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#1 link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 05:55

Hi,


I'd like to share with you a preview of an app I've been working on over the last few weeks.
It's an alternative to the file explorer included in Windows 8, designed to be more touch screen friendly and with a metro style UI (however it is not a metro/winRT app because the WinRT sandbox wouldn't allow full access to the file system).

Most features are not yet implemented, but some are already usable (md5/sha1 hash calculation, photo viewer).
btw, it should work on Windows 7 too if you want to give it a try.

Download link and other screenshots available here : http://www.julien-manici.com/immersive_explorer/

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#2 Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:02

Wow, this looks nice! Can't wait to see more features added. Does this auto-update?

#3 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:05

Wow, this looks nice! Can't wait to see more features added. Does this auto-update?


It will tell you if an update is available, but it won't install automatically.
I will release a new version every few days, so you should try it again next week, you'll see a lot of différences ^^

#4 Steven P.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:26

Impressive, added to main (Y) http://www.neowin.ne...rer-for-windows

There needs to be a way we can pin this to the start screen as well ;)

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#5 Xerax

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:37

If you want a few pointers in WPF to give it that *special* touch, hit me up on Skype: alexerax. ;)

#6 TheJudge

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:10

it just crashes when i try to run it on my work PC (Win7 x86, intel pentium 4 CPU 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM)

#7 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:48

Impressive, added to main (Y) http://www.neowin.ne...rer-for-windows


thanks :)

There needs to be a way we can pin this to the start screen as well ;)

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yeah it's ugly right now... I didn't create an icon yet because I didn't expect people would want to pin such an early beta of my app on their start screen.

#8 rfirth

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:51

Works pretty well here, but randomly crashes when buttons are pressed. Never seems to consistently crash, but it doesn't take long.

Pretty nice. I'm impressed. Obviously needs work, but you already know that :p

#9 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:47

If you want a few pointers in WPF to give it that *special* touch, hit me up on Skype: alexerax. ;)


thanks. I'll add you on Skype to talk about that.

it just crashes when i try to run it on my work PC (Win7 x86, intel pentium 4 CPU 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM)


indeed, I accidentally forced the compilation for 64 bit only on the two libraries used by the main EXE.
I just published the version 0.1.1 to fix that.


Works pretty well here, but randomly crashes when buttons are pressed. Never seems to consistently crash, but it doesn't take long.

Pretty nice. I'm impressed. Obviously needs work, but you already know that :p


yeah there is still a lot of bugs. I've seen it crash on one of my computers but not on my development machine. I will have to install visual studio on it to understand why it crashes randomly. It seems that it happens when some picture thumbnails are loading.

#10 LightShadow

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:48

Love it. Very well made even for a very early version, well done!
One feature I'd like to request in a future version, is the ability to pin folders to the Common Folder section. I use SkyDrive folders a lot so it would be useful :).

#11 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:03

Love it. Very well made even for a very early version, well done!


thanks :)

One feature I'd like to request in a future version, is the ability to pin folders to the Common Folder section. I use SkyDrive folders a lot so it would be useful :).


yes, I was planning to implement favorite/pinned folders on the main screen. It wasn't a priority for this preview version, but it will come before version 1.0 comes out.

#12 Steven P.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:05

I didn't get an update notification, is there an about screen somewhere that I can't find? :p

#13 Jarrichvdv

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:06

Dude, keep it up! Awesome work.

#14 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:13

I didn't get an update notification, is there an about screen somewhere that I can't find? :p


That's because I didn't mark the version 0.1.0 as outdated on my server. When I'll do it, an ugly message box will be displayed at startup asking the user to upgrade ^^
I'll improve the updating process in a future version.

Dude, keep it up! Awesome work.


thank you :)

#15 Steven P.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:19

Okidoki :)