SCOUG OS/2 For You - August 1998
by Paul Wirtz
SOMEWHERE IN CYBERSPACE -
With two X-programs this month, this selection of worthwhile software is fully
qualified to join X-Files in the new television season of on-screen
experiences. Both of these utility packages are relatively unknown but very
valuable, and they're easy to download and easy to install. Gentlemen, start
your modems: here are my suggestions for downloads this month.
This program is the Swiss army utility knife of OS/2 functions. Now that
you've just colored your title bars with CandyBarz (see last month's column),
let's cover half of it up with new buttons.
You can add buttons that roll up a window (leaving just the title bar) and
unroll it on the next click, or copy and paste without going to "edit" (and
if you don't highlight any text, the entire document is copied), or open
command line windows (the Warp Center button isn't always visible if you add
to it), or go to a window's parent (two buttons allow closing or not closing
when doing so).
There's an X-it configuration button to set which buttons will appear and
where on the title bar they'll be.
And Warp 3 users can catch up on their Warp 4 neighbors a little with X-it's
one-button program exit (the original X-it function, and hence its name).
Still other buttons give you pop up menus and the task manager.
To install, download and unzip the 732 KB XIT251.ZIP file. Put a shadow of
the program file in your startup folder so it will always be available, and
either reboot or launch the program directly.
To uninstall, just erase the files.
X-it version 2.51 is $25 shareware and takes up 381 KB of disk space after
deleting the optional 569 KB LANGUAGE.ZIP foreign language file. If you want
other languages, keep LANGUAGE.ZIP and read the README files.
XFolder is a new enhanced Workplace Shell folder object. It registers five
Workplace Shell replacement classes to give you a lot more functionality.
There is some duplication with X-it's features (such as opening and closing
the parent), but XFolder has many new features as well.
I especially like the status line at the bottom: you can see your drive
space, or if any objects are selected you see the size of that object or that
group of objects.
You can add entries to any of your Workplace Shell context menus, and XFolder
gives you additional sort features, including global sort.
You can configure "hotkeys" for use within folders (several come
preconfigured), and you can even shut down and restart the Workplace Shell
only, without restarting OS/2.
A really nice touch is that tree views are automatically scrolled when you
click on a "+" to expand the tree, unlike OS/2 which doesn't automatically
scroll when you expand off the bottom of the screen.
Xfolder can display the full path of a folder in the title of the open folder
Also, with XFolder you can use a JPEG file for your background, not just a
And there's a very nice new "shutdown" feature, called XShutdown, which shows
a shutdown status bar, can be canceled, and allows for an automatic reboot so
you don't have to Ctrl-Alt-Del.
XFolder is user configurable, so you can set it up the way you like.
The current version is 1.71 which the author, Ulrich Moeller, says "contains
tons of bugfixes compared to version 1.70". It's a 691 KB download, and once
you've got it you just unzip the files. Installation instructions are in the
README file, or just double-click on the XFLDR001.INF file.
There's an uninstall function, in case you ever want to remove XFolder. It
deregisters the new folder class and restores your original folder class so
you're back to where you were before you installed.
XFolder is freeware and takes up 986 KB of disk space.
Paul D. Wirtz is a systems integrator for Volt Information Sciences, Inc. and
Vice President of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. He has a
fondness for old-time radio.
CandyBarZ puts custom gradient colors on your title bars.
Freetype is a replacement font rendering engine that greatly improves how
fonts look on your screen.
X-it adds function buttons to your windows.
XFolder adds Workplace Shell functionality, such as extra functions on menus,
status lines, additional title information and hot keys.
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