When comparing FreeCommander 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 9th while FreeCommander is ranked 10th. 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 2 Pane Layout
Makes normal file operations (like move & copy) easy.
Pro Has a portable version
Because it's portable, you can easily move the folder with all your files to other devices.
Pro Very powerful set of file copying options
FreeCommander has a very powerful set of file copying options.
Pro Powerful search feature
FreeCommander provides a search functionality that allows you to filter out results.
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 Heavily customizable
Besides many customizable on-board options and features, one can also write his/her own scripts and even full plug-ins.
Pro Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions available
Pro Full of features
Multirename, double panel, tabbed interface, corized tabs, .... a hundred different options
Con Only the 32-bit version is free
You have to make a donation to be able to download the 64-bit version.
Good facilities overall, but there's a bug that makes menus freeze and get stuck on the page.
Con It's easy to delete important stuff by accident
When you want to delete something, it will often highlight both a file and its folder. The whole folder is then removed if you don't de-select the folder manually.
Con Cluttered and dated UI
The user interface has an outdated look, with a lot of button and menu options that can be overwhelming.