ZTreeWin 2.2 for Windows

by ZEDTEK, Inc.

Avg. Rating 3.1 (371 votes)

File Details

File Size 1.3 MB
License Shareware, $29.95
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 13,718
Publisher ZEDTEK, Inc.
Homepage ZTreeWin

Publisher's Description

ZTreeWin is a text-mode file/directory manager for Windows. It has been developed as a successor to the legendary DOS file-managers of the past, which software vendors have abandoned, in todays GUI-centric computing world.

Latest Reviews

dbcole

dbcole reviewed v2.2 on Dec 23, 2020

Extraordinary file manager!
But hard to learn.

marcelx

marcelx reviewed v2.2 on Jul 30, 2015

the most powerful and easier to use file manager.

You can log a complete 2T in seconds,

search at the same time for *.pdf *.xls* wooowwwww

You can even search all tag files for a word inside them without opening them one by one.

or rename a bunch of files from abc.xyz to 123abc.xyz in a simple operation that only takes a couple of second

you can sort ALL the files in ALL directories in ONE window. You can also sort ALL the directories and search their names with filters....

you can edit a file in text mode or in hex mode...

woooooowwwwwwwww The possibilities are nearly endless.

No other files manager can do that much.
No other files manager is as fast.
No other files managers can do as much!

Like any powerful tools it takes a little use to is is worth it.

jif0riddim

jif0riddim reviewed v2.2 on Dec 9, 2014

If your serious about file management then you seriously need ZTreeWin and this beta has not given me any problems - it just gets better - and easier!

To abuse a line from a song "...every little thing he does is magic...".
I emailed Kim with a query and within a couple of hours I had my answer - "you can list in date created order, it's in beta v2.4.145". I can stop going mad at last, thank you, thank you, thank you for yet again saving me from hours of Windows Explorer tedium. Never needed such a thing as date created listing 'til recently and yet again it's one of the zillion things you can do properly with files in ZTreeWin with the result you want. OK, it's not zillions but there's more here than I've had use for to date ...but one day I may! Like many others, been with this since XTree so I'm a fan but do use it, read the help, make your life easier and save hours!! And send him a donation now and then...

judsonrandall

judsonrandall reviewed v2.2 on Mar 5, 2014

I've been a user of XTree, and all its successors to date, and find it to be the most easily useful file manager. Windows Explorer is no match for this wonderful program.

raulhernandez

raulhernandez reviewed v2.2 on Mar 25, 2012

I have been Ztree user since its rebirth from Xtree.
It is so powerful when you become familiar with it, that when I have to use a computer without Ztree I feel like trying to run in the mud.
Thank you Kim, from Mexico
Raul Hernandez

anyoneis

anyoneis reviewed v2.2 on Sep 9, 2011

I clung to my copy of XTree until XTree Gold came out - I didn't like the latter and continued to use XTree until it no longer worked for me. Then I found ZTreeWin and I have never looked back.

This is an indespensable tool for IT folk, developers, and other file wranglers. That said, the basic interface is intuitive enough for the casual PC-savvy user. (Advanced commands require some digging around and might frustrate a beginner.)

If I find a file-wrangling task I want to do, I just assume it is in there and go find it - I am seldom disappointed!

David

arayat

arayat reviewed v2.2 on Mar 10, 2011

ZTreeWin can be best described as a much better alternative to Windows Explorer.

It is much much faster. It has many additional and useful functions.

Everything having to do with viewing, searching and organising (copying, renaming, backing up) files and directories work much easier, quicker and stress-free with ZTree.

A user saves easily an hour per week just by swithcing from Esplorer to ZTree

For one particular task (quickly viewing the contents of text files with non .txt extensions ) I saved 2 -3 hours a day.

But you must learn how to use it first. This takes some time and getting used to. It's however time well invested.

skylight

skylight reviewed v2.1 on Jan 22, 2011

I am glad that even though Norton bought out XtreeGold and killed it Kim Henkel created a new incarnation of it as ZTreeWin. Though I must say I never thought that Ztree was as popular as the reviews here on fileforum.

Here is my experience with Ztree - "When All Else Fails Go To Ztree for Disk or File Management". Even though Windows 7 has about the best search feature I have experienced. When that fails it is time for Ztree because you can use wildcard characters. And if in your original search on Win& you made a syntax error you can check out whether or not you did in Ztree using wild cards.

