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October 12th, 1999

[4:30 PM] ACTION Files Updated With Major New Features

The good people of Power On Software have released an update to ACTION Files. ACTION Files is their popular utility that improves the Open and Save dialogue box among other things. The new version, 1.5, contains major new features including compatibility with Navigation Services. According to Power On:

Power On Software announced today a new release of its Eddy Award nominated productivity utility, ACTION Files™. ACTION Files 1.5 provides seamless integration with Apple Computer's Navigation Services to offer the ultimate in file access management and organization. ACTION Files automatically keeps track of a user's favorite and most recently accessed files and folders so those files are always just a click away. ACTION Files enhances productivity through the addition of a custom menu bar in every standard Open and Save dialog. It also permits resizing and movement of these dialog boxes and allows users to customize the manner in which file and folder information is displayed.

Features of the new version include:

  • Seamless integration and support for Apple's Navigation Services (new style Open/Save dialogs in OS 8.5 and later) by adding a menu bar containing more than forty essential commands to the Open and Save dialog boxes. Users can now take advantage of Navigation Services, if supported by an application, while maintaining all the power of ACTION Files even if an application does not support Apple's Navigation Services.
  • Expanded functionality of the compatibility pane in the ACTION Files Control Panel to give the user greater control over factory default settings
  • Modified Recent/Favorite items database to allow ACTION Files to share information with upcoming Power On products
  • Added Previous Drive, Next Drive and Volume's free space to Navigation Services volumes popup menu
  • Implemented View menu in Navigation Services
  • Added a named separator to the Documents menu
  • Increased compatibility with Kaleidoscope
  • Improved handling of aliases and volumes larger than 4 Gigabytes
  • Numerous performance enhancements
  • Compatible with Mac OS 9
  • In addition, ACTION Files offers the following features:
  • Adds views containing information about each file, including a file's size, date, label, and kind
  • Provides ability to sort the list of files and folders by name, size, date, kind, and label in either ascending or descending order
  • Moveable and resizable Open and Save dialogs to take advantage of larger monitors
  • A convenient Find command, in the Open and Save dialog that enables users to find files quickly and easily without switching to the Finder or opening a separate utility such as Sherlock™
  • Search by name, size, kind, label, creation date, modification date, file type, creator and more
  • Access to file management commands which allow users to get more information, create new folders, make an alias or duplicate any file, or move any file to the trash and empty the trash without leaving the Open or Save dialog
  • Menus which provide instant access to recently used and favorite items
  • Extensive keyboard navigation and user-assignable command keys for immediate access to needed files

ACTION Files is priced at US$49.95 at the retail level. The company offers an electronic download for US$29.95. The update is free to registered owners of version 1.x. You can find more information at the company's web site.

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