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This decision is based on my experience with my previous projects: I still see a lot of web sites offering 5-years old outdated versions of my apps for download, and many people who download these very old versions don't take the time to download the latest version.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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|Socks - 2014/10/26 11:34|
|Hello! When I drag the window around it shows an annoying border. Is this meant to happen/ bug/ just me? |
Happens only when dragging the window around..
|Julien MANICI - 2014/10/26 17:47|
|It's not a bug, it's a workaround that allows Aero Snap to work (because it doesn't work on borderless windows by default). I will try to find a better solution in the next version.|
|Jakaveli - 2014/10/23 02:10|
|Hi,man, a little advice for your app just came to my mind. Next version, can you make it that deleting files to recycle without confirmation, just permanently deleting files needs confirmation?|
|Farzan - 2014/10/18 10:21|
|I am really impressed with the work you have done but I am having problem in selecting objects. I don't understood have to select multiple objects.|
|Julien MANICI - 2014/10/18 11:25|
|Use the mouse right click to select multiple items.|
I will modify the method for selecting multiple items in the next version, as I know it's not very practical.
|Andre - 2014/10/12 20:44|
your IE works great, but I want I really miss to use it as my default explorer is the capability to handle ZIP archives natively.
For example, if I touch on a ZIP file, I'd like to browse into the ZIP file content, and if I touch and hold an archive, I can unzip it as an Option.
Greetings from Munich!
|Julien MANICI - 2014/10/15 15:09|
|Hi, thanks for your feedback.|
ZIP files support is planned for the next version.
|Leo Gomez - 2014/10/08 17:56|
|Excelente aplicación!!! trabaja perfectamente en Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bits, y el idioma español esta debidamente soportado. Gracias por el excelente trabajo, y por compartirlo al mundo!!|