The author will release a non-public beta version as soon as possible. A public beta version will be released in early 2009.
This is the English translation of the original German thread:
1. Full Unicode support
Unicode can be used to display characters of different character systems simultaneously. This is e. g. useful for users who want to manage files with Russian and German file names.
The development of this feature is by far the most time-consuming of all in version 7.5.
2. Breadcrumb bar
A breadcrumb bar can be used to navigate quickly to directories which are above the current directory in the file system hierarchy. The exact range of functions of the Total
Commander implementation of this feature is not yet known. The only known fact is that a custom control has been developed which is similar to the one used in Windows Vista.
3. File comments system improvements
The maximum comment length will be increased to 4 KiB. It will also be possible to use line breaks in file comments.
4. Categories for FTP server entries
FTP server entries have been managed in a potentially very long list so far. In the new version they can be grouped in categories.
5. Burning function
Unfortunately the burning function has to be postponed to TC 8 because the Foxburner SDK 5.0 is delayed. The function will be based on the file system plug-in "Total Commander CD/DVD Burning Plugin". The author
has acquired the source code of this plug-in. In addition a FoxBurner SDK license will be purchased. The plugin will be updated separately once the Foxburner 5 SDK becomes available.
This function won't be included in Total Commander 7.5. The FoxBurner SDK 5.0 isn't ready in time.
6. Separate directory tree
The separate directory trees introduced in Total Commander 7 have been criticized because of missing functionality. In version 7.5 some functions will be added to the separate
- Direct renaming
- Copy & paste
- Full drag&drop support
- Collapse a directory by pressing space.
- Expanding a directory when hovering with the mouse
7. Encryption of FTP passwords using AES
Many security service providers criticized the weak passwords encryption of stored FTP passwords. In version 7.5 the AES encryption will be used to encrypt passwords. As matters
stands Windows XP or an adapted AES packer plug-in will be required to use this feature.
8. Buttonbar enhancements
Up to now the button bar was limited to two lines. If this space wasn't enough the buttonbar was cut and the remaining buttons weren't visible. In Total Commander the buttonbar can
occupy an unlimited amount of lines.
Another point of criticism has been the line wrapping while the Total Commander window was resized. In the upcoming version the user can set line breaks explicitly to get a unified
look and feel in all resolutions and window sizes. In additions buttons can be used as menus, similar to the popular add-on TCMenu. This function will also be used to avoid line
9. Synchronizing of empty directories
The function "Synchronize directories" will be able to synchronize empty directories in the next version.
10. FTP: Display connection name in title bar of user name- and password-dialogs
Starting with Total Commander 7.5 the connection name will be displayed in title bar of user name- and password-dialogs. This is useful for password managers to automatically insert
stored user name and password.
11. Support for very long path names
In version 7.50 paths up to 1024 characters will be supported. This will work at least with the delete function. Probably this will work for all other file operations as well.
12. Support for Windows key as modifier
Currently only Ctrl, Alt and Shift are supported as modifier key. In the next version you'll be able to define hotkeys which can include the Windows key as modifier. This increased the number of possible hotkeys significantly.
13. Copy to multiple destinations
It will be possible to copy files to multiple destinations at once using the background transfer manager in the new version. This can be be useful e.g. for administrators who want to distribute files to certain users in the network.