Some of the other reviewers here have said they cannot understand why more people don't use ZtreeWin. I think it is because those of us who were weaned on the DOS interface are very comfortable using keyboard commands. Those who arrived on the scene since may not have the keyboarding skills and might be thinking of the non-GUI text-based interface of ZtreeWin as a bit disorienting. Personally I love it and liken it to going into a technology store, and checking out stuff out in the back where they normally won't let you go.

I would have given ZtreeWin a 5 star rating but I took 1 star off only because I would like to see one feature extended beyond what it does presently. I am referring to opening up a file's long filename, extension, date, attributes and size the long filename gets cut off and you need to keep switching back and forth between the long filename view and the file details view. Hope Kim can address this in a future upgrade.

In my experience with ZtreeWin for over a decade at least Kim Henkel has been nothing but generous. He has NEVER demanded anything, and every time there is a major upgrade to ZtreeWin even then he has let us download the upgrade. It is only recently on the introduction of ZtreeWin 2x that he requested for a donation of $ 10. Given the degree of ZtreeWin's functionality when you are really in need and don't have time to try out a GUI file search. I count this aspect of the incredible utility of ZtreeWin as it's greatest selling point. And those tech-savvy folks who are uncomfortable with ZtreeWin's text-based interface, well they are missing out on the ability to dig deep into their hard disk.

Thank you Kim Henkel.

bmaltz

bmaltz reviewed v2.1 on Oct 8, 2010

ZTree is BY FAR the program I used the most. For what it does, file management and search, it beats anything available. I like it so much that I've sent numerous donations throughout the past 10+ years, in addition to buying a license in 1998. I started with Xtree and moved over to Ztree when Xtree went away. I've been using Ztree since the EARLY 1.x days, when it was free, (sometime WELL before 1998, when I purchased a license).

Keep up the great work

frankie_618

frankie_618 reviewed v2.1 on Feb 28, 2010

best version ever, i use it daily for file managment in fast and save way.
Thanks Kim Henkel

Avg. Rating 3.1 (371 votes)
Your Rating
dbcole

dbcole reviewed v2.2 on Dec 23, 2020

Pros: I LOVE zTree! I've been using it since I ran across its DOS based predecessor, xTree, in the 1990s!

zTree is an extraordinarily file manager. It can manage any or all files on your harddrive. It can manage any or all files across your entire local network!

zTree can display and act up file lists of any length. I've personally been able to select and perform operations upon file lists containing literally millions of file names.

File lists can be selected:
- By directory
- By branch
- By harddrive
- By the entire network (or any subset)
- By file name masks
- By "tagging" (where you get to select the files to list both manually and categorically).

Ditto for folder names a well!
- Folders can be displayed as a tree
- Or as a flat list where you can perform the same sort of selections by tagging and/or masks as you can with file names.

zTree does not replace File Explorer, but it does complement it nicely. You can do many useful things with FE. You can do many AMAZING things with zTree!

Cons: zTree is a 100% text based device. It does not accept mouse actions of any sort:
- No selections by clicks
- No dragging-dropping anything

To use zTree, you have to learn a very large set of shortcut keystrokes. There is a hints list at the bottom of its displays. But you can't learn from it. It is useful only as reminders, not for training.

There is comprehensive help via the F1 key, but I find it hard to navigate and search. My work-around for that is to bring up the underlying text file in my favorite editor (SPF/Pro, if you want to know) and use its tools to find what I want.

Sadly, because of all this, I have been the only person at my organization willing to go to the effort needed to learn zTree. The learning curve is simply too steep for everyone else here. But in my own case, I have found the learning effort has been VASTLY will worth it.

Bottom Line: Extraordinary file manager!
But hard to learn.

marcelx

marcelx reviewed v2.2 on Jul 30, 2015

the most powerful and easier to use file manager.

You can log a complete 2T in seconds,

search at the same time for *.pdf *.xls* wooowwwww

You can even search all tag files for a word inside them without opening them one by one.

or rename a bunch of files from abc.xyz to 123abc.xyz in a simple operation that only takes a couple of second

you can sort ALL the files in ALL directories in ONE window. You can also sort ALL the directories and search their names with filters....

you can edit a file in text mode or in hex mode...

woooooowwwwwwwww The possibilities are nearly endless.

No other files manager can do that much.
No other files manager is as fast.
No other files managers can do as much!

