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File Buddy is the Swiss Army knife of Mac file utilities. First released in 1993, File Buddy features a wealth of functionality and powerful features that allow you to access that functionality quickly and easily. In addition to File Buddy's normal functionality it adds several commands to Finder's Services and contextual menus and allows the creation of droplet applications to automate tasks that would otherwise require you to open some window and configure the changes each time before applying them.File Buddy isn't just a powerful tool, it's a powerful tool designed to put that power at your fingertips as much as more...

What's New

Version 10.0.2:
  • A bug in the algorithm used to generate File Buddy 10 serial numbers could, in rare cases, produce an invalid serial number. Typically one or two characters would be incorrect. The problem has been addressed on the generation side for some time now. This release of File Buddy updates its testing of serial numbers to match. If you are updating to this release and it doesn't accept more...

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OS X 10.6 or later

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Although it is fair to say File Buddy isn't updated often, after we purchased the v10 beta which had issues with duplicate detection we emailed the developer and explained this was a big issue. Within a day Larry emailed back working to fix the more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 10.0
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from Deltabiz

I was an early (ßeta) adopter of FB 9, and endured many snarls & insults in response to my bug reports, before the developer dropped-off the grid for nearly 3 years — leaving me to find my own work-arounds for the problems present back then, more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 10.0b2
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tvalleau Member IconComment+104
tvalleau
+1

I love FileBuddy, and got right on downloading the latest version, only to have the serial number problem.

So I sent an email. And a few days later sent another. Then I remembered that the author has never been particularly timely in his responses. It's been 5 days so far, but I expect a reply from him may take up to two weeks to arrive...

YMMV

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Version 10.0.2
Flavum
+0

Any update on your SN dilemma?

Aargl Member IconReview+354
Aargl
+2

Still the most useful tool on Mac!
"since 1993" ;-)
There's also a French version.

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Version 10.0.2
Jefrart
+0

Oui, localisation en français disponible sur macvf (http://www.macvf.fr/fiche_produits/dynamic_a.php?p=filebuddy10), mise à jour de la localisation 7€ !

Flavum Member IconComment+136
Flavum
+2

For anyone who's interested, v10.0.2 is out. I know it fixes a visual glitch that some users experienced, but not sure what else it addresses.

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Version 10.0
Devadog Member IconReview+11
Devadog
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My earlier review on this app (Ver9) was unfavourable because the developer had seemingly abandoned it. However, since it has been resurrected under version 10, I am very happy with the app and the support. The features and reliability have always been first class and I have used this tool to dig myself out of many a hole when files have become completely disordered on the system or apps have left dross behind when being removed.

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Version 10.0
equinoxfeatures Member IconReview+19
equinoxfeatures
+5

Although it is fair to say File Buddy isn't updated often, after we purchased the v10 beta which had issues with duplicate detection we emailed the developer and explained this was a big issue. Within a day Larry emailed back working to fix the issue and a day later sent us a fixed version recompiled for Mavericks.

Skytag have now released this as v10.0.0 and it successfully searches for duplicates exceptionally quickly and with support for the stand alone droplets too.

File Buddy still is the best general purpose file utility tool. Now the issues from 10b2 have been fixed it is back in the top spot in our arsenal of utility tools on our Mac.

If we only ever bought one piece of software for our Mac this is what we would choose.

We have no connection with the dev. We are just a satisfied customer since the very early days. We are just pleased the software is now working again with the latest Mac OS :-)

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Version 10.0
Kobalt
+1

I agree with your review of File Buddy – it's pretty awesome and it's nice to see an update – but respectfully suggest that if you were to only ever buy one piece of software for your Mac, you wouldn't need File Buddy.

Or are you telling us that you usually pirate Mac software, but you would consider acquiring File Buddy legally?

equinoxfeatures
+1

@kobalt It was a figure of speech.. as in.. If you could choose one commercial app what would you choose? We use File Buddy almost exclusively for eliminating duplicate images and document files from our Mac. We would have a great use for it even on a Mac with the complementary Apple software or free open source software.. but as it transpires it isn't the only software we have bought because there's a theoretical 'if' prefixing the sentence :-) x

Kobalt
+2

Sorry, I have to admit I was being facetious and look where that got me.

Dudirowski
+0

I agree. The best shareware ever in my mind.

I bought v10 now btut I noticed that it's still called 10b2 in the info window. If something was fixed from b2 it should be b3. But if it's a release there is usually no beta info left in the app.

