WinCatalog 2018 is here!

WinCatalog 2018 version 18 Hello, we’re glad to announce that the new version of WinCatalog 2018 (version number 18.0) was released.

The new version introduces a brand new feature – scanning profiles – providing an ability to have several sets of scanning options and switch between them easily. The new version also contains a lot of smaller visible and hidden improvements based on a feedback and suggestions provided by our customers. For the new update, we performed an optimization, reviewed the code for errors and more. Below you will find descriptions of the most interesting features.

Scanning profiles (sets of the scanning options).

We decided to call this function “scanning profiles” or, as previously, “scanning options”. Scanning options were moved from Program Options to a separate and dedicated options manager. You can open it by clicking the Scanning Options button on the Ribbon toolbar:

WinCatalog 2018 - Scanning Options

When WinCatalog creates a new catalog file, it also creates four profiles for the scanning options: disk only – for adding information about the disk without scanning the contents, disk and folders – for adding information about the disk and grabbing folders structure, but skipping the files, basic file info – for adding all the files and folders, but grabbing just basic file information like size, created and modified dates, file attributes – all advanced processing modules, for example, ID3 tags extraction for audio files, or thumnails grabbing for images, are turned off for this profile, and, finally, full file info – when WinCatalog grabs all the info it can grab. All options in the last profile are set to their default values.

If you upgraded from a previous version of WinCatalo and changed scanning options before, another profile will be created – called my settings. It will contain all the settings you set in the previous version and all the previously added disks will be connected to this profile (you can always change the profile on the Volume Info tab in the Properties of any item).

Any of the existing profiles can be modified, renamed, deleted. You can also create new profiles for your needs. You can read more about the Scanning Options manager in the user manual (the PDF version is available here).

When selecting a disk or a folder to add, in the Add Disk or Add Folder dialogues, you can select the profile for the next scanning session. When a disk or folder is added, WinCatalog remembers the profile and uses it again automatically when you update the disk or a folder (or you can switch to another profile before updating on the Volume Info tab).

Other improvements

In addition to the main new feature, WinCatalog 2018 contains a lot of improvements and additions. For example, the Properties panel (located on the right part of the main window by default) now displays tag information and disk info for the selected items. The progress window for the scanning and updating processes displays now the disk label. When you open a new search tab, the focus is set to the search field, so you can start typing immediately. The Report Generator button was added to the main panel of the Ribbon toolbar, the process of the report generation now displays a progress bar (so WinCatalog does not freeze now on long report generations), and the Report Generator itself now resides in a separate window. New option to limit checksum and hashes calculations was added: now it is possible to set up a threshold for large files in addition to the small ones. The optimization work and a code review for error detecting were performed for the scanning module. Now WinCatalog scans and updates disks faster, especially for the catalog files having a large number of tags.

Upgrade

WinCatalog 2018 is available as a free upgrade for everyone who purchased a license for WinCatalog 2017 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 2018 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: May 18th, 2018

 

WinCatalog 2017 Release 17.45

Hello, we would like to announce a new release of WinCatalog 2017 version 17.45. This is a maintenance update fixing an issue with audio files processing (some stereo mp3 files were wrongly detected as mono). Another improvement fixes a negative effect of the recent Microsoft Spectre/Meltdown update for Windows 10 – on computers with Windows 10 installed WinCatalog started with a delay of 3-10 seconds. Now it starts almost the same time as before.

This is the minor upgrade, it is free for everyone who owns a license for WinCatalog 2017 or purchased the Lifetime Major Upgrade Option.

To download WinCatalog 2017 version 17.45, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: February 28th, 2018

 

WinCatalog 2017 is now Large Monitors Friendly and … Happy Holidays!

Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new update of WinCatalog was just released (version number is 17.4). Now WinCatalog is large monitors friendly – it allows zooming the content using four predefined values from small, which is the default, to extra large. You can find the switcher in the bottom right corner of the window or in the program options.

To download WinCatalog 2017 version 17.4, please click here. As usual, you do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

The year is coming to its end, so we would like to take a minute and wish you a Happy Holidays! Let the next year be filled with health, happiness, and productivity. And let all the files be organized well!

Thank you for your support and Happy New Year!

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: December 30th, 2017

 

WinCatalog 2017 Release 17.3

Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new version of the disk catalog software WinCatalog was just released. The version number is 17.3.

This is a maintenance update fixing some minor issues found from the previous update and slightly improves the update speed for disks and folders containing a large number of files and folders inside.

Thumbnail generation for video files was also improved, now WinCatalog will grab thumbnails for a various number of video formats even if the File Explorer does not display them (previously, displaying the thumbnails in File Explorer was a prerequisite). A support of .vob, .flac, .swf and other types of files was added.

Now you can clear the search history, zip backup compression also is now an option.

This is the minor upgrade, it is free for everyone who owns a license for WinCatalog 2017 or purchased the Lifetime Major Upgrade Option.

