FileStar/2 - The Basics
The main graphical window of FileStar/2
contains six internal child windows, including two file windows similar
to many DOS and Windows file managers, a highly configurable Toolbar and
a Data Panel containing selected drive/file data. The Data Panel contains
a message window that shows you what is going on in most cases and other
single click controls for various functions. Extensive use of OS/2's Presentation
Manager graphical environment and capabilities makes it easy to use. Many
typical file operations, such as copying, moving and deleting files, are
a breeze to perform because of the intuitiveness and the integrated point
and click approach to file operations.
FileStar/2 is highly customable (from the menuor setup notebook) to work the way you want to work - use the keyboard,
your mouse or both to invoke functions using hot keys, a configurable tool
bar, pull-down and pop-up menus! But make no mistake about it, most functions
are much easier to perform with a mouse. A 3-button mouse is a plus since
the 3rd button can be configured to act like a left mouse double click
FileStar/2 comes loaded with time-saving features
to make you more productive when performing file management tasks:
Three integrated foreground viewing windows, normally positioned horizontally
Drives window contains a list of all available drives (including LAN).
Multiple drives may be selected which results in multiple trees in the
directory tree(s) window.
Directories window contains the directory tree(s) for selected drive(s).
Files listing window contains a filtered file list for the selected directory.
Five pre-configured window arrangements to choose from - or set your own
preferred arrangement and size.
- The list may may be filtered.
- Multiple directories may be listed in the same
window, including the entire drive.
Dialogs for copying, moving, deleting, zipping and unzipping selected files
and directories have a consistent appearance, sizeable length and point
and click selection of target path.
Use your favorite file browser to rapidly view files with single click
(3-button mouse) or double click ease or your favorite editor to edit files.
Alt+double click any drive, directory or file object to open that WPS object
with its associated action. Easily perform either the associated FileStar/2
or WPS actions, including the use of different external viewers for plain
Drag and drop multiple files to the directory tree(s), inactive file window
or WPS objects.
Contiguous or random file selection supported with extended or multiple
style OS/2 selections.
Use include, exclude, date and file attribute filters> to list only those
files of interest.
Directory compare - Compare
the files in the file windows (may be a single or multiple directories).
Comparison criteria of same/different names in conjunction with same/different
size, earlier than/same as/later than file dates and same/different CRCs.
Compares long names if found on FAT drives when comparing directories on
HPFS and FAT drives.
Directory delete - Delete a directory with files or fast delete just the
files in a directory. May include deletion of the files in all sub-directories,
leaving the skeleton directory structure.
Directory query - fast find the size of all files in the directory. Query
summation may include all sub-directories.
Point and click setup and use up to ten frequently used directories.
In file windows with a large number of files, activate file seeking with
' | ' (a dialog entry field appears at the bottom of the window) and file
name matches are highlighted as you type a file name. Any other action
Last ten directories used without duplication.
Re-access last/frequently used directories with two mouse clicks or hot
Toolbar buttons may be created to go to favorite directories.
Change directory dialog (activated with ' \ ' ) shows directory matches
as you type or accepts command line path input. Keyboard enter then initiates
the directory change.
Set file attributes or date/time for all selected files in one easy step
with a simple dialog setup.
Multiple file rename with wild cards or file name case changes.
Command line dialog which can selectively save 20 commands.
Compare files by CRC (exact file match) or by other criteria, including
the use of an external compare program. The CRC comparison is great and
fast for finding duplicate files. You add the directories that contain
the files to search for duplicates (may be the entire drive) to a file
window and select the type search to perform and sit back and watch it
compare several thousand files a minute, leaving only the duplicates in
the file window.
Data panel message window:
Dynamically reformats itself (color and length) based on type and length
Popup menus in all internal windows cover all functions. Hide the PM menu
(and the toolbar) if you need bigger directory and file windows.
Re-call last message with left mouse click in window.
Has message history dialog (right mouse click in window) that shows:
- Last 20 messages of each information, warning
and error types.
- Time since boot.
- Max swapper size since boot.
Pushbuttons to set the file window arrangement, type of view, toggle between
the last used and current file filter, change to last directory used or
parent directory located at the bottom of the windows.
Data panel pushbuttons (which serve as labels for the windows below them)
may be used to initiate appropriate actions. Set ascending/descending name/size/date
sorting of files with a single mouse click in the panel windows. A simulated
LED below the window shows the type of sort in the active file window.
Fast find any file - searches selectable drives using wild card names.
Click on a file or directory in the file found list to navigate directly
to it. The file found list is not destroyed until you close the dialog.
Most dialogs remain in view to allow point and click drive, directory or
file selection as required for the dialog - i.e. if the directory query
dialog is displayed, clicking on any directory causes it to sum that directory,
interrupting any ongoing summation.
Make a file list of all selected files in the file window. The saved file
is formatted to either 80 or 132 columns and may contain the file CRCs.
This list may even be sent directly to the printer. If the window contains
multiple directories, the saved list is formatted by directories.
Print up to 50 selected text files in one step. Printer font may be selected
in printer setup. An external print program may also be interfaced.
Message window periodically shows when not in use:
Easily customize the main window with your choice of colors and fonts.
Swap disk free space available.
System memory available.
Working memory (memory available before more swap memory is required).
Supports HPFS and FAT formats, supports peer and LAN networks, read/write
to Win 95/98/NT clients.
Supports and starts DOS and Windows applications. Execute dialog can save
and run 20 command lines.