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Written by: Dave K on Dec 20 2011, 7:03pm

Powerdesk 8.5

I just got an email for powerdesk 8.5. Let me understand it. For only 14$ I can get the special offer to upgrade from a buggy and unuseable version to a new and maybe less buggy version?

 

I had thought that I would at least be given a free upgrade to a new version (I thought it would have been powerdeks 9.0). I am disgusted that you would charge anything given how poorly deisgned the previous version was. You have just lost a loyal customer. I had waited patiently hoping for a version that worked well. Not only will I not upgrade but I will not purchase any software from Avanquest.

Dave

 

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Joe McCormick says:

I used this link and got it for $9.00.

http://tinyurl.com/6ol8rqo

To me it is not a new version, just a bug fix. It should not cost anything for those who have version 8. I really don't see enough improvement for anyone buying the update.

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Dec 23 2011, 2:58pm | Report

Mike Stelmach says:

Hello Dave,

I am sorry that you feel this way. I have sent your comments over to the product developer. I have asked him to address your concerns. I do believe he is out on vacation until the first of the year. Again I apologize for the delay in getting you a response.

 

 

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Dec 23 2011, 3:08pm | Report

Robert Banks says:

Softcity what place to send all unsatisfied consumers that have complaints. Just like let them work out the problems among them self's,for crappy software that's over wrote, bloated, and doesn't work. Powerdesk was a good program back when MiliJinks had it back in the 90's. If I remember correctly it came on two 1.44 floppy's and worked.

Emailed Tech support ( which I stopped doing over 15 Years ago) and they sent me here, a oxymoron, catch 22 if I ever seen one!!!!  They don't seem to under stand I'm not talking to them anymore. i'm cancelling my PayPal  and my credit card payment.I  am not buying from Avanquest anymore.

I'm heading for my Facebook and tweeter and I am going to try and talk  anybody I can out of dealing with these people. I plan on costing them more in sales than the so called GEEK project manger gets paid, allot more. Also if any real English speaking person see's this,I hope they show it to his or her supervisor . You know the different person each time, but with the same name!!!!!!!

Robert Banks

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Dec 26 2011, 1:06pm | Report

Roger Morris says:

I have been trying to buy version 8.5 because it claims useful advantages.  The web site does not accept my purchase in the final stage, and the help desk at Avanquest is utterly useless and unhelpful.  I had exactly the same problem with upgrading to System Suite 12.   I have been buying these products for well over ten years, but I am running out of patience with the total incompetence of this company.  It used to supply good products back many years ago ..... and I have trusted them for too long.  

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Dec 29 2011, 1:20pm | Report

Alan Whitley says:

As a contributor to this site in regards to Powerdesk, just check out my other comments in the "PowerDesk 8 - Preview Release New Build". I have to agree with Dave in regards to having to pay for an update to a product that all of your tech people have had problems with and even your product manager regards as being built from inferior coding and not survivable in it's present form and hence Powerdesk 9 (Vaporware) would be the solution since it was being built new from the ground up, the fact that charging for an upgrade prior to Version 9 smacks of utter contempt for supporters/owners of your product.

It came as a shock to me that the only way I heard about Version 8.5 was from another contributor in Soft City.(Note: When using Powerdesk and having it check for upgrades, it would come back as saying no new upgrades are available...just another bug I guess)

I originally thought when you released Powerdesk 8, it smelled like a cash grab when afterwards the only feature you seem to have upgraded was that it was now Win7 compatible. (Bulletin: Powerdesk 7 and even previous versions work perfectly fine under Win7 and still do)

Now to be slapped in the face by having you charge for an upgrade, I just want to point out that these are the same users such as myself who have helped you year in and year out develop your product by helping you identify bugs and suggesting upgrades and generally sticking by your product when other competitors came knocking.

You have just proven me right again that all Avanquest is about is the money and #@!* the users of the product once they have bought it.

I still regard the Powerdesk series of products one of the key programs that I needed on all my systems and have bought the product since Version 2 came out,

However I had dropped version 8 from my system and went back to version 7....because simply put... Powerdesk 8 was absolutely the worse piece of crap thinly disguised as software that I've seen in a number of years.

A piece of software that was once the #1 File management program on the market and turned it into such a crappy product with little or no support just galls me.

