Altap Salamander

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Altap Salamander
Altap Salamander 2.5 logo
Developer(s) ALTAP
Stable release 3.04 / October 31, 2014; 41 days ago (2014-10-31)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Orthodox file manager
License Proprietary
Website www.altap.cz

Altap Salamander (formerly known as Servant Salamander) is a shareware orthodox file manager for Windows, originally inspired by Norton Commander. In contrast to several other file managers, it has a context aware user interface hiding complexity – for instance, the bottom function list changes on press of modifier keys, just showing the currently available hotkey function set.

Its development was started in 1996 as a hobby project by Petr Šolín (from Czech Republic) during his studies at university and released as freeware in 1997. It was originally written in Watcom C++, later in Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0. The last freeware version, 1.52, is still available for download from Altap website.

The first shareware version 2.0 was released in 2001 by a newly established company Altap. Salamander 2.0 included support for viewer and archiver plugins. During the development of 2.5 version the plugin architecture was expanded to support file system plugins to support FTP and other protocols.

The plugin SDK for 2.5 version allows plugin developers to create new viewer plugins (for file previews), archiver plugins (for browsing/unpacking/packing archives), file system plugins (for custom directory listing) and tools (like multi-rename or file compare). Custom column plugins known from Total Commander are not supported.

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