Take Command, Console2, PromptPal, & PowerCmd Tabbed Windows Consoles

Windows runs command prompt applications (such as CMD, PowerShell, and TCC) in a character-mode window called the Windows Console. Unfortunately, the Windows console has always been seriously lacking in even the most basic features compared to what is available in GUI apps. And the Windows console UI hasn't changed significantly since its first appearance in Windows NT 3.1 (way back in 1993).

Take Command is our flagship product. For 28 years, JP Software has been helping advanced users, developers, system administrators, and technical support professionals save time and money, and ease their command prompt frustrations. We provide you with a fast and easy to use replacement for the Windows console, bringing you the power of the command line, the functionality of command prompt commands and the ease of use of the GUI. Take Command lets you display your Windows console (and simple GUI) applications in tabbed windows, with an optional Windows Explorer window available for those times when you need a visual look at your folders and files.

Take Command also includes a complete CMD replacement that provides you with a vastly better UI, command prompt commands and thousands of features that are not available in CMD (or even in those Linux shells). And Take Command is a superset of the CMD commands and syntax, so you will be immediately more productive. Take Command includes hundreds of major enhancements to command prompt commands such as COPY, DEL, DIR, and START, more than 230 internal commands, improved command line editing (including a variety of cut and paste options), configurable tab filename completion, and thousands of other new features.

We believe that Take Command is the best Windows console replacement / enhancement available. However, there are a handful of other applications that offer a small subset (specifically tabbed windows for consoles) of the features in Take Command. (None of these other applications provide a CMD replacement.)

This table compares the feature sets of the most recent versions of Take Command, Console2, PromptPal, and PowerCmd. (If you know of any other similar applications, please contact us and we will add them to the table.) PowerCmd and PromptPal are commercial products; Console2 is GPL.

Compare the features and try them out -- we're convinced you'll find that Take Command is faster, more reliable, and has a feature set unrivalled by Console2, PromptPal, PowerCmd, and any other tabbed console windows application.

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* There is some confusion on other web sites about whether tabbed windows applications like Console2, PromptPal, or PowerCmd can replace the Windows CMD shell.  PromptPal, Console2and PowerCmd are not CMD replacements; they are thin wrappers around the Windows console to provide a basic tabbed GUI for CMD (or other console applications). CMD has about 40 internal commands and 6 internal variables (this varies slightly by version). Only Take Command includes both a far more extensive tabbed GUI environment and a powerful CMD replacement Windows command processor.

Console2 has been in beta for several years; the latest Console2 beta is from June 2013. The latest PromptPal release is from May 2014. The latest PowerCMD release is from May 2011.

Versions tested:

Take Command 21.01 Copyright 1995-2017 JP Software

Console2 2.00.148 Copyright 2001-2013 Marko Bozikovic

PromptPal 2.1.1 Copyright Technology Lighthouse 2014

PowerCmd 2.2 Copyright 2006-2011 PowerCmd

Providing: Windows Command Prompt. Windows Batch Files. Windows Console Replacement.

 

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Tabbed Windows - Comparing Console2, PromptPal, PowerCmd, and Take Command

TC
Price (single copy) $99.95
dir /s \windows - 35.6 seconds
64-bit Version
Customizable Tab Position
Select from Multiple Themes
Horizontal / Vertical Tab Groups
Customizable Accelerator Keys
Define Startup Tabs
Integrated GUI File Explorer
Programmable Tabbed Toolbar
Configurable Status Bar
Context-sensitive Help
Cut and Paste Block and/or Line
Attach and Detach Console Windows
Run Simple GUI Apps in Tabs
Transparency Option
Batch File IDE and Debugger
Advanced CMD-compatible Shell
235+ Internal commands
288 Internal Variables
385 Variable Functions
Enhanced Command Line Editor
Latest release: 2017-09-22
Console2
Free (GPL)
57.9 seconds
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no*
0*
0
0
no
2013-06-12
PromptPal
$29.99
39.1 seconds
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no*
0*
0
0
no
2014-05-16
PowerCmd
$29.95
299.0 seconds
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no*
0*
0
0
no
2011-05-15