To download WinCatalog 2017 version 17.3, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: November 17th, 2017

 

WinCatalog’s 16th Birtday

This weekend we’re celebrating the 16th birthday of WinCatalog!

Time flies fast — it’s time again to add one more candle, cut the cake and celebrate the anniversary.

Congratulations! And thank you that you are with us over all these years!

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: October 14th, 2017

 

WinCatalog 2017 Release 17.2

Hello, we’re glad to inform you a new version of WinCatalog was released.

Multiple Tags SelectionThe new version contains improvements and new features.

Now you can select several tags, locations or contacts and see all the associated items in the grid view. Use CTRL+Mouse click to add or remove an item to/from the selection, SHIFT+CLICK to select a range of items and CTRL+UP/CTRL+DOWN to expand the selection.

WinCatalog now Displays Search Queries on Search TabsThe other new feature is the optional ability to display search queries on the search tabs. This feature is useful for those who create several search tabs at the same time. The feature is turned on by default.

Thanks to the partial data loading, WinCatalog now improves the speed of displaying contents of the folders that contain large number of files and sub-folders.

The Administrative tab was added to the Program’s Options. It allows turning the debug logging on and off and switch to the ‘old’ scanning module that does not requrie .NET Framework.

Two issues concerning CRC32 and other hashes were fixed. Now WinCatalog correctly grags CRC32 values for files located inside ZIP archives (previously it grabbed negative values for some entries). Previously, the MD5 calculator locked the file and blocked CRC32 or SHA256 calculations. Now all three values can be calculated during the scanning process.

To download WinCatalog 2017 version 17.2, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: June 29th, 2017

 

WinCatalog 2017 Release 17.1

Hello, we’re glad to inform you a new version of WinCatalog was released.

The latest version adds SHA256 hash calculation for files. The feature is turned off by default. To turn it on, please run WinCatalog, click the Catalog button (left from the Main tab of the Ribbon toolbar), and then click Options. Follow to the General Scanning page, find the Checksum calculation section and mark the “Calculate SHA256…” option.

Please note that changing this option affects to the new scans only. If you wish to calculate SHA256 for previously catalogued files that were not changed, please turn the following option temporarily off: “While updating a disk or a folder: skip unmodified files (speeds up the update process)”. Please do not forget to turn this option back on after all to speed-up future updates.

To download WinCatalog 2017 version 17.1, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: April 17th, 2017

 

WinCatalog 2017 Release 17.04 / 17.05

Hello, we’re glad to inform you that new versions of WinCatalog were released. Both are the maintenance updates. Version 17.04 fixes Windows XP incompatibility and thumbnails grabbing (previously WinCatalog reduced thumbnails size to 200 pixels for a larger side independently from the selected value of the “Thumbnails size (in pixels)” option). Version 17.05 fixes the ta-da sound that did not play after the update process is completed.

The latest update is recommended for everyone.

To download WinCatalog 2017 version 17.05, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: April 5th, 2017

 

WinCatalog 2017 is here!

WinCatalog 2016 version 16Hello, we’re glad to announce that a new version of our disk catalog software WinCatalog 2017 (version 17) was released.

Advantages of the new version:

– A scanning algorithm has been completely renewed.
– A speed of scanning a disk has been greatly increased.
– A process of updating a catalog has been renewed and works mush faster.

As you can see, the new version does not include any visible changes (so, unfortunately, we can’t just tell you “please click here to see all the new features”), but it contains a lot of internal improvements for the scanning and updating processes.

The scanning module was rewritten from a scratch using a new platform and now it works much faster and reliable (but keeps all the same functionality). 2017 release is a huge step forward for us opening new capabilities for the future development and for the new features.

The upgrade to the latest version is free for everyone who has purchased a license for WinCatalog 2016 or a Lifetime Major Upgrades option in addition to a license for WinCatalog. In that case, a new registration key is not required.

If you purchased any version of WinCatalog prior to WinCatalog 2016, you can buy WinCatalog 2017 at a special upgrade price (50% OFF) and get a new registration key in order to upgrade to WinCatalog 2017.

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 2017 please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog. Just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: February 23rd, 2017

 

WinCatalog 2016 Release 16.5

Hello, we’re glad to inform you that a new version of WinCatalog is released today. The version number is 16.5. This is a maintenance update that improves the scanning process. The update is recommended for those who actively populate their catalogs.

Important notice: this is the last upgrade for the 2016 version, WinCatatlog 2017 is coming soon. The current upgrade to 16.5 is also the last free upgrade for everyone who does not have the lifetime major upgrades status and purchased any version of WinCatalog prior to 2016 (ver. 16.0).

To download WinCatalog 2016 version 16.5, please click here. You do not need to uninstall a previous version of WinCatalog – just install the latest version over the existing one.

No comments yet | Category: News | Posted on: February 12th, 2017