The File menu lets you create new folders in
the same manner as Windows Explorer on the desktop, receive files,
run applications, set options, obtain system information, register
the software, and make or select favorite locations. The Edit menu
allows you to paste or paste as a shortcut, select all or invert
the selection, set Drag’n’Drop Mode or single/multi
file selection, or find files. The screenshot shows the view menu
that customi zes the display on the fly.
For added flexibility, tapping and holding
on a file or folder produces a context-sensitive pop-up menu.
The screenshot shows the host of options available from the file
pop-up. This became my primary means of manipulating files. Choosing
to move or copy the file brings up a directory tree of your device
from which you choose the file’s destination. A nice progress
bar keeps you informed of the progress. This motif works across
all modules seamlessly, including the network and FTP sites.
In addition, Resco Explorer contains a
built-in file viewer. It will display TXT, BIN, or HEX file formats,
along with pictures stored as JPEG, GIF, BMP, and PNG files. Resco
also sports a search facility for finding stuff in text files.
This viewing feature adds considerable convenience to Explorer
when managing photo collections.
The Favorites feature came in quite handy. Simply
ask Explorer to memori ze locations that you visit frequently.
Then rather than navigate through the directory structure every
time, you can simply select the favorite and Resco jumps right
to that location. Nice implementation.
Beyond File Management
Resco Explorer does much more than manage files.
As hinted above, it delivers FTP access, a registry editor, file
compression, and encryption.
The FTP, registry and network capabilities
use the exact same motif as the file system. Resco makes it incredibly
easy to tap the power of this tool set. Even compressed files
may be used like folders in the tree view. The FTP implementation
transfers files quickly and easily. Setting up connections proved
simple and quick. Simply tap and hold on an FTP location and
choose Connect from the pop-up menu. The login process pops up
a window from which you can monitor that process, but the logins
went so quickly on the X50v that I really couldn’t read
the screen before it disappeared. After login, the FTP site displays
just like any directory set on your PDA or local network. Very
The network browser works exactly the same way.
Network connections must be set by the user. In order to simplify
this process, Resco browses your network neighborhood for servers.
You then specify the preset share on the server to which you wish
to connect and provide the password if set. Transfers to and from
the network went quickly. There’s only one catch: You can
only browse networks over a WiFi or Bluetooth connection, not through
the US B connector. Make sure that you enable Windows File and
Print Sharing on your desktop system and open those ports in your
firewall to allow connectivity.
Editing the Registry
WARNING: Editing the registry should only be
attempted by advanced users. Incorrectly editing the registry could
render your device inoperative and require a hard reset.
Editing the registry with Resco Explorer
furnishes the PPC user with a desktop-like interface and function.
Anyone who has ever used RegEdit in Windows will feel right at
home. The interface is almost exactly the same for both browsing
and searching. You can search the registry keys, values, and
data selectively and quickly. This powerful capability enables
a user to modify the operating system’s behavior, or the
setup of an application.
Explorer has the ability to export and import
the registry. Backing up by exporting is always a good idea before
editing the registry in any serious way. As another safety valve,
every registry editing screen has a Cancel selection. I found the
registry editing in Resco Explorer to be equal in capability to
that available on the desktop.
Resco Explorer 2005 can keep your critical
and sensitive data from prying eyes. It natively supports the RC2
(40bit) and DES (56bit) algorithms on all platforms. On Windows
Mobile 2003 or higher devices it also supports the more powerful
RC2-128, DES-56, 3DES TWO KEY-112, and 3DES-168 encodings. Older
PPC 2002 and 2000 handhelds must install Microsoft’s High
Encryption Package to obtain the higher level encryptions.
