Saturday, 4 March 2017

Polo 3/5: Beta 1 Released

The first Beta release of Polo is now available.

Beta builds are currently available only to a limited set of users who have donated to this project. The final stable release of Polo will be available to all users (in May or June). People who donate will get access to a few extra goodies in the final release.

If you have donated to any of my projects in the past and are interested in testing the beta release of Polo, please send me an email and I will add you to the beta mailing list.

Next beta will be available next weekend (March 12).

Feature status

Completed: List View, Icon View, Tile View, Toolbar, Statusbar, Layouts, Tabs, File Context Menu, File Menubar, File Operations, Overwrite Confirmation, Settings, Keyboard shortcuts

Pending (in order of priority): Dropbox/GDrive support, Sidebar, Trash, Archive support, Remote and virtual filesystems, Checksum calculations, Drag & drop.

Completed this week

Icon View and Tile View

New icon view and tile view modes were added. Missing thumbnails will be generated for images. Thumbnail generation for videos are pending.

Admin bar

A bar will be displayed at the botton of the panel if the application is running as admin.


Emblems will be displayed on folders and files if they are read-only or symbolic links. Emblems for photos, documents, music and video will be displayed on folders based on its contents.


You can support the development of this project by making a donation with Paypal or signing up as a sponsor on People who donate get access to beta releases of applications during the development stage, and extra features in the final release.


  1. Hi Tony. Here are a few issues I've found so far:

    * If I have one pane in List View, and click the triangle to expand a folder, the mouse cursor changes to a black cursor pointing to the upper right. No way to get the system default cursor back, have to close Polo (restart it).

    * If in Tiles view, I click on the Hidden toolbar button, it shows hidden files, but if you then go into the View toolbar menu dropdown, the "Show Hidden Files" option is unchecked. If you check it, it turns off hidden files so the check box indicates that its enabled, but you just turned it off.

    * Same sort of issue with the "Show Dual Pane" option in the View toolbar menu dropdown. Polo starts in Dual Vertical mode so when I view that option, its unchecked. If I enable it, it turns Dual Vertical mode off, but the option is enabled in the View toolbar menu.

    * If I click on the Settings button on the toolbar, it opens a settings dialog, but there is only a minimize button. If I click it, it minimizes the settings dialog, but the main Polo window is then unresponsive. I have to kill the process.

    One 'nice to have' would be the ability to name tabs.

    I'll continue to test and post back with other findings. This is a great start and looks fantastic.

    1. Thanks! Will be fixed in the next beta.

    2. Hi Doug, I was not able to reproduce the cursor issue. Please let me know which distribution, desktop and cursor theme you are using.