May 26, 2018

Better Filesystem Browser

“twander” is a Filesystem Browser which runs on both Unix-like systems as well as Win32 systems. It embraces the best ideas of both similar GUI-driven programs Konqueror, Windows Explorer as well as text-based interfaces Midnight Commander, List, Sweep.

While the “twander” interface is graphical, all the major navigation, selection, and execution commands can be entered from the keyboard, not just the mouse. This means Power Users who are strong typists can minimize dependency on the mouse and materially speed up their interactions with the system.

Moreover, unlike the other programs, “twander” does not have a built-in set of commands which typically cannot be changed. Instead, “twander” supports a rich macro configuration language for virtually limitless user-definition of commands. The configuration language provides a simple mechanism for communicating the list of items currently selected in the GUI to the user-defined commands.

Each user is thus free to configure a command set unique and appropriate to their needs. As with the navigation commands, user-defined commands can be invoked with either the keyboard a single keystroke or the mouse a menu selection.

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