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Audio Dedupe Music Manager $400 Giveaway – Organize Music Libraries, Remove Duplicate Songs and Find Similar Audio Files

Remove Duplicate Songs

Remove Duplicate Songs

MindGems Inc. is Giving Away 10 Licenses for Audio Dedupe PRO Music Manager Worth $400 – Remove Duplicate Songs and Organize Audio Libraries

Audio Dedupe will “Listen” to songs in order to find similar and duplicate audio files. The tool can find duplicate MP3 files and 18 other popular audio formats.

It will list all similar and duplicate songs grouped by similarity. Audio Dedupe can automatically select files with lower quality for deleting. There is a built-in audio player with continuous playback that can be used in order to quickly review the quality of the duplicate songs.

The main benefits of using this tool are:

  • Organize audio collections
  • Remove annoying duplicate files from your music library
  • Save valuable disk space by removing duplicates
  • Find similar songs and re mixes and group them together

Having duplicate audio files on mp3 players, iTunes, iPod, iPhone or iPad is not only annoying, but wastes valuable storage. While it may be easy to clean up few hundred files most people have huge collections and identifying and cleaning duplicates turns out not to be so easy. Audio Dedupe is an innovative tool that can recognize duplicate songs even if they are stored in different file formats. This is something that a standard duplicate file finder can not achieve. This is because if the same song is stored in different audio formats the file data is completely different even if it contains the same audio. Unlike the common duplicate file finders Audio Dedupe decodes the audio data and performs real audio analysis in order to identify similar and duplicate music inside an audio collection. There is a free demo available for download at www.mindgems.com, which you can use in order to evaluate the tool.


Audio Dedupe
supports the following audio file formats:

  • 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)
  • Monkey’s Audio Files (APE)
  • True Audio Files (TTA)
Find Similar Songs

Find Similar Songs

MindGems Inc. provides also a tool that can find similar images named Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder (VSDIF). It works in a similar to Audio Dedupe way, but for image files. You might also check the free Duplicate File Finder and Folder Size tools that will help with the disk cleanup process.

How to enter this giveaway:

Entering takes just few seconds and is not related to filling endless surveys. Just share MindGems on your favorite social networks using the widget below and sign up for the newsletter. MindGems Inc. will not reveal your e-mail address to third parties. It will be used to notify you if you are the winner in this giveaway and to notify you about product update, discounts and other giveaways that are organized by MindGems Inc. If you do not want to receive those updates you can always unsubscribe once the giveaway ends. This giveaway will be active until 22 May 2013.

Do not be turned down by the count of entries. Every user can have multiple entries that increase his/here chance to win by performing different actions. See the widget below:

The Winners:

Entry #162    Erin C.
Entry #69    Lalaine H.
Entry #153    Tim M.
Entry #119    Vera P.
Entry #178    Stacy M.
Entry #41    Alex G.
Entry #102    Poly G.
Entry #49    Steve S.
Entry #177    Debra W.
Entry #191    Shirley G.

 

How to Organize Images?

How to Organize Digital Images and Photos

The issue behind organizing images

Nowadays most users have thousands of images and while organizing few hundred images may not be so difficult it is a headache to organize thousands or even hundreds of thousands photos. Luckily Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder (VSDIF) can help with this task. There is a free download available at the product’s web site so you can download and test the tool before placing an order. VSDIF is the best tool for finding duplicate photos.

Quick tutorial on how to organize images (for novice users)

Once you download and install the duplicate image finder all you need to do is to create a new project and add the folders to be scanned.

Duplicate Image Finder

Duplicate Image Finder

Click the New Project button to create a new project. A dialog box will pop-up automatically where you have to select the folder where the images are located. The selected folder will appear in the folders list panel on the right.  If you have photos in different locations just use the “Add Folder” (1) button to add more folders.

Some important notes for novice users:

  • Add only the folders with you own photo collectionsnot your entire drives.  If you add your entire drive all the images that are duplicates will be listed. This means that these results will include images also from applications and from the operating system. Some of those images are intentionally duplicated so deleting them may lead to malfunction in your applications or operating system.