So reading the above comments and others throughout various forums on this board, and having myself forewarn you that the lack of support shown by Avanquest would possibly bite them in the pocketbook (hence the upgrade charge), by driving away current and potential buyers and previous supporters

So what do you have to say about this Mike Stelmach, are you going to be the latest messenger boy for the Avanquest Product Developer or maybe he would like to comment, or maybe you would like to comment about this situation (not likely), and if no comment is forthcoming from either you or the Product Manager and silence is to be the norm then how can we trust you or any other representatives from Avanquest regarding this or any other product sold by them.

You'll be no better than Mr. Manes or Mr. Doud who can no longer be either listened to or trusted in regards to this product simply for the reason they no longer feel it's necessary to take interest in what people have to say about the product or even talk to users regarding support (The Support line in no help either).

The reason that people are angry and ranting "Sorry, I'm Canadian..Ranting is just a bi-product :) ", is the total lack of support shown by Avanquest and it's representatives regarding this product.

In general Mr. Manes and Mr. Doud have only shown contempt for users of the product. They use to participate as company representatives in the forums on this board but I guess they could no longer handle the heat in the kitchen, so they left and haven't been heard from in months, but neither has any other representative from the company regarding Powerdesk. I only have to guess they've been ordering out for Crow ever since.

On a brighter note though, it seems Powerdesk (Greedy version 8.5) has solved 2 things

1) It doesn't take forever to open up directories anymore, one of the major drawbacks with the program.

2) You have now solved one of my personal pet peeves about the 8.4.12 version of the product and that is the subdirectory creation issue, You are no longer automatically put into the newly created subdirectory, you now have the option to allow this to happen or not in the options section.

However this cannot be the Powerdesk 8 series without taking two steps back for every one forward, and at least one new bug has popped up that wasn't in the incredibly buggy 8.4

The list of files in the directory suddenly changes color and it's not always the same type of file in the listing and generally seems to be random.

Suddenly in a directory I open up, I will see a txt file listed in blue and further on in the directory I'll have a avi file in blue, while the other files in the list with the same extension are not changed. Sometimes when I exit the directory and enter back in, the whole list will either be normal "black" or now alternative files in the file listing will have changed color.

I've checked and this is not caused by the (option/preference "change color of file types" feature) since I have that set for the color "black" for all file types,

So a couple of solutions solved but more bugs for a product that should have been released free to owners of the previous disaster that is Powerdesk 8.4.

 

 

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Dec 30 2011, 2:14am | Report

Joe McCormick says:

Hey Alan, I hear you loud and clear and I am sure PD8 users do to, but I am not sure Avanquest does.

PowerDesk is starting to be a distant memory. It has not kept up with the other file managers. They are faster, they don't crash and most have a true 64 bit version of their programs. 

Avanquest is to slow to fix their problem bugs. PD7 was not very good and neither is PD8. Even if there is version 9 and it is 64 bit I will pass on it unless it would turn out to be highly improved. I did not think that they should have charged for the 8.5 version. I can not view PDF file in it but I could in version 8.4.

Coming Soon from Bits DuJour. 50% off. xplorer2 64 bit.
I will buy it at that price. http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/xplorer/ 

I have been using the trial version for about 2 weeks. This program is what PowerDesk should have been but probably won't. It is very fast at accessing large directories, it doesn't crash etc. It is also highly customizable.

I am also trying the new 64 bit version of  Free Commander. It is free. It is version 0.0.0.057, which I think means it is a beta version.
It is fast and it can be customized like xplorer2.

Another trial version I have tried is Opus Directory 10. It is also is a fast and feature rich file manager, but the price tag is to much for me. It cost around $90.00.

One thing I like about the these three file manager, is that they all  allow you to customize the file columns. I find this to be like Windows Explorer. I found this handy is you want to view and edit mp3 tags. At a glance I can tell who the album artist is, what format the file is in, the genre of the music, bite rate of the song, date of album etc. This is one feature that PowerDesk does not have. 

Give the file managers I mentioned a try. You might discover like me that PowerDesk is not the only file manager in town.

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Jan 1 2011, 11:50am | Report

Alan Whitley says:

I have all of those versions, xplorer 2 64 bit version looks very promising, however I`ll have to play with it more though, it`s interface is not very user friendly to start with and while it looks like a programmer`s dream it does not have the clean look that an end-user would want to start out with and it will need a some adjustments to get there, I think that they should now spend some time on the initial look and feel of the product but I guess that`s what the customization is for.

