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9,737 files (97,370 data cells) in 0.143 seconds. Beat that, Apple.

Some things will never be surpassed. This is one of them.


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LONDON (Rixstep) — Rixstep's standard-setting (and award-winning) file manager 'Xfile' has been clocked doing 700,000 data cells per second. This is something that will likely never be beaten.

Unsurpassed in stability and reliability - and in protecting users from OS X quirks - Xfile can now boast rendering the ponderous directory /usr/share/man/man3 on OS X 10.7.4 Lion in new record time.

143.898 milliseconds. Or 1/7th of a second.

But Xfile does more than merely list the files - it renders all available data on them, far more than any other OS X file manager, and light years more than Apple's Finder.

  1. Name. The file name.
  2. Size. The file size in bytes.
  3. Inode. The volume-specific identifier.
  4. Links. The number of (hard) links to the file.
  5. Owner. The file's owner.
  6. Group. The file's group.
  7. Accessed. When the file was last accessed.
  8. Changed. When the file's system metadata was last changed.
  9. Modified. When the file was last modified.
  10. Mode. The file's type and permissions set.

But There's More

But there's more.

  • Full file sizes. Xfile tells you when 'gunk' has been applied to your file by displaying the file size in an alternate colour. The ACP framework file info sheet will break this down, and ancillary tools such as Rixstep's extended attributes editor Xattr will edit it for you or remove it completely.

  • Additional permission sets. OS X files can have additional permissions in the form of special system and user flags and access control entries. Xfile tells you when such permission sets apply by displaying the file mode in an alternate colour.

  • Xfile goes everywhere. Xfile gets into all the nooks and crannies of your file system that Finder and the also-rans famously fail at.

  • Xfile protects you. Contrary to widely accepted industry norms and everyday common sense, Apple's file management tools would gleefully let you overwrite directories (containing thousands of files) with a single unwitting text file. Not Xfile. And Xfile goes further still, prohibiting all remaining mismatches as well. You can't overwrite a directory or a text file with a symbolic link file either, and you can't overwrite any of them with a socket file, and so forth.

New Release

Rixstep have begun ramping up their huge ACP application collection, including Xfile and the related file management utilities, for the imminent release of Apple's OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). These products are available today for registered users.

The Xfile Test Drive remains a free and easy way to test them all, with builds going all the way back to OS X 10.4 Tiger from 2005 (seven years ago). No matter your OS X version, there's a copy of Xfile ready to suit your needs.

Do yourself a favour and see what the excitement's all about.

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