Once the folders are added select the scan method.

Find the Exact Duplicate Images First

Before running a “Visual Compare” use the “100% Identical Files” mode. It is much faster and will list exact duplicates.This will help you to quickly get rid of the exact duplicate files and will reduce the amount of images that will be scanned using the slower “Visual Compare” method.

Find Similar Images

The default scan method is “Visual Compare” at 95%. Usually this should work best for you and we do not recommend lowering the value below 90% as it will lead to false positives. The levels below 90% can be used by advanced users for certain special types of scans.

Review Duplicate Image Results

Once the tool completes the scan it will list all similar or duplicate images and group them by similarity. Name, path, properties and similarity are listed for ever image in the duplicates grid. The groups are listed in alternating colors for better readability and the group number that the image belongs to is listed on the right.

Mark Duplicate Images for Deleting

Use the “Auto Check” panel in the bottom left corner to mark files automatically. By default it will mark files with smaller dimension and files size meaning that it will keep the images with the best quality. You can change these settings via the check-boxes and the advanced button in this section. Auto-Check will select all images in a group except ONE – the image that will be kept depends on the above settings.

Some important notes for novice users:

  • Always review the results before deleting or use the MOVE option and make a backup before deciding whether to delete the files permanently or not .

There are plenty of shortcuts in VSDIF that will make things easier while reviewing duplicates. You can use Space Bar for example in order to check/un-check an image. Take a look at the help file for complete list of shortcuts.

Delete Duplicate Images

You can delete duplicates manually or automatically. Using the “DEL” key you can delete the currently selected image.

Some important notes for novice users:

  • Use the delete functionality inside VSDIF to delete images. If you have scanned some folders and then later manually remove folders or images using Windows Explorer you will get “Not Found” message inside VSDIF for the missing items as they are no longer present at the location that was available during the scan process.

Once you have reviewed the results and marked the images that you want to remove you have several options. You can move the files to a backup folder before deciding whether to delete the permanently or not. The other option is to delete the file to Recycle Bin from where you can restore them if you have deleted something by mistake. The third options is to PERMANENTLY delete the files. You have to be 100% sure before using this option as there is no way of recovering the deleted files.

Final Words:

This is a very basic tutorial on how to get rid of duplicate photos and organize an image collection. You can find an Advanced Tutorial on How To Remove Duplicate Images here.

Audio Dedupe Music Manager – Organize Songs in Windows 8

Audio Dedupe - Music Manager

Audio Dedupe - Music Manager

Remove Duplicate Songs, Find Similar MP3 Files, Save Valuable Disk Space with Audio Dedupe Music Manager 2.9.0.1

Finding similar songs and organizing audio files has never been easier. Version 2.9.0.1 of the popular duplicate mp3 finder Audio Dedupe is released and available for download.

There are plenty of new features and performance improvements in the latest Audio Dedupe relese. The latest version of Windows 8 is now fully supported.

This brand new release utilizes the new cache system that was introduced in our duplicate photo finder application recently and brings immense performance improvement. Searching for duplicate mp3 files can be more than 1000 (thousand) times faster when using the cache.

The filtering dialog now provides an option to exclude certain files based on different properties like type, location, size, date, name and more. This provides a lot more flexibility when searching for duplicate songs.

There is a new option in “Quick Check” – “Check All Except First in Group”. A new option “Show warning if all files in a group are marked for deleting” provides a higher reliability and will warn if someone tries to delete all the copies of the same song.

Project loading times are optimized and now large projects will be loaded much faster. A new command-line -p option to save the project after scan is added.

There are quite some optimizations applied to the “Browse for folder” dialog. It now displays much faster and can navigate to a path that is pasted from the clipboard. There is also ‘drag and drop’ support available inside Audio Dedupe and you can drag your folder from Windows Explorer inside the application in order to include them in the scan.

There are plenty of other small bug fixes and improvements that you can find listed in the What’s New section.

Find Similar MP3 Files - Music Manager

Find Similar MP3 Files - Music Manager