Basic Principles


To use Plugin Commander (PiCo) effectively you need to learn some basic principles. If you have used tools like Norton Commander you should find these familiar.

There are two panes in the main PiCo window. Each contains the File View, Plugin View and FFL View tabs. One of the panes is always active, the other always passive. When you click on one of the panes, it becomes active and the opposite pane becomes passive. The background of the list box in the passive pane is grey. In the picture below the right pane is the passive one.


Before pressing a button or selecting a command from the menu, you have to select one or more files, plugins or FFL entries from one of the panes. All commands are related to the active pane. Some commands like Copy, Move, Add to FFL, Create FFL, Plugin List and Convert use the folder displayed in the passive pane as the destination folder. This folder is then displayed by default in the Select Folder dialog which appears when you execute one of the commands. You can select another folder or keep the default one. Pressing Ok will finally execute the command.

Below the two panes is a button bar for easy access to frequently used commands. At the bottom of the window is a status bar for displaying a progress bar and various information like the number of files or the time needed to finish a command.

Tip: If you don't know what a certain button, check box or other control does, just hover the cursor over it for a few seconds. A small tool tip explanation will appear. Pressing the F1 key will always display the appropriate help page.


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