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 a new version of WinCatalog was released. The version number is 2023.4.1.
The new version adds the ability to include files and folders to scanning by mask. This feature is completely opposite to already existing “exclude files and folders from scanning by mask” and allows to reduce the number of files in the catalog, for example, to create catalogs of certain types of files, say, PDF files only, or photos, or music files, and so on. This feature is complemented by the ability to not add empty folders to the directory. Both features are turned off by default, you can find them on the File Processing tab and configure individually for each scanning profile.
Content-based thumbnails for folders. If a folder contains “cover.jpg”, “cover.png”, “folder.jpg”, or “folder.png” images, one of these thumbnails will be uses as the folder thumnbail. If the folder contains no of these files, the first thumbnail will be picked for the folder.
When adding a drive or a folder, WinCatalog now checks if the drive or the folder already exists in the catalog and suggests updating the existing entry instead of adding a new copy. The new feature helps to avoid occasionely duplicated entries in the catalog.
Some people want to check stats and numbers after the process ends. The new ability to keep the scanning progress window open after finishing the scanning process will help.
The thumbnail preview pane now displays up to 9 thumbnails for the selection.
The process of grabbing thumbnails for video files is now more robust and changes the thumbnail extraction method after reaching a timeout (if any).
The Copy To Physical Drive operation for several entries now uses a bulk copy operation. The new addition allows clicking “do the same for the X next conflicts” in the standard Windows copy dialog and continue.
New experimental feature - IPTC tags extraction. Now WinCatalog can grab IPTC tags from photos and store them as Comments. In addition to that, it creates tags based on IPTC keywords. The “Extract Exif, IPTC tags from digital photographs” option should be turned on.
To download WinCatalog 2023.4.1 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: May 12, 2023
Hello, a new version of WinCatalog was publicly released. The version number is 2023.2.5.
The search logic has been adjusted. The main part was reverted to how it worked in the 2021.1 version, but the new search operator indicated the search term should be stricly located in the end of filenames or words was added ($ sign, as in regular expressions).
Now the simple search query “.xls” (without quotes) finds “report.xls” and “report.xls.zip”. To exclude the second entry from the search results, add the $ sign to the extension. The search query “.xls$” (without quotes) finds “report.xls” but it doesn’t find the “reoprt.xls.zip” because the “.xls” part in the filename isn’t in the end.
The $-sign operator works only when located in the end of the search query. If located in the middle, WinCatalog treats is as a normal character. If you want to search for files having extentions that ends by $, echo the operator: “.mp$” will find files having the “.mp$” extension.
In addition to quotation marks, round and square brackets, and the backslash itself, you can now echo all other word delimiters in search queries as well. The list of word delimiters include hashtag, uderscore, dash, exclamation and question marks, dot, equal sign, semicolon, colon, and others.
To download WinCatalog 2023.2.5 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: March 16, 2023
Hello, we’re glad to inform you that a new version of WinCatalog has been released. The version number is 2023.2. The new version is now able to grab the subtitle information from video files (text streams), and title tag from audio streams (on the screenshot). The new update also fixes the problem when the video codec information wasn’t grabbed. The search logic has been adjusted (details below).
The search logic has been adjusted. As before, WinCatalog splits search phrases into terms, but if a search term starts with a dot, it is treated as a file extension and should be located at the end of the filename.
For example, if you search for “movie.mp4” (without quotes), the search phrase is split into two parts: “movie” and “.mp4” (with the leading dot). The search query literally means: find all files with any word in the filename starting with “movie” and ending with “.mp4”. So WinCatalog will find “Cool Movie.mp4”, “My_Movie.mp4” and “Movie About Us.mp4”, but it will not find “Cool Movie.mp4.srt” (because the file extension is .srt, not .mp4).
To include the last filename in the search results, add the asterisk after the extension, so the results for the search phrase “movie.mp4*” (without quotes) include all of the filenames listed above.
Another addition to the search logic is the ability to escape brackets and quotes with the backslash character. Square brackets and double quotes are two variations of the exact match operator, and round brackets are used to combine expressions. An unquoted backslash allows these characters to be included in the search phrase not as search operators, but as characters.
For example, the search phrase “document(*)” (without quotes) finds all files that contain the word “document” and any text in the parentheses: “document(1).docx”, “document(2023).docx”. The file “document 2023.docx” will not be found because the fielname doesn’t contain parentheses.
The backslash echoes only double quotes, round and square brackets, and the backslash itself (to echo the backslash, say, before brakets, use another backslash: “Archive\(Books)"). If the backslash is used before any other character, it is also interpreted as a normal character.
To download WinCatalog 2023.2 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: February 7, 2023
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was released. The version number is 2023.1.
The new version can now grab text from PDF files having the text layer and make it searchable just like it did for text files. The thumbnails of first pages are here as well.
