Monthly Archives: March 2013

Audio & Music Manager – Remove Duplicate Songs

Audio Manager

Audio Manager

Music Manager – Delete Duplicate Songs

Managing music files and deleting duplicate songs will not only result in a better organized music collection, but will also save gigabytes of valuable disk space. It is extremely annoying to have duplicate songs in your iTunes Library, iPhone, iPod, iPad or any other mp3 player. Using a musing manager application can solve this issue and keep a clean of duplicates music collection.

Audio Dedupe is an innovative tool that can put and end to the mess in a music collection. There are plenty of methods that Audio Dedupe offer in organizing songs. The most notable thing about this product is the fact that it will actually “Listen” to the songs in a music collection in order to find similar or duplicate items. The tool performs a real audio analysis and can find similar songs even if they are stored in different audio formats. It does not rely on data like ID3 tags. If the songs are ripped from a CD or imported/downloaded from other locations and miss their ID3 tags Audio Dedupe is still able to identify them.

While many duplicate file finders are marketed like duplicate music finders the only thing they do is to find exact duplicates or in best case to look for duplicate ID3 tags. This is not much convenient as files that are stored in different file formats or have different ID3 tags or are not tagged at all will not be identified. This is the most often case when looking for duplicates so a standard duplicate file finder does not help much when the word comes to managing music libraries.

Using Audio Dedupe to manage a music collection is easy. It can scan an entire computer or just certain folders where the audio files are stored. The tool will locate and analyze all supported audio files and list them in a neat table grouped by similarity. While talking about file format we should mention that it support all common audio formats like – AAC Files (*.aac; *.mp4, *.m4a) – iTunes, iPod, iPhone Audio Files including Apple Lossles audio, AC3 Files (*.ac3), Audio IFF Files (*.aif; *.aiff), FLAC Files (*.flac), MPEG Audio Files (*.mp3;*.mp2;*.mp1;*.mpa), Musepack Files (*.mpc), OGG Files (*.ogg), WAVE Files (*.wav), WavPack Files (*.wv), Windows Media Audio Files (*.wma).

There is a built in player that supports continuous playback while switching between files. This is very handy as one can easily compare the quality of the audio in order to keep the best one in the collection. Speaking about quality, the application lists the bit rate, size, length, format and many other properties for every file in order for the user to easily choose the one to keep. There are also auto-check features that can automatically select files for deletion based on the above mentioned properties and also file date, file time, file location and so on.

Keeping an organized music collection and managing songs is easy using Audio Dedupe.

Music Manager

Music Manager

How to Organize Photos

Organizing Digital Photos and Images

Organize Photos

Organize Photos

In our digital era most people have huge image collections and organizing the photos turns out not to be an easy task. A growing number of devices (cameras, phones, tablets…) are now equipped with image capture capabilities and the quantity of images in an average image collection grows rapidly. The fact that taking a digital picture does not cost anything makes things even worse as those image collections contain multiple shots of the same object, scene or person. Unfortunately this large quantity of files is hard to maintain and costs a lot of disk space.

Organizing Photos by Removing Duplicates

The first important thing to do is to get rid of the duplicates. This task can take ages on large photo collections so using a  dedicated tool is a necessity. Luckily Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder by MindGems Inc. can solve the issue instantly. VSDIF is an innovative tool that can recognize similar or duplicate photos even if they are stored in different file formats. The tool supports more than 100 common image formats and more than 300 RAW camera formats. This tool is an industry leader in this field and is used in the medical industry, stock photography web sites, document management systems and many more. While the Corporate version is quite expensive MindGems provides a desktop version which is popular among the professional photographers at a very low cost . A free demo is available for download here.

Organizing Photos by Grouping Similar Images

VSDIF can help with organizing photos also by finding similar images. If photos from the same photo shoot are scattered all over the computer VSDIF will identify them and group them together by similarity. A similarity percentage that can be adjusted to a certain threshold determines how similar the grouped images should be. There is also an option to compare the EXIF date time. This is handy to identify images that are taken in burst mode or images that have close dates and times. The feature works by grouping together images that have delay between the shots smaller than a specified period of time.

Organizing Photos Using Image Search

One of the options in VSDIF is to search for images by providing a sample image. If photos from a photo shoot are moved to a folder and left orphaned the feature will help to easily locate the source folder from where they were moved. It is also useful for finding all the images that contain certain person, scene or object.