Free Commander is functional but has a long way to go to even reach what Powerdesk does, but what do you want, It`s free.

Opus Directory 10 is rich in content and has a lot going for it but it`s way too pricey for a file manager...for that price there better be other benefits...wink, wink, nudge, nudge... A nudge is as good as a wink to a blind man...eh! 

As I have said before, I have used Powerdesk since version 2.

Version 6 was stable but lacks some newer features, but I can live with that because of the rock solid file management features.

Version 7 works well on my system and I continue to use it, (I have no speed problems or any other of the ill`s people have ascribed to it).

Powerdesk 8 as everyone agrees was cancerous, and should not have been released for public consumption, It was released as a money-grab and has done more damage to not only the Powerdesk series reputation but that of Avanquest`s as well. Much better than any marketing strategy any of it`s competitor`s could have dreamed for.

The lack of comment, support or commitment from Avanquest is not only embarrassing but has in effect driven it`s user base into the open arms of these chief rivals, as noted by the various comments on this board.

To release Powerdesk (Greedy version upgrade 8.5) at a charge to it`s patrons is not only a slap in the face to the user`s, but show`s the indifference, greed and general lack of care for what it`s patrons have been commenting on and going through.

If Avanquest had released this product update free of charge to registered users of Powerdesk 8, what would that have done.

1) It would have at least acknowledged that there are still serious problems with it`s previous upgrades release and that Avanquest was and still is trying to fix the problems associated with it.

2) It would be an olive branch and go a long way in fixing the bad feelings and karma that Avanquest has generated with it`s user base...which might actually be more profitable in the long run then the small amount of money they would make on the Greedy Version 8.5

I originally got involved in all these conversations when Version 8 was released and I noticed some bugs and went to Avanquest for support and was directed to SoftCity...at the beginning the reps from Avanquest seemed very supportive and I helped identify some bugs, and I felt that I was contributing to make this product better for everyone, since I regard it as one of the essential pieces of software on any of my computer systems however as the problems continued to mount and the complaints grew louder... the support from Avanquest dwindled into non-existence.

Then Lo & Behold, I saw an article about what do you want to see in Powerdesk version 9 and that is when the !*/! hit the fan.. I warned them then how are you going to get people to buy version 9 when you can`t fix version 8.

Then the release of Powerdesk (Greedy Version upgrade 8.5) at a charge for fixing some of the more nagging problems which should have been taken care of originally and creating some new ones.

Hmmm... it seems to me that either the programmers and software testers at Avanquest are either inept or they have received corporate orders to release the product now with what they have.

This is the same strategy that Avanquest had when they released the original Version 8, and that has led us to where we are now.

A new and improved, slightly buggy, reputation destroying, non-supportive, over-charged upgrade piece of software... I know the New Year should start with a bang, but really!!!

So do you hear it Avanquest.....the ringing in your ears is not from the fireworks you started long ago.... they are from the chorus of boos and bah-humbugs by the Grinch-like corporate greed you have shown us....not the best way to start the New Year off, but as we have seen before you really don`t give a....

First rant of Year....have a good one :)

 

 

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Barry Tomkinson says:

What is Avanquest doing releasing a bug fix and expecting people to pay money for it. You must be joking. I am an old Powerdesk 1.0 to 7.0 user and this is an insult. If anything all people who purchased 8.0 should get a refund as it has never worked correctly from day 1. Pull your finger out Avanquest and release 9.0 for free to us 8.0 and 8.5 purchasers and stop stuffing us around with bloated upgrades that only slow our systems down.

 

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Dave K says:

So.... No response from Avanquest or Powerdesk support team. I pitty you as another good product is being thrown to the garbage bin. Not only will I not purchase future versions of powerdesk but i will not purchase ANY avanquest product in the future. Maybe a quick lesson in marketing should be a requirement for whoever thought of the 8.5 upgrade fee. Rather, I would simply fire his or her ass. The money you will lose from loss of sales, good will, and word of mouth will be MUCH more than any amoung of money gained from you $14.00 upgrade tax.

 

It has been a good run (prior to version 7). I am now off to other pastures to look for a better and working file management system.