Like any powerful tools it takes a little use to is is worth it.

jif0riddim

jif0riddim reviewed v2.2 on Dec 9, 2014

If your serious about file management then you seriously need ZTreeWin and this beta has not given me any problems - it just gets better - and easier!

To abuse a line from a song "...every little thing he does is magic...".
I emailed Kim with a query and within a couple of hours I had my answer - "you can list in date created order, it's in beta v2.4.145". I can stop going mad at last, thank you, thank you, thank you for yet again saving me from hours of Windows Explorer tedium. Never needed such a thing as date created listing 'til recently and yet again it's one of the zillion things you can do properly with files in ZTreeWin with the result you want. OK, it's not zillions but there's more here than I've had use for to date ...but one day I may! Like many others, been with this since XTree so I'm a fan but do use it, read the help, make your life easier and save hours!! And send him a donation now and then...

judsonrandall

judsonrandall reviewed v2.2 on Mar 5, 2014

I've been a user of XTree, and all its successors to date, and find it to be the most easily useful file manager. Windows Explorer is no match for this wonderful program.

raulhernandez

raulhernandez reviewed v2.2 on Mar 25, 2012

I have been Ztree user since its rebirth from Xtree.
It is so powerful when you become familiar with it, that when I have to use a computer without Ztree I feel like trying to run in the mud.
Thank you Kim, from Mexico
Raul Hernandez

anyoneis

anyoneis reviewed v2.2 on Sep 9, 2011

I clung to my copy of XTree until XTree Gold came out - I didn't like the latter and continued to use XTree until it no longer worked for me. Then I found ZTreeWin and I have never looked back.

This is an indespensable tool for IT folk, developers, and other file wranglers. That said, the basic interface is intuitive enough for the casual PC-savvy user. (Advanced commands require some digging around and might frustrate a beginner.)

If I find a file-wrangling task I want to do, I just assume it is in there and go find it - I am seldom disappointed!

David

arayat

arayat reviewed v2.2 on Mar 10, 2011

ZTreeWin can be best described as a much better alternative to Windows Explorer.

It is much much faster. It has many additional and useful functions.

Everything having to do with viewing, searching and organising (copying, renaming, backing up) files and directories work much easier, quicker and stress-free with ZTree.

A user saves easily an hour per week just by swithcing from Esplorer to ZTree

For one particular task (quickly viewing the contents of text files with non .txt extensions ) I saved 2 -3 hours a day.

But you must learn how to use it first. This takes some time and getting used to. It's however time well invested.

skylight

skylight reviewed v2.1 on Jan 22, 2011

I am glad that even though Norton bought out XtreeGold and killed it Kim Henkel created a new incarnation of it as ZTreeWin. Though I must say I never thought that Ztree was as popular as the reviews here on fileforum.

Here is my experience with Ztree - "When All Else Fails Go To Ztree for Disk or File Management". Even though Windows 7 has about the best search feature I have experienced. When that fails it is time for Ztree because you can use wildcard characters. And if in your original search on Win& you made a syntax error you can check out whether or not you did in Ztree using wild cards.

Some of the other reviewers here have said they cannot understand why more people don't use ZtreeWin. I think it is because those of us who were weaned on the DOS interface are very comfortable using keyboard commands. Those who arrived on the scene since may not have the keyboarding skills and might be thinking of the non-GUI text-based interface of ZtreeWin as a bit disorienting. Personally I love it and liken it to going into a technology store, and checking out stuff out in the back where they normally won't let you go.

I would have given ZtreeWin a 5 star rating but I took 1 star off only because I would like to see one feature extended beyond what it does presently. I am referring to opening up a file's long filename, extension, date, attributes and size the long filename gets cut off and you need to keep switching back and forth between the long filename view and the file details view. Hope Kim can address this in a future upgrade.

In my experience with ZtreeWin for over a decade at least Kim Henkel has been nothing but generous. He has NEVER demanded anything, and every time there is a major upgrade to ZtreeWin even then he has let us download the upgrade. It is only recently on the introduction of ZtreeWin 2x that he requested for a donation of $ 10. Given the degree of ZtreeWin's functionality when you are really in need and don't have time to try out a GUI file search. I count this aspect of the incredible utility of ZtreeWin as it's greatest selling point. And those tech-savvy folks who are uncomfortable with ZtreeWin's text-based interface, well they are missing out on the ability to dig deep into their hard disk.

