FileFinder
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Disk and folder catalog tool.   Shareware ($29.00)
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FileFinder is a Mac OS X native cataloger that memorizes any disk or folder hierarchy. It can quickly browse or search files, whether you have physical access to them or not. FileFinder supports image previews, image metadata, and archive files for offline searches.
What's New
Version 1.7.1:
  • Backward compatibility: in response to many user requests, FileFinder 1.7.1 can be used with Mac OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7.
  • Added scale slider for catalogs view
  • Added Expand/Collapse to Selection/All Edit menu options to catalogs, catalog items and metadata views.
  • Added a menu option to reset catalog database registered users. This option is only enabled for the user who created the catalog database.
  • Bug fix: "Search As you Type" preferences option didn't worked until it was unchecked then checked again.
  • Bug fix: selecting default catalog database in Preferences crashed under Lion.
Version 1.7.1:
  • Backward compatibility: in response to many user requests, FileFinder 1.7.1 can be used with Mac OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7.
  • Added scale slider for catalogs view
  • Added Expand/Collapse to Selection/All Edit menu options to catalogs, catalog items and metadata views.
  • Added a menu option to reset catalog database registered users. This option is only enabled for the more...
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later





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DavidT4592 reviewed on 03 Dec 2013
Excellent program and great feedback from developers.

I agree the icon could be more distinctive but that's a minor point.
[Version 1.7.1]


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DavyB commented on 04 Sep 2012
Does not load under ML OS X 10.8.1

Ratings below are notional, you cannot submit without rating sorry. but 1 1/2 is all i am willing to give when it does not launch
[Version 1.7.1]

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Macmagna replied on 11 Sep 2012
If you want to use FileFinder and have problem to launch it on your computer, you can contact me, the developer, at: contact@macmagna.com or use the appropriate section on my web site.
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Masterminter reviewed on 16 Jan 2012
Great Finder alternative. Nice layout and easy to working path.

BTW crashed ones when trying to drag a file into it.
[Version 1.7.1]


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davidbicho commented on 25 Apr 2009
For me, as a high volume photographer, FileFinder is almost as important as photoshop to me. I have a bit over 13TB of raw data in my Offline Image Archive and I do not want to use any of all the image database-applications out there (Cumulus/PhotoStation/ExtensisPortfolio/Aperture/Lightroom/and so on) because of the databas-dependent environment these apps rely on. Classical DAM-apps are great in many ways, but not for my archive needs. And this is where FileFinder does the trick for me with the export previews with mirrored path-structures.

I have micro copies of all my off line hard drives locally, and I can fit ALL my images on a USB-memory in my pocket if I need. These "thumbnails" are the ones that I use in the classical DAM-applications mentioned above. The actual high resolution master file is easily located by following the mirrored path wich starts with the disk name.

So - I have access to over 13TB of image data in a snap. And I dont need a xserve, no thousands of dollars in hard drives (just simple external off line ones).

I wish my english was in pair with my entusiasm over this feature, then I could explain my method well and the world out there would stop investing in stupid master-files-always-on-line-24/7-in-a-mega-expensive-disk-solution. FileFinder does the trick.

(yes, PhotoStation uses quite the same method with real thumbnail file objects, but you still MUST use PhotoStation to understand anything.)
[Version 1.4.8]


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paguca commented on 24 Jan 2007
still no contextual menu for quick add. that would be nice.
[Version 1.4]

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+4
(developer) replied on 24 Jan 2007
You'll get it in the next release.
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CA commented on 24 Jan 2006
The problem came from my HD, not from FileFinder. Developer, I apologize :(
[Version 1.3]


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CA commented on 24 Jan 2006
Mag Magna you're right! I forgot to say this happened to my external HD. I'm going to back up what I didn't back up and reformat the whole thing
[Version 1.3]


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CA commented on 24 Jan 2006
My HD made a big, scary noise when FileFinder scanned it. I hope nothing has been damaged but I can't trust FF after this. Down to the trash
[Version 1.3]

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(developer) replied on 24 Jan 2006
Bonjour,

Si vous avez un problème avec FileFinder il vaut mieux s'adresser directement à moi plutôt que de poster une revue douteuse sur MacUpdate. Si votre disque fait de drôles de bruits quand une application tente de lire à partir de celui-ci il est fort probable qu'il ai un problème et risque de vous lâcher sous peu. Pour votre gouverne sachez que FileFinder n'utilise rien que des fonctions standards pour effectuer son travail et ne peut en aucun cas endommager un disque dur dans la mesure où il ne fait, par ailleurs, que lire le contenu du catalogue de celui-ci pendant une analyse. De là à proposer de mettre le programme à la poubelle, je trouve que vous y allez un peu fort.