 

Dave

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Jan 14 2012, 11:36am | Report

Joe McCormick says:

The best thing that could happen to PowerDesk is that it is sold to some new software developer that can fix all if it problems and make it great program again. Since Avanquest acquired the software it has gone downhill. I think they now have hit bottom.

I purchased the 64 bit version of xplorer 2. It is faster and is feature rich. And it doesn't crash or hang up like PD8.

 

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Jan 18 2012, 1:51pm | Report

Robert Banks says:

I don't be-leave it !!!!!!!!  I just received a email from Avanquest stating a upgrade to Powerdesk 8.5 was available for Just $14  WOW. Did I tell you these people are totally not with it. I mean they have no clue. If you would like read my comment on Dec 26, 2011 . I bought there great rip off upgrade then, and NOW THERE OFFERING IT AGAIN AT A GREAT PRICE!!!!  I think I'll run rite out and buy it again, after all I voted for Obama didn't I .  Yea rite!!!!!

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Feb 14 2012, 3:04pm | Report

Paul Winter says:

xplorer2 is the best option but if you don't want to spend money, FreeCommander XE has a lot of options including tabbed panes.

I tried PD8.5 but in a domain / network environment it has failed miserably - adding a bunch of network computer names to the top of the tree (above Desktop) with no way of getting rid of them, plus clicking on the top network computer gets me the Desktop and clicking on the Desktop doesn't show anything.  Couldn't find any pane to pane direct copy / move function which is very handy and included in xplorer2 and FreeCommander.  There is not much positive I can say about the latest version.  They should just kill the product and put it out of its misery.

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dave hulett says:

I have also given up on PD Pro.  I have been using it since version 2, however long ago that was.   For me, the death knell was when I discovered (after upgrading) that the licensing agreement is a one copy, one computer.  For all previous versions I was able to install it on all three computers.  This change results in a 300% increase in price.   On top of that I am stuck with 8.4 on only one system and all the bugs that it has.   I never received $14 offer to upgrade to 8.5 that some others apparently got.     If they change the licensing agreement AND fix the virtually non-existent ability to view thumbnails of pictures.  (reading a directory of more than 20 jpg's virtually locks up the program)  I might consider upgrading.   They've lost a long time customer.   

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Feb 21 2012, 9:47am | Report

Gary Brunner says:

I am running PDP 8.5 on two computers.  Home is standalone, Win7.  program seems to work fine. Work is XP, has access to a shared drive, but is not in a networked environment.PDP 8.5 is slow, keeps refreshing the folders and files listings, a time sink.  Essentially useless.  Is this performance typical of what others are seeing?  I read lots of complaints, but few specifics.

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Joe McCormick says:

Gary, I can't answer your question, and yes there are a lot of complaints. I just did a complete install of my Windows 7 64-bit operating system on my computer. I reinstalled PDP 8.5. Even though it is not perfect, it is seems much better than it's been in a long while. I don't know if it has something to do with the clean fresh install of Windows and the PDP 8.5 program, but I have noticed the program opens faster than it had in the past, and access to the file folders seems to be a bit faster also. In a week or so that I've had it reinstalled on my system I have not been getting as many "not responding" messages. I don't think this upgrade was worth the price that the company charged. Maybe if they do come out with a version 9, they will offer a super special upgrade price for those that did buy the 8.5 version.

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Chuck Ryerson says:

I've used PDesk since it originally came out; years ago.  I've loved it (until Ver 8) and rely on it daily to manage my files.  I still use the "crippled" version 8.2, but am about fed up with it. 

I have been running PD Pro 8.2.1.9 with fair success.  However, I do NOT recommend updating with any of the latest patches.  When I used the update Patches 2 & 3 to go from 8.1 to 8.3, then from 8.3 to 8.4, I had all kinds of problems.  I reverted back to 8.2.1.9 which works fairly well, but exhibits many of the characteristics discussed above.

Even now, PD locks up (not responding) especially if I highlight a folder with lots of files.  I often have to used the task manager to shutdown PD Pro 8. 

For example, I save all my installation files in a single folder. Currently that folder only has 82 objects/1.08GB of files, yet when I try to see the files in that folder, PD 8.2 takes 2-3 minutes to display the list of files in that folder and it slowly displays them.  I have 450GB free on my hard drive, so it's not a room or memory problem with my computer.  On most of the other folders it lists the files fairly quickly.

