File Browser with two synchronized panes
February 13, 2014 12:17 PM   Subscribe

I want a program that allows for a two pane view of two like file structures, in two different drives or network locations, that allows you to drag and drop or otherwise transfer files between the two panes, and that will keep the view synchronized, so, you open a folder in the left panel and the corresponding folder in the right panel also opens up.

I use FlashFXP (and have since the dawn of time) for this, and it works perfectly between a local file share and an FTP site. Alas, it does not seem to possess this functionality when both panes are viewing "local" files.

A stand alone program would be better than a full Explorer replacement/enhancement.

The ability to bookmark such views would be swell too.

Free is best, but I'd pay for it.
posted by dirtdirt to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
posted by rabbitsnake at 12:18 PM on February 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Filezilla also supports synchronized browsing.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 12:20 PM on February 13, 2014

I have used xplorer2 for this, which does have a lite version, which is 32-bit only, for personal or academic use.
posted by zachxman at 12:52 PM on February 13, 2014

WinNc is an updated NC clone.
posted by scruss at 1:09 PM on February 13, 2014

Here to second (and third and fourth) Beyond Compare. Best software purchase my group ever made.
posted by dforemsky at 1:11 PM on February 13, 2014

Total Commander is what I'd recommend. Screenshots here.

Mac users looking for something similar should try Path Finder.
posted by LuckySeven~ at 4:30 PM on February 13, 2014

Qdir, which is freeware.
posted by TristanPK at 11:02 PM on February 13, 2014

Well, FlashFXP has released an updated beta that fixes the "you can't view two different files structures simultaneously" and so that is what I am using. I tired the suggestions you all made, and they seemed to work, but nothing worked smoothly enough, or "natively*" enough to make it worth switching. Thanks all the same!

*in the sense that I can't bear to learn a whole new interface just for this - if it isn't pretty much plain vanilla I am not going to make the time.
posted by dirtdirt at 7:50 AM on March 17, 2014

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