Immersive Explorer is an open source alternative to the default file explorer included in Windows (known as Windows Explorer).
It is designed to provide an "immersive" experience to the user by focusing on the content rather than hiding it behind icons and large window chrome and borders. It allows the user to avoid opening different applications and switching between multiple windows when doing tasks as simple as viewing a picture, thanks to the built-in viewer.
Although it is not a Windows 8 "Metro application", Immersive Explorer is designed around the "Metro" user interface guidelines. It is optimized for tablets and computers with touch-screens, but it also offers a great experience for mouse/keyboard users (with features like scroll-to-zoom, keyboard navigation).
Immersive Explorer is based on Win32/.NET/WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). It uses graphical hardware acceleration to display fluid animations and transitions, making it look more modern than the default Windows File Explorer. Note that it's not a complete replacement for the Windows Shell (it's just an alternative to the Windows Explorer) and it doesn't even need administrator rights to be installed.
As Immersive Explorer is not based on WinRT, it means that it can't run on Windows RT devices such as Surface RT (but it works great on Windows 8/8.1 tablets like Surface Pro).
Finally! One year and a half after the release of its first beta version, Immersive Explorer is now available in version 1.0!
This 1st stable version should be good enough for daily use on desktops, laptops, or tablets.
I hope you'll enjoy using it, and that you'll find it useful! And if you do, please consider sharing it with your friends :)
(Having more people who use my application motivates me to spend more time working on it!)
Immersive Explorer is free, and will stay free. The source code will also be released at the same time as the version 1.0.2.
However, I've decided to keep using timebombs in the stable release. While I know that a few users will dislike this practice,
I think it's a reasonable choice to ensure that people always use the latest version of my application.
This decision is based on my experience with my previous projects: I still see a lot of web sites offering 5-years old outdated versions of my apps for download, and many people who download these very old versions don't take the time to download the latest version. When they encounter a bug, they just stop using the app (and sometimes, they even write a negative comment about it!). I hope you'll understand that, for me, it's important that people don't judge my work based on bugs I may have fixed months (or years) ago.
Also, I want to say thanks to all the people who have used the beta releases during all this time. Your feedback (especially bug reports) has been very valuable! Keep sending me emails or posting comments on my web site about suggestions and bugs you encounter!
There are still a lot of features that are missing from Immersive Explorer 1.0, but here is what I plan to implement in the coming weeks:
-Version 1.1 will include an Image Resizing feature (with live preview of the result and comparison with the original image)
-Version 1.2 should add support for automatic refresh of drive list and folder content
-Version 1.3 should add support for favorite folders, and custom folder wallpaper
-Later versions will implement audio playlists, improve the picture viewer's touch support, folder content load time, ...
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|ÓêÅï Yupeng - 2014/04/23 16:22|
A friend from Weibo hopes Immersive Explorer can play the GIF animation.
The secord ,pictures cannot display as the actual pixel (Small pictures look big).
(And I cannot visit http://www.immersive-explorer.com/
I can only visit http://www.julien-manici.com/)
|Julien MANICI - 2014/04/23 21:38|
I saw your friend's post on weibo, and I answered him a few days ago that I'll implement these 2 features in the next version that I will release this week.
Not sure if he has read my message since I replied in English.
as for the domain name issue, that's weird, http://www.immersive-explorer.com should redirect you to http://www.julien-manici.com/immersive_explorer/
maybe the GoDaddy redirection host is blocked in China?
|martin0reg - 2014/04/23 04:07|
|Beautiful and practical, the first app that is able to convince me using win8.1 on a touch Screen.|
When I put my touch screen (convertible notebook/tablet) upright, the display switches to portrait mode. But Immersive Explorer does not change the arrangement of the tiles to portrait mode ..
Keep it up!
|Pockett - 2014/04/20 11:13|
|Can I change the desktop default, orange, rectangle, icons to a different color, like clear glass? Is it possible to make them multiple colors?|
|phillip - 2014/04/17 17:34|
|asus transformer tablet t100a latest bios etc win 32bit 8.1 + update Windows8.1-KB2919355 etc (full update)|
boot to desktop (before update)
worked, sayed newer version
dowloaded current version : 1.0.1, released 2014/04/10)
unpin old version from task bar
uncompress to c:\program files
"C:\Program Files\Immersive Explorer 1.0.1\Immersive Explorer.exe"
come up says unable to load language file?
|Julien MANICI - 2014/04/17 17:53|
|If you want to install Immersive Explorer, you must uncompress the zip file to a temporary location where your user account is allowed to read/write (like the Desktop).|
the built-in setup program will then install Immersive Explorer to AppData, a folder located in your user profile.
you can't copy manually the zip file content to "program files", because Immersive Explorer needs to be able to write to the folder in which it is installed.
|philip - 2014/04/18 20:20|
|ok tried that uzip to desktop|
worked, now i can del that install folder?
would be nice if you made a longer time to try software, + link to post bugs, options.
ps i like it. i use paid copy of terracopy too
|Pockett - 2014/04/17 13:56|
|Incredible app! It appears to be pretty stable. I'm glad you updated it with custom wallpapers, and a bit more features. What I like most about it is the visuals. Its clear that older versions of Windows have become visually outdated, in comparison to the more modern 8, but you app quickly closes the gap, and gives computers more of that modern, "touchscreen," look. There are a few more things that I would love to see happen in the visual department. For one thing the user can easily put the app in the start folder so that immersive explorer kicks it off when you first boot Windows, but some users may miss that. You should put an option where the program starts with windows, for easier access. What I would also like to see is a bit more animation. "My Videos" and "My Pics" have an animated scrolling image. It would look nice if the background wallpaper also had a scrolling image option. You should also add a small screensaver option. Where if the app isn't touched after a few minutes the libraries, drives, favorites, and all the rest of the gui functions momentarily disappear, with the only thing showing is the background wallpaper. The background should brighten like the normal desktop, and scroll with a smooth animation, like mentioned earlier. Until the user puts input again (like move the mouse.) I know it may not be priority, and may sound silly or vain, but sometimes eyecandy visuals can go a long way for some people. I believe along with functionality art-style can make or break some apps, if not appealing. I just wanted to put my 2 cent, overall its a great app, and I like using it!!|
|Julien MANICI - 2014/04/17 18:09|
|Thanks for your feedback.|
I plan to implement animated slideshow support, and ability to set background pictures for each folder. The background picture will slide when the content scrolls horizontally.
I agree with you that eye candy visuals are important and I appreciate this kind of suggestions!