Touvaly
Touvaly 1.2.10
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Touvaly is a novel app for making "pseudo" copies of files, folders, CD's and volumes, preserving folder structure.

A pseudo copy of a file is an empty file with all the same attributes as the original file, such as creation date, modification date, type, creator, and name.

You can use Touvaly to create virtual catalogues of large collections of files, and these catalogues will have a very small footprint compared to the original collection.

You can search or browse the pseudo file catalogues by their "outer" file attributes, just as though
What's New
Version 1.2.10:
  • Update for OS X 10.9
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Touvaly User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Prince_Isaac commented on 20 Jan 2014
@ MacUpdate Administrator:

Clicking the download link above lands on this page http://www.limit-point.com/Touvaly/Touvaly.dmg but rather than an automatic download of a disk image, the following message is displayed:

We couldn't find the page you were looking for. This is either because:

There is an error in the URL entered into your web browser. Please check the URL and try again.
The page you are looking for has been moved or deleted.
You can return to our homepage by clicking here, or you can try searching for the content you are seeking by clicking here.


I suggest you try to contact Limit Point to see what the devil is going on. This isn't the only app that's giving this problem.

Thanks!
[Version 1.2.10]


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Offline reviewed on 28 Dec 2013
I'm glad this was resolved and I'm disappointed to see ANYONE give less than a 5 star rating to any of limit-point's utilities.

I run this utility every time I archive to off-line storage and am completely dependent upon it. I didn't need it yet since 10.9 came out so I hadn't had the problem Civ experienced; but I know how responsive Joe is and would expect it to be resolved quickly once he knew someone needed it (everything has a priority).

The limit-point utility bundle is one of the best buys anyone with a technical background could ever ask for - with a life-time warranty for upgrades at a laughable price that includes all of the utilities.

A few, like Blue Crab and Touvaly, are purchased separately for the "full" copy. Compared to their functional value (to me), the software is almost free.

There are a few holdouts from the golden age of programming who are invested in their work and care about it's quality, usability and customer base. Joe is one of those (Ed Hamrick - author of VueScan is the other person who comes to mind.) and I'd like to say "Thank you for not abandoning us" as other software vendors have done when changes on the OS required significant changes to their software.
[Version 1.2.10]


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Civ reviewed on 25 Nov 2013
This has been a five star app for my needs until now. Unfortunately, it doesn't work any longer in Mavericks (it crashes within about five seconds after opening). I've written twice both to the developer Joe Pagliaro and to support at Limit-Point but, after three weeks, I have still not received any acknowledgement. It looks like they have either abandoned this app or closed down completely. Too bad.
0.5 star (because I can't give less) for Mavericks users.
[Version 1.2.9]

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Designer replied on 28 Dec 2013
Touvaly is a 5 star app - period. You said it yourself. A half star review because of an issue with a brand new OS is a little unfair. The developer has just released a new version which works perfectly with Mavericks. It's a real shame to see an apps rating suffer because of a small (obviously fixable) issue like this.
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Civ replied on 04 Jan 2014
As I said, the only reason I posted that was that after three weeks I received no reply about the bug stopping it to run in Mavericks. The rating was for Mavericks only. A short acknowledgement from the developer would have been good customer service and an indication that he is on the job.
Version 1.2.10 works well, so five stars again.
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Prince_Isaac replied on 20 Jan 2014
@ Civ: I agree with you regarding giving it a half-star for lack of support response. That's unconscionable. There seems to be something shady going on at Limit Point as I've had no success contacting them about a couple of other apps of theirs that I use. Limit Point has some 40 apps listed in the Mac App Store. I you go to any one of them and click the link to Limit Point home or support, you land on a page that give little information. Going to the Home page shows a list of two (Two!) Mac apps and one iOS app. What happened to all the others, many of which were posted and approved by the MAS in January, just a week or so ago?

I would love to hear from Limit Point to read their explanation of what's happening. Good grief, this almost rivals the Brian Lund/Formation 2 debacle some eight or nine years ago here.
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Bob_Church reviewed on 11 May 2012
I am a digital packrat. I have dozens of large hard drives filled with digitized television shows, music, audio books and even a few computer programs. It once took forever to find something and to sort out duplicate files. Touvaly is a program that addresses the problem of indexing and searching all your stored files on multiple drives, giving you a complete record of everything you have and where you have it. It makes cataloging and finding files as easy as possible.

