Difference between Personal and Professional license types

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 26th, 2014

 

WinCatalog 2019 is here!

Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog 2019 (version 19.0) was released.

The main new feature of this update is the ability to delete real files and folders right from WinCatalog. This was the most wanted feature based on the feedback and suggestions we collected among all our customers.

Since the files you delete may be located in various disks and some of them may not be connected to your computer at the moment, the deletion process consists of two steps.

On the first step, you just mark files for deletion and add them to the File Operation Queue to delete them later. And the second step – you click the Start button in the File Operation Queue and WinCatalog performs the real file operations – moving to the Recycle Bin, or deleting permanently: depending on your preferences – asking you to connect missing disks.

This feature may be helpful for those who, for example, want to clean their drives or wipe duplicated contents. File Operaton Queue is documented here.

How to delete real files from WinCatalog

PLEASE BE CAREFUL, this is the very dangerous feature, use it on your own risk and responsibility. We implemented TWO confirmation messages before you delete your files, but, once again, please be careful and review what you’re intending to delete before processing the Queue in order not to lose something important.

So… Select a file, a folder or several entries in WinCatalog. This works both for Search results (for example, after finding duplicates) and for the main grid view when you browsing your catalog file. Then hit Delete. You will see the delete confirmation prompt – exactly the same as previously, but containing one more option – “Delete the real files and folders from the disk(s)”.

On this step, if you click Yes without marking the “Delete the real files…” option, WinCatalog will just remove the selected entries from the catalog. The real files and folder will not be touched. This behavior wasn’t changed in comparison to the previous version.

The delete confirmation message now contains the new option: Delete real files from disks.

If you click “Delete the real files and folders from the disk(s)” checkbox, another window will popup where you can review the entries you selected and add them to the File Operation Queue for processing the Queue later.

Adding files to the File Operation Queue

After adding files and folders to the File Operation Queue, they will be shown in grey color and with the Cross icon in WinCatalog (meaning that they are marked to be deleted) until you process the Queue or remove entries from the Queue.

Entries added to the File Operation Queue marked in Grey

When you’re ready to process the File Operation Queue, open it by clicking the File Operation Queue button in the right bottom corner of the main window. The File Operation Queue window will popup.

File Operation Queue button

Here you can review the files and folders to be deleted, open properties of any entry or remove the selected entries from the Queue (without deletion from disk). Make a right mouse click on the selection and hit Properties or Remove.

You can also see which files and folders are online (meaning that the disks with these files and folders are connected to your computer) and which operations will require connecting other disks. You can read more about the statuses here in the manual.

File Operation Queue: Queued Entries

On the Disks tab, you can see the list of disks you need to connect to the computer to process the Queue. The last tab – Event Log – displays the history of the operations including all the succeeds and errors.

Click the Options button to select if you want to move files and folders to Recycle Bin or delete them permanently. The Refresh button updates the status codes for each entry.

Ensure twice that the File Operation Queue contains the list of files and folders you want to delete and click Start All.

WinCatalog will process the queue starting to delete entries having the online (green) status. After completing all the files and folder WinCatalog could access if any entries remain in the Queue, WinCatalog will ask you to connect other disks to continue.

After the File Operation Queue is processed, information about the files deleted from disks will also be deleted from the catalog. You can always check the Log entries to see which files were deleted. The Log is stored in the catalog file and will appear on the Event Log tab until you clear it. You can export the Log to a text file, or clear it – please use the context menu for these operations.

We’d love to hear from you!

The feature of deleting real files was implemented by collecting your feedback: you asked for it – we implemented it!

Improving is a discussion, please now don’t hesitate to submit your opinion: did you like the new feature or maybe you have an idea of how we can improve it?

Please share your thoughts with us, we’re always happy to receive positive feedback and constructive critique. Please use the feedback form to contact us!

Improvements

Thanks to the recursive queries, the Look In filtering on the cold launches was improved in the Additional Search Options – now WinCatalog builds the “Look In” filter for the deep branches more than 10 times faster. And we’re speaking about minutes, not seconds. For example, filtering a catalog file containing 8,749,219 entries to a branch containing files and folders from 6 hard drives (totally 3,814,782 files and folders) on an average test laptop now took 20 seconds instead of 4 minutes 10 seconds using the previous version.

The difference is more noticeable in “cold” searches (the first search after rebooting the PC or not using WinCatalog for a while).

And if you often use the Look In filter when searching, you will appreciate this improvement.

All other new features will be available in the subsequent updates.

Upgrade

WinCatalog 2019 is available as a free upgrade for everyone who purchased a license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased a lifetime upgrade status. Other customers can purchase the upgrade 50% off the regular price.

You can check your upgrade status here by entering your existing registration key or email address that was used to purchase WinCatalog.

To download WinCatalog 2019 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: July 8th, 2019

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.7

Hello, we’re glad to inform that a new update of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 18.7.

This is a maintenance update fixing an issue when the scanning process crashed on processing “bad” mp3 files containing incorrect (or corrupted) audio frames.

If you didn’t force with this issue, you may skip the update (but installing it is recommended).

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.7, 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: February 4th, 2019

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.6

Hello, we’re glad to inform that a new update of WinCatalog was just released. Version number is 18.6.

This is the maintenance update continuing and updating the fix from the previous 18.5 (the last update fixed an issue with abandoned entries when in some circumstances while updating a disk or a folder WinCatalog hid the entries instead of deleting them). We found that the issue was fixed, but the internal structure of catalog files created before 18.5 must be updated to meet the new fix. That is the main reason for the 18.6 update.

When you open a catalog file first time in the new version, WinCatalog will take some time to recalculate some internal values that provide catalog file integrity, it may take a few minutes depending on the catalog size and on the productivity of your computer. The average estimated time is a minute per a million records (files and folder in the catalog file).

