Lobrow provides a different way to access the files on your computer.
Why bother ?
- Lobrow provides a consistent, simplified user interface (no right-clicks) that works (and looks) the same on all platforms
- extensible range of options for customizing appearance and functionality - easy to map new commands to existing file types - e.g.,
- open a folder with emacs
- open a jar file with an archive manager
- etc ...
- open mulitple windows (browser pages) to view and compare file folders with the duplicate tab feature of your browser
- clipboard contents are visible and editable from each browser page
- for many tasks related to the management of your files, Lobrow can be a useful tool
System requirements ?
- Java 1.6+ Runtime (JRE)
- HTML 5 Web Browser (e.g., Chrome, IE, Firefox ... [works best with Chrome])
How does it work (overview) ?
- Executable .jar file starts a small, local web server
- During startup, web server launches default browser on local desktop with a generated URL
- Folder navigation and file management functions [copy, rename/move, delete] are directed from browser page(s) and executed at the local web server
- OS default options for opening specific file types remain available via Lobrow's "open (system)" command. e.g., if file is a folder, Lobrow "open (system)" command invokes the OS default "file manager" to display folder contents
- Preview / playback of media (images, audio, video) can be natively handled by the browser (local web server supports basic media streaming)
- When browser completes the session (i.e., last open page is closed), local web server terminates
Is it free ?
- YES - Lobrow is free software released under GPLv3 license.
- Lobrow utilizes a number of open-source solutions and technologies provided by third parties
- click here for licensing details and acknowledgements
- WARNING: when you delete file or folder with Lobrow - it's gone! Lobrow does not interface with the "Recycle Bin" or "Trash Bin" of your OS - so you will generally not be able to "restore" a deleted item.
- Lobrow can be resource intensive:
- directory trees with large numbers of branches will be much slower to render in Lobrow than they would in a native OS file manager.
Part of the reason for this is that you'll typically get more information about a directory tree with Lobrow:
- Each branch (folder) in a directory tree is annotated with "[f/d]" where "f" is the number of files in the folder and "d" is the number of child folders.
- The value displayed for "size" of a folder is the total size of all files in the folder (not including child folders).
More Info ?
- Click here for a YouTube video that demonstrates installation and startup
- Click here for a YouTube video showing basic file management with Lobrow
- Click here for a YouTube video covering startup options and settings
- Click here for a YouTube video illustrating customization of the user interface
- Click here to download the installation program (lobrow_setup.jar)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where did this come from ?
- Lobrow was designed/developed by Larry Dickson, Infix Consulting, Orillia, ON Canada
- homepage for this application: www.infix-systems.com/lobrow