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AB Commander 17.11 released

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November 1, 2017.

A new version 17.11 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

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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How to save Windows Spotlight photos to your computer

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If you use Windows 10 with the Windows spotlight option selected for the Lock screen, chances are that once in a while you would see an image you would want to save for later, like this one:

A typical Windows spotlight image on the lock screen

If you don't see the Windows Spotlight images but you wish you would, it's easy to enable: click on the Start button, click on Settings, then navigate to Personalization, Lock screen, and finally select the Windows Spotlight option for Background:

Enabling the Windows spotlight option for the lock screen

OK, so one day you start the PC and see a beautiful image on your lock screen that you want to save for later, how to do that? The lock screen does not have a Save button, and when you log in to Windows, the image is most probably gone already! No problem, with a little help from our tool AB Commander we can locate and save the image in no time.

If you want to follow the steps below, download and install AB Commander, if you have not installed it already. No purchase is necessary: the download comes with a built-in license for 30 days of free use of the software. Don't worry, if you don't like it, you can always uninstall it later on using Windows Control Panel, just like any other program.

1. Run AB Commander and navigate to the folder where Windows stores the Windows Spotlight images. You could find on the web the instructions on how to locate this folder, but with AB Commander you don't need to: it already comes with a built-in tool that can take you to the correct folder. Choose Folder - Go to from the menu of AB Commander, and select Windows Spotlight in the list:

Navigating to the Windows spotlight folder

(If you don't see Windows Spotlight in the list, it means you have an older version of AB Commander; download and install the new version, then continue.)

2. Press OK and AB Commander would navigate to the correct folder for you. There you will probably see a lot files with strange names, similar to these:

The contents of the Windows spotlight folder

3. Don't be discouraged by all these files with strange names that make no sense: each such file contains an image that is used for the Windows Spotlight photos. To locate the one you like, use another tool that comes with AB Commander, Quick View. Select the first file in the list, and press Ctrl+I (or choose Tools - Quick View - Preferred Viewer from the menu). A separate window should open that would show the image the file contains. If it's not the one you are looking for, press the Down Arrow key to quick-view the next file. Continue until you find the image you are looking for:

Browsing the images in the Windows spotlight folder

4. Close the Quick View window while keeping the file itself selected. Switch to the opposite panel of AB Commander and navigate to the folder where you want to save the image (such as the Pictures folder). Switch back to the Windows spotlight folder with the file you've located still selected and use the Command - Copy on the menu to copy the file from the Windows Spotlight folder to the Pictures folder. While you are at it, you may want to rename the file to something more human-friendly:

Copying the file from the Windows spotlight folder

When choosing the new file name, append .JPG (including the dot!) to the end of the new file name, to let other programs know that this is JPG file. After you do that, you should have no trouble opening this image with other graphics programs that support the JPG format.

Happy Windows Spotlight hunting!

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AB Commander 17.1 released

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January 14, 2017.

A new version 17.1 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

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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AB Commander updated to v.9.8.2

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October 17, 2016.

A new version 9.8.2 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

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.)

AB Commander 9.8 released

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August 10, 2016.

A new version 9.8 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

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.)

AB Commander 9.7 released

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June 15, 2016.

A new version 9.7 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

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.)

AB Commander v.9.4 released

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April 2, 2014.

A new version 9.4 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

What's new in this version:

  • You can now safely remove the removable drives as well as eject the CD/DVD discs directly from the drive bar by right-clicking on the drive icon and selecting the Eject command, if it is present on the shortcut menu.
  • More adjustments for the high-DPI display settings have been made.
  • A problem has been corrected that prevented the Synchronize command from completing properly in some situations.
  • A problem has been corrected that prevented the internal Quick Viewer from displaying some rotated images properly.
  • Several other minor improvements and corrections have been made.

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.)

AB Commander 9.3 released

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March 15, 2014.

