Will Verduzco · May 27, 2013 at 03:00 am

Relive File Management of Yesteryear with Phone Commander for Windows Phone 7

Some time ago, we covered a tool aimed at micromanaging your installed apps on Windows Phone 7 devices. While full app control is nice, it won’t quite satisfy the obsessive tweakers. We also previously saw a plethora of registry tweaks courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer xboxmod. However, registry tweaks are often a tiny bit too risky for novice users who aren’t ready to take a deeper plunge into device tweaking.

What’s a good middle ground for those who want to do more than uninstall apps but don’t want to risk breaking their registry? How about a good, old fashioned file manager! And on the topic of old fashioned, what about one that has a nostalgic air similar to one of the most popular FTP and file browsers from yesteryear. XDA Forum Member Martin7Pro has the solution with Phone Commander. And unlike Midnight Commander and Norton Commander, Phone Commander has quite a bit of planned added functionality, including:

Two-panel filemanager,
SMS and Mail configurator (groups, searching, backup),
Registry editor (editing, export, import),
Taskmanager (working apps dehydrating, resuming, closing, memory increasing),
Tiles configurator (creating, grouping),
MultiMedia manager (searching, playing etc.),
Applications configurator (uninstalling, grouping),
Keyboard Shortcuts configurator (HTC 7 Pro, Gold, Prime),
and another next by plugins system.

Even more impressive is what Martin7Pro has in mind for the next version:

Next version will have (still in development):

Opensource plugin system (like desktop TotalCommander). First plugin will support registry keys (as ‘directories’ ) and values (as ‘files’). Second plugin in development is FTP, where one panel will contain normal WP7 filesystem, second panel FTP site filesystem, all commander directions will works in this configuration. Third plugin will support HWND Windows, processes and threads. Another plugins you can code yourself with pre-defined plugin interface (tiles/installed/running apps, Hardware drivers, URL protocols, system services, mailboxes, SMSBox, Calls, Schedulers etc).

So what are you able to do with it now? Good question. In the words of the dev:

To manage all files very quickly include multioperations (like TotalCmd).
To copy mp3 files to any phone directory by desktop TotalCmd, create playlist on phone and hear music.
To do the same vith movies, photos etc.
To copy e-books from my desktop and read them in phone (formats: doc, RTF – the best reading, pdf etc).
To edit all files in phone (the same formats, include binaries).
To import .reg files to Registry

Those wishing to get started should head over to the application thread to snag a copy of the XAP.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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