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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.)

Integrating AB Commander with Universal Viewer

AB Commander comes with a built-in image viewer that lets you quickly see the images on your computer directly, without opening a dedicated image viewing or editing application. To view an image in such a way, just select its file in AB Commander and press Ctrl+I.

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The image viewer of AB Commander can display the most common image files, such as JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF, but what if you want to view files of other types, such as PDFs or DOCs, without opening the regular PDF viewer or Microsoft Word? There are several third party file viewers that can be used to view such files, and you can set up such an application as an external viewer within AB Commander.

Let's show how to do that using Universal Viewer as an example of such an external viewer. (Note that as of this writing, Universal Viewer comes in two flavors: the Free and the Pro.)

First, you need to download and install Universal Viewer on your computer. If you have chosen to download the free version, pay attention to the optional software it may offer to install in addition to Universal Viewer itself: if you don't want the additional software, decline the offer.

After Universal Viewer is installed, the next step is to set it up as the external viewer of AB Commander: choose Tools - Options from the menu of AB Commander, select the Viewer tab, and press the Options button next to External:

Then, enter the path to the external viewer application, and also specify "%1" in the Command line parameters box (%1 is the placeholder for the selected file, and it needs to be enclosed in the double quotes to allow for the files with spaces in their names to be passed to the viewer application correctly):

That's it! From now on, if you want to view a file using Universal Viewer, select the file within AB Commander and press Ctrl+Shift+I:

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AB Commander 8.5 certified for Windows 8

We've just released an updated version 8.5 of AB Commander file manager. This version was submitted to the Windows 8 Application Certification and we are happy to report that it passed the tests and is now officially compatible with Windows 8.

Besides the compatibility with Windows 8, this version offers several minor improvements and fixes, such as:

  • The Duplicate Current Tab command, the tooltips that show the full path, and the tabs, and several other improvements.
  • A new option: Invoke Go to Parent folder when double-clicking on empty space.
  • The horizontal scroll bars now automatically appear or disappear as needed on the Folder bars.
  • ... and a few other little things

As before, AB Commander 8.5 comes with a free 30-day license for you to try it out before purchasing it.

Happy file managing!

AB Commander 8.4 released

A new version 8.4 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version features a new Quick Find command that you can use to search text files for specific text fragments you are interested in. (The built-in Windows Search command is still available as the alternative/external quick finder.)

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.8.3 released

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We've just released an update to AB Commander, version 8.3. This update offers several improvements:

  • The Rename and Delete commands are now faster and handle the selection of the files better: after a file has been deleted or moved, the next file is automatically selected for you, minimizing the need to scroll, if you have a large number of files displayed.
  • A new option to show the Re-establishing/Closing Connections messages has been implemented. When AB Commander is starting and attempting to connect to the network shared or drives, the connection to such network folders can take a rather long time. Previously, AB Commander did not display any visual indication about the process, and that could leave the user wondering why AB Commander did not display its window fast, as it usually does. Now, AB Commander shows a progress window informing the user that AB Commander is trying to re-establish the connection. A similar message is also displayed when AB Commander is shutting down and attempting to close the network connection that takes longer than usual. We hope such messages offer better user experience. However, if you don't like seeing such messages, you can turn them off using the Options command of AB Commander.
  • Better handling of some unusual situations that previously might have caused AB Commander to crash.
  • Several minor improvements and corrections have been made: the Free Space indicator is now displaying the result with an additional decimal point; the Quick Editor no longer prompts you to restart as Administrator when you open a text file located on a CD-ROM drive, etc.
  • As usual, if you have purchased your AB Commander license within the previous 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge: just download the new version and install it over the previous one. If your one year of free upgrades has already expired, you can purchase the new version and receive the automatic 50% upgrade discount. If you have not purchased a license yet, feel free to download AB Commander and give it a try: it's free for 30 days!

    How to repair Windows desktop icons with AB Commander

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    Sometimes something happens and Windows starts displaying wrong icons on the desktop. For example, you might have upgraded an application and the new version came with a new and improved application icon, but you still see the old icon on the Desktop. Or, a blank or damaged icon image appears where a perfectly good icon was displayed before. Does this sound familiar?

    The most common reason for the problem with the icons is the corruption of the Windows icon cache. If you don't know what icon cache is, it's a special file that Windows uses to keep copies of each icon handy. When Windows needs to draw an icon, it uses the copy from the cache rather than retrieving the icon image from the original application file. It makes Windows draw the icons much faster.

