Rage Software’s new Macintosh Explorer 2.0PR1 (preview version 1) is being touted as a “major upgrade” to the file management tool and browser for the Mac. And the company has already begun work on a Mac OS X version (look for a beta soon after the next generation operating system ships March 24).
The biggest feature introduced in version 2.0 is the expansion of drag & drop, according to
MacTech magazine. The new drag & drop support allows you to drag and drop files into folders. Other enhancements include a less cluttered interface, more preferences, enhancements to the backup feature, and the ability to store up to 33 links.
Macintosh Explorer sports a find file feature that allows you to search your hard drives right from the main window using different search criteria. It includes the ability to view and edit extended info and content of files including all invisible files and folders. Plus, you can find and delete unused files, backup important files and folders, and navigate your hard drives in an Internet browser like style.
Macintosh Explorer’s interface and features are customizable. It includes the ability to tile a background pattern, change the background color or give Macintosh Explorer an Aqua look. Buttons and functions are also customizable with a new feature in version 2.0 that allows you to chose only the basic buttons required for file navigation.
All users who purchased Macintosh Explorer before Sept. 3, 2000, for US$15 can upgrade to Macintosh Explorer 2.0 for free. Otherwise, upgrades are $6.95 and a standard license is $15. Macintosh Explorer can be downloaded from
Rage Software’s Web site.