What's New in SmartSynchronize 4.2

Directory Compare with image preview.

Directory Compare, Preview with Image Support

The Preview feature of the Directory Compare now also can display images side-by-side.


Now it is possible to manage remote servers with the SFTP protocol - upload, download, delete, create directories.

Multiple configurations can be remembered.

Advanced search patterns for finding files.

Advanced File Search Patterns

Searching files is now more intuitive and versatile.

Quick File Filter

Quickly filter the current directory by typing the name or part of the file name.

The background color gives a hint that some files or directories are hidden (filtered out).

Filter files by just typing.
Quickly change to favorite paths.

Quickly Change to Favorite Path

If your favorite's configured name starts with a letter or digit, followed by a space, simply pressing Shift+<first-letter> will change to this favorite path. On Windows, press Shift+<drive-letter> to change the drive.

Edit With

If multiple matching editors for a file type are found, the first one will be used for the default Edit command (F4) and the other editors are available by Edit With.

Edit With to open the preferred editor.
Set file time.

Set File Time

It's now possible to change the modification file time.

Open empty File Compare

Sometimes you need to compare copy-pasted text. For this you can now easily open an empty File Compare.

Open Empty File Compare.
Create hard links.

Create Hard-Links

The Create Link feature now allows to create hard-links.

Unified several Typing Commands

Several dialogs for opening the recent path, finding a menu item, changing to any path, ... have been unified into one with easy switching between the different commands.

Unified Open Recent Path, Find Menu item, Edit Path

What's New in SmartSynchronize 4.1

Viewer for Large Files

The quick file view of the File Manager can detect UTF-8, UTF-16 LE/BE files from BOM, UTF-8 from content. It can handle even very large files like iso images. Files also can be shown in binary format.

The viewer now can handle very large files.
Saved emails (eml files) can be treated as archives.

EML Files as Archive

Saved emails (EML files) can now be treated as (read-only) archives, so you can look inside, see its different parts and access or extract attachments.

Keyboard Shortcuts Centralized

It is now possible to edit the keyboard shortcuts for all kinds of SmartSynchronize windows at one place - the preferences dialog.

Changing keyboard shortcuts has been centralized.
Reworked syntax highlighting with support for new languages.

Reworked Syntax-Highlighting

The outdated library for syntax-coloring has been replaced with new ANTLR-based code. Some languages were newly added - like ANTLR, bat/cmd files, CMake, InnoSetup, Kotlin, properties files, YAML - less popular ones were dropped.

What's New in SmartSynchronize 4

Dual-Pane File Manager

SmartSynchronize 4 comes with a built-in dual-pane file manager ("commander") which can be used to easier select files and directories to compare, but also use for daily file tasks. There is (nearly) no usable dual-pane file manager available that works on all major platforms (Linux, macOS and Windows), so we decided to write one.

You can copy, move, delete, pack and unpack archives (zip, tar.gz are supported directly, 7z needs a 7z executable), view, open in editors or terminal.

Built-in dual-pane file manager.
Switch to 'known' directories easily by starting to type their name.

Recent directory history (Ctrl+P), Favorites

For file managers quick navigation to often used directories is a key feature. SmartSynchronize supports favorites, but also remembers recently visited directories, so it becomes easy to navigate to them by starting to type the name.

Path-specific Sortings

As with any other file manager, you can sort by name, extension, file size or last modification time. But SmartSynchronize also can remember a special sorting for certain paths. So for example, the Downloads directory is sorted by last modification time while other directories are sorted by extension.

SmartSynchronize can have different sortings for different paths.

Find Files or Directories

A simple find feature allows you to find files by name or (text) content, or subdirectories by name.

Find files by name or content.
Launch own tools from SmartSynchronize.

Tool Integrations

A few of the default features are made with the help of external tools. So it becomes easy to modify the command to open a Terminal window or what editor is used.

Customizable Shortcuts

We focus on power users who prefer keyboard usage and know the well-known "commander" shortcuts. Use the cursor keys to navigate directories and archive contents ("lynx-like motion").

If you are accustomed with other shortcuts, feel free to change them to your preferred ones.

Customizable shortcuts.