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File-Ex 2.1 Press Release

For more information contact:
Stan Spielbusch
Cottonwood Software
(913) 663-3022

File-Ex (TM) version 2.1 -- Enlarges And Enhances the File-Open and File-Save Dialogs of Windows Applications

LEAWOOD, KS -- June 20th, 1997 -- Cottonwood Software today announced the release of version 2.1 of File-Ex, which adds time-saving functionality to the file Open and Save dialogs of Windows applications (versions for both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1 are available). The key addition to this release is the ability to enlarge file dialogs to as much as 100% of your screen, making more files visible at once in order to reduce the need to scroll. This enhancement makes File-Ex the only product on the market to feature both dialog enlargement and file management enhancements in one low-cost package. Similar products such as Q.E.D., Let Me See, Name-It, Norton File Assist, and Instant File Access only have a subset of File-Ex's functionality.

File-Ex updates Windows 3.x programs running under Windows 95 by adding file management functions and long file name capability to their file Open and Save dialogs, and adds the option to replace the old-style dialogs with the Windows 95 explorer-style dialogs.

A major time-saving feature of File-Ex is its addition of "favorite files" and "favorite directories" lists, conveniently added to the file dialogs. Favorites are maintained separately for each application, and are user-defined to list up to 100 of the most important files and directories used with each program, in any order preferred.

In addition, File-Ex adds file and directory "history lists". File-Ex will remember the last 25 files and directories opened or saved by each application, which makes finding and using recently-used files as easy as clicking on the list. This is especially welcome with applications that don't keep track of recent files themselves. In addition, the last 25 files and directories used across all applications are listed, making cross-application file handling a snap. File-Ex also saves time by automatically switching to the last directory used for an application when a file dialog is opened.

In the Windows 3.x old-style file dialogs (and the Windows 95 explorer- style dialogs if preferred), File-Ex adds buttons to find, move, copy, rename and delete files, plus create, rename, and delete directories. In addition, a file information line gives you the size, time and date of any file you click on, and an "LFN's" button on Windows 3.x dialogs opens a Windows 95 explorer-style dialog, allowing the use of long file names in 16-bit applications.

By adding these commonly-used functions to the file dialogs, the time normally spent going back to Explorer or a DOS window to do file management can be used for more productive activities. It can also help keep your hard drive more organized, for instance by letting you delete unwanted files whenever you see them (instead of trying to remember to do it later), and by simplifying the process of setting up new directories when you save a new file.

Users of File-Ex have reported that File-Ex has become a valuable addition to their system. A comment typical of users: "The more I use File-Ex, the more uses I find for it... now it's almost indispensable" -- Mike Richardson, California.

File-Ex runs under Windows 95 as a small icon in the taskbar tray, or can be hidden entirely. File-Ex works on any 80386 or better IBM compatible PC running Windows 95. (A version of File-Ex is also available for Windows 3.1x users, with the same features except long filename support.) A version for Windows NT/2000 is in progress and will be released shortly. File-Ex may be purchased by credit card, check or money order directly from Cottonwood Software for $29.95 (plus $2.00 shipping & handling in North America, $4.00 elsewhere ).

Orders may be placed by phone, FAX, mail, or directly on Cottonwood's secure web site ( A 30-day fully functional trial version can be downloaded from Cottonwood's web site. Cottonwood Software was founded in 1995 to deliver quality software applications and utilities for personal computer users, and is a member of The Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP). Cottonwood Software is located at P.O. Box 6546, Leawood, KS 66206, USA, and may also be reached by phone (913-663-3022), FAX (913-663-3747), and E-mail (see web site at

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