Also, if I highlight a "zip" file, it used to display all the zipped files inside it.  Now it does so slowly on the first zip file highlighted, then it works ok on others.

I've considered upgrading to 8.5, but am also disgusted with paying for it, especially since I don't know if it's any better AT ALL.  Can anyone tell me if 8.5 might be worth the alleged $9 upgrade anyway?  Otherwise, I'm not inclined to try it.

I wonder what it will take to get Avanquest to respond positively or at all?  IF at all?

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Joe McCormick says:

Chuck, if you buy, download and install PowerDesk 8.5, I still think they will give you 30 days to try it and if you don't like it you can get a refund.  Just make sure that you uninstall your previous version of PowerDesk. You also might need to do a check in regedit to find any left over entries from PowerDesk. As I mentioned in the post before yours that 8.5 version on a clean install is working better than when I had it as an upgrade to 8.4 and it seems to open a bit faster also.

I don't use PowerDesk as much as I have in the past. I have been using either the paid version of xplorer2 which comes in a 64-bit version and can be installed on two computers, or the paid version of XYplorer which for now is only in 32-bit. Two things I like about those programs is that every now and then they offer a deal where you pay a one-time price and get lifetime upgrades. I have that on both of the programs. Both programs in my opinion are faster than PowerDesk, and they are both highly customizable and they don't crash like PowerDesk does.

The three things that I still like about PowerDesk is the file search feature and their ability to unzip files, and the synchronization of file folders. The other file managers I mention have those features, but I haven't used it much. I have used PowerDesk since version 4, so I am very used to the features it has. It's just a matter of time that I will learn on the other two programs on how to use those same features.

Before I would ever purchase PowerDesk 9, it needs to be greatly improved. It would be nice if it came in a 64-bit version and you can install it on at least two but preferably three computers under the one license.

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carleton falzone says:

wow, did I screw up. I should have looked around first.

 

I to am a long term Power desk old hand User...I have my disk for V6.0.4.2  that I purchased in oh, 2002?

 

Worked great then, even got the Wizard working which which always a little buggy...but I saw that as an extra, now theres system monitors and floating toolbars galore out there BUT I padi for it, you know?.

 

Anyway, I have finally ( been made to) move to Win 7. So I figured OK I did a quick PD search for a Win 7 version compatible. Big mistake, I bought PD 8.5 'pro' , I blew  $50.00.

 

the new version is buggy, it will not allow me to change the skins, forget the Wizard period, it crashes if I attempt to create a toolbar, and there is like no extra zip pizzazz or anything NEW...

 

And as a  final kick in the shins, I installed the PD version 6, the XP version? ....lol, the skins work....I went thru the motions, 3 days ago I sent them my issue , not even a bounce back saying we have your e-mail, you are in the queue , we'll get back to you, zip zero nothing......never again, by by Avanquest, NEVER again.

 

 

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Mar 5 2012, 10:37am | Report

Joe McCormick says:

Check with Avanquest. If you are not satisfied with PowerDesk you should be able to get a refund if your purchase was less the 30 days ago.

About a year ago I bought System Suite 11, download version. I did not like it so I asked for the refund and it only took about 3 days for the credit to show up on my credit card.

Use the 50 bucks to buy either XYPlorer or xplorer2.

I have both of them. They are fast and they don"t crash like PowerDesk.

 

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carleton falzone says:

thx Joe will I get on that this afternoon...the xplorer2 2 looks good. My needs are a dual pane  file mgr., size mgr, launchbars etc.

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Joe McCormick says:

Go to http://www.bitsdujour.com today 03/06/2012.

You can buy XYPlorer today with lifetime upgrades for $34.97. That is 50% off the regular price and I believe the license says you can load it on all the computers in your home, not just one like PowerDesk.

Sign up on the Bits Dujour daily emails for other discounted software.

I bought XYPlorer with the lifetime upgrades last year. If you wait long enough they will have a lifetime special for xplorer2. I also bought that program last year. I think it's license cover two computers. You can download a 64 bit version of the program. The developer for XYPlorer is working on a 64 bit version of that program.

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Opti Quest says:

It gets worse. We just upgraded to Windows 7 at work. I reinstalled PDP 7 but it won't let me use it because my serial number has been used before (on Vista). Avanquest won't issue me a new serial number for PDP7 because PDP8 is out. But they will be happy to sell me an upgrade to PDP8 at a discounted price of $14. I'm not going there for obvious reasons. I spent 30 minutes with Customer Service in chat and on the phone but they wouldn't budge.