Good news for photographers: WinCatalog now contains a new processing module for RAW files and can process RAW files (CR2/CR3, DNG, NEF, ORF, and other types) much faster than previously.
The ability to limit the number of thumbnails per folder was added to all types of files having thumbnails.
The new version contains other minor improvements and bug fixes.
This is an intermediate upgrade. The upgrade to WinCatalog 2023 is free for everyone who has a valid license for WinCatalog 2021, 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 2020/2021 for free, therefore the 2023 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 2023 at a special upgrade price. Please click here for details.
To download WinCatalog 2023.1 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: December 22, 2022
This week we celebrate WinCatalog’s 21st birthday. The age of majority for humans, but not for the software. We have a lot of plans for future updates, including a total UI redesign, adding new features, extending and improving existing ones.
But now it is time to light candles on a birthday cake and say thank you to all of you for your support and feedback! For a lot of features, you suggested during these years, for your comments and suggested improvements!
And, finally, Happy Birthday, WinCatalog!
Posted on: October 12, 2022
Hello, a new update for WinCatalog was released on August 9, 2022, the version number is 2021.5.1. The update fixes a critical issue when WinCatalog grabbed, but didn’t display media information for video files. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In addition to the fix WinCatalog now removes unnecessary whitespace from text fields when grabbing Exif tags, and grabs GPS coordinates (Latitude, Longitude, and Altitude) from photos (if available).
Spanish (Latin America) translation was actualized.
To download WinCatalog 2021.5.1 as a full package please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.
If you have already downloaded and installed WinCatalog 2021.5, you may download just the reduced package containing only the modified binaries (8 MB). WinCatalog 2021.5 is required to be installed previously: → download the update.
Posted on: August 9, 2022
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2021.5.
WinCatalog can now grab Lens information from photos. However, WinCatalog still can’t search using this information it can only display it. The next version (WinCatalog 2023) will have the ability to search using any field, including lens info.
Some of the processing modules in WinCatalog (when processing PDF files, archives except ZIP files, and ISO files) need to create temporary files during the scanning process. By default, WinCatalog uses the system TEMP folder as a location for these files. Now you can specify a custom folder for temporary files by your choice. You can find this option on the General Scanning page individually for each scanning profile. By default, WinCatalog continues using the system TEMP folder.
The ability to limit the number of thumbnails and cover images per folder was added. Sometimes it is needed to have just several thumbnails from an image folder, especially, if the folder contains similar images or sequential shots. This option helps to reduce the catalog file size. The limit may be set individually for pictures, RAW files, thumbnails generated from video files, and cover images grabbed from ID3 tags of audio files. All limits are turned off by default, you can find the mentioned options on the File Processing tab individually for each scanning profile.
The next new feature is the ability not to follow symbolic links. Symbolic links work like shortcuts to folders and can be used, for example, to have the same folder in different places in the file system (the folder may be located on another drive or a different computer in the local network).
Previously, WinCatalog cataloged these folders as normal folders, which caused duplicating files (once when processing the original folder, and second when processing the same folder via symbolic link). Now WinCatalog can process these folders just once, however for compatibility with previous versions (in order to have the same behavior as in the previous version), the option is turned off by default.
The size of the symbolic links is set to 0, this excludes cases when having one or more symbolic links increases the total size of the data stored on the drive.
You can find the option to exclude symbolic links from the scanning process in the Excluding section of the General Scanning tab. As with all other scanning options, it should be set individually for each scanning profile.
WinCatalog displays symbolic links using the green folder icon and always shows the Target (where the folder is actually located) in comments:
The option not to follow symbolic links is on the General Scanning page of a scanning profile:
The update contains other minor improvements and fixes.
To download WinCatalog 2021.5 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: August 8, 2022
Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 2021.4
The update adds a new data source for Audio CDs: in addition to MusicBraiz.org, GnuDb.org is now available (unfortunately, without album covers, because GnuDb.org doesn’t have them but with the ability to select from several results if multiple entries are found in the database). Now you can select one out of three options: MusicBrainz.org, then GnuDb.org if found nothing in MusicBrainz. This option is the default out of the box. Two other options restrict WinCatalog to use MucicBrainz.org only, or GnuDb.org only.
A bug was fixed when it wasn’t possible to save scanning profiles imported from .json files.
The “end of the scanning process” sound was returned back (but turned off by default). This option was removed in the 2021.1 version based on feedback, but after making the changes, we started to receive requests to add it back. So, now this option was added back and includes now four different sounds: a Tibetian Gong, two melodies, and the classic Ta-Da sound. Of course, the option isn’t limited by these four sounds, and you can use other sounds you have.
Korean translation was actualized.
To download WinCatalog 2021.4 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 8, 2022
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