager.
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