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Macintosh Explorer

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macintoshexplorer35.sit (1.23 MB)
MD5: 1de83a8bf5c0eb9cf9b4744971680929
For Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
macexplr.sit (2.37 MB)
MD5: c64fde9fcd425e7ef53e4ab14be90ac4
For Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver,

Serial Number: 0-293-FNN-318-10506-40

Macintosh Explorer provides an alternative method of browsing your hard drives. As well, it provides a familiar interface for file navigation for Windows users converting to the Mac.

Macintosh Explorer provides such features as removing unneeded files, backing up important documents, extended file information and a batch file info changer combined with an easy to use file browser. Allowing you to perform various operations on files and folders while browsing your hard drives.

Since Macintosh Explorer resembles Windows Explorer, it allows Windows users to quickly become comfortable when switching to the Macintosh platform.

• Tabbed File browsing reduces window clutter and allows instant switching between folders
• Thumbnail browsing lets you see picture previews instead of generic icons
• Hierarchical overview of all files and folders
• Filter file list makes locating specific files fast and easy in clutter folders
• Folder banks provide the ability to group specific documents together
• Spring loading folders and advanced drag and drop features
• Preview files as you browse
• Store links to commonly used items
• Get and set extended finder info
• Batch file info changer
• Back up important documents
• Find unused and unwanted files
• Cut, copy and paste files like text in a text editor
• Permanently delete files and folders
• Open multiple browser windows
• Much, much more...

Note: Version 4.3 contained in this page is the last Mac OS version. The final version overall, 5.1, is a Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger+ Universal binary. After the software got discontinued and became unsupported, it was handed out for free, with the following serial being provided by the company:
(works on both 4.3 and 5.1)

1st DL: Macintosh Explorer 3.5
2nd DL: Macintosh Explorer 4.3

Architecture: PPC

• PowerPC Macintosh Computer
• Mac OS 9.2 or higher
• 2 MB of free RAM


Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2020, May 12 - 8:38am

@liliputian XTreeMac? Greg's Browser?

As for cut/copy/paste, I discovered some CMM (context menu module) plug-ins which are also compatible with Mac OS 8 (PPC only), though these don't function quiiiite as usefully as in OS X or Windows.

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, May 12 - 7:09am

It seems I recall seeing something along these lines for pre-OS 9 at some point. What could I be thinking of?

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, December 25 - 4:34pm

Came across this today and it is surprisingly good. The most attractive feature it has to me is ironically unrelated to file browsing: it's the cut (Cmd+X) copy (Cmd+C) + paste (Cmd+V) feature for files. I'd prefer a simple contextual menu and Finder implementation thereof rather than require to use an alternate file browser like this one, BUT this is the ONLY way of cutting/copying/pasting files/folders in Mac OS 9 and earlier that I know of. (If anyone knows of any other alternative, I'd love to know.)

Sometimes, when copying and pasting folders, though, I came across some bug in which the folder, once pasted, created a copy of itself within itself, as if I pasted it two times. Odd. That didn't make me feel very comfortable with manipulating files that way, but I suspect it may happen only when pasting a file/folder onto a folder that contains the same name of whatever you are pasting. Hopefully that's the only bug to the feature.