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Pro Customizable UI
Allows customizing toolbars and keyboard hotkeys. Has a full scripting interface that allows in-depth customization options.
Efficient, multi-threaded, modern design. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
Pro Can be set to replace Windows Explorer
Unique Explorer Replacement mode provides a full replacement for Windows Explorer.
Pro Supports archives
Supports archive formats like Zip, 7Zip and RAR.
Allows batch renaming, viewing and editing file metadata.
Pro Tools for synchronizing files and finding duplicates
Pro Allows color-coding and assigning star ratings to files and folders
Pro FTP support
Pro Integrates seamlessly as a launcher for other programs
Launch via toolbar button or user definable custom context menu items.
Pro Constantly adding new, useful features
Very responsive to customer requests for features and impovements.
Pro Easy to sort photos
Image marking adds the images you select to a different file, making it easy to sort through a large number.
Pro Lots of free updates -- often
Directory Opus gets updates (for free) all the time -- fixes, significant improvements and often new features are released multiple times a month. Improvement and feature requests by users are taken in consideration and you can often find your bug report resolved or improvement request fulfilled in one of the beta versions that follow soon.
It's always exciting in the Directory Opus-land and if you're a software enthusiast you'll have lots of fun checking up on Directory Opus development.
Pro Good customer support
The customer support is extraordinary.
Pro Extended Scripting API
The scripting capabilities of DO extend from version to version. You can do a whole lot of unheard stuff with that. Custom columns, custom commands, handling events etc. just to name a few things. It even has a GUI editor to allow for custom interfaces for your file management and scripting tasks. Mastering it is not easy in the beginning. It's one of the richer scripting APIs compared to other products.
Pro Very powerful and easy to use batch rename dialog/functionality
Pro It prevents you from making gross deletion mistakes
Since it makes your folder structure rather transparent and allows to easy checks through dual tabbed layout, it helps you to not delete files wrongly.
Pro Customizable and downloadable themes
Compared to the other options, Directory Opus is quite expensive.
Prices are $35 for the Lite version and $64 for Pro (price changes based on the AUD to US exchange rate). Upgrading from light to pro costs about $30.
Con Restrictive License
Product is licensed on a "per-machine basis" requiring purchasing multiple expensive licenses to cover a single user with multiple machines.
Con Portability cost more
On top of an already expensive license, users must purchase a separate Export License to create a portable version.
Con Complicated if one pursues mastery on the most advanced features
Takes a long time to become efficient to its most. Mastering all features would maybe be rather exhausting. But mastery of the basic features is easily achieved.
Con Not 100% stable
The program is not fully stable (not as much as one would expect of a relatively expensive professional product). Especially the displaying of the lables is lost quite often until a restart of the whole program. Also connecting with Android devices repeatedly gives stability problems.
Con No native support for right-sided tree
Despite boasting about extensible UI customization, only with a bad work-around is it possible to have the tree displayed on the right side. Even then, it is buggy. User support on this matter is unsupportive.
Con Find Files Tool: No native/good support for restoring multiple search paths
Although all other options of the find files tool are very good, there simply is no easy way of regularly using the same multiple search paths. For using only one search path, one can simply navigate to that path and activate the automatic path-use-button in the tool or choose one path from the previous paths drop-down, but that only works for one path. It gets really cumbersome if one wants to restore multiple search paths at once. One must basically write his own script to do that. This is surprisingly annoying that such a basic and needed functionality is not natively supported (build-in) by such a generally powerful program.
Con Larger file sizes
The installer weighs in at 50MB and app directory is over 95MB.
Not bad with today's tech but seems bloated compared to similar programs.