Touvaly scans each drive and creates a pseudo-listing of the contents of that device. When opened, the folder looks exactly like all of those drives are mounted simultaneously. Because it's so fast and easy to make these pseudo folders, you can make separate ones for your music drives, images, and text files, in whatever manner your files are organized.

You can search for files by name, just as you would if the drives were mounted. The beauty of this is that although the folder contains an exact image of your disks, minus the data in the file of course, the folder size usually measures in kilobytes, making it easy to store and distribute.

As for distribution, you don’t need Touvaly installed to read any pseudo-drive created by the program. These pseudo-listings can be accessed like any other folder. You can email a folder containing the pseudo-contents of dozens of drives to any user, who can then search for what is available.

If you're tired of spending more time looking for files than getting actual work done give Touvaly a try.
[Version 1.2.9]


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Easer reviewed on 15 Nov 2010
Well, it's been well over a week now since my donation and e-mail inquiry. Not a word. Save your money. The program works; the developer, apparently, does not.
[Version 1.2.7]

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Ca replied on 01 May 2011
Is that a reason to give one star to this great app? Developers do have a life and they can't be on their computers all the time, you know. Bah!
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Easer commented on 10 Nov 2010
How long did it take for the rest of you to get a serial number? I made a donation for Touvaly Lite 3 days ago and haven't heard a thing. I also wrote to the developer and haven't heard a thing.

Their site says, "If you registered a product and have not yet received your permanent password please note that registrations are processed periodically, and as frequently as possible. You should usually receive your registration confirmation the same day you placed your order."

That's obviously not happening. I've also carefully screened my junk mail, just in case it went there.

I'd be cautious with this developer. I would rather have donated that money to a charitable cause than simply throw it away for a program I now cannot use.
[Version 1.2.7]


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Offline reviewed on 06 Mar 2010
This is one of Limit-Point's most useful programs (for me). I've been using it since I bought my G5 (when it was new) and it has always worked flawlessly.

I admit to being a hoarder. I collect music, PDFs, books, pictures, videos and etc. I have a 'Burn Me' folder that I've been reusing since the outset (I append the date before burning it to disc).

This utility allows me to find everything I've collected that's since been moved to disc with ease.

Touvally is consistently reliable and has my highest recommendation. It's especially pleasing to see the developer adding new functionality.
[Version 1.2.2]


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Dom21 commented on 26 Dec 2007
What's missing from the description above is WHY you'd want to make "pseudo files." Anyone know???
[Version 1.1.8]

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Ironman replied on 26 Dec 2007
My guess is that pseudo files can store more infos, like mac resources. More infos than other catalog programs.
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Dec 2007
The primary purpose would be to have a "copy" of a folder on another volume, which is either remote or removable. The idea is that this "copy" has virtually no memory footprint, yet retains much of the file information of the original, in particular its structure and Finder file information, including Spotlight comments, file types, names, modification dates, etc.

However, use it for whetever purpose you like :-)
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Dalahast commented on 16 Dec 2007
You guys need to make up your mind, seriously.

Softpedia lists it as freeware, which is how I came across it (my MU filters are set to freeware only, which is why I never saw it here). I opened it up and…

"Your demo expires in 11 days."

Well, that really turned me off to it already.

Now, I go to Limit Point's site and see that I need to "make a donation" in order to unlock all the utilities on the page. Am I buying it or am I just making a donation? I found a link that says purchase, so it seems that donate has become a more pleasant-sounding word for buy.

I really don't even know what to say.
[Version 1.1.7]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Dec 2007
Sorry for the confusion you have, but here's the situation:

A) I don't maintain Softpedia's database, they do (unlock MacUpdate or VersionTracker where I actively maintain my listings.) They reviewed the product a long time ago when it was free. So you should file your complaint with them about that matter.

B) My products consist of standalone applications, and others which are part of a Utilities bundle. The Utilities bundle is clearly defined here:

http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities.html

The utilities only include products on this page, and does not include Touvaly. All utilities are unlocked and registered via a single donation in the amount described above.

C) Since Touvaly is NOT a utility it has a separate price of its own, and is not registered via a donation.

D) ALL Limit Point Software products, whether standalone or utility come with a fully functional trial period that lasts at least 10 days.

I hope this clarifies the situation, and hopefully you see that I am clearly well defining how Touvaly is categorized.

