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NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly.

Feature Overview:

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, more...

What's New

Version 6.5:

New Features:

  • NeoFinder now supports native App Nap in OS X 10.9 Mavericks for better performance
  • NeoFinder can catalog RED movie files (.r3d, if the REDCINE-X PRO software is installed)
  • The new WhereIsIt XML Importer is now much faster, and able to handle very large files, larger than 600 MB in size
  • The AutoUpdater now allows each catalog to more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Gary30 Member IconReview+193
Gary30
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I'm not embarrassed at all when I realize that my appraisal of an applications's value is based on a limited understanding or need and discover that I need to change it. Reference: NeoFinder. In a dark corner of the basement there resided two banker's boxes containing files dating back to the beginning of my involvement with computers. There was even a cassette with data put on it through the Kansas City Interface. Look it up. That dates me to be sure.

Anyway, I decided to tackle the banker's box archive and to be candid, I have been an Apple partisan since 1987 when I could afford my first Mac. Most of the files--even ones dating to the early 90's--have been converted, reserved and archived multiple times using newer and newer file formats. Therefore, the vast majority of them can be read by today's software or identified for research and conversion if I decide to put the energy into it. NeoFinder has proven itself to me as a wonderful app for organizing my design and advertising assets, text files, email files and other miscellaneous files! Back in the day, while clip art was supplied in EPS format, the bitmap representations were lousy and so there was a printed catalog. What a mess. I was able to catalog and generate crisp 320 px previews of 10's of thousands of EPS files in minutes with NeoFinder and make it somewhat searchable. I also have a true mess of old audio files and photo files that I don't intend to spend much energy organizing. However with NeoFinder I can at least group them, sample them, preview some of them, attach notes/keywords and bring some order to the stuff.

Without particularly noticing I have accumulated terabytes of video, som shot by myself, some shared with me by others, some saved from web sites, old interviews and other obscure stuff along with backups of my DVD's. A true mess. Notably, to my mind NeoFinder is the most well adapted app I know about for cataloging and triaging video material, being able to read metadata, etc. So forget my ill informed comments here from a year ago. When the need arises, the cream rises.

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Version 6.5
David Losada Soler Member IconComment+21
David Losada Soler
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It should give an option to considerer accented characters as non accented ones.

áéíóúúàèòö... should be treated as aeiou.

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Version 6.5
Norbert M. Doerner
+1

That is a great idea, we will have a look at how we can integrate that into the User Interface. Thank you!

Mhoutman Member IconComment+189
Mhoutman
+0

I love this app with so many options. It also has a great developer. Thanks :)

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Version 6.4
West-Forest-Systems (Developer)
+0

Thank you! :-)

Jimmy Backe Member IconReview+2
Jimmy Backe
+2

Saves me a lot of work every day! Cataloged 16Tb of media files, with catalogs on a Synology station and hocked up with two workstations.

Highly recommended!

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Version 6.2.1
Kihoalu Member IconComment+113
Kihoalu
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Question: Have the speed issues been addressed &
will it run on Mountain Lion?

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Version 6.2.1
West-Forest-Systems (Developer)
+0

What speed issues are your referring to?

NeoFinder 6.2.1 has been certified to run in Mountain Lion just fine :-) The first tests on a certain not yet released newer version of Mac OS X have shown it will work fine there as well...

Mhoutman Member IconComment+189
Mhoutman
+2

This software is awesome but please why is it so expensive. Lower its price and I buy it in an instant :)

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Version 6.2.1
Gary30
+1

Exactly. There was a time when these kinds of apps were really valuable but with Spotlight, keywords plus music and photo library management apps they are much less valuable. I'd buy as part of a bundle or pay maybe 7 bucks.

West-Forest-Systems (Developer)
+2

Gary30: Spotlight will not work with external disks after they are disconnected, which is the primary purpose of NeoFinder.

Gary30
+1

To West-Forest Systems: I did not claim that Spotlight could catalog disks to which it is not connected. Duh.

Gskibum
+0

When I saw the $39.99 price I thought it was quite inexpensive.