So my PDP7 is dead in the water. Pretty sad. I too have been a heavy PDP user since version 2. Time to move on now.

It doesn't matter if you upgrade Windows, if your hard drive crashes, if you have to reinstall Windows, etc. - if you are running PDP7 just hope you never have to reinstall it because you will get the error that the serial number already has been used and Avanquest will not issue you a new one. I presume that the same will be true for PDP8 when PDP9 comes out, and so on.

dave hulett says:

I have also given up on PD Pro.  I have been using it since version 2, however long ago that was.   For me, the death knell was when I discovered (after upgrading) that the licensing agreement is a one copy, one computer.  ... snipped ...

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Robert Banks says:

OPTI

 

If you don't use Power Desk online, and use it to just do file management on your computer.

 Try this remove PD then disconnect from the internet and reinstall. Then go to your Internet security ( I use Norton ) and restrict PD form accessing the internet. Then you can log back on. If you log on before restricting it, it will shut down.

You should be able to keep using it without it checking with there servers, and shutting down. For the money they took from me I don't feel bad using this way at all.

Give Xplorer2  a try.  I still use Zip. files allot but it doesn't support them without a add

on program, other than that it does what I want. For the Shoddy work they have done on  PD 8.5 and charging. I won't even try PD 9 if it even comes out.

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Opti Quest says:

Robert - Thanks for the tip. Actually I had thought about trying what you suggested but hadn't gotten around to it yet. That and I have a couple of licenses for Directory Opus which I'm now using instead. But now that you've got me thinking again, I'll try your tip on my netbook.

Thanks!

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Mar 27 2012, 10:59am | Report

Joe McCormick says:

What surprises me is that no one from Avanquest will support or defend PD 8.5.

Is it because they don't care about this software anymore. Or they don't care about their customers.  Or they know it is a piece of junk that can't be fixed in it present state. PD 8.5 looks like an attempt to fix  PD 8, but from my experience and what I have read form others it didn't.

Maybe they are secretly working on an entirely new written software for PD 9. Maybe it will be written for 64 bit systems. Maybe they will allow a license for five computers instead of one like they have with System Suite 12 and Fix It Utilities Pro. 

If PD 9 ever is released will I buy it? Yes, I probably will. But if it does not work perfect from day one I will certainly ask for a refund within 30 days of purchase.

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Joseph Adinolf says:

8.5 is a piece of junk and I bought two of the 9 dollar versions. Gave one to a friend for Christmas and he was back to my house telling me to keep it because in his opinion, it is garbage.

He, like me, was a loyal PowerDesk user.

 

I go back to version one when it came on one floppy. I still have the manual too.

So, I installed Version 8.5 on XP Sp3 and it seemed to be OK. All of a sudden, PD wouldn't let me move or delete a .jpg. Told me it couldn't delete it because it was in use by PowerDesk - you think?

 

I called tech support and the tech support guy suggested I use Windows Explorer. So off to the scrap barrel and I reinstalled Version 6, the only one that really worked, 6 didn't work at all.

 

Now in late May of 2012, I built an i5 computer  with Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit and figured I would give 8.5 another try in this new computer. Guess t what? I couldn't delete or move .jpgs without that in use by PowerDesk warning.

 

So, I dragged out a copy of PowerDesk 8 which was in my unused box. I assume I didn't like it or it would have been installed on one of my XP computers.

 

Well, Version 8 works (sort of) . I get little warning messages from Windows 7 but at least I can use PD. Oh yes, it would not work until I installed the updates.

 

I have installed XYplorer and Explorer++ which, unlike PowerDesk, are stable BUT PD is laid out just beautifully and allows move and copy  easily, Zip and Unzip and Convert Picture File. Too bad PowerDesk is so unstable.

 

I'm going to see if Avanquest is going to come up with a PowerDesk that really works with Windows 7 and maybe Windows 8. If it does, I hope they supply a trial version because I am tired of throwing my money away.

 

That's it.

 

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Barrie Leigh says:

Gentlemen and ladies all: What a sad day. Like so many here, I have been an avid supporter of Avanquest and PowerDesk since their inception. This has been my only finder for Windows. I have unquestioningly paid for every version upgrade.

