Eagle Mode is An Experimental File Manager & Viewer Works On Windows And Linux

E agle Mode is an advanced solution for a futuristic style of man-machine communication in which the user can visit almost everything simply...

Eagle Mode is An Experimental File Manager & Viewer Works On Windows And Linux (2)

Eagle Mode is an advanced solution for a futuristic style of man-machine communication in which the user can visit almost everything simply by zooming in. It works on Windows and Linux. It has a professional file manager, file viewers and players for most of the common file types, a chess game, a 3D mines game, a netwalk game, a multi-function clock and some fractal fun, all integrated in a virtual cosmos. Besides, that cosmos also provides a Linux kernel configurator in form of a kernel patch. By featuring a separate popup-zoomed control view, help texts in the things they are describing, editable bookmarks, multiple input methods, fast anti-aliased graphics, a virtually unlimited depth of panel tree, and by its portable C++ API, Eagle Mode aims to be a cutting edge of zoomable user interfaces. Eagle Mode is surely at least a nice ZUI demo and fun application. But it can be more. For me, the developer, it is naturally the most efficient file manager in the world, and that even since the source code had just an eighth of the present extent. Some users also reported great satisfaction. If you want to find out whether Eagle Mode could improve your life too, then you will probably have to go the cumbersome way of studying the whole user documentation, reading all the in-button help texts, and practicing all the mouse functions for some hours. However, Windows users should know that the Windows port of Eagle Mode is just a light version. It has less plugins, less commands, and the commands can handle less files at once. This comes from some programming problems.

Eagle Mode is An Experimental File Manager & Viewer Works On Windows And Linux (1)

A basic example. Say you have a few text documents or images sitting in a folder. If you zoom in closely enough, you can read the texts or view the images without opening the files at all. This viewing mode does not work for all file types on the system, but the most basic file types are all supported. This includes the majority of media files, plain text documents and even some games or applications.

The program interface needs some getting used to time, as it looks quite messy on first glance. It basically consists of a header with direct links to folders, the configuration and file management tools, and the main area that can be used to zoom in and out of folders and drives. It is a good idea to run the application full screen as it might otherwise be difficulty to read the button texts in the program header.

The mouse wheel is used to zoom in and out of the file and folder structure. It feels a bit strange in the beginning that it is not possible to use the mouse to move the selection around, as it happens quite often that a file is not displayed centered on screen. The user guide has an answer for that. The developers have mapped the scrolling to the middle mouse button. Hold down the middle mouse button to move around. A double-click on a file opens it in the default viewer on the system, which is handy for all unsupported files or if you need to edit the selected file. New users should consider reading the install and start guide as well as the general user guide on the developer website at Sourceforge to get a deeper understanding of the program. Especially the core keyboard and mouse functions are explained in the guides.

Eagle Mode Works on Windows 7, Vista, XP and some Linux distributors.

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