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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.

http://bit-commander.com/#

 


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

 

I should have posted the link to the successor website -

http://onecommander.com/

Blog indicates development is ongoing.

http://onecommander.com/blog/

 


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:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/thatfile/9p5nkmfzp3h1?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

 


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
>order.
> >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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