Windows Utilities for Power-Users
File-Ex 98 (for Windows 95/98)
Latest version is 2.12d, released December 2nd, 1999
Note: This version has been superceded by File-Ex version 3. However, if you are using Windows 95/98/Me and want to use long file names in old 16-bit applications, then you must use this version. (Version 3 does support 16-bit apps in NT4/2000/XP.)
Download a trial version of File-Ex 98 (under 400K)
To run File-Ex 98, you need:
Windows ME/NT/2000/XP Users: You need to use the new File-Ex version 3.
How File-Ex Works
File-Ex 98 can be installed as an auto-start program in Windows 95/98, and lives as a tiny icon in the taskbar tray. Using File-Ex is simply a matter of using your normal applications, then using the buttons that File-Ex adds to the Open and Save dialogs.
File-Ex is a system-friendly enhancement -- it does not replace any system files, and doesn't even require a reboot after installation. It's simple to remove also (an uninstall program is included), and will not affect or be affected by Windows service packs, upgrades, etc. You can even turn File-Ex on and off from its menu.
File-Ex uses "system hooks" to provide its functionality, the same as any keyboard macro program, mouse utility, or clipboard enhancement program does. It's much less intrusive to your system than programs like Norton Utilities, virus scanners, etc.
There are however some conflict issues with applications, because File-Ex has to make assumptions about the common file dialogs in order to enhance them. File-Ex can deal with a good amount of tinkering that apps do to them, but sometimes still gets confused when major changes are made to them. For those, File-Ex has a simple dialog-specific disabling mechanism so you can tell it not to touch certain dialogs. However, there are very few applications that this would be required for, so the typical user will never need to do this type of customization.
About the Evaluation Period
You are free to download and try File-Ex for 30 days. It will be fully functional during that time, so you can try all of its functions.
After using it for 30 days (not necessarily calendar days, but when it's been used on 30 different days), some of the functions will be unavailable. You will still be able to use the basic functions, but the advanced functions (like training for new dialogs) will not be available unless you purchase the program.
Suggestions, Comments, and Technical Support
We will gladly answer any questions and help you with File-Ex problems
during the 30-day free evaluation period. (After the free trial, we will
still answer 'simple' questions, but may, at our discretion, require you
to order before providing technical support.)
Any suggestions, comments, support questions and bug reports are welcome
and encouraged! All questions will be answered promptly.
This is offered to both trial version users and paying customers
because we appreciate the assistance
in making the program better!
Feel free to E-mail us now with any questions:
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