File Buddy
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File management utility.   Commercial ($39.95)
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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
What's New
Version 10.0:
  • Creating a custom icon with the Info window could result in an icon without the expected sizes, or no icon data at all if the icon sizes specified in the Icons preferences panel were changed after pasting an icon source into Info window’s icon well but before the Save button clicked to create the icon. Fixed for this release.
  • Added Show Toolbar and Hide Toolbar commands to the Window menu, prompted by the removal of the toolbar show/hide button in Mavericks. Without that button there was no convenient way to toggle toolbar visibility in Mavericks.
  • Added a keyboard shortcut (⌘ + Shift + Option + I) for the View Icon Family command, which is available in Info and List window pop-up menus.
  • File sizes were being rounded incorrectly for display purposes in some cases. For example, File Buddy might report a file’ as "1.78 GB" instead of "1.77 GB." Fixed in this release. (The code that creates text strings for file sizes uses a function provided by Mac OS X, and judging from the code it would appear that in earlier releases of Mac OS X File Buddy was compensating for a bug in that Mac OS X code which has been fixed.) Attempting to type a serial number into the registration dialog would fail because File Buddy wouldn't allow the last character to be entered. Since almost everyone pastes the serial number into the field only a couple of users were affected by it, but it's fixed in this release.
  • A few other minor issues addressed.
  • The duplicate search 'out of memory' problem is fixed
Version 10.0:
  • Creating a custom icon with the Info window could result in an icon without the expected sizes, or no icon data at all if the icon sizes specified in the Icons preferences panel were changed after pasting an icon source into Info window’s icon well but before the Save button clicked to create the icon. Fixed for this release.
  • Added Show Toolbar and Hide Toolbar commands more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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File Buddy User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 10.x:
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+106
Flavum commented on 10 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 10.0]


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+8

Devadog reviewed on 25 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 10.0]


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+5

+15

equinoxfeatures reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
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 :-)
[Version 10.0]

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Kobalt replied on 20 Nov 2013
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?
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equinoxfeatures replied on 20 Nov 2013
@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
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Kobalt replied on 21 Nov 2013
Sorry, I have to admit I was being facetious and look where that got me.
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+4
Dudirowski replied on 21 Nov 2013
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.
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+4

+3

Deltabiz reviewed on 10 Apr 2013
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!
[Version 10.0b2]

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+197
GeoProf replied on 14 Nov 2013
It seems your fears were warranted — no updates to this beta in nearly a year-and-a-half.
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+2

+106
Flavum replied on 23 Nov 2013
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.
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+3

+4

Jeeves1 reviewed on 09 Apr 2013
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.
[Version 10.0b2]


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+1

+4

Jeeves1 reviewed on 09 Apr 2013
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.
[Version 10.0b2]


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+8

Toni-K reviewed on 27 Nov 2012
An essential tool for mac.

Does a bunch of file attribute modifications.

Here my recommendation stamp.
[Version 10.0b2]


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+2

+30
Glenbo commented on 25 Jul 2012
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 :)
[Version 10.0b2]

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+25
Jimleff replied on 20 Oct 2012
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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+2

+24

Gray Panter reviewed on 18 Jul 2012
Hey, nice to see you back again.

FileBuddy is a great tool which I don't wanna miss again.

Keep the good work.
[Version 10.0b2]


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+4

+4

Dudirowski reviewed on 12 Jul 2012
This was great news. FileBuddy back in bis. Best utility software ever for the Mac. Looking forward to buying a new license even. I can't compute without this app.
[Version 10.0b2]


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+5
Richys-Mu had trouble on 29 Aug 2011
I can confirm it will not start in Lion, but I have made a simple fix.
After reg Finder sayes "fbhelper is a powerPC app..." when you try to start.
Use Finder contextmenu on FB9 to show package contents and go to folder /Contents/Resources/and delete "fbhelper".
Viola ... at next start your up!

I use a PowerBool Pro mid 2010 and MacOS 10.7.1
[Version 9.0.2]


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+294
Harv had trouble on 26 Sep 2009
On a 24" Intel C2D iMac, 10.6.1

Nearly every time I launch FB, I get the advisory that I must enter my serial number. This occurs so often (about 90% of the time) that I now keep an alias of the File Buddy.fbAutoReg on my desktop.

I'm wondering if anyone is experiencing the same problem and if there is a fix.

I just wrote the developer. Should I get a response, I'll post the relevant details.
[Version 9.0.2]

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Fabro replied on 27 Sep 2009
Same problem here!
Two weeks ago I wrote to the developers about this problem and other problems I am having with Leopard and particularly with Snow Leopard, but I got no answer ... poor support!
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Harv replied on 28 Sep 2009
In desperation, I deleted my Skytag plists. I then reentered my original serial number. For the time being, that seemed to fix things. Perhaps my “fix” will work for you too (still, a verified backup is suggested).
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+451
Corpsecorps had trouble on 10 Jan 2007
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I'm using beta 15 and if i save prefs with the "Allow access to administrator mode" box checked, it asks for my password, as it should.

However, after i've done so, the prefs are still unsaved. When i click save, it again asks for my password, and so on, endlessly.

If i choose the "Enable Administrator Mode" menu, it also asks for a password, and when i've entered it, the menu item remains "Enable Administrator Mode".

So how does one *actually* get administrator mode activated?
[Version 9.0b16]



Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 10.0]



Susieong rated on 29 Oct 2012

[Version 10.0b2]



+7

mwab rated on 19 Sep 2012

[Version 10.0b2]



+5

Badgerone rated on 03 Jul 2012

[Version 10.0b1]



Craigforster rated on 02 Feb 2012

[Version 9.0.2]



Fkuebler rated on 30 Mar 2011

[Version 9.0.2]


Downloads:161,545
Version Downloads:2,984
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Commercial
Date:20 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $39.95
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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 possible.


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