MacMagna, concepteur de FileFinder.
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CPruitt commented on 02 Jan 2006
A good start for an application but this app has some pros & cons worth writing about.

- Application icon is done in very bad form. A developer should NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER base an application icon off of a disk image icon. Icons look a certain way for a reason. You build up memory & train yourself to recognize certain images as certain things. This developers icon goes 100% against what we've all been training ourselves to recognize and I think thats a much bigger problem than many developers might want to believe it is. I have a huge problem with this one.

- The trial crashed when trying a quick add but worked fine when dragging new volumes.

- The app supports different search ranges like "selected catalog" or "all catalogs". Thats nice, but after every search it reverts to "selected catalog". Since I would be using this to catalog a bunch of offline bacckup disks, it would be far more useful for me if the app remembered the last chosen search range & kept it until it was manually cahnged by the user. Reverting to "selected catalog" is pretty inconveniant.

- The app has list view & column view. Both good options however in column view theres no easy way to see what catalog a found item is located in without using the info drawer. (I'm not a huge fan of drawers)

- This is a BIG pet peeve of mine. This app places a database file in my ~/Documents/ folder.

ATTENTION APPLICATION DEVELOPERS
(Yes, I'm yelling)

DO NOT EVER, FOR ANY REASON, PUT ANY FILE OR FOLDER INTO MY HOME FOLDER, OR DOCUMENTS FOLDER WITHOUT GIVING ME A PREFERENCE TO RELOCATE IT.

File finder does not support multiple database files (at least not via the GUI). Therefore this is not a user document anyway. This is a database that supports the application. The correct location for this file should be:

~/Library/Application Support/FileFinder/FileFinder.ffdb

The app has a lot of promise but the issues above still make it seem like an amateur piece of software. The thing about placing the file in my documents folder is enough to make me not want to use this app.

Now I do think the app has some pros:

- A nice clean user interface (evven if its a little 10.2 ish with the drawer).

- It is easy to learn & intuitive.

- Advanced search is nice.

Hopefully the developer will address some of the above issues in the next update.

One more for the road:
Saved searches in the form of "Smart Catalogs" would be a GREAT plus for this app & bring it up to speed with Tiger.
[Version 1.2.5]

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McBill (developer) replied on 08 Jan 2006
Thanks for your review.
Expecting the same job from you with other catalogers.
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Guntis replied on 09 Jan 2006
I agree that application icon isn't the best. It reminds me of BMW badge on the hard drive... AUthor could change it to something better. maybe make contest for the best icon?
regarding db placement. While I agree that it could be located in Library/Application Support folder, I also agree that placing it in the Documents folder keeps is safer, as this folder is more likely to be backed up. I agree that it would be good to have multiple data bases. For example, I know that the file I'm looking for is located on DVD, not on a hard drive, so I can open DVD catalog set. Or, perhaps it would be better to list all catalogs in FileFinder's window, and user could check which sets should be used for searching.
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(developer) replied on 09 Jan 2006
Thanks for your reply Guntis.

I've located the catalog database in the "~/Documents" folder for the reason you notice. Most users don't know that applications store important files in the "~/Library/Application Support/" folder and never backup this folder.

FileFinder 1.3 (available soon) will introduce a multi-database support with custom default database location and network sharing, so everybody will be satisfied.
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Guntis commented on 23 Dec 2005
Too bad that I already spent money on Catalog... I had to spend again on FileFinder. It really makes so big difference (up to 12 times faster!), that I couldn't use Catalog anymore...
I had problems finding files with the Latvian characters. One e-mail to the author and within one hour it was solved in the latest beta. THE BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED. This is the fastest file cataloging tool I've seen. Highly recommended!
It's easy to use, I just wished it had little bit more search options, but the latest version (1.2.5) today added quite a lot of options. Thanks!
[Version 1.2.5]


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+5
DavyB had trouble on 04 Sep 2012
Does not load under Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.1
[Version 1.7.1]


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Version Downloads:8,501
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:09 Dec 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.00
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FileFinder is a Mac OS X native cataloger that memorizes any disk or folder hierarchy. It can quickly browse or search files, whether you have physical access to them or not. FileFinder supports image previews, image metadata, and archive files for offline searches.


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