Thank you Kim Henkel.

bmaltz

bmaltz reviewed v2.1 on Oct 8, 2010

ZTree is BY FAR the program I used the most. For what it does, file management and search, it beats anything available. I like it so much that I've sent numerous donations throughout the past 10+ years, in addition to buying a license in 1998. I started with Xtree and moved over to Ztree when Xtree went away. I've been using Ztree since the EARLY 1.x days, when it was free, (sometime WELL before 1998, when I purchased a license).

Keep up the great work

frankie_618

frankie_618 reviewed v2.1 on Feb 28, 2010

best version ever, i use it daily for file managment in fast and save way.
Thanks Kim Henkel

Tommm777

Tommm777 reviewed v2.1 on Feb 10, 2010

Ok, let me chime in here too.

I'm a big fan of PowerDesk, XYPlorer and ZTree - ever since the days of XTGold. The thing about ZTree that makes it great (IMO) is that it truely focuses on File managment and file Finding, It is hands down the best for File Movement and directory management. It doesn't have the besdt access for file viewing or editor like friendly things. This is its weakness I feel

I would say that ZTree does what it does about as well as IPOD does what it does well. Neither make eggs for you in the morning but for some things ZTree cannot (well, has not) been beaten. The Ease of Tagging, filtering and moving/finding etc is exceptional. All of us here should be able to relate to loosing files on the PC. With ZTree WHEN this happens the ZTree keyboard shortcuts help us find the newest files anywhere on the PC in seconds. So far I have found that this has not been beaten. I am always looking for programs to match the features of ZTree and am constantly making keyboard shortcut scripts in XYPlorer to mimic the ZTree ones. Especially the tagging, filtering and copy/moving of the files.

I'd imagine that all you who don't like the ZTree interface are not the programmer/system explorer types who work with files for a living. If you are - you love ZTree. If not, you can probably find a file manager that can do more of what you need.

For the future I believe that file managers that can do pictures, videos and music files well are the newest frontiers. I hate that many of the cool features for manipulating these type of files go to specality programs. Comnon File manager writers....incorporate all the cool funcitons and give us a one stop shop!

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v2.1 on Feb 5, 2010

If the author sold this program as having free lifetime updates, and then changed it later and charges you again, that is fraud. I don't care how good a program is, it does not give the author a right to do that. Even though it's probably not worth the trouble and money a lawsuit could most certainly be filed.

Aside from that, $30 for a program that looks like something from 1985, lol.

Japiee

Japiee reviewed v2.0.206 on Jul 17, 2009

I was user of XTREE, it helped me understand the structure of the DOS and later WINDOWS OS. It helped to maintain the OS and manipulate files (the tagging feature of file is essential in this). This kind of filemanager is essential for an OS.

I was very happy that ZTreeWin continued when XTREE stopped. I had already a key in 1999. I am happy that ZTreeWin is still alive and I am happy to spend the requested small payment to continue to use this program.
A pity that this program is not available in Linux (so I have to stay with Windows).

Jan O

Mindblower

Mindblower reviewed v2.0.206 on May 19, 2009

Yes, sadly, it is true that this latest upgrade requires an added payment. It is a pity the author was unable to keep the promise of "free for live".

GIVE MY A BREAK!

You're given a superior program, for a small cost, and want more, more, MORE. Get a life. You're not forced to upgrade. Many of the features are NOT even used, by anyone. And the author does go out of the way to inform users of all changes, including the added cost, and that this new version will cost you a few more dollars. CHILL.

ZTreeWin has been arounf for years with many free upgrades. Skip the FRIES and kindly offer some $$$ support to this author for an excellent program, Mindblower! (needed to rant to lower my blood presure) :)

ilparr

ilparr reviewed v2.0.206 on May 3, 2009

If you are a network manager or a programmer looking to kick the competitions backside mastery of this tool will make you godlike. Do in seconds what other sad trolls can only dream of. Treat millions of files on multiple servers and drives with contempt. Spectacularly powerful multiple file spec filters and raw search capabilities with global tags and the ability to replicate and consolidate complex directories to a single path are huge advantages. Throw in just about every conceivable file management feature including hex edit and easy batch script generation and you might understand why users love it sooo much. If the author would add the ability to sort, search and tag by access date and creation date I would say it was perfect. This program has been my edge over the competition for many years. Great stuff!!!

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