Altap Salamander is a fast and reliable two-panel file manager for Windows. It has an intuitive interface, offers viewers for all popular file formats as well as support for common archives, and has built-in FTP and SFTP clients.Altap Homepage
This is one of the tools, I have been using for years and I find it unbeatable for daily use on Windows.
It is always among the top 3 tools that I install immediately after I finish setting up a new Windows machine.
It used to be called Servant Salamander for years and operated as a shareware, but after a recent company merger, it changed the name into Altap Salamander and became free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial usage.
In essence it is an easy file manager with one or two panes, a good search tool, FTP client, extensions through plugins, image and txt viewer and everything else a modern operating system should in my opinion already have integrated by default.
One of it’s most used features is a “Hot path” which is in essence a named path on the drive or network which you use frequently and are sick of always looking for. In most of my computers I have about 10 hot paths set and this satisfies all my needs to quickly find the most used directories.
The only drawback that I have found is that it doesn’t recognize my tablet or phone as a disk. This is the only use-case for which I still use Windows Explorer.
Before I end this short post, I have to mention another feature I use frequently, especially for renaming my video and audio files on PC. It’s called Batch renamer!
But you will find much more useful features if you try it yourself.