Duplicate Image Finder

Duplicate Image Finder

Print Directory

Print Directory

Print Directory

How to Print Directory contents?

Printing directory is something that everyone needs now or then. Unfortunately there is no built-in option to do this in Windows. While there are plenty of commercial applications that can do this a free disk cleanup tool has this neat option and can print also to multiple file formats besides printing on paper.

Folder Size is a FREE tool aimed towards disk cleanup. Printing directory is the least that this tool can do.

1. Download and install Folder Size. Once it is installed on a computer it adds a context menu item in Windows Explorer named “Scan with Folder Size”
2. Navigate to the folder that should be printed and right-click the item in order to invoke “Scan with Folder Size”
3. The content of the folder is instantly displayed in the Folder Size application and available for analysis.
4. Use the File->Print option in order to print the content.
5. There are plenty of options that can be tweaked. The application can print to PPV (Print Preview), EMF, Multi-page TIFF or PDF.

The main purpose of Folder Size though is the disk cleanup process. This tools will scan and display the folder and file sizes for easy visualization of the hard disk space distribution. It can list also the largest files and the largest folders. There are plenty of export features that can save the data in XML, CSV, JPG and other file formats. Folder Size is free for personal use.

There is a short video that displays how to use Folder Size in order to Print Directory:

Duplicate Image Finder – Outstanding Performance and Windows 8 Support

Fstest Duplicate Image Finder

Fastest Duplicate Image Finder

Search for Duplicate Images Faster Than Ever

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 4.7.0.1 is now Windows 8 certified. The application utilizes a new cache system that provides immense speed improvement in the pre-processing stage. The improvement can be up to 1000 (no it is not a typo – thousand times)  faster depending on the count of images. Using the new cache system VSDIF can now pre-process 10,000 images in a second. It is strongly recommended to use the new cache system as consequential scans of an image library will be extremely fast.

The best thing regarding the new cache is the fact that it also detects modified files. This means that a file which was cached in a previous scan and has been modified will be identified and re-processed. This ensures that the duplicate image finder will use the latest version of every file even when using the cache system. The new cache system is available also for the “Image Search” feature and will work equally fast. Old cache files were designed for slow storage and computers and are no longer supported.

In addition to the options that were available for excluding files, the improvements in the filtering options now allow to include files based on various criteria. Here are the filtering options:

Duplicate Image Finder Filter

Duplicate Image Finder Filter

There is a new option “Check All Except First in Group” in the Auto-check feature.  An  updated browse for folder dialog can be used to navigate to a folder that is pasted from the clipboard. There is a huge speed improvement when loading large project files. The entire change log can be found here.

Do not forget to check also the free Duplicate File Finder, Duplicate MP3 Finder and Folder Size tools that will help with the disk cleanup process.

Screen Privacy – Boss Key 5.0 for Windows 7 & 8

Boss Key - Screen Privacy

Boss Key - Screen Privacy

How to Protect Your Screen Privacy

Nowadays screen privacy is an issue that everyone is facing either in the crowded office with inquisitive colleagues and a patronizing boss or at home with over-caring and curious relatives. Usually when writing a confidential email, checking your bank account, entering sensitive data in a web form or performing other private tasks you would prefer nobody to watch. Unfortunately people are curious creatures by nature and often will try to check on your activities.

You have several options in such case:

  • do nothing
  • close the active window, consequently losing all data entered in it
  • reboot the computer and lose yet more data
  • use Boss Key to instantly hide the active window

MindGems Inc. has released Boss Key 5.0 that can completely solve these issues. How does Boss Key protect your screen privacy:

  • Hides all windows/applications instantly with a press of a keyboard or a mouse shortcut
  • Preserves the running applications active while they are hidden and preserves your data in tact
  • Mutes sound if important audio with sensitive content was playing
  • Restores display resolution if you were watching a movie or playing a game
  • Hides the system tray in order to cover applications like Skype, ICQ
  • Restores all the applications to the state before hiding them with the press of a single key stroke

Boss Key is available for download free of charge. While you may not always need a boss key application you can install this all-in-one privacy tool that may save you a lot of headaches. It will be there for you when you need it the most!

Screen Privacy Tool

Screen Privacy Tool

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