    UPDATE: With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft changed the rules of the game: the icon cache is no longer stored in the IconCache.db file described below. Read more: How to repair the icon cache in Windows 8/8.1

    The location of the icon cache file depends on the version of Windows that you have. In Windows 7 and Vista, the icon cache file is:

    C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\IconCache.db

    In Windows XP the icon cache file is:

    C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\IconCache.db

    So, what to do if the icon cache file became corrupted or damaged, or if Windows did not replace a copy of an icon in the icon cache with a new image of the icon for some reason? The solution is simple: you need to force Windows to rebuild its icon cache! The easiest ways of doing that is by deleting the IconCache.db file. If that file is missing, Windows will build it from scratch. However, deleting this file is tricky: it turns out that Windows keeps a copy of this file in the RAM memory, and if you delete it, with will create a new copy of this file from it's RAM copy, without refreshing the icon images!

    To prevent Windows Explorer from recreating the old icon cache file, you can do the following:

    1. If you have not done so already, make Windows display the hidden files and folders. To do so, choose the Folder options command from the Tools menu of AB Commander (or open it from Windows Control Panel), select the View tab, and change the option:

    Make Windows display the hidden files and folders

    If you don't like Windows displaying the hidden files and folder, you can change this option back after completing the steps below.

    2. Use AB Commander to navigate to the folder where the IconCache.db file is located (see above for the possible locations):

    Locate the icon cache file with AB Commander

    (If you have just enabled the Show hidden files option, you may need to press F5 in AB Commander to refresh is window and make the hidden files and folders to appear in the file listings.) Delete the IconCache.db file, and keep AB Commander window open, do not close or minimize it, you will need it a bit later.

    3. Now end the Windows Explorer process. To do that, start Windows Task Manager (by, for example, right-clicking on an empty space of Windows taskbar and selecting Start Task Manager from the menu). Select the Processes tab and right-click on explorer.exe in the list. Finally, select End Process from the menu:

    Use Task Manager to end Windows Explorer process

    The icons on your desktop will disappear, but don't panic, they will be back in a minute!

    4. Finally, restart the Explorer process. To do that, switch to AB Commander window, enter explorer in its launch box, and press OK:

    Start Explorer with AB Commander

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    (You could also start Explorer using the File - New Task (Run) command of Windows Task Manager.) Your desktop icons should be back.

    The above procedure should force Windows to recreate its icon cache file from scratch. If you don't see the IconCache.db file right away, don't worry, it will appear after you log off and log back on to (or restart) Windows.

    UPDATE: If you use Windows 8 (or newer) the above procedure may not work. In such a case, you need to use a different procedure. Read more: How to repair the icon cache in Windows 8/8.1

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    How to show drive letters first in AB Commander and Windows Explorer

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    As you probably know, Windows assigns a drive letter to the each drive that your computer has. If you open the Computer folder (or, if you use Windows XP or Windows 2000, the My Computer folder), you should see the list of the drives currently attached to your computer. By default, Windows displays the drive letters after the names of the drives. Since AB Commander uses the same internal engine to display the contents of the folders as Windows itself does, the same convention is true for the way AB Commander displays the names of the drives: it shows the label first, followed by the drive letter:

    The default display of the drive names used by AB Commander and Windows Explorer

    It’s possible, however, to change this default behavior and make both AB Commander and Windows Explorer display the drive letters before the drive names. In fact, there are even more possibilities: you can make the drive letters to be shown before the names for the network drives only, and you can even hide the drive letters altogether!

    Below are the links to the registry files that make the necessary changes in the Windows Registry. Note that there are two separate sets of files: one for Windows 8, 7, or Vista, and another one for Windows XP or Windows 2000:

    For Windows 8, 7, and Windows Vista:

    For Windows XP and Windows 2000:

    To use a registry file, right-click on its link, and choose Save Target As (or Save Link As, or a similar command) and save the file somewhere on your hard drive. After that, open the link directly from the folder where you have saved it, and confirm to Windows that you do want to import the information from the file into Windows Registry. Finally, to see the change in AB Commander, restart it. For example, if you’ve imported the DriveLetters-Before.reg file, then the list of the drives should now look like this:

    The drive letters are shown before the drive names

    To see the result in Windows Explorer, log off and then log back on to Windows. If you want to return to the default way of displaying the drive letters after the drive names, use the DriveLetters-After.reg file.

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