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#16 Detection

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:34

If you copy the files for this into the windows 7 explorer for windows 8 patch folder, then rename ImmersiveExplorer.exe to explorer.exe and run the patch, it sets this explorer as the default

If there was a way to keep Metro and use this explorer instead of the normal desktop one, you have more or less created Windows RT for x86_64 :D


Great work, I like it


#17 Arkose

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:54

Is it possible to make hot corners accessible in fullscreen mode? That would be a really useful addition. :)

#18 lol51312

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 14:05

if you could use bigger icon because i have wide screen

#19 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 14:19

If you copy the files for this into the windows 7 explorer for windows 8 patch folder, then rename ImmersiveExplorer.exe to explorer.exe and run the patch, it sets this explorer as the default


But that would kill the taskbar and the desktop icons.
Anyway, my app doesn't need to replace the shell. A shortcut in the taskbar or the start screen is perfectly enough for the user to decide to use my app when he needs to browse files.

No system hooks, no instabilities :)

#20 OP link8506

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 14:26

Is it possible to make hot corners accessible in fullscreen mode? That would be a really useful addition. :)


indeed, but I don't known yet if there is an API to reactivate them on full screen windows.

if you could use bigger icon because i have wide screen


yes, the ability to change the tiles size may be interesting for high resolutions.

#21 link6155

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 17:41

Thought I would design some icons for this:
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The icons are based on Microsoft Office 2013 icons. The first one was design to be similar to the windows 7 explorer icon while the second one matches Office 2013 icons.

#22 Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 19:33

The Back/forward arrows are NOT metro style. Check how your arrow looks compared to the Windows 8's metro style arrows. You will notice that for metro style arrows, there are flat edges on the two ends of the arrow.

Your Arrow (not metro style)
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Windows 8's Arrow (Metro Style)
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#23 psyko_x

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 19:40

awesome work link. I think the UI is very innovative. looking forward to seeing what other features you add!

#24 Ice_Blue

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 21:10

Very good. This has some serious potential.
Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing it with us.

#25 Praetor

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 23:11

lot's of potencial, needs more animations (the folder photo preview could match W8 photo preview, for example).

#26 BoyBoppins

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:13

Thought I would design some icons for this:
Posted ImagePosted Image
The icons are based on Microsoft Office 2013 icons. The first one was design to be similar to the windows 7 explorer icon while the second one matches Office 2013 icons.

I like that second one. Maybe adjusting the angles to match the Win8 icon would work better though

#27 Sekyal

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:55

I quite like it. It seems like it will be much nicer to use than regular Windows Explorer once more functionality is added in. Nice touch with the animated tiles with photos. Proof that Microsoft hasn't taken the Metro idea far enough in Windows 8.

#28 link6155

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 02:32

I quite like it. It seems like it will be much nicer to use than regular Windows Explorer once more functionality is added in. Nice touch with the animated tiles with photos. Proof that Microsoft hasn't taken the Metro idea far enough in Windows 8.

I agree with you, but I'm afraid that if Microsoft takes Metro too far, the majority of users will hate it.

#29 Y0kenB

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:28

Hi,

I like the idea of being able to replace my file explorer.
Initial thoughts were great, but I'd like to see the following features / enhancements before I'd actually look at using it some more.

1) Backspace needs to go up one level
2) Up level to be listed as the first block entry to make it easier to navigate as opposed to going to the current up button on the top left of the screen
- Could perhaps have the parent folder on it's own column to the left of the file lists
- Different colour than the standard grey (folder yellow maybe?)
3) Folder management properties
- Assign priorities to folders? (higher priority lists first, priority 1 group A-Z, priority 2 group A-Z, etc.)
- Assign border colours to folders (to highlight folders that might be of interest)
- Assign icon / image to folder
- Include all other "properties" functionality on folders, not just on files.
- the ultimate solution would be to move the most used files / folders to the top... but no idea how you'd do that :)
4) Better options to allow assigning background colours to different file types
5) A little bit bigger fonts on the file/folder names displayed
6) Double-click runs / opens file (instead of asking on first click)

I hope to see this app used more and grow to its full potential.

Well done on the early beta!!

#30 CharonMC

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:50

Nice Julien!! It's fast and fluid.



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