Deltabiz Member IconReview+9
Deltabiz
+5

I was an early (ßeta) adopter of FB 9, and endured many snarls & insults in response to my bug reports, before the developer dropped-off the grid for nearly 3 years — leaving me to find my own work-arounds for the problems present back then, as wells as new issues that sprung-up as I migrated thru several Mac OSes, to 10.8.3. A year ago, the developer told me that he was about to release FB 9.5 — which magically morphed into 10.0ß when released one month later. Of necessity, I've become adapt at avoiding the hangs/crashes & erroneous results in FB 9.0.2. I'm concerned by reports of problems in 10.0 with some features I depend on in v.9.0.2, so I'm still clinging to it (Like Pi on his raft) rather than upgrading...

Imo, Larry Harris is a genius (with a Thor complex) and doesn't have much patience for mere mortals. Over nearly 20 years, I've learned to live with that, but I'm greatly concerned by this new pattern of disappearing for years at a time — and, before new releases are stable. As a programer, I can fully appreciate the inspiration and perspiration Larry has invested in getting FB to its present state; for his sake, as well as for the Mac community, I hope he doesn't abandon this outstanding software and the thousands of still faithful users...

We still luv ya, Larry; c'mon back!

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Version 10.0b2
GeoProf
+0

It seems your fears were warranted — no updates to this beta in nearly a year-and-a-half.

Flavum
+2

I have to agree with the "snarls and insults" comment. Laurence could use some work on his rapport with paying customers. Most exchanges I've had with him have been curt. I feel like I've been scolded rather than appreciated when I contact him. Love the program, though.

Jeeves1 Member IconReview+4
Jeeves1
+3

This used to be a great application. It has been revived but it simply doesn't work yet. I purchased it (version 10b2) recently and it gave me nothing but memory errors: "There is not enough memory to complete the search. Select fewer files to compare and try again." I have 12 gigs of RAM and terabytes of free space. This message is simply wrong. So I reduced my search until I was comparing only two small photos. Same Error. So I wrote the author. Two weeks went by and no response. So I applied for a refund from Kagi.
File Buddy will compare file names or dates but it won't compare resource or data fork sizes and contents. This is a TRUE file comparison. Are the files identical regardless of their name? Sometimes you have photos that are renamed or a new thumbnail has been applied; in order to compare them you can compare the contents of the data fork and determine if they are identical regardless of the name or thumbnail. This programme used to do this brilliantly. Now you get errors every time. I tried it on OS 10.7.2 and 10.8.3 (freshly installed). It simply doesn't work and the author doesn't respond to email even when it means he will lose the sale.

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Version 10.0b2
Jeeves1 Member IconReview+4
Jeeves1
+1

This used to be a great application. It has been revived but it simply doesn't work yet. I purchased it (version 10b2) recently and it gave me nothing but memory errors: "There is not enough memory to complete the search. Select fewer files to compare and try again." I have 12 gigs of RAM and terabytes of free space. This message is simply wrong. So I reduced my search until I was comparing only two small photos. Same Error. So I wrote the author. Two weeks went by and no response. So I applied for a refund from Kagi.
File Buddy will compare file names or dates but it won't compare resource or data fork sizes and contents. This is a TRUE file comparison. Are the files identical regardless of their name? Sometimes you have photos that are renamed or a new thumbnail has been applied; in order to compare them you can compare the contents of the data fork and determine if they are identical regardless of the name or thumbnail. This programme used to do this brilliantly. Now you get errors every time. I tried it on OS 10.7.2 and 10.8.3 (freshly installed). It simply doesn't work and the author doesn't respond to email even when it means he will lose the sale.

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Version 10.0b2
Toni-K Member IconReview+9
Toni-K
+0

An essential tool for mac.

Does a bunch of file attribute modifications.

Here my recommendation stamp.

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Version 10.0b2
Glenbo Member IconComment+52
Glenbo
+2

The Best is BACK!

Easily one of the most useful utilities out there, and a must install on any of my Macs, so glad to see it back :)

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Version 10.0b2
Jimleff
+2

Don't get TOO excited. The dev has stopped responding to bug reports. Looks like darkness has once again fallen.

However, thanks to the recent update, at least we have compatibility with modern operating systems. Hopefully he'll pop up from time to time to do the minimum necessary for compatibility and pull in some upgrade revenue (which I certainly don't begrudge him).

I'd be distraught if it ever totally died.

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Andyrogers
Version 10.0.2
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Quisemarre
Version 10.0
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Susieong
Version 10.0b2
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mwab
Version 10.0b2
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Badgerone
Version 10.0b1
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Craigforster
Version 9.0.2
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Downloads 163,630
Version Downloads 1,769
License Demo
Date 02 May 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $39.95