Customizing Resco File Explorer
Resco provides settings for virtually every
major function, plus the interface. The interface font may be set
in size, and can be bolded and use ClearType. Add-ins may be deactivated
or activated, file associations created or edited, file listings
customi zed and vertical or horizontal display-split set, use the
internal or an external viewer, file-action confirmations set,
zip compression and extraction specified, registry actions limited,
and FTP settings defined. You can even return everything to its
default setting with one tap. The combination of all this enables
the user to limit possible losses by accidental or stray taps or
other actions. All option screens are uncluttered and appear well
Action on the Today Screen
Brand new to this version, Resco included a
set of system meters and a simple program launcher for the Today
The Today applet may display system meters,
folders, and application shortcuts. The screenshot shows the default
setup with a full set of system meters and all installed Resco
applications presented. Other applications and folders may be added
in its Today setup screen. Tapping on the meter values cycles between
different data displays. For example, the memory meter cycles between
free, used, total, and percentage used. Tapping on the icon representing
the item covered by the meter brings up the system screens for
the battery and memory meters, and Resco File Explorer for the
storage icons. The settings may be reached by tapping the far left
icon. The Today window automatically si zes to accommodate all
the items selected for display.
HP Mobile Printing
Resco supports the free HP
Mobile Printing for PPC. Although I didn’t load or
test this, HP advertises the ability to print directly from Pocket
Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Outlook,
and File Explorer on your PDA to Bluetooth, infrared and network
printers. Obviously Resco Explorer will also print using this
system. Can’t beat the price.
Resco provides a separate application that shows
the current system status.
The main screen offers the amount and percentage
used of each resource. Again tapping on the item icons bring up
the same displays as their counterparts in the Today application.
The screen may be reached from the File menu, from the Today plug-in,
or directly through its shortcut on the Windows’ Programs
Exploring the Wilds
Resco Explorer proved simple to setup
and use. All confirmation dialogs come enabled by default, so
you may safely use the system right out of the box. Anyone who
has used Microsoft Windows Explorer will quickly master Resco’s
offering. You may omit installing those elements which you don’t
need or want. There’s no program on the market with more
capability and yet a tighter focus on its mission.
The Today plug-in also enables itself during
installation if installed, though it is optional. It provides useful
information about your system through an attractive interface.
Adding, subtracting, and rearranging elements in it proved simple.
However, even the compact mode can take up a lot of Today screen
real estate depending on the number of shortcuts displayed. Resco
doesn’t support tabs, so shortcuts for all the programs you
wish to access will be presented on the screen. Unless you only
use a few programs or you have space to burn on your Today screen,
this plug-in really won’t serve as a front-line file launcher
like iLauncher (
Tanker Bob’s personal favorite) and others.
Resco Explorer’s desktop Windows-based
interface unfortunately shares the most annoying of the limitations
therein. This would be the lack of support for two directory windows.
Resco will open a directory tree window if asked; either hori zontally
or vertically split, but not two directories’ file lists
in separate windows. This makes comparing directories or even individual
All other aspects of Resco Explorer shine
brightly. It loads quickly, furnishes a full suite of capabilities
to organi ze and maintain your files. The local file, FTP, network,
and registry interface seamlessly offers all these elements as
if they were natively on your handheld. The Paste Shortcut feature
is small but extremely useful. I found myself using it quite a
bit to c leanup after or finish many freeware installations.
File transfer rates ran close to the native
WiFi speed limit for the X50v, indicating high efficiency in the
program’s coding. In fact, I was hard pressed to discern
a difference in speed between copying files from RAM to a card,
FTP site, or a network drive. The ability to select multiple files
and drag-and-drop sped up even simple file management tasks.
Resco Explorer 2005 stands at the top of
its class. It does everything you could possibly want to do with
your files, does it easily with a simple interface, and leverages
its power through well-designed toolbars and tap-and-hold menus.
The built-in file viewer and new Today plug-in sweeten the pot
even more. There are several free file managers snapping at Resco’s
heels, but none are as polished or sport the full breadth of Resco’s
capabilities. Priced at $24.95, Resco File Explorer 2005 easily
earns its keep. It is an even better bargain as part of Resco’s
Package with Resco Photo Viewer and Resco Stickies. Resco Photo
Viewer does much more than just view graphics files, but that’s
a story for another day…
Simple, familiar interface
Comprehensive file management tool set
Underlying power easily accessible through toolbars and pop-up menus
Full FTP, network, and registry editing support
Encryption and file compression support built-in
Integral file viewer
Quickly jumps to favorite locations
Fast file transfers
Core functions highly configurable
WM 5 compatible
Doesn’t support two file windows
Today program launcher limited without tab support