When comparing TagSpaces vs Multi Commander, the Slant community recommends Multi Commander for most people. In the question“What are the best file managers for Windows?” Multi Commander is ranked 11th while TagSpaces is ranked 16th. The most important reason people chose Multi Commander is:
Including optional background coloring. Limitation of this pro: text and background color cannot be taken from 2 different filters and thus combined but on the positive side: it provides coloring profiles, which can be switched (supposedly easily).
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Pro No web service or database lock in
The backend is simply the directory and file structure on your harddrive.
Pro Open source
TagSpaces is free and open source making it easily extendable with the help of extensions.
Pro Your can choose your cloud file storage
Using only files and no databases let's you make the decision with which cloud file sync service to use, making sure your notes are made available on other devices and platforms. It works great with Owncloud, Nextcloud, Dropbox or Google Drive.
Pro No cloud
TagSpaces is running completely offline, sending no data to any cloud based service, unlike many Evernote alternatives.
Pro File coloring based on filters
Including optional background coloring.
Limitation of this pro: text and background color cannot be taken from 2 different filters and thus combined but on the positive side: it provides coloring profiles, which can be switched (supposedly easily).
Pro Portable version available
Pro Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions available
Pro Heavily customizable
Besides many customizable on-board options and features, one can also write his/her own scripts and even full plug-ins.
Pro Full of features
Multirename, double panel, tabbed interface, corized tabs, .... a hundred different options
Pro Written in C++
Pro Support for FTP, Registry, and OneDrive
Pro Powerful scripting system
You can easily write powerful scripts even without knowledge of programming.
Con It renames your files in order to tag them
The positive side of this drawback is that this way the tags are easily transferred to other platforms by simply syncing them.