I like the way windows 7 explorer allows me to organize all my files by sorting columns - except there is little room for customization: I can't add my own types of columnns that can then be directly edited. By directly edited I mean a column like "Name", where you click on the row value and you can type right in explorer. All other columns I have seen in explorer has such as "Comments" also does not allow for this type of editing.
I am looking for a way to either modify windows explorer, or find/modify a program that would allow for the following types of things:
- Add 3 columns ("Rating_1", "Rating_2", "Rating_3"), all of which would act similar to the rating column in iTunes.
- Add a "MyTags" column, and when the row of this column is clicked, it directly allows you to type in a tag. (the available tag column does not allow direct editing)
- Add a "MyNotes" column, and when the row of this column is clicked, it automatically allows you to fill the field with words (much like an excel cell). (There does exist a similar type of column in windows 7 explorer, but you need to right click to open a window, then make your note, then press OK, which is annoying to use)
Also great would be to have the ability to change the column values of many rows at once.
Are there existing software / databases / projects that allow for these types of customizations to a GUI database like explorer, or maybe an add-on to explorer? I hope to avoid any programming (at least from scratch) since I'm no master programmer, and I have never programmed a Windows-based GUI. I can't really gauge the difficulty of the problem if I even tried to approach this programming problem myself - maybe there are challenging data management issues?