Gskibum
+1

Gary30, you strongly implied that Spotlight renders these kinds of apps obsolete. The developer corrected you.

Gary30
+0

@Gskibum I daresay you need to look up the difference between infer and imply. Inference is in the reader's mind. Certainly, imply was not in the writer's mind. PuH Lease...

Kihoalu
+0

It is a nice app. Recently updated again.
The methodology has changed as how we archive things has changed. As result, the cataloging has sped up significantly from when it was CD Finder.

I agree its a little pricey & hard to justify for backups when there are other toys to buy. At least until you spend a long time trying to find a specific archived file which could be on a CD, DVD, flash media or another disconnected hard drive.

If you’ve accumulated a lot of files that are keepers & offload them to whatever media you choose, this will catalog it & give you thumbnail visuals that make it easier to recognize misplaced archived files. I’ve been in that situation with a pressing need to locate those files.

NeoFinder has a lot of ways to categorize those archives which are not well included in music & photo library apps. Certainly not at the bargain end of the music & photo spectrum. This is a valid professional tool.

If you archive your sketches, drawings, writing & other things not music & photo related, there aren’t vast choices for management. If you are serious about archiving - then you would be parking that drive offline after the update, not running it constantly, or expecting Spotlight to find it.

Caveat: Being disciplined enough to do the backups is important.
The developer has been very responsive over the years.

Cowicide Member IconReview+1134
Cowicide
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I've been using CDFinder for years and had been pretty happy with it. After reading reviews here on MacUpdate I was hesitant to update to NeoFinder because of claims of slowdowns and bloat.

Today, I backed up everything from CDFInder 5.x and then updated to NeoFinder 6.2 and I'm VERY glad I did. NeoFinder 6.2 starts up faster, searches faster and the interface now looks just like the Mac OS interface and behaves the same as well which is awesome.

There has been some extras added to NeoFinder that I have no use for currently like the map/GeoFinder thing, but I was able to turn that off with one click of a button. I also would prefer that there was an option to turn off the Dock icon animation it does when it runs as well. It doesn't appear to slow anything down, but I find it distracting and want to be able to turn that off. There also doesn't appear to be a way to turn off checking for updates when it starts and that's annoying.

The update from CDFinder 5.x to NeoFinder 6.2 was absolutely seamless. It found the database without any user interaction and was available literally instantly without taking time to "update" the database, etc. Also, it appears that no data was lost and it seem to respect my old settings as well. I'm not sure I've ever had such a seamless experience updating a app like this that relies on a database.

I also really love how I can still double-click on a hard drive catalog and it will open in a new window if I want it to. I was nervous that after updating the developer was going to jump on the one-window-interface-only bandwagon that Apple has errantly done with iTunes 11, etc. -- So that was a relief that the dev smartly allows you to do what YOU want to do instead of forcing you into a "trend" that may or may not hurt your productivity.

The Smart Folders get a little clunky while waiting to populate the list and I at first was worried that the app was stalling, but then the list popped up. Considering the hundreds of thousands (maybe millions?) of files it sorted through to show the results, it was quick to say the least. The only complaint I have is it might be a good idea if the smart folder icon shows a spinning icon or something while it's processing so you know it's working. Or just an option to have that would be nice.

Scrolling around CDFinder was pretty smooth and played nice with the indispensable Smart Scroll prefpane I use. But NeoFinder is even smoother, faster and better at scrolling than before so that's another great bonus of updating.

I also tested updating an external FW800 G-Drive Mini's catalog and found that it respected most of my old settings. It added the option of adding thumbnails to images, but I decided that I did want that and allowed it. It went through about 75,000+ items with a huge percentage of images this way in about 7 minutes (which was fast as heck for how many thumbnails it processed). After it was done, I was really impressed with how fast the larger thumbnails popping up the the Get Info window on the right as I scrolled down the images with the down arrow key. Also after that intial huge scan that created all the image thumbnails, I added a few more items to the external hard drive and a subsquent "update" of the catalog only took about 13 seconds which seems to be on par with how fast the older CDFinder updated the drive but without the added responsibility of checking the thumbnails. So NeoFinder did great there as well.