Thanks.
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Dec 2007
One more thing, I'd like to clarify the term "donation" as I use it. When I began the utilities they were unlocked via a password I provided when a user made a "donation" in the usual sense of the word. However, I was obtaining donations in ridiculous amounts such as 1 cent, or even 1 dollar.

I can't affford to maintain all the utilities without receiving adequate compensation. Therefore what I decided was I would continue to offer the utilities as a bundle, but provide a key to unlock them as long as a payment was made in a choice in the following amounts (as of this date): $10, $15, $20 and $25.

Since the amount is variable I continued to call it a donation, despite it being enforced. I realize that the usage of the word is not conventional, but in my opinion that's a moot issue. If you like the software and find it useful I think it is only fair that you pay something. If you don't then don't :-)

And finally there are plenty of people who seem to agree with me bacause they ARE in fact making donations in the amounts available. And I am very grateful for that, and because of that the utilities bundle is growing in size, and constantly maintained with updates and new features.

Joe
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Dalahast replied on 26 Dec 2007
I'm sure there are quite a few people (such as myself) that can't pay for anything online because they're not 17 years of age or older.

I don't want to engage in a flamewar, but consider: there are still more people in this world who are 17 years of age or older, but don't have $10 to spend on a piece of software. They barely have enough money for food, let alone something like this.

Don't spit the words "they wouldn't have a computer" at me because they could've gotten one for Christmas, or they might've been financially secure at one time, and had bought a computer.
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Dec 2007
Hello ZangieF,

You said: I'm sure there are quite a few people (such as myself) that can't pay for anything online because they're not 17 years of age or older.

My answer: Quite a few of my customers fall into this category. So upon request I accept payments by check or money order, or any other method they may offer. I try to be as flexible as possible.

You said: I don't want to engage in a flamewar, but consider: there are still more people in this world who are 17 years of age or older, but don't have $10 to spend on a piece of software. They barely have enough money for food, let alone something like this.

My answer: In the past I have made special arrangements to people who can provide a good reason I should consider a discount for them, or even donate a piece of software for free (such as to not for profit or teachers) due to financial hardship.

However, I ask you to consider this: I have a family and I have to support them as well as myself. This is my full time job. If I don't charge for the software I don't make money. Sorry, but I need money like everyone else.

Unfortunately we live in such a world where money is required to live and sustain a business. And that means to do so the products of that business must yield a net income. Most people are very pleased with my work, and in fact have told me that my porducts help them to be much more productive.

My utility suite of software has been designed to offer a collection of software with specific functionality and lacking "fearture bloat" at a very reasonable price. The remainder of my products are offered as part of numerous other types of bundles, usually bundling two items at a reduced cost. Overall I think my software is priced well, with a sufficient number of incentives ->

One major incentive: I don't charge for upgrades,ever. How many developers do that?

Another incentive: I am always very willing to provide implementations of feature requests, I do it all the time.

Final incentive: I provide technical support, within reasonable bounds, to anyone who has a problem with my software. My success rate of solving customer problems is almost 100% !

That's about all I have to say in this matter, and my policies are staying in place for the forseeable future.

Joe
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Dalahast replied on 26 Dec 2007
Straight from the Oxford dictionary:

buy


obtain in exchange for payment




I don't want to continue this any further, here's my last comment (mouse over to view):

I certainly don't agree with your use of "donation", nor do I find business analysis any consolation. I'm sorry if we don't see eye-to-eye here; it's just the way I look at things.
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 27 Dec 2007
Why are you giving me a definition of the word "buy" ? Because you want me to replace the word "donation" with it? I've covered this ground earlier on another response to you, i.e. my use of the term. It's fine that you don't agree with me on the usage. This world is full of people who don't agree with one another, right? However, I reiterate that I did actually agree with you on my usage of the term. Anyway, does it really matter? I think you are annoyed for some other reason. End of discussion.
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JDub800 commented on 14 Dec 2006
Looks interesting, possibly useful - but expensive at $25..
[Version 1.1.5]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 14 Dec 2006
Please consider that there are no upgrade fees for any of my products. Once you register all upgrades to the program are free. So, for example, users who have registered in the past now get a much speedier program for free with the current update.