The issue fixed in 18.5/18.6 affects 2018 version only; if you still use any previous version of WinCatalog and do not want to upgrade to the latest one, it is safe to stay with your version. Otherwise, if you upgraded to 2018, the 18.6 is free for you and others who own a valid license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased a lifetime major upgrades option.

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.6, 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: January 25th, 2019

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.5

Hello, we’re glad to inform that a new version of WinCatalog was just released, the version number is 18.5.

This is a maintenance update fixing the issue of the updating process when the Update Report was turned off (by default it appears in the end of each updating process) – WinCatalog did not delete the deleted entries but hid them. In some circumstances the hidden and orphaned entries were available though the Search or linked tags.

When you open your catalog file for the first time in the new update, it will perform an operation of finding and deleting such orphaned entries, the operation may take a minute or two depending on the catalog size.

Download link and upgrade status

The upgrade is free for everyone who owns a valid license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased a lifetime major upgrades option.

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.5, 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: January 10th, 2019

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.4

Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new version of WinCatalog 2018 (version 18.4) was released today. This is a maintenance update fixing a catalog size issue for catalog files created in WinCatalog 2018, improving the final steps of the disk updating process, and bringing a better look for monitors with a large scaling factor (150% and more).

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.4, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

Please continue reading for the explanation of the added changes. 

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Posted on: December 14th, 2018

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.3

Hello, a new update of WinCatalog 2018 (version 18.3) was released today. This is a maintenance update fixing the following issues: the previous version did not update thumbnails for modified pictures. It, actually, did but continued to keep and display an older thumbnail. The other issue was the inability to change the minimum and the maximum sizes for checksums/hashes calculations – the values were always turned back to defaults. Another issue that deserves attention was fixed in this update: WinCatalog sometimes hanged displaying several thousand picture thumbnails located in one folder or in search results.

Now if the “Disk Info Only” scanning profile was used, WinCatalog displays disk used space as the disk size (for other scanning profile, as previously, the size value of each folder, including the root disk record, is the sum of sizes of all the contained files).

Another visual improvement – now if you collapse any section of the Properties panel (located on the right side of the window by default), WinCatalog remembers that and displays this section collapsed until you expand it.

The update is free for everyone who owns a license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased the Lifetime Major Upgrade Option. The update is recommended to install.

Please note that this update changes the free trial terms from 10 disks per a catalog file to 30-day full-featured but time-limited trial period. If you don’t have a license for WinCatalog 2018, your 30-day trial will start after upgrading to 18.3. After the trial period ends, if you haven’t purchased a license, WinCatalog will continue working in a read-only mode (and can be used as a reader for previously created catalog files). If you have a license for WinCatalog 2018, WinCatalog will continue working without any limitations and you may skip this notice.

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.3, 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: November 21st, 2018

 

Celebrating WinCatalog’s 17th birthday

WinCatalog 17th birthdayToday we’re celebrating the 17th birthday of WinCatalog. We would like to take a minute and say thank you for all of you who supports us – WinCatalog would not be here without you!

17 years is a quite an advanced age for a software product, but not for WinCatalog – we’re full of ideas (once again, thank you for submitting all your feedback and suggestions!) where to move and what to implement.

So, see you through the new features and releases and happy birthday WinCatalog!

Posted on: October 15th, 2018

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.2

Hello, today a new update of WinCatalog 2018 was released. This is a maintenance update fixing an issue of selecting a correct scanning profile (previously if you delete all the scanning profiles from a catalog file and then create a new one WinCatalog used default settings instead of using the selected profile).

The update is free for everyone who owns a license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased the Lifetime Major Upgrade Option. The update is recommended to install.

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.2, 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: August 13th, 2018

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.15

Hello, we’re glad to inform you that a new version of WinCatalog 2018 was just released. Version number 18.15. This is a maintenance intermediate update fixing an issue of updating a single file (previously WinCatalog dropped file size to zero when updating a single file). There were no issues when updating a folder or a whole disk. Another issue was fixed – now WinCatalog preserves drive types during update process in case if you changed it manually.

This is the minor upgrade, it is free for everyone who owns a license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased the Lifetime Major Upgrade Option. The update is optional, you can skip it if you did not notice the issues described above.

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.15, 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: June 27th, 2018

 

WinCatalog 2018 Release 18.12

Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new version of WinCatalog 2018 (version 18.12) was just released. This is a maintenance minor update fixing an issue of inability to import one catalog file into another (in the previous version any attempt to import another catalog file finished unsuccessfully). The importing process was also slightly improved and now works faster. In addition, it got its own progress bar.

A command line option to display or skip the Update Report after the update process ends was also added in this update. Use the -UpdateReport key (the short version is -ur) with the following parameters: show to display the update report independently from the value of this option in the scanning profile, skip to skip the update report after the process ends (also independently from the option set in the scanning profile), and default (or def) to use the value from the scanning profile. Instead of using the default option, you can omit the whole -UpdateReport parameter to get the same results.

Examples of usage:

WinCatalog.exe -u -cp "Catalog\Vacation Photos 2018" -UpdateReport skip

Use the skip parameter to turn off the Update Report after the scanning process is finished independently from the value set in the scanning profile.

WinCatalog.exe -u -cp "Catalog\Vacation Photos 2018" -ur show

Use the show parameter to display the Update Report after the scanning process is finished independently from the value set in the scanning profile.

This is the minor upgrade, it is free for everyone who owns a license for WinCatalog 2018 or purchased the Lifetime Major Upgrade Option.

To download WinCatalog 2018 version 18.12, 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: June 15th, 2018