Although my fans blasted while doing the thumbnail update (as it should when speedily processing so many images), my MBP i7 didn't seem to slow down while this was going on even while running many other apps, etc.. There was a lot of old images that I know were probably corrupt and wondered if NeoFinder would choke and crash on them, but it all went smooth which is definitely a testament to it's stability in that regard.

Unfortuantely, while scanning and going through the tens of thousands of images and adding thumbnails for each, it did eat up a LOT of the RAM (I have 8GB of RAM) on my laptop, but I expected it to that as well to keep the process speedy. The major problem is it didn't release the RAM memory after it was done which was quite a bummer (but hopefully this will be resolved in future updates) or if it did, it released very little of it over time. YMMV with this, I'm using Mac OS 10.6.8, so it might release the RAM better with 10.7.x or 10.8.x. -- But, for me, it ate up RAM and didn't let it go.

All in all, I think this developer did an absolutely fantastic update and I highly recommend this update and NeoFinder in general. I never tested with the previous versions of NeoFinder before 6.2, so it may be that I'm using a version that has many previous bugs fixed.

The only glaring downside is at least with Mac OS 10.6.8 and NeoFinder 6.2 and indexing/cataloging a lot of image thumbnails, it ate up RAM and didn't release it when it was done, nor after I quit NeoFinder. So the dev needs to fix that before I can rate the stability higher. I don't want to have to run "purge" in Terminal or restart the laptop after using NeoFinder to update lots of image thumbnails on catalogs in order to keep my RAM free.

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Version 6.2
Cowicide
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I should note that after some time, I just noticed that the RAM was released (and in the meantime I wasn't experiencing slowdowns or issues with launching other apps, etc. anyway.). I think it may have had something to do with also ejecting the FW800 external drive that helped release the RAM NeoFinder used? I don't remember something like that ever happening before. So that may or may not have been the fault of NeoFinder, but I'm still investigating this. I don't want to give NeoFinder undue blame unless warranted.

Also, I ran NeoFinder 6.2 again and no real issues with RAM usage. It jumped up a little bit after using a smart folder and didn't release it upon quitting, but once again, this might just be Mac OS 10.6.8 memory management so it runs faster the second time I launch it.

Overall, it looks like I ended up getting most of my RAM back over time without purging, restarting, etc. so that's great.

Once again, I HIGHLY recommend Neofinder 6.2.

Lesoth0 Member IconComment+208
Lesoth0
+3

Sorry Norbert, but I've dumped 6.2 yet again in favour of the earlier CDFinder 5.76. The former is still much quicker and simpler.

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Version 6.2
Cowicide
+1

Lesoth0, I just now updated from CDFinder 5.7.3 to NeoFinder 6.2 and tested the speed of both. NeoFinder 6.2 opens much faster, has a much better interface that looks just like the Mac OS Finder and the searches are faster as well. The older CDFinder 5.x was pretty good, but this new NeoFinder 6.2 version blows it away in my testing. I will certainly not be reverting back. Lesoth0, maybe there's something wrong with your computer that has nothing to do with your update? I will note that I'm using Mac OS 10.6.8, so that might be a factor, so YMMV with Lion or Mountain Lion?

Ogilvy Member IconReview+2
Ogilvy
+1

I was trying to be funny with my review....
Maybe it did not come across so well.

So, to clarify my review...

Everything was great, quick response, and very knowledgable support from Norbert.

Whew, I feel better now.

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Version 6.2
Ogilvy Member IconReview+2
Ogilvy
+1

Just finished with Tech Support for NeoFinder...
The wait time was (maybe) 2 minutes.
Norbert was excellent! - after a few back-n-forth questions,
he zeroed in on the problem.

He tried to say it was all my fault, I know better.... but seriously...
Many thanks for helping me.

A great, time saving product

Thanks again Norbert.

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Downloads 348,416
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Date 31 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $39.99
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