NeoFinder
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Catalog your external media and disks (was CDFinder).   Shareware ($39.99)
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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
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 be added more than once, so you can now update a catalog multiple times a day, if you want to!
  • The Inspector now shows the number of files and folders of a folder and all its subfolders. As that can take quite a while for a large number of items, it may take a moment for the actual values to appear, but NeoFinder does that in the background and never blocks the interface
  • The Tags are now displayed in the Inspector in a special new field, which allow you to select one and search for it!
  • The Inspector now shows a larger preview of an item in a separate window if you click in its icon
  • You can now catalog ID3 audio tags in WAV files
  • NeoFinder now catalogs BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) audio files
  • NeoFinder now generates preview for ".ts" video files, if ffmpeg is available
  • You can switch the menu bar QuickFind icon to grey
  • The QuickFind search field in your menu bar now has a Recent Items menu
  • You can now display all media files in a folder and all its subfolders, using the Find context menu on a folder
  • Two new AppleScript attributes make it easier to integrate NeoFinder in workflows: "searching" and "finder path" for Found iItems
  • You can catalog the contents of .srt (Movie Subtitle) files
  • The Find URLs now also offer a search for folders
Improvements:
  • Improved Export speed
  • Improved Import speed for several text based formats
  • Sorting the lists by the Media-Info column is a lot better now
  • Fixes a problem in which certain catalog database files could grow in size during usage
  • It is now possible to rename a catalog or a catalog folder by only changing the case of one or multiple characters in its name
  • Improves cataloging stability with certain malformed WAV files
  • Export now also contains the volume name of a catalog
  • Improved cataloging for certain PostScript fonts
  • Improves the generation of a thumbnail for MPEG movies shorter than 20 seconds (using ffmpeg)
  • Fixes a problem with certain Find URLs that search for a geolocation
  • Fixes a problem where the AutoUpdater list could get deleted under certain circumstances
  • Improves the error messages of the AutoUpdater, if something goes wrong
  • Fixes a bug of OS X 10.8 and newer, where Apple would silently change the format of number input fields in the Find Editor, and then return wrong values, depending on the active language settings
  • Fixes a problem cataloging the wrong duration of AAC audio files
  • Improves memory handling during cataloging of FileCheck values and text clipping files
  • Fixes a problem when searching for multiple Tags in the Find Editor
  • Removed Woophy as a GPS service, as that provider no longer exists
  • Fixes a problem when Find Duplicates was comparing the sizes incorrectly, when the date values were compared, too
  • Fixes a problem when changing the next serial number in the Cataloging Settings during Batch Cataloging

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 more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later





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NeoFinder User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 6.x:
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 18 Feb 2014
Smart Folders don't seem to work at all.
I have many server shares/drives setup with the same path names for XBMC.
They are named !Files/TV and !Files/Movies on every drive/share.
Once I loaded all the drives into NeoFinder, I can manually see them all, but Smart Folders fail every time.
I setup a search by Path for the above paths, but for some reason, it will not search past 1 volume, and there are 10.
Smart Search just stops after 1 drive. I cannot get it to keep searching to the other drive no matter how many ways I have tried.
[Version 6.4]

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West-Forest-Systems (developer) replied on 20 Feb 2014
Smart Folders are working just fine in our test environment.

Does Neofinder generate any error messages?

How exactly did you set up the query for the Smart Folder? Please send a screenshot to support@cdfinder.de

Thank you.
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Mhoutman commented on 11 Feb 2014
I love this app with so many options. It also has a great developer. Thanks :)
[Version 6.4]

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West-Forest-Systems (developer) replied on 20 Feb 2014
Thank you! :-)
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Jimmy Backe reviewed on 24 Jul 2013
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!
[Version 6.2.1]


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Kihoalu commented on 25 May 2013
Question: Have the speed issues been addressed &
will it run on Mountain Lion?
[Version 6.2.1]

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West-Forest-Systems (developer) replied on 09 Sep 2013
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...
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Mhoutman commented on 27 Mar 2013
This software is awesome but please why is it so expensive. Lower its price and I buy it in an instant :)
[Version 6.2.1]

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Gary30 replied on 09 Jul 2013
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.
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West-Forest-Systems (developer) replied on 09 Sep 2013
Gary30: Spotlight will not work with external disks after they are disconnected, which is the primary purpose of NeoFinder.
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Gary30 replied on 11 Sep 2013
To West-Forest Systems: I did not claim that Spotlight could catalog disks to which it is not connected. Duh.
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Gskibum replied on 08 Oct 2013
When I saw the $39.99 price I thought it was quite inexpensive.
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Gskibum replied on 08 Oct 2013
Gary30, you strongly implied that Spotlight renders these kinds of apps obsolete. The developer corrected you.
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Gary30 replied on 11 Oct 2013
@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...
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Kihoalu replied on 15 Jan 2014
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.
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Cowicide reviewed on 06 Mar 2013
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.
[Version 6.2]

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Cowicide replied on 06 Mar 2013
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.
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Lesoth0 commented on 20 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 6.2]

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Cowicide replied on 06 Mar 2013
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?
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Ogilvy reviewed on 20 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 6.2]


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Ogilvy reviewed on 20 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 6.2]


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Hermie commented on 20 Feb 2013
OK, so where is this "hidden" setting to get a KB back to 1024, please?
[Version 6.2]


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JoolsMac had trouble on 22 May 2007
The "Brand new user interface" seems a bit broken in places.

