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REVIEW: Resco Explorer 2003 for the Pocket PC
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Friday, 20.06.03 - 18:18:57 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 7587x
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Pocket PCs come with a File Explorer, one of the most used applications in a Pocket PC. But what comes bundled with a Pocket PC is something that is quite basic. For those who need more functionality from their file explorers normally look into those offered by third party developers. One of those third party file explorers is the one offered by Resco.

The Resco Explorer 2003 for the Pocket PC is a full featured file explorer. In fact it offers as much as six different components integrated into one neat application.

The heart of it all is it's primary function, a tool to manage files. It is a full-featured file explorer that gives the user the freedom to explore the Pocket PC's file system. It even includes a Network Browser to let you map shared network folders and work with them as easily as with the local ones.

Moving around the Pocket PC's file system is made tremendously with ease as Resco Explorer 2003 has a neat function to create quick links to favorite folders. Cutting and pasting files can be done easily through this feature. A very helpful option also is the ability to view files in Tree View. Of course Resco Explorer offers different viewing modes including viewing file extensions and hidden files. This is what I really appreciate in Resco Explorer 2003, the ability to let me configure the viewing mode to how I prefer it to be. Even searching for files has never been easier.

A really nice touch is the File Encryption capabilities of Resco Explorer 2003. You can use the Base Cryptographic Provider with RC2 (40bit) or DES (56bit) algorithms. There is even an option to install an Enhanced Provider with stronger algorithms such as RC2-128, DES-56, 3DES TWO KEY-112, 3DES-168. What good is this if it you can't use them on your desktop PC if they are encrypted right? Well, you can also install a Windows 95/98/NT/2000 shell extension to use the encryption/decryption process on desktop PCs. Now that is really a nice touch.

Of course along these lines, it wouldn't be surprising if Resco added a ZIP compression utility right? Well that is just what they included. The ZIP Compression utility which is built into Rexco Explorer 2003 can be used to increase the storage space of any storage device and a nice added feature is that it also uses a ZIP algorithm that is PC compatible, so you can extract archives created on a desktop PC and vice-versa. I can even run files which have been compressed as they are placed in a temporary file to be used momentarily and after exiting the file reverts back to its compressed mode.

With even more features such as the built-in Viewer, files can be viewed in TXT, BIN or HEX format. The Viewer even supports files in JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG graphic formats. Well, not really a serious photo viewer but it does really well for viewing standard graphic files.

The only component that is not totally built into Resco Explorer 2003 is the Registry Editor. This was one of the features I really welcomed when I got my copy of Resco Explorer 2003. This is one piece I cannot live without.

And with all the functionality Resco Explorer 2003 offers, the retail price of $19.95 is truly a bargain.

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