Universal Explorer 5.0 (shareware) http://lib.giveawayoftheday.com/Universal_Explorer_17629/ is the latest release of this shareware program for Windows. We can purchase it and/or download the trial version directly from the developer’s website and evaluate it free of charge. This software provides a comprehensive utility suite, which allows us to view, manage, edit, convert, find, copy, rename, move, encrypt/decrypt, and print our files. We can easily access them from the directory tree on the left side of the Main Window. We can browse through it and select the file we want to open. It shows not only the files but its properties as well. It is possible to view most of them directly with the built-in viewer. It can even open Excel, Word and Internet files. The program includes an EXE option for us to convert compressed files into .exe files. It includes many features, i.e., we can view our pictures as a slideshow, take screenshots, use the calculator, and many more. It automatically installs our shortcuts desktop icons into the Main Window. It runs under Windows 9x, 2000, NT, ME, XP, and Vista operating systems. Review licensed from Publisher description Universal Explorer (UE) is powerful Windows Explorer replacement software designed to replace the restricted features of the standard Windows Explorer File Manager. It is fully featured and offers many advantages to Windows Explorer. With Universal Explorer, you can manage your files (move/copy/paste/delete) quickly and effectively. Plus, you can also view and edit almost any file directly in UE with built-in File Viewer Windows. View and Edit text documents, HTML, a wide range of graphic files, programming source code and more. You can even view Microsoft Word and Excel documents without launching Word or Excel. Universal Explorer offers a full Archive Manager (Archive Extractor) that allows you to create, view, edit, convert and extract compressed files using multiple formats (ace, arc, arj, bh, cab, qz, jar, lha, lzh, rar, tar, zip, zoo).
XnView Shell Extension (freeware) http://lib.giveawayoftheday.com/XnView_Shell_Extension_51992/ is an excellent tool that adds many image options to the context menu. It allows you to convert, rotate and more, any image file directly from My PC or the Windows Explorer just by right clicking on the image file. And the best of all is that you don't have to open any program. After installing the application you can right click on any image file and you will see the thumbnail of the selected image on the context menu and a set of tools below it. Among these options you can choose to directly convert the selected image into any of the listed formats: GIF, BMP, JPG, PCX, PNG, TIF, and TGA. But if you open the "Convert" window you can select more output formats, resize the image, and select a different output folder. Other useful options you can use are: rotate image, copy to clipboard, save clipboard to file, set as wallpaper, send to ImageShack (image hosting website), and edit the IPTC data. XnView Shell Extension includes an "Options" window that allows you to change the way these options are displayed on the context menu, e.g. you can show all the context menu options on a sub-menu. « less Review licensed from Publisher description XnShell is a powerful Shell extension for Windows Explorer that allows you to preview and perform various operations within Windows explorer context menu. It allows you to convert and rotate any image file directly from My PC or the Windows Explorer just by right clicking on the image file.