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by Adam Marks Wed, 05 Sep 2012 8:22 pm EDT

File Explorer

If you need a file manager app for your webOS smartphone or TouchPad, there are only a few quality choices from you to pick from. With the latest crop of apps that have just been released to the catalog, there is one more for you to choose, and it should look relatively familiar. pcworldSoftware's latest app, File Explorer (incl. file editor), is a $0.99 app that is essentially a trimmed-down version of his Archive Manager app without the archiving and extraction functionally, but with a few additional goodies thrown in. The overall look and feel is identical, with checkboxes on the right side to multi-select files/folders and various buttons along the bottom to perform actions on that selection (you can also tap a file or press-and-hold a folder for a pop-up menu of actions).

A few small features that have been added over what Archive Manager does are the ability to copy multiple files/folders (you could previously only move or delete) and an information screen that shows the size, path, and last change date, as well as an ability to email a file. The biggest change is the inclusion of a basic text editor for any text file on your device. It even includes a "wrap" toggle to determine if the text should wrap around or extend off the page

Like Archive Manager, a single purchase will allow you to download on any smartphone running webOS 2.1 or higher as well as the TouchPad. As far as file managers are concerned, this is a pleasure to work with. It doesn't have some of the more advanced features that are included in the homebrew Internalz Pro, such as the freedom to see beyond just the USB drive or the functionality to install apps or patches, but the ability to perform actions on multiple files at once is worth the price of admission (and the beyond-USB view cannot be allowed in App Catalog apps). If you have already purchased File Explorer's older brother Archive Manager (currently $1.99 in the App Catalog), you just need to decide if those few additional functions are worth the additional ninety-nine cents.

6 Comments

I'm currently working on a homebrew plugin which enables full-device root file access.
It's almost ready - the update will be submitted this or next week, if everything works out as planned.

Love the concept, downloaded the program, and tried the program – white screen with nothing! Restarted the ThouchPad same story – hmmmmmm!

Bjarne

Nice – now after sometime for it to think it is working – I assume it was collecting information – nice work. Cannot not wait for the full-device update – thanks guys!

Bjarne

I too have seen the white screen a few times (usually after a fresh install), not sure what it's caused by...
Though when it happens, just throw the card away and launch the app again, it should work then :)

Maybe I was wrong but I assumed the white screen after the installation was simply that it needed time to collect information. I am looking forward to get the full-device update. Also if you are running TP in landscape mode, which I do most of the time the multi-select-check-boxes are so fare to the right, have you consider having them as a first short column just before where the folder or file icon is? It would make the application a little more user friendly. Just my three euro’s – keep up the good work!

Bjarne

White screen was a bug in the app, will be fixed in v1.1.0.
I too had the thought of moving the checkboxes to the left side, seems like a good idea.