Previously we came across one full-fledged Windows Explorer called CubicExplorer, which provides multitude of options and features to explore your system. On the top of feature list, the tabbed interface helps user to quickly navigate through multiple locations. Recently we discovered BFExplorer, an opensource enhancement application that aims to replace the standard Windows Explorer found in Windows 7. At the moment it is in alpha build, supporting only Tab Toolbar, Glassy view, Basic Search, ExplorerListview, and Breadcrumbbar.
The developer plans to add tab functionality together with use of standard explorer browser control. The final build will also include additional toolbars with more features like, Changing Library icons, File operation with files and folders, Synchronized command prompt, Change of folder icons, Extended Jump list support (Windows 7), Double panel explorer, and Extended search like extended search pane in Vista (Windows 7).
The most significant part is the tabbed interface that is astonishingly similar to Windows Explorer. With seamless Windows 7 integration, it offers aesthetic Aero-glass support which makes it look like an enhanced Windows Explorer. All that is required is to install the application and run the executable, by default it will open library folder. From extreme right side, you can insert a new tab by clicking the respective button. It can be observed from the screenshot below that there’re not much options to go around with. You only have options for adding and removing the tab.
The developer has so far not mentioned any plans of adding hotkey support, which can made the whole procedure of working in multiple windows much easier. As application is still in alpha phase, we are hoping to get the full-featured explorer with some advance and handy options in the final release. The application has been designed to work on Windows 7 only.