File manager software programs are intended to replace Windows Explorer. They essentially provide a window to manipulate file directories and access documents. Here are a few recommended file managers if you would prefer to have additional functionality than Windows Explorer offers.
Universal Explorer: This is a free software tool designed for use on PCs to replace Windows Explorer. It offers the capability to view documents without opening them and to compress documents/ files into ZIP folders.
PowerDesk: PowerDesk provides the capability to simultaneously search over multiple drives. It will also customize file folders, such as color coding, labeling, and icon images.
Speedy Organizer: A simple document management system that essentially replaces Windows Explorer and offers good search functionality. Mainly for small- to medium-sized businesses.
Otixo: A file manager app specifically designed for cloud-based applications such as Dropbox, Google Docs, SkyDrive, Picasa, etc.
As if organizing electronic files on your local drive hasn’t been hard enough, we now have electronic files in cloud-based services such as DropBox, Picasa, Google Drive, FTP servers, SugarSync, and a host of others. There is a great app, Otixo, that is a cloud-based file manager that helps to solve at least part of the problem. Otixo is essentially an app that allows you to view and access your data across multiple platforms. Otixo is not a hosting service all the data still resides on the original app, it merely provides a dashboard to manage all your cloud based files in one screen view. It uses an OAuth to connect to your accounts, so it doesn’t see nor collect usernames and passwords. The platform also allows users to click and drag files from one cloud-based platform to another. You can also preview, delete, rename, organize and search across multiple platforms all within Otixo.
Another great feature is their ‘spaces’ which is a collaboration tool. Let’s say you are working with vendors or contractors on some projects. They of course have an on-line platform they use, DropBox, and your company prefers Google Drive. Until now, usually one entity has to compromise to use another’s platform. With Otixo, you don’t have too. Otixo allows a collaboration space to be created that will connect multiple accounts and platforms. The user who sets up the space can provide permissions to users. Otixo also tracks all activity and provides an easy log to see who has accessed, changed, and updated files to a space. You can add notes and comments to documents that are separated from the document but easily seen in Otixo.
This is an excellent and well-designed app to help manage cloud-based files and applications. And a great deal at $47.90 per year or 4.99 per month.