  Yet here we are: For months on my Windows 7 64 bit desktop PowerDesk 8.5 has been crashing left and right. I blamed myself. I cleaned the registry, optimized the disk, uninstalled anything I didn't recognize, and uninstalled and reinstalled PowerDesk. The improvement was short-lived.

  I am now back to freezing every few minutes. And that is too much for me. Sorry, but I'm cashing in my chips on Avanquest. Like others higher in this blog, I shall be de-installing, removing myself from their e-mail solicitations, and finding the best alternative to the once god old PowerDesk. How sad.

  Please, if any of you have a recommendation for the top of the line finder, please give me some directions. I'd appreciate the input.

  Anyone still grinding along with the buggy PowerDesk 8.5, good luck to you. This is the end of a long business relationship for me.

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Aug 28 2012, 9:55am | Report

Gary Brunner says:

I am using XYplorer, with good success.

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Aug 28 2012, 10:06am | Report

Joseph Adinolf says:

I am also using XYplorer Home Edition.

 

What a bargain since you can use the license on all of your computers.

 

Thirty bucks and it works.

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Joe McCormick says:

Barrie. I have tried Opus 10. It is to expensive for what it does. For the price you can buy XYplorer and xplorer 2.

I have XYplorer with free life time upgrades. It is OK but I don't find it as user friendly as PD 8.

I also have xplorer 2 with a lifetime upgrade. It is fast to open but I don't find it to be as user friendly as PowerDesk 8 either.

I did buy the upgrade of PowerDesk 8.5. I am running it on Windows 7 64 bit. It is better then other versions of PD8. It does not crash that often. I still use it more then the others file managers.

I hope that Avanquest does offer soon a version 9 of PowerDesk.

I hope it is offered as a full 64 bit program.

I hope it will come with a license allowing it to run on three computers.

I hope that its is fast to open.

I hope that it just works.

Both XYplorer and xplorer 2 offer a free trial. Try one or both. You may like them. They are stable programs. xplorer 2 also come in a 64 bit version. XYplorer for now is only in a 32 bit version. You can also rune the licensed version on more then one computer. xplorer 2 also has a free Lite version put it is not fulled featured as the purchased version.

http://xyplorer.com/ is the site for Xyplorer.

http://zabkat.com/ is the site for xplorer 2.

 

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Barrie Leigh says:

Gary, Joseph, and of course, Joe: Thank you for your thoughts and experiences. I am especially interested in Joe's views on the usability of the alternatives like xplorer2 etc. I was afraid that PowerDesk, although failing in some other respects, had remained the easiest to use and cleanest interface for those of us who juggle 100,000 folders and several million files. (Please don't ask why. It's a long story.)

  So, I will take your suggestions and give XYplorer and xplorer2 a hard look. I confess, some of my issue is that over all these years, I am sure I have paid Avanquest significantly more dollars than the supposedly "expensive" Directory Opus $90. When you receive really good value from a product (the way PowerDesk used to be), I did not begrudge the investment. To me, the ease of use is a very high priority, but so is the functionality. I would be hard pressed to live with less than the PowerDesk 8.5 capability.

  Joe, I'm glad to hear your 8.5 has fewer freezes. That was what I thought after my final uninstall re-install. For me, the holiday only lasted about 10 days before the bad old PowerDesk reappeared. It's a matter of instability that is an issue here. I have a few hundred software packages installed on my PCs, and cannot afford to run around pandering to the flakiness one of them. When we pay money for software, we expect it to work.

  I am mindful that my password database software Keepass2 has been solid as a rock, never a problem, moved from version to version seamlessly, and a pleasure to use. Its price? It's free from SourceForge. At least today, I am feeling more than usual sympathy with the question of: just how much money should we be paying for unstable software? Or: should the cost of debugging your product's instabilities with a new processor or operating system be borne by my paying you for a version "upgrade" that is used to disguise your product development failure?

  Joe, you have a lot of hopes for the future of PowerDesk. It's good to have optimistic people around us. I normally share your forward-looking views. But that said, on this product I have stayed too optimistic for too many months.

Gentlemen, thank you again for your responses. It was good of you to give me your inputs. I will take a look at the products you mention.

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Stephen Edelstein says:

Anyone have experience running this in Windows 8?

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