When comparing Altap Salamander vs Explorer++, the Slant community recommends Altap Salamander for most people. In the question“What are the best file managers for Windows?” Altap Salamander is ranked 9th while Explorer++ is ranked 12th.
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Pro Very stable, even preview versions
Pro Very feature-rich
Pro License is good on multiple machines
Can be used at home and work.
Pro Intuitive two-pane interface
The program features a dual-pane interface that allows you to easily move files between views.
Pro Looks very polished and consistent
Pro Very fast
No delay is noticable in the user interface.
Pro Copy and move operations can work in background
Pro Built-in archive support (zip, rar, etc)
Pro Extensive keyboard shortcut support
Pro Powerful bookmark support
Easy bookmark usage, e.g., Shift+1 selects the first directory. The bookmarked directories are also available in the usual popups to switch the left/right drive (Alt+F1/F2).
Pro Built-in FTP and SFTP
The program has built in support for a variety of common network protocols (such as FTP, FTPS, SCP and SFTP) for file transferring over the internet.
Pro Customizable with own external tools
Pro Customizable colors
Different colors can be assigned to compressed files or files with a certain name pattern.
Pro Built-in undelete plugin
Pro Automation plugin
Enables user to automate repetitious actions via JScript and VBScript (via windows script engines already installed). There is also support for Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby (Arton's ruby must be installed to have the Action script support)
Pro Free and open source
Con No Unicode support
Unicode was promised many years ago, but due to slow development, still nothing.
Con Winscp not available for x64 version
Winscp plugin is available only for x86 version and missing @x64.
Con Hard-coded shortcuts
Shortcuts are hard-coded and therefore can't be changed by the user.
Con Text Viewer does not support UTF-8
Con Slow development
Con Is only available for Windows
There is no full replacement for Linux or OS X.
Con No tabs in dual panes
There are no tabs available in the dual panes view, which can be a time-saver for some users.
Seemingly abandoned. Hasn't been updated in a few years.
Con Useless for searching
Often completely misses loads of files that you know are there.
Con Crashes semi frequently
Crashes quite a bit. Sometimes random sometimes during network folder access. Loses current state and reverts to the state of the last graceful exit.