3 May 2013

Directory Opus (Beta)

Directory Opus beta is now available for all Opus 10 users.

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This is a preliminary, beta release. Translations may not be fully up-to-date and some English text may appear in non-English versions.

The following is a guide to the changes in the Directory Opus beta:

New features / minor changes

  • The File and Folder Labels system now lets labels override the normal icons for files and folders with your own custom icons. You can use icon files (.ico, .icl), icons from programs (.exe, .dll) or any image file format that Opus supports. If you specify an image Opus will automatically scale and convert it to icon format.

    In the image below, you can see an example of a label filter that is used to override icons for particular files. A label has been created (called HD Image) that defines a custom icon. A label filter has also been created that matches JPG files (it could be used to match more filetypes if desired) with a height of at least 1080 pixels. You can see in the Lister image at the bottom that the high resolution images are displayed with the custom icon, whereas the smaller images have the standard JPG icon.


  • Added the Preferences / Miscellaneous / Advanced: multipart_extensions field that lets you specify your own multipart file extensions (like .tar.gz), for sorting and display.
  • The Close command for initiating or scheduling a system shutdown or reboot has a new "unattended" mode which can be used to prevent extra confirmation dialogs from Windows when used on Remote Desktop and Terminal Services.
  • Added option to disable enumeration of computers on the network when doing path completion. (Preferences / Folders / Folder Behaviour / Complete network server names).
  • Ctrl-C to copy the names of Preferences options now works in the Advanced list and in the Colors and Fonts list.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed problem introduced in where drag & drops from some programs on to Opus would cause the Lister to freeze unless the advanced dragdrop_async setting was changed to False. (If you toggled the setting to work around this, you should be able to reset it now.)The most common program this affected was WinRAR, but only if it was configured to use something other than your temp dir for temporary files.
  • Opus now blocks the enormous metadata string that iPhones, iPads, etc. put into the user comment field of JPEG photos.
  • Fixed bug introduced in where importing a config backup where the toolbar list came from Opus 9 (and had never since been changed under Opus 10) would cause Opus to switch to the default toolbars, so that you had to turn your custom toolbars back on again.
  • Fixed icons in the hotkey field drop-down having non-transparent backgrounds under Win8 (Vista and up actually, but difficult to notice).
  • Fixed problem with filenames beginning with a dot without a file extension (e.g. .htaccess) if display of file extensions was turned off or the extension column was present. Depending on the order those things were enabled, Opus may have treated the filename as the extension and shown a blank name.
  • Opus now remembers which file groups in the Lister are collapsed when the group list is refreshed or rebuilt. This fixes a problem with file groups expanding themselves when the mouse-over tooltip is displayed for a file.
  • Fixed crash if you were in a Locked (Allow Changes) folder tab, had changed to another folder, were in a mode other than Details or Power, and dragged a file from there into another tab in the same file display (causing the source tab to reset to its original folder in the process).
  • Fixed problem with config restore which could result in certain unicode characters in config file names not being decoded properly. (The problem did not affect backing up, only restoring, so you do not need to re-create your existing config backups.)
  • Fixed FTP address book "default" checkboxes affecting their whole pages instead of just their sub-sections on the Network, Display and Misc pages.
  • Fixed blank FTP listings when connecting to newer Microsoft FTP Service servers which use four-digit years in dir listings.
  • Dragging programs to the toolbar in Customize mode now creates buttons with {filepath} as the default argument to the program, rather than %1, fixing problems with unquoted paths.