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Posted by jimspoon
Sep 9, 2019 at 04:47 PM


Hi Pierre, thanks for your reply.  I’ve always thought Miller Columns are very cool ... I need to think about how well they’d work for me, you know I’m a very keyboard-intensive guy!  I visited the Exontrol website and also googled to see if there is a windows file manager that uses Miller columns, and this one called bitCommander now renamed to One Commander was at the top of the search results.  It looks impressive.



Posted by jimspoon
Sep 9, 2019 at 04:50 PM


I should have posted the link to the successor website -


Blog indicates development is ongoing.



Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 9, 2019 at 08:41 PM


jimspoon wrote:
>I’ve always thought Miller Columns are very cool

You may want to check this out as well:


Posted by Amontillado
Sep 10, 2019 at 01:49 AM


This is one way I use Devonthink. Individual groups (folders) can be set to manual search order.

Unfortunately, when you view a tag, you can sort them in various ways, but not manually. I haven’t found that limiting, though - but I wish the feature were there.

I haven’t looked much at DT 3, so maybe that’s coming.

jimspoon wrote:
One of the defining characteristics of an outliner is the ability to
>rearrange items in a tree hierarchy very quickly using keyboard
>shortcuts.  For example, Ctrl+arrow keys to Move the item
>Up/Down/Left/Right, Enter key to create a new item at the same level.
> >Then I thought, why couldn’t a file manager work the same way?  Now
>Ctrl+arrow keys would be used to move selected files/folders to be a
>under a different folder.  Pressing Enter would create a new folder at
>the same level.  Perhaps there could be a different shortcut could be
>used to create a new text file at the same level as the currently
>focused item.
> >I think this might be more efficient than the existing methods of
>select, Ctrl+X/C, navigate, Ctrl+V, navigate.
> >Also, the concept of ordinal position of items within a folder could be
>introduced to items in the file system.  That is, the items
>(files/subfolders) within a folder would be manually arranged in a
>certain sequence, perhaps represented by a number.  This ordering could
>be altered by the Ctrl+Up/Down keys.  Sort commands could be used to
>change this ordering - the items could be resorted by different
>properties (e.g. filename ascending).  Ideally, this ordering could be a
>persistent property of the folders/files - not just something done “on
>the fly” when we ask a file manager to display items in a certain sort
> >Perhaps there is a file manager out there that already works this way?
>Or at least partially - I don’t imagine there’s a filesystem out there
>that incorporates the persistent ordering concept I described.


Posted by Paul Korm
Sep 10, 2019 at 08:49 PM


Maybe I’m too used to Windows Explorer, quirks and all, but I find the OneCommander window to be strangely difficult to navigate and figure out. 


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