After searching existing catalogs, the "Found Items" window appears, but there are blank areas in the space above the search results, with just a few vertical and horizontal dividers and a right-facing arrow.

If I click on an item in the Found list, then a couple of the blank spaces are populated with the Disk and Folder name, but the rest stay blank.

I've no idea what these areas are for! It looks unfinished.

In fact, the whole user interface layout, even after its overhaul looks quite un-Mac like and inconsistent with the OS and other apps.
[Version 5.0]

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West-Forest-Systems (developer) replied on 06 Jun 2007
Uh, blank areas, that sounds scary ;-)

Well, as you already use CDFinder, you already know that CDFinder uses the header section of the Found Items window to display information about the volume that the selected item belongs to. That hasn't change since CDFinder 4.7.

But of course, what does a savvy Mac user do if there are areas of unknown content? Yes, hover with the mouse over it. And after a short while, you get a nice yellow text explaining what would be seen there. Or, you could have a look at the comprehensive CDFinder Users Guide, as this also explains this quite well...

But I still don't see how that would be un-Mac like?

But you are right, CDFinder should select the first Found Item after finishing a Find operation, causing the scary blank areas to be filled with important information...

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Monkeyjunkey rated on 20 Nov 2013

[Version 6.4]



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Macbond rated on 01 Oct 2013

[Version 6.2.1]



Pereubu rated on 30 Sep 2013

[Version 6.2.1]



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JROE rated on 30 Sep 2013

[Version 6.2.1]



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Fmj35 rated on 28 Mar 2013

[Version 6.2.1]



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Eff rated on 11 Feb 2012

[Version 6.0]



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Wrodo rated on 31 Jan 2012

[Version 6.0]



Sibusiso rated on 09 Jan 2012

[Version 6.0]



Todhop rated on 14 Jun 2011

[Version 5.7.2]



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Loukash rated on 17 May 2011

[Version 5.7.2]


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Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:31 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $39.99
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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, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge), EXIF and IPTC meta data (including GPS geotags), and JPG, TIFF, PICT and BMP photo details
  • Movie Meta Data: get the dimension, duration, codec and frame rate out of movie files, supporting AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV, MPG, and M4V
  • Geotagging GPS support: CDFinder catalogs and displays GPS EXIF tags of photos, and has direct links to Google Earth, Flickr, Panoramio, Google Maps and MapQuest. CDFinder can even search for photos that were taken near any location (GeoFinder), and export GPS data to KMZ files
  • Networkable: Share your CDFinder database in your entire workgroup (requires a Business License)
  • Cross-platform: with CDWinder (CDFinder for Windows), you can use one database for both worlds!
  • Workflow Integration: Automatically catalog all discs burned by Roxio Toast; Drag any image directly from CDFinder into applications like Adobe InDesign, Quark XPress, Apple Pages, Microsoft Office; integrate CDFinder into FileMaker Pro databases, and much more
  • Find it! Best Find functions, and of course offline browsing of all your volumes - even in multiple windows, if you want to
  • Spotlight Integration: Search your local disks with Spotlight and as well as your catalogs from inside CDFinder
  • Import Catalogs: These twelve formats are supported: Disk Recall, DiskWizard, Iomega FindIt, Portents DiskTracker (both 1.x and 2.x!), Catalogue, CatFinder, "Neometric" Catalog, DiskLibrary, Broken Cross Disk Manager (Windows), and Advanced Disk Catalog (ADC for Windows) catalog or export files, and iView MediaPro and Microsoft Expression Media XML files (requires separate CDFinder Transporter (iView))
  • Fast and really easy to use, see screenshots
  • Export and print catalog data, and print CD or DVD covers. inlay cards, and booklets
  • Insight: Look inside archive files: ZIP, TAR, .rar, StuffIt (.sit and even .sitx), and others, including Disk Image contents
  • International: English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Spanish and Dutch user interface, all in one application
  • Unicode compatible: Use CDFinder to catalog file names of any language
  • AppleScript: Integrate CDFinder with FileMaker Pro or any other application, or extend the abilities of CDFinder
  • Extend your CDFinder catalog database by using five custom fields for any content you need
  • FileCheck: Only CDFinder can generate an industrial strength MD5 checksum for every file being cataloged
  • Imation Disk Stakka support: CDFinder shows you where a disk is located in a Disk Stakka, and can even eject it from there
  • AutoMount: CDFinder automatically mounts every server volume you have cataloged or updated (with CDFinder 5.1 or newer) for you, if needed! And you can of course also ask CDFinder to mount the volume for you at any time, using the context menu
  • QuickLook: Open a QuickLook window for any selected online file(s) right from inside CDFinder! (Leopard only)
  • Cross-Grade: you already bought a different disk cataloger or media asset manager application, ask us for a good offer!
  • Free email support
  • Languages: User Interface in eight languages, all in one application: English, German, Japanese, French, Italian, Swedish, Spanish and Dutch


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