Both types of licenses include the same features and allow installation on any number of computers per a license, but Personal license is restricted to non-commercial or educational use, only whereas Professional / Business license includes all types of use, including enterprise, professional and managed IT, non-profit and government use, plus priority technical and maintenance support.
In other words, if you plan to use WinCatalog at home, it is enough to buy a personal license. But if you want to use it at work or for your business, you should buy a professional license.
Posted on: December 26, 2014
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2021.3
This is a maintenance update fixing minor issues: it wasn’t possible to cut text from the Search field because autocomplete fired each time. Pressing the CTRL+A in the grid view selects all entries (as previously) but now doesn’t display the ‘no matching entries found’ message. The catalog file converter from the Advanced Disk Catalog file format now supports XML files larger than 4GB. Clicking the red [X] button on the main window doesn’t close WinCatalog now if the scanning process is active. The Italian translation was renewed. Other minor issues were fixed.
To download WinCatalog 2021.3 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: May 16, 2022
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2021.2.1
The release fixes the bug when WinCatalog ignored the options not to calculate checksums/hashes for files smaller than, and for files greater than a certain size. The default values for these parameters were used instead.
If you have options to calculate MD5, CRC32, or SHA256 turned on for at least one of your scanning profiles, it is recommended to download and install the update. Otherwise, you may skip it.
To download WinCatalog 2021.2.1 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: April 8, 2022
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2021.2.
This is a maintenance update fixing issues with displays having scaling factors larger than 100%, it wasn’t possible to correctly select fields for duplicates finding.
Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDown keyboard shortcuts were added to switch tabs.
Dependencies of the processing modules were updated to their latest versions.
The support of MXF files was added to the Media Info processing module.
System requirements changed. The Scanning Module, ZipBackup module, and the Scanning Options UI now require .NET Framework 4.8 (rather than 3.5 as in previous versions).
Several minor bugs were fixed.
To download WinCatalog 2021.2 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: April 4, 2022
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2021.1.
The scanning module was optimized to reuse the same programming objects when generating thumbnails, and as a result, the scanning speed was increased for cases when the scanning module grabs a large number of thumbnails for various types of files.
We started a large task of redesigning WinCatalog to make it look modern and fresh. The redesign will result in a completely new version later this year, and now as the first step of this process, the Scanning Options window was redesigned. It doesn’t have a dark theme yet (in order to comply with the other parts), but it is large monitors friendly and works correctly on screens with large scaling factors.
Other changes related to the scanning process. Now you can have individual thumbnail size options for different processing modules, so you can set one thumbnail size for pictures, another for RAW images, music album covers, PDF documents, video thumbnails, book covers, etc.
No more black frames for thumbnails. Thumbnails for images that may have transparency are stored in PNG format. It requires more space on the disk, but as a result, you get a better picture, especially for monochrome images (converting them to JPG often produces just black squares). WinCatalog continues using JPG format for storing thumbnails for image formats that don’t have transparent parts.
The “ta-da” sound and the setting of playing sounds at the end of scanning were removed. Both were there since Windows XP times.
The Select Folder window (that one you see when clicking the Add Folder button) can now display hidden folders (for example, C:\ProgramData). Another addition is that it now allows adding entries by typing or pasting Paths, even if these paths can’t be selected in the Tree View above.
Another important feature: jumping to files in the Grid View. Start typing in the Grid View and the first item with a name that begins with the entered text will be selected. The search is case insensitive, so just start typing. A small hint will appear showing the currently entered text.
This is an intermediate upgrade. The upgrade to WinCatalog 2021 is free for everyone who has a valid license for WinCatalog 2020 or purchased a Lifetime Major Upgrades option in addition to the main license.
If you purchased a license for WinCatalog 2019 (meaning the full license, not the upgrade from a previous version) you’re eligible to upgrade to WinCatalog 2020 for free, therefore the 2021 version is free for you as well.
If you are a registered user of any version prior to WinCatalog 2019, you can purchase an upgrade to WinCatalog 2021 at a special upgrade price. Please click here for details.
