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MindGems Inc. has released a Professional version of the famous Free Fast Duplicate File Finder. The new version can find similar files regardless of their file types, beside finding 100% duplicate files. Such feature is very handy for finding multiple versions of the same word or excel document, for finding similar text documents, archives or any other type of file.
You can scan local files, removable media such as USB drives, flash cards, optical discs, external drives, and network drives with Fast Duplicate File Finder.
There are a lot of useful feature like the option to automatically mark the older of the two duplicate files as the one that will be deleted or moved. Shortcut to immediately jump to the actual folder where a duplicate you’d like to examine is residing is also available. The protection of system and program files will grantee the you will not end up with a blue screen by accidentally deleting a system file.
The in-program preview lets you easily check the duplicate image, video, music, text and binary files. The duplicate files can be dumped into the recycle bin, deleted permanently, or moved to a folder preserving their folder structure until you’re certain you want them permanently deleted.
Fast Duplicate File Finder has a very low resource requirements and will work smooth even on a Windows 98 system with a Pentium-233 MHz processor. In addition to that it supports: Windows 7/Vista/XP/NT/ME/2000/2003/98
If you are looking for a free way to easily find duplicate files on your computer or network, Fast Duplicate File Finder is definitely the right application for you.
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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder-Search For Images By Content
In our digital era shooting and editing digital photos is part of our daily life. Unfortunately we rarely keep a well organized database. We copy images to temporary locations in different formats that we needed at certain points of our work and forget to delete them. Searching for a photograph by its content was an impossible task for a computer so soon we are going out of storage. In such situations what comes extremely handy is a product developed by MindGems Inc.
I am going to introduce you here – Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder. Though a bit long, the name of the product describes it perfectly well. The product will find similar images regardless of the file name, format, image size and bit depth. Image processing is a heavy task and the performance achieved by this application is incredible. It manages to scan thousands of images in few minutes. I got also some information from the company about a new feature that will be available in the upcoming version. A photo search option. It will let you search for images by a sample. You will no longer have to search for your wedding photos. Do you remember that photo you mailed to John? Just load it in Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder and it will find the rest of the images for you. A very nice feature that will let you find the rest of the images from the set by loading a single sample.
Many professionals and also advanced photographers take images in RAW format. The quality of the RAW images is much better compared to JPEG, but the drawback is the size and the fact that very small amount of products supports it. The good news here is that Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder will provide also a RAW support soon for all the popular camera brands available on the market.
I must admit also the vast variety of image formats that it supports. Here is a complete list:
- JPEG Bitmap (*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.jpe)
- Compuserve Bitmap (*.gif)
- Portable Network Graphics (*.png)
- TIFF Bitmap (*.tif;*.tiff;*.fax;*.g3n;*.g3f)
- JPEG2000 Files (*.jp2)
- JPEG2000 Code Stream (*.j2k;*.jpc;*.j2c)
- Targa (*.tga;*.targa;*.vda;*.icb;*.vst;*.pix)
- Paintbrush (*.pcx)
- Windows Bitmap (*.bmp;*.dib;*.rle)
- Windows Metafile (*.wmf)
- Enhanced Windows Metafile (*.emf)
- Windows Icon (*.ico)
- Windows Cursor (*.cur)
- Wireless Bitmap (*.wbmp)
- Portable Pixmap (*.pxm;*.ppm)
- Adobe Photoshop (*.psd)
You can download a fully functional demo at the company web site – Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder.
Also do not miss to check out the detailed Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder tutorial page
In our technological era most people store their audio collections on a digital media. Unfortunately duplicating data on a digital media is a very quick process and often we make copy of our audio files, download them several times in different formats and quality and then forget to remove them. Finding duplicate mp3 files or other audio formats in a vast collection is a tedious task as you have to first locate the duplicate files and then compare the quality and remove the one that is not needed. Having in mind that multimedia files are often quite large even terabyte sized storage can go out of space very quickly.
Audio Dedupe by MindGems Inc. is a tool that is very handy in such situations. Unlike the standard duplicate file finders on the market, the tool is designed specifically to find duplicate mp3 files and other audio file formats. What is even more interesting is that it does not need audio tags like ID3 in order to accomplish that. Audio Dedupe performs a real audio scan using complex algorithms in order to find audio files that sound alike. Due to that fact Audio Dedup can recognize a song even if it is stored in several different file formats – MP3, MP2, MP1, MPA, WAV, OGG and AIFF.
Once the scan process is complete Audio Dedupe will list all the duplicate audio files sorted by groups of two or more files. It provides a handy auto-mark feature that can mark files choosing files with lower quality, older date or smaller size for deletion. You can also listen to the files using the internal audio player and compare them. The embedded audio player has a continuous playback feature that lets you switch between the duplicates while they are playing. Once you are done with the review of the results you can choose weather to move the files to a certain folder (backup), delete them to the recycle bin or completely remove them from your hard drive. If your files are organized in folder Audio Dedupe will also maintain the folder structure of the moved files in the target location.
It is easy to keep your audio collection clean as Audio Dedupe will also remember the already scanned songs and every consequential scan will be even faster. Cleaning up duplicate audio files can save you gigabytes of valuable disk space and using a similar tool is a must.
Sometimes when you have a lot of different types of data on a hard drive, it’s easy for files to get mixed up and you forget which files contain which information. Hard drive space is valuable, but sometimes it’s very easy to get multiple files that contain the same information. Normally, your system won’t recognize this, nor will it do anything to cut down on the use of hard drive space. All the system really looks at is the filename, rather than the contents. This is done because sometimes people want to create backup files, but often it ends up just using more space than is needed. Fast Duplicate File Finder is a program that can help to find duplicate files on your hard drive.
Fast Duplicate File Finder works by looking at the binary code – all the 0s and 1s that make up your file and searching for similar code instances between files. It’s a simple matter of specifying file extensions and previewing the contents of the files. Fast Duplicate File Finder supports plenty of different file types – text, video, image and music files can all be previewed within the easy-to-use interface. After you scan for a particular file, the program will pull up a menu, informing you of other files that matched its own code and marking them to be deleted. You can specify which file types or subfolders should be excluded from this marking, which means you don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting files you wanted to keep. Mainly, this applies to system folders where most of your operating system files and drivers are kept. If these are accidentally deleted, the machine would malfunction and Fast Duplicate File Finder protects those files by default.
When duplicate files are found, you can move them to the Recycle Bin, move them to their own folder or simply delete them from the hard drive entirely. Not only can this software can find duplicate files on standard hard drives, it can work with network folders and removable storage devices such as CDs, DVDs or USB Flash drives.
This doesn’t have to interfere with your work either – the software is capable of scanning your computer during idle time by setting its process to the lowest priority. Fast Duplicate File Finder will run on all Windows operating systems. To install the program, you should have minimum 128 MB of RAM and 2 MB of hard drive space.