Anyone who has experimented with command line knows that this Windows built-in feature has a set of limitations that can only be overcome by third-party utilities. Such programs are designed either on top of CMD, with a layer of enhancements, either as standalone utilities that bring their own approach to command line editing.
It is difficult to place Take Command under one of these categories, since it encases multiple components, some of which are based upon Windows’ CMD and some that are completely authentic.
There are three main modules encased in the product: a development environment, which allows you to run multiple console apps at the same time in a tabbed-view, the console, which is an enhanced version of CMD and the language component – also based on CMD, but improved for scripting purposes.
Take Command’s interface adopts a professional appearance, with all the functions encased inside menus that are easy to explore. Most of the GUI is reserved for the console itself, where operations that are impossible to do in CMD, such as copy, delete move are made available.
The list of its most important highlights includes the possibility to edit command scripts within a dedicated editor that supports syntax highlighting, a debugging engine with conditional break points, a test and binary file viewer, a scrollback buffer through which you can review the output that resulted from past commands, as well as features oriented towards programming such as support for SWITCH statements and DO loops.
In the end, Take Command is just a better way of working with command line applications and scripts. The explorer like environment, together with the vast set of supported commands are must-try benefits, especially for developers.
Take Command supports existing CMD.EXE commands and batch files, and adds thousands of new features, giving you more power and flexibility than you ever imagined.
Take Command adds features such as extensive context-sensitive online help, aliases for commonly used commands, a powerful command line editor, history recall, filename completion (even across a network), popup command and directory history windows, and extended directory searches that can take you to any directory on your system by entering only part of its name.
Take Command expands the Windows file handling commands, giving you the ability to copy, move, delete, or list multiple files with a single command, and adding FTP and HTTP support (including SSL).
You can select or exclude files from any command by their date, time, size, and extended wildcards for extraordinary flexibility.
Batch file users will be amazed at the power and speed Take Command adds to Windows batch files, with an array of new batch commands and a powerful batch debugger with single stepping, breakpoints, syntax coloring, popup variable windows, and editing.
The extended batch language in Take Command includes subroutines, DO statements, IF THEN ELSE statements, SWITCH statements, error handling, more than 120 internal commands and over 200 internal variables.
And if you don’t like the default behavior, Take Command allows you to adjust its configuration either through interactive dialogs or on the command line.
- Command Line Features:
- Modify and re-execute previous commands with a powerful command line editor
- Copy, delete, move, and rename groups of files and directories, not just individual ones
- Extended directory searches allow you to change to a directory anywhere on your system by entering only part of its name
- Quickly locate files or text within files anywhere on your system
- Built-in file viewer includes scrolling, search, and print capabilities
- Select or exclude files by date, time, size, and/or extended wildcards for extraordinary flexibility in file management
- Redefine commands, create new commands and functions for your regular tasks, even assign frequently used commands to a single keystroke
- Direct access to FTP, TFTP and HTTP (including SSL) directories and files in all file-handling commands
- Complete configuration adjustment, either through interactive dialogs or on the command line
- File descriptions up to 511 characters long provide information that can’t fit in a filename
- Batch File Features:
- Batch debugger with singlestepping, breakpoints, syntax coloring, bookmarks, popup variable windows, variable watch windows, and editing
- An improved batch language adds subroutines, IF/THEN/ELSE logic, DO loops, SWITCH statements, error and exception handling, and more than 130 internal commands, while retaining compatibility with batch files written for CMD
- More than 130 built-in variables include system configuration, device status, network drive detection, and free memory and disk space
- More than 200 variable functions assist with manipulation and display of strings, characters, numbers, date and time, file names, etc
- Windows Features:
- Start graphical and character-mode applications with ease – even run most console programs in the Take Command window
- Built-in screen scrollback buffer lets you review or print output from past commands at any time
- Customizable toolbar gives you quick access to frequently used commands and applications
- Find File dialog lets you search quickly for files or text, anywhere on your system – or search from the command line with the new FFIND command
- Dialogs, accessible from the Options and Utilities menus, for editing environment variables, aliases, file descriptions, and startup parameters
- New commands such as ACTIVATE, MSGBOX, and QUERYBOX that allow you to use GUI features and control GUI applications from your batch files