AB Commander v.9.5 released

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November 10, 2014.

A new version 9.5 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

In this update, we've added more support for the virtual folders: you can now view the text files in the virtual folders with the built-in Quick Editor of AB Commander.

If you are not sure what a virtual folder is, it's a folder that appears folder-like in Windows Explorer (and in AB Commander), while it does not actually exist in the file system. For example, if you open a Zip file, you can navigate inside of it just like a real folder, but all the files and subfolders you see there are actually stored within the Zip file, not as separate file system entities.

Another example: some devices, such as Windows Phone, when connected to the PC, expose their internal storage as the virtual folders.

The problem with the virtual folders is, they require a different approach to work with their files than the real folders. A bigger problem is, the software vendors that design the software that handles the virtual folders of their devices, often cut corners and do not implement the virtual folder support completely. Even Microsoft, for the virtual folders of the Windows Phone, decided not to implement the software interface that would allow other software companies like ours to write to the files to the phone storage directly. The only way to do it at this time is via the drag-and-drop operation with Windows Explorer or AB Commander.

Regardless, in this update to AB Commander we've added to Quick Editor the capability that should allow it to view the files located in the virtual folders in about the same way as the ones in the real folders. For example, if you navigate inside of a Zip file, and see a text file in it, you no longer need to extract that file first before viewing it. Now you can just select the file and press Ctrl+Q to open it with the Quick Editor, just like a regular file.

If you've modified the text and wanted to save it back, it's a bit tricky. Some virtual folders allow to save the modified file back to the original, but not if you choose a new name for the file. Other virtual folders (such as the Zip files) do not allow even that: you need to save the modified file as a temporary file on your hard drive, and then drag-and-drop it to the Zip file to save it there. It's sort of like going from LA to San Francisco via Kansas, but there is no better way at this time, sorry.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your AB Commander within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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