Eagle Mode, Experimental File Manager, Viewer

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 3, 2011
Updated • Jan 16, 2013

The majority of file managers for the Windows operating system built up on the features that are offered by the system's default file browser Windows Explorer. Eagle Mode is an experimental fie manager and viewer for Windows and Linux, that turns the concept upside down so to speak.

The file manager offers a top down look on all the files on the computer system with options to zoom in and out to view the files directly the file manager.

A basic example. Say you have a few text documents or images sitting in a folder. If you zoom in closely enough, you can read the texts or view the images without opening the files at all.

This viewing mode does not work for all file types on the system, but the most basic file types are all supported. This includes the majority of media files, plain text documents and even some games or applications.

The program interface needs some getting used to time, as it looks quite messy on first glance. It basically consists of a header with direct links to folders, the configuration and file management tools, and the main area that can be used to zoom in and out of folders and drives.

It is a good idea to run the application full screen as it might otherwise be difficulty to read the button texts in the program header.

The mouse wheel is used to zoom in and out of the file and folder structure. It feels a bit strange in the beginning that it is not possible to use the mouse to move the selection around, as it happens quite often that a file is not displayed centered on screen. The user guide has an answer for that. The developers have mapped the scrolling to the middle mouse button. Hold down the middle mouse button to move around.

A double-click on a file opens it in the default viewer on the system, which is handy for all unsupported files or if you need to edit the selected file.

New users should consider reading the install and start guide as well as the general user guide on the developer website at Sourceforge to get a deeper understanding of the program. Especially the core keyboard and mouse functions are explained in the guides.

The file manager can be downloaded from the project website over at Sourceforge. The program is compatible with all recent versions of Windows and various Linux distributions.


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  1. Dotan Cohen said on August 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Sorry, the word “Eagle” threw me off. The file manager in the movie was called fsn, which has an open source clone called File System Visualizer. File System Visualizer has a 3-D mode called “Eagle View”, which was the fsn view used in Jurassic Park.

    More info here:

  2. Dotan Cohen said on August 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Note that this was the file manager used in the movie Jurassic Park.

    1. Alex said on August 6, 2011 at 5:09 am

      Which part of the movie? I can only see the 3d file manager.


    2. Martin Brinkmann said on August 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

      It was? Now that is interesting ;)

  3. kalmly said on August 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    This: “This viewing mode does not work for all file types. . .” renders it nearly useless – for a lot of people.

  4. Meena Bassem said on August 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I’m honestly more interested in that netwalk game :D

  5. VIVEK KUMAR said on August 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    This is great…………..

  6. Meena Bassem said on August 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I’d say it’s like space sniffer, but it seems much better

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