WinCatalog 2019 Release 19.4

Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new version of WinCatalog was released. The version number is 19.4.

The new update introduces Dynamic Patterns for the Name column (we started from ID3 tags), timeouts for all processing modules, grabbing thumbnails from HEIF/HEIC (High-Efficiency Image File Format) and WebP image files, full support of ID3 tags for FLAC files. ZipBackup and CSV reports were updated.

Timeouts for processing files

Previously WinCatalog used timeouts for external processing modules only, now it uses timeouts for all the processing modules. The default value is 10 seconds per file. If processing the file takes longer, WinCatalog stops processing the file and stores a mention in the comments field that the process was terminated by a timeout.

New image formats: HEIF/HEIC and WEBP

Now WinCatalog can generate and keep thumbnails for the High-Efficiency Images (files with .heic and .heif extensions) and .webp files. The current version does not grab EXIF tags for these formats yet, the support of EXIF for HEIF/HEIC images will be added in the subsequent updates.

Full support of FLAC files

Now WinCatalog fully supports FLAC audio files, including album covers (from ID3 tags), and other values that were previously supported for MP3 files.

Compressed backups and CSV reports improvements

The compressed backups feature (ZipBackup) now uses the destination folder as a temp folder for the archiving process. Previously the backup process could fail with an “out-of-space” error message even if the destination drive had enough free disk space (but the drive hosting the system temp folder didn’t).

The CSV reports contained an unnecessary places field delimiter at the end of each line, it was removed.

(!) Dynamic Patterns for the Name field

For files and folders, WinCatalog has two fields called Name and Filename.

Filename contains the name of the file or the folder as it was originally named in the file system. The Filename field is used by WinCatalog to keep a connection with the real file on the disk and cannot be edited in WinCatalog.

The Name field (which may also be called the Display Name) may have any value you want and represents the entry in WinCatalog. The column is editable.

Previously, for music files having ID3 tags, WinCatalog built-up the Name column during the scanning process by placing Artist - Title value instead of a filename.

The current version introduces a different approach. Now WinCatalog just grabs and stores ID3 tags, but does not build the Name field during the scanning process. Instead, the Dynamic Pattern is used to display the Name field when you’re working with WinCatalog.

If you used a previous version of WinCatalog, on the first run WinCatalog will update your catalog file to reset all the previously generated Names for music files (if you didn’t modify them manually) and will make them ready for the Dynamic Patterns.

You can read more about the Dynamic Pattern feature here in the user manual.


To download WinCatalog 2019 version 19.4 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.

Posted on: January 13, 2020