To download WinCatalog 2021.1 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: February 18, 2022
Hello, since the last week we started to receive a lot of questions asking if WinCatalog is affected by the log4j Java Security Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228, CVE-2021-45046, CVE-2021-45105).
Fortunately, it isn’t. WinCatalog or any of its parts are not based on Java and do not use log4j library in any form (original, or ported to another programming platform or language). So, WinCatalog is not affected.
Posted on: December 20, 2021
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2020.8.
The new version fixes some issues with the command-line interface (CLI), it now correctly handles multiple paths passed via the catalog path (/CatalogPath or /cp) parameter, paths should be separated by semicolons, and the /ShowInCatalog behavior.
The example of passing two paths when updating drives via command line:
WinCatalog.exe /Update /CatalogPath "Catalog\Photos\Drive 2;Catalog\Backups\Current" /ExitWhenDone
In the example above, WinCatalog will update “Drive 2” located in the “Photos” folder in the Catalog, then the “Current” drive located in the “Backups”, and then exit (because the /ExitWhenDone parameter was passed).
Now when adding a disk for the first time, the Date Updated field is set equal to the Date Added field, so now sorting by Date Updated works well now. The new addition takes effect for newly scanned drives only, for drives already added by never updated, WinCatalog will continue to display “Never” for Date Updated.
The Insert or Connect Disk prompt (WinCatalog displays it when you perform a file operation involving a drive that is not connected to the computer) now displays the Volume Label property in addition to other fields.
To download WinCatalog 2020.8 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: November 1, 2021
This week we celebrate the 20th birthday of WinCatalog. A cake is ready and candles are waiting for lighting up. It’s time to say thank you to all of you who supported us during all these years!
Lots of features were suggested by you, most of them were implemented already, some of them are in development.
Please continue sending your feedback to us, submitting new features and improvements, discuss ideas.
Your feedback makes WinCatalog better and helps us to move in the right direction.
Thank you, and Happy birthday, WinCatalog!
Posted on: October 12, 2021
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2020.7.
The search logic was updated in this release. It is possible now to find files using non-alphabetic characters in search queries (%, &, #, etc). Previously, all these characters were considered as word separators, and search queries “#word”, “##word”, and “word$” (without quotes) were equal for WinCatalog. Now WinCatalog treats them as 3 different search queries, and search results will be different for all three queries.
‘Search Index wasn’t Updated’ issue after running the Add File command and selecting multiple files at once was fixed.
A mouse wheel incorrect scrolling behavior was fixed when the mouse wheel is in the page scroll mode.
Now WinCatalog uses two fields: volume serial number and volume label to identify volumes. The new addition fixes an issue when two different disks (volumes) have equal volume serial numbers.
The File Operation Queue opening speed was significantly improved for cases when the File Operation Queue contains a large number of files from drives not connected to the computer.
The option to exclude small files from checksum/hashes calculation was turned off by default (affects new catalog files only).
Other minor changes.
To download WinCatalog 2020.7 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: October 8, 2021
The official Windows 11 release date is comming soon. We tested WinCatalog 2020 in Windows 11 and it passed all tests, so we can claim now that WinCatalog 2020 is ready for Windows 11!
To download the latest version of WinCatalog 2020 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: October 1, 2021
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2020.6.
A critical issue was fixed: when updating drives, WinCatalog didn’t capture new thumbnails for some video files. The issue occurred only for files processed by both Media Information and Audio Information modules, mostly for .mp4 video files. The “Media Information” module was starting first and grabbed thumbnails. Then, the “Audio Files” module was starting, and after not finding thumbnails in the ID3 tags (or ID3 tags in general) it was deleting existing thumbnails (added previously by the Media Info module).
Minor issues were fixed: the grid view occasionally switched to the thumbnails view (and automatically back) in some circumstances. The periodic backup reminder popped up twice if canceled. The progress indicator for duplicates finder didn’t work properly: it reached 100% but the search was still active, now this behavior is fixed.
The ability to change the sort order in the left Tree view and the Thumbnails view via context menus (right mouse click) was added. You can see the example of the context menu on the screenshot.
The release contains other minor improvements.
To download WinCatalog 2020.6 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
Posted on: September 17, 2021