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FileControl helps you easily determine which files have been installed, downloaded or changed anywhere on your system. You can:
  • Specify which folders and volumes will be analyzed for changes
  • Specify which files and folders are to be ignored during change analysis
  • Filter/search the reported changes by date range and/or name content
  • Inspect and reveal changed items and export changes as text or XML

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Version 1.17: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


OS X 10.7 or later

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Xenophile Member IconComment+694

Doesn't seem to work under Mavericks. Regardless of how many folders or volumes I select to analyze, I get the following error:

"No Items Were Processed: No items being processed can be due the 'Items to Ignore' that you have set or maybe there are no items selected via the 'Folders to Analyze' you have set."

The developer's site has no contact info, so I'm forced to leave this there at MacUpdate.

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Version 1.17
Curious George Member IconReview+4
Curious George

This program is great! I've wanted something like this for quite a while but couldn't find anything that was easy to use. Tried TripWire, but that was a nightmare.

I found that this program was easy to use right off. I just dropped a few folders onto the Folders to Analyze window, clicked the Analyze button and ... everything was reported as new, of course. I checked out the date filters and name search and they seemed to work properly (and quickly) so I updated the history and did some messing around.

A little later, I did an install then did another analyze. Sure enough, I could see the changed files I'd worked on (including one I'd deleted), the one's added by the installation and many other files such as preferences and some files that mean nothing to me but that had gotten changed.

Using the inspector feature shows what changed (date/time, size, etc.) and double-clicking on an entry in the list opened its enclosing folder in the Finder and selected it. Cool!

After I bought a license and licensed it, I baselined my whole disk so I could check on changes as I did more installs/updates. I have over 400,000 files on my disk and my system's only a mid-range PowerMac G4, but I was surprised to find that it didn't take all that long.

Although it didn't seem to load down my system too much when it was running, I found that you could actually open the preferences and adjust the throttle preference to reduce the load on the system ... and it all worked interactively while FileControl was running! Slick.

Since I've been installing some updates required by 10.4 (don't ya know it!), I've had a chance to play with this puppy quite a bit throughout the day. I'm pleased to say that, so far, it just works ... no furniture chewing and no messing on the rug (sticking with the puppy analogy). I like it.

Finally I can see what that installer *really* installed and what running that application really changed. I hope someone finds this mini-review useful (I hate writing but thought it was time to "give back" to the community).

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Version 1.0

TNX George, I'll give it a try as well!

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Downloads 3,184
Version Downloads 403
License Free
Date 02 Jul 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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