Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lonely Cat Games X-plore v2.81 for Android

     X-plore is a file manager for mobile phones,with wide range of functions on the file system of your mobile device.X-plore is dual-pane file manager with tree view, LAN/FTP/Root/Clouds and more.X-plore allows you to see inside of your Android phone or tablet.


Dual-pane tree view
X-plore is a dual-pane explorer, which means that there're two folders shown at same time, and common operation such as copying files are done from one pane to another.
And X-plore shows folder hierarchy in a tree view. This offers clear orientation on where in file system you currently are, and fast switching to other location.
Currently selected folder and files are highlighed, while other folders/files have slighly darker background. 

Root access
You may explore internals of the device, and if you're power user and have your device rooted, you can make changes to system data - backup files, remove unwanted applications, etc.
Be aware that this possibility can make your device unoperational, requiring reinstall of firmware, but if you've rooted your device, you probably know what you're doing.

If you're standard user, you may choose to hide internal memory from view and be sure not to mess with system.
You can comfortably see contents of your external memories, either be it built-in high capacity memory, external memory card, or possibly USB memory stick attached to your tablet. All these memory types are listed in main level, you don't need to search for their folders on the device.

Where it makes sense, X-plore tries to tell more about the file. This means showing thumbnails for images and video, and displaying basic media information about music files. 

FTP and FTPS servers
Access to FTP and FTPS (secure FTP) servers is supported.
Multiple servers may be configured. All standard file operations can be done on FTP server. 

LAN servers
X-plore can display shared folders on other computers in LAN (local area network).
The system is also called SMB or Microsoft Windows Network, and can access shared folders on computers connected to LAN, or even remote server if it supports SMB protocol.
X-plore can search for available servers, edit and save settings, or manually add server.
It's also possible to omit username or password (for security reason) and enter these on demand during connecting to server.

Cloud storage
X-plore can access various web storage servers, and access their files. You need to have account in supported web cloud service, then you can access your files stored online through X-plore.

Picasa albums
X-plore can list images in Picasa albums, download them, create albums, upload and delete photos, edit captions.
Picasa web albums are natural choice of image albums on Android, since they're easily accessible with user's Google account already configured on Android device. 

Operations on files
Main operations are related to managing files and folders - viewing, copying, moving, deleting, compressing to Zip, extracting, renaming, sharing, and more. 

Main interaction is done by touch screen, clicking on folders or files to open files, or long-click to open context menu which contains options which can be done on particular clicked item, or multiple selected items.
Multi-selection allows to do operation on more files at once. Files can be selected by clicking check box. It is also possible to select all files in a folder, or clear selection, by clicking parent folder's check box.

Opening file may mean to use one of built-in viewer for most popular file types: images, audio, video and text. 
Or you may configure X-plore to use system application for opening files, in which case system-predefined application that can open particular file is launched. If there're more such applications, Android shows dialog allowing to choose application for opening the file. X-plore indicates that multiple applications may open the file by displaying small question mark on file's icon. When this is shown, you may expect system dialog for picking application to open the file. 

Sometimes one application becomes default application for particular file type (for example to listen to mp3). This is Android system feature. However, it may be confusing for user to remove this application to handle opening of given file type. Here X-plore helps by offering menu option to clear the default application handling.

Archives (currently supported are Zip and Rar) are displayed as other folders. You may open them, see contents, and do standard operations that you'd do on files - rename, delete, copy from/to, etc. You don't feel other difference from normal file system, other than operation may be slower for larger Zip files due to need of recompression.
Note: RAR archives support only read-only operations. 

SQLite database viewer
X-plore can show SQLite database files (those with .db extension) as expandable list of tables, each table containing list of rows and columns with database entries.
The view is read-only, no changes to database are done.
This feature can aid to developers to check content of their databases, or allows to curious ones to explore system databases (which works on rooted devices). 

Additional interaction is possible by button bar, which is between two panes, and is fully configurable. You may put buttons of your desired operations here, and change ordering.
Buttons in this bar become enabled or disabled automatically depending on if it is possible to perform given operation.
Some operations have different meaning for long-click on button. You may learn what happens for long click in the Button configuration dialog. For example, for Copy operation, normal click initiates copying, and long click initiates moving of files. 

Another input comes from configurable keyboard shortcuts. Many android devices are mainly controlled by touch screens, and have minimal buttons or keys. Even on such device, you may assign action to volume keys.
And on devices with full hardware keyboard, many operations may be (and are by default) assigned to various keys. 

System Requirement:
Android v2.1 or above

♦ Dual-pane tree view
♦ Root access (on rooted devices), also allowing changes to read-only files
♦ FTP, FTPS, LAN (SMB/Samba) servers
♦Cloud storage access: Google Drive™, Dropbox,, SkyDrive, SugarSync
♦ Picasa image albums
♦ SQLite database explorer (files with .db extension)
♦ Seamless work with Zip (as with normal folder)
♦ Favorite folders displayable in root
♦ Built-in viewers for images, video, audio, text
♦ Hex viewer
♦ Fast Image viewer with zoom and slide to previous/next images in folder
♦ Thumbnails for images and video as well as for various file types (depending on associated application)
♦ Ability to clear default application handlers
♦ Multi-selection - always available, yet not disturbing
♦ Search files in folders (also in archives or in search results)
♦ View APK files as ZIP
♦ Share - send files by Bluetooth, email, or whatever that device supports
♦ Configurable buttons and key shortcuts
♦ Hide folders that you don't want to see

Versions History for Android:
1.50 Initial Android version
1.56 Last Android 1.x version
2.00 (Dec 09 2011) Complete rework as native Android application
2.03 (Dec 14 2011) Allow installing to SD card, Fixes of crashes from crash reports, Slovak, Czech, Russian localizations, Hide folders
2.10 (Dec 21 2011) LAN (SMB) shares, crash fixes, German localization
2.11 (Dec 27 2011) RAR archives (read only), Turkish localization
2.20 (Dec 30 2011) Database viewer (*.db files), Polish, Japanese, Chinese localization, sort by Date
2.21 (Jan 7 2012) French localization, fixed "use Market version" notification
2.30 (Jan 11 2012) Picasa image albums, Improved speed of thumbnails creation
2.40 (Jan 19 2012) FTP/FTPS servers, Spanish, Korean localization, Improved image viewer
2.45 (Jan 25 2012) Sharing files from any location: local, network, zip (works on Android 2.3+), More system integration: add folder shortcuts to Home screen, open Zip, Rar in X-plore, selecting file (e.g. attachment from Email app)
2.47 (Jan 31 2012) New text file creating, Setting file permissions (on files in root), Desktop shortcuts also to files, Config option: open APK as ZIP by default, Config option: alternative swipe to switch pane, Fixed Rar extract bug
2.48 (Feb 3 2012) News button, Page up/down, and fixes
2.50 (Feb 22 2012) Startup password, Usage statistics, Fixed: root system / search system / external cards / Picasa / streaming
2.52 (Mar 6 2012) Italian language, Editing text files in Root folders, Option: Fullscreen image viewer, Fixes: root functions in /System
2.53 (Mar 13 2012) Open any files from network locations (auto-download to temp folder), Configurable height of list item, Fix: permissions in LAN servers
2.60 (Apr 6 2012) Web storage:, Sugarsync, Automatic backup of settings
2.65 (Apr 12 2012) Dropbox support, Improved theme for Android 3.0 and newer, Fixes in text editor
2.70 (May 1 2012) Google Drive support
2.81 (May 16 2012) SkyDrive support, Brazilian Portuguese localization

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Lonely Cat Games X-plore v2.81