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Re: It works !! ... for me, too!!

Posted By: Mathias Winkler <>
Date: Jun-26-1999 2:21 a.m.

In Response To: Re: It works !! ... for me, too!! (Greg Akers)

> Yes, the new improved File Master 3.1 works for me "right out of the
> box," er... that is, right out of the zip file. The FM.EXE works
> without running the install AND without any patch or workaround.

Glad to hear; I slightely changed the original RAR-archive by duplicating the
run-time files to their required names (FMENGL.* to FM.* - P.S.: FMDEUT.*
are the respective German version files) - that's what normally the
installation program will do - so there's a little overhead in the ZIP-archive,
but on the other hand installation and running FileMaster became more obvious.

> So far I haven't seen any advantage over good old XtreeGold 3.01, except
> legal availability, but I'll keep trying it.

Well, though the latter is a significant advantage, I've heard so many people
asking for a free XTreeGold version or a close clone for download; there's
really many people that don't possess any XTreeGold version, and for them
FileMaster is the only chance to get a very similar program for free and still
available at all - at least if they want to run it under DOS or Win 3.x - while
for Win 9x/NT and OS/2 we have the unsurpassed ZTree, of course, which is even
more close to XTreeGold.

Admittedly there are some features missing compared to
XTreeGold (for example: Treespec), but on the other hand FileMaster is prepared
to cooperate with many new external archive tools, like RAR, for example.
That's where FileMaster surprisingly is very similar to ZTree's flexibilty !

> Thanks, Mathias, for digging out this gem. If the 3.0 version was dated
> 1996, and I see the 3.1 version is dated 1997, are there any newer
> versions waiting for us out there somewhere?

No, unfortunately not, I talked to one of the authors of the program, and he
told me develoment has been ceased with version 3.0 in 1996, actually, 3.1 from
1997 has no functional difference except the removed Shareware reminder
screens, because they changed distribution policy to Freeware.

Have fun!
Mathias

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