A new version 9.3 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

What's new in this version:

  • The Synchronize command has been updated: it now offers more options, including the ability to include or exclude files and/folders by masks, an option to restore the older versions of files, as well as an option to synchronize files that have the same last modification time but different sizes.
  • A new option that simplifies the use of the Delete command: if AB Commander determines that a file can be deleted by moving it into Recycle Bin, it does that without asking for a confirmation of the operation. (And if you have deleted the file by accident, you can restore it from the Recycle Bin, or by using the Undo command of AB Commander.)
  • A new tool, Resize Images, has been added to the Tools menu, that you can use to automate some frequently requested operations on a large number of images, such as to produce a smaller size versions of the images and/or to re-encode the images according to their Exif rotation tags.
  • The internal Viewer has been updated to display the large images faster. It now also offers a command to save the rotated images in place, and an option to display the images rotated according to their Exif orientation tags.
  • An option has been added that you can use to switch between the "new" flat buttons on the toolbars and their "old" non-flat versions.
  • The user interface of AB Commander is updated to better adjust to the non-standard DPI display settings.
  • A problem has been corrected that caused the columns of the file panels to grow very wide in some situations.
  • A problem has been corrected that caused the Quick Finder not to return the correct results if the "Find text" box included the "less than" character.
  • A problem has been corrected that sometimes caused a crash after adding certain folders to the Favorites list.
  • A problem has been corrected that sometimes caused the single selection mode to be enabled within AB Commander by Windows after using an application that used the common Open/Save As dialogs in the single-selection mode.
  • Several other minor improvements and corrections have been made.

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.)

Organize your photo library with the Rename tool of AB Commander

If you are like most other people who take their digital cameras with them on vacation, you take a lot of pictures. After all, the pixels are free, waste no natural resources, so why not take as many of them as possible while on a trip, and then sort through them at home, selecting the best one for the more permanent collection? Sure, sounds like a good strategy, except that when you do finally get home and import the images from the camera into your computer, more often than not the images would get some very dull file names, having no connection to what each image is about:

The image files imported from a digital camera get generic file names by default.
The original file names of the images imported from a digital camera.

You can use the Quick View command of AB Commander to view each image file directly within AB Commander, without opening a dedicated graphics application or a separate image viewer:

Viewing the image files with the Quick View tool of AB Commander
Viewing the image files with the Quick View tool of AB Commander

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Still, would not it be nice to give your digital images the names of your choosing that better describe what the images are all about?

With AB Commander, you can use the Rename command to quickly rename many files in one step, giving them more descriptive names that make sense to you rather than to your digital camera software.

To do that, first use AB Commander to navigate to the folder when you have imported the digital images or movies, and select the files that belong to the same event. (Remember that you can use the Quick View command of AB Commander to see the images without starting your digital imaging software.) For example, if you want to rename the images that you took during the hike to Angel's Landing of Zion National Park, select the image files that you took during that part of the trip, choose the Rename command, and specify how you want the files to be renamed:

Using the Rename command to give the image files better names.
Giving the image files more descriptive names

Notice the ## symbols at the end of the file name in the To area: you can use it as a placeholder for the image number: when renaming the selected files, AB Commander will replace the # symbols with a number, starting with the one you've specified, incrementing it automatically when renaming the next file. (Of course, for this to work, the Replace # symbol(s) with auto-incrementing number option must be selected.) You can control how many digits the automatic numbers should have by entering several # characters next to each other: if you enter ##, they will be replaces with the two-digit numbers: 01, 02, 03, and so on. If you enter ###, the generated numbers will be 001, 002, 003, etc. You get the idea.

The result of the Rename command of AB Commander.
The image files after they are renamed with AB Commander

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Repeat this procedure for the other images taken during different parts of your vacation and soon your image collection will be nicely organized and easily navigated. That's another way to impress your friends with your digital photos!

Happy file managing!

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AB Commander 9.0 released

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A new version 9.0 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

What's new in version 9.0:

  • The Synchronize command has been updated: it now offers more synchronization options, new preview window, early error detection, the opportunity to retry the errors, and more.
  • More external tools are now supported: you can now set up an external synchronizer, as well as the external file and folder comparer applications, in addition to the external Editor, Viewer, and Finder applications that were supported in the previous versions.
  • The internal Viewer updated to offer a better navigation in the full-screen mode.
  • If your computer runs Windows 8, 7, Vista (or later), you can now use AB Commander to create the junctions points.
  • The user interface is updated to follow the flat design style.
  • Several minor improvements and corrections have been made.

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.)