Few scenarios to get the most out of two panels

Olga Weis
Commander

Those who spend hours in front of their computers would know that a file manager makes all the difference. A good one will allow streamlining your workflow in such a way that working with a large number of files and folders becomes effortless. Since the time of Total Commander for Windows, one of the distinguishing characteristics of a good file manage is a dual-panel interface, it is no wonder considering how many advantages it offers. Commander One, a dual-pane file manager for macOS, is pretty much what Total Commander for Windows is. This Finder alternative, developed entirely in SWIFT, is really efficient when it comes to file sharing, creating files and folders, copying, moving and deleting them. The application queues these operations so it never slows down you machine.

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You can setup hotkeys for frequently performed actions and display hidden files with the help of a handy toolbar. There is a special mode for viewing large number of files and folders – Brief mode, and in addition to text, media, image and HTML formats you can view hex and binary files. Navigating to your frequently or recently visited locations is easy with History & Favorites. The basic edition of the app can compress file in ZIP format, while the PRO pack allows you to work with ZIP, RAR, TBZ, TGZ and 7zip archives, RAR support is to be added soon. Commander One is capable of detecting and displaying all network computers in a list, and with the root access it provides you get a full control over your computer.

Commander One has advanced search functionality – you can look up a keyword in archived folders without having to unpack them first. It supports Regular Expressions, and you can make your keyword case sensitive. The functionality is integrated in Spotlight too.

PRO Pack of the application is capable of mounting cloud storage services on Mac, so you can access and manage data stored on Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon S3 as if it were kept on a local hard drive. It also has a built-in FTP client that allows connecting to remote servers via FTP/SFTP/FTPS protocols, WebDAV is supported too. Commander One thus becomes a single point of access to all your online data.

In a similar way you can mount iOS, Android and MTP devices on your Mac.

We mentioned already that the app’s dual-pane interface offers one a number of advantages.

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Let us have a look at them taking as an example a couple of scenarios:


Copy files from one folder to another


Dual pane interface helps you optimize working with files and folders. To move and copy files all you need is to open two folders – one in each panel – and drag-and-drop files from one panel to another. You do not have to open multiple Finder windows and switch between them trying to find the folder you need. For more convenient navigation you can open your most frequently visited folders in different tabs in each of the panels – their number is unlimited.

Drag-and-drop files from archive folders


Use one pane to open an archive folder, the other – to open another folder. Now you can move file from the archive folder to another folder using drag-and-drop. You can uncompress file without unarchiving the entire folder.

Work with remote FTP servers and cloud storage services


Open a local folder in one pane, a cloud storage folder or FTP/ SFTP/ FTPS/ WebDAV server in another. Now you can upload file online, send and receive files from a remote location using ‘drag-and-drop’ – from one pane to another.

Move files between clouds without saving them to Mac


Open cloud storages in both panels and copy/move files from one cloud to another. Your Mac will temporarily store them in cache, and once the file transfer is complete they get deleted automatically. No precious storage space on your local drive is wasted.

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Commander One

Requirements: OS X 10.10+ , 13.1Mb free space
Version 1.7.4(2445) (21st Sep, 2017) Release notes
Category: System Utilities