Other things to note:

• Educational discounts are available
• Quantity discounts are available through Kagi
• Bundles are available

Finally, the program is regularly maintained and improved, a lot of time has been invested in it. Also, technical support is free too! All in all I think $25 is a pretty good deal :-)

Joe
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JDub800 replied on 14 Dec 2006
I understand your point of view and it's appreciated, but when you consider that something like Path Finder can generate (basic admittedly, but more varied) similar reports among a huge feature set - all for $39 - It does makes your product seem expensive.

Using YummyFTP, I can do pretty much the same thing using filters - and that comes with an excellent full featured FTP client. The best on the Mac. That's $25.

$5 or $10 feels more like the price level for this app - Purely IMO of course! :)
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 14 Dec 2006
It doesn't seem to me that either program you mention can perform the same operations as Touvaly, based on their descriptions on MacUpdate.

Are you saying that either of these program can re-create a file hierarchy as a collection of files with identical hierarchy but having no content?

The idea here is that the collection of files Touvaly creates is identical to the original collection except that each file has no data in the data fork, in order to reduce the memory footprint of the collection. (There is an option to preserve the resource fork, which may be desirable under various circumstances.) The result is a collection you can still search, say with Spotlight, and then find and open the original easily - which may reside elsewhere of course.

Sorry, but I am doubtful that you understand what Touvaly does, and that concerns me only because you are comparing it with other programs to judge the pricing.
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JDub800 replied on 14 Dec 2006
Fair comment - I was forgetting that you do reproduce the file placeholders without content - I was originally only talking about folder structure. That is a cool feature, no doubt.

Going back to my original comment however, I did say it looked interesting, etc. I still stand by that - I still also think it's too expensive - YMMV. Cheers.
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 14 Dec 2006
Thanks for clarifying.

But of course I, as the sole author of the program, the one who knows the work involved in the creation of it, and the one who supports it, still stand by my opinion that the price is right for most.

Some, like yourself, want to pay less, yet there are others who would even pay more.

Anyway, I have a lot of work to do so I can't keep debating this. Have a good holiday!

Joe
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Touvaly is a novel app for making "pseudo" copies of files, folders, CD's and volumes, preserving folder structure.

A pseudo copy of a file is an empty file with all the same attributes as the original file, such as creation date, modification date, type, creator, and name.

You can use Touvaly to create virtual catalogues of large collections of files, and these catalogues will have a very small footprint compared to the original collection.

You can search or browse the pseudo file catalogues by their "outer" file attributes, just as though they were the real files.

Select the preference option to make pseudo files "openable" using Touvaly and when you double click them the actual file will be opened in the proper application.

Using the app is very easy:

Launch the app and the status window displays. Then simply drag a folder, CD or volume on top of the Touvaly application icon in the Finder or into the status window. Touvaly then prompts you to navigate to the destination of the pseudo copy (unless you set a destination in Preferences.)

After you choose the destination Touvaly immediately begins to traverse the folder creating pseudo copies of all the files it finds inside it, preserving folder structure.

Overview of preference options available:
  • Only copy plain folders. Only copy plain folders and do not copy files, packages, applications, etc.
  • Don't copy applications. Don't copy applications, but do copy files, folders and other packages (bundles, plugin's, frameworks, etc.)
  • Make pseudo files openable. Select this option to have Touvaly open the original file when you double click the pseudo file (or drop it on Touvaly.)
  • Copy resource fork. Preserve the resource fork of the file (useful for preserving custom icons.) Note that this will increase the size of the pseudo copy.
  • Size threshold. Touvaly will not create pseudo copies of files whose size in bytes is less than this value. A real copy of the file will be made instead. Set to 0 or leave blank to turn this feature off.
  • Copy Finder comments. Copy all file and folder comments.
  • Append original file size to the Finder comment. Append the original file size, in bytes, to the comment of the pseudo file.
  • Quit when done. Touvaly will quit itself automatically when the copy is complete.
  • Log to console. Touvaly will log entries to a console log file detailing its progress.
  • Verbose. Log more details than plain console logging.
  • Copy to. Set a default destination for the copy.


How to use: drag a folder, CD or volume on top of the Touvaly application icon in the Finder or the main window. Touvaly then prompts you to navigate to the destination of the pseudo copy. After you choose the destination Touvaly immediately begins to traverse the folder creating pseudo copies of all the files it finds.

Various options are available using the Preferences window. For example, Touvaly can optionally record the original file size in bytes in the files comment or preserve custom icons.


Updates are free.

Touvaly is available in the Mac App Store.


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