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Organize Music Libraries, Find Similar Songs – Audio Dedupe 3.2.0.1 Is Released

Duplicate MP3 Finder

Find Similar Songs – Organize Audio Libraries

Audio Dedupe 3.2.0.1 – Find Similar Songs And Duplicate Audio Files In Any File Format

Audio Dedupe is popular for its features that go beyond the standard duplicate file finders. Audio Dedupe can find similar and duplicate songs regardless of the file format. It analyzes the files and “Listens” to the audio file in order to find similarities. It can identify exact duplicates or remixes of the same song stored in various audio file formats. The tool supports most of the popular aduio formats and will put an end to the mess in you music collection, iTunes, iPod, iPad, iPhone or other mp3 player devices. Here are some of the supported file formats: Supports MP3, MP2, MP1, MPA, WAV, OGG, AIFF, AAC, MP4, FLAC, AC3, WavPack (WV), Musepack (MPC) and Windows Media Audio (WMA) file formats.

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The key improvements in this release extracted directly from the Duplicate MP3 Finder’s What’s new page:

Version 3.2.0.1:

  • In Filter dialog added option to filter folders by name
  • Clicking on the folders grid header icons now checks/unchecks all folders
  • Browse for folder dialog is updated – if no folders are checked the currently selected folder is added
  • If delete/move file operation fails, hex error code is displayed in the log

Not all improvements are listed above, but these are just a few of the new features and fixes in this release.

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Find Similar Songs

The Key New Features Of The Duplicate Audio Finder Tool

Filtering Duplicate Audio Files

The filtering panel provides a handy new option that makes it possible to filter folders by a phrase including wildcards. If the text “original” is entered – all the folders that contain “original” in the name will be matched. Vertical line e.g.: “copy|backup|bckp” can be used in order to specify and combine several phrases. Using the above example all the folders that contain “copy”,“backup” or “bckp” will be matched. A more sophisticated example is “b??(*)*” – it will match all folders starting with “b” followed by two characters then an opening bracket followed by one character and then a closing bracket followed by any number of characters.

The asterisk denotes that zero or more characters should be present and the question mark denotes that exactly one character should be present at that position. There are unlimited number of combinations that can be created in order to match a specific folder name. A screenshot of the new filtering window is available below:

Duplicate File Finder Filter

Filter Duplicate Music Files

Duplicate Music Finder User Interface And Features Improvements

Exclusion from “Auto-check” or from “Self-scan” can now be set for all folders in the list by clicking on the header of the corresponding column. The browse for folder dialog is also updated. If no folders are checked, the currently selected folder is added. This makes it easier to add a single folder to the list and saves the extra click to check it.

Every delete/move file operation that fails displays a HEX (hexadecimal) error code. That makes it easier to isolate the issue e.g. if the files is locked by another application, if the user account used to start the application does not have sufficient permissions to manipulate the file, if the file is stored on a read only media and so on. All the error codes can be found at the Duplicate MP3 Finder FAQ page

“Keep Folder Structure while moving files” is now optional. In previous versions of Audio Dedupe it was ON by default. Name conflicts in cases where there are more files with the same name from different locations that should be moved to the same backup folder are also solved. If the file “Intro.mp3” for example is moved to the same folder from multiple locations the extra copies will be moved with the name “Intro (1).mp3”, “Intro (2).mp3” and so on. While it does not make much sense if the source files are exact duplicates it is useful to preserve the source files if they are similar versions, but not 100% duplicates.

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Find Duplicate And Similar Photos – VSDIF 5.6.0.1 Is Released

Duplicate Photo Finder

Find Similar And Duplicate Photos

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 5.6.0.1 is Released And Available For Download

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder is an superb tool that outperforms the standard duplicate file finders and can recognize similar photos even if they are stored in different file formats. It can compare a jpg, png and a RAW file for example and identify that they are similar. This is a task that can not be handled by common duplicate file finders that are available on the market.

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The key improvements in this release extracted directly from the Duplicate Photo Finder’s What’s new page:
Version 5.6.0.1:

  • In Filter dialog added option to filter folders by name using wildcards
  • Clicking on the folders grid header icons now checks/unchecks all folders
  • Browse for folder dialog is updated so if no folders are checked – the currently selected folder is added
  • If delete/move file operation failed, hex error code is shown in the log
  • Added checkbox “Zoom To Fit” in the large preview window

Not all improvements are listed above, but these are just a few of the new features and fixes in this release.

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Photo Duplicate Finder

The Key New Features Of The Duplicate Photo Finder Tool

Filtering Duplicate Photos

A handy new option is added in the filtering dialog that makes it possible to filter folders by a phrase including wildcards. For example if the text “copy” is added – all the folders that contain “copy” in the name will be matched. Combinations of phrases can be used by separating them with a vertical line e.g.: “copy|backup|bckp”. In this example along with the folders that contain the phrase “copy” in their name will be listed also the ones that contain “backup” and those that contain “bckp”. A more sophisticated example is “b??(*)*” – it will match all folders starting with “b” followed by two characters then an opening bracket followed by one character and then a closing bracket followed by any number of characters. If the example is not clear enough the asterisk denotes that zero or more characters should be present and the question mark denotes that exactly one character should be present at that position. The combinations are endless and it is easy to match any folder’s name with high precision.

Duplicate Photo Finder User Interface And Features Improvements

Clicking on the folders grid header icons now checks/unchecks all folders for either exclusion from “Auto-check” or from “Self-scan”. The browse for folder dialog is updated so if no folders are marked, the currently selected folder is added. This makes it easier when adding a single folder to the list.

There is a hex error code for every delete/move file operation that fails. This makes it easier to identify the problem e.g. if the files is in use, if the user account used to start the application does not have sufficient permissions to manipulate the file, it he file is stored on a read only media and so on. All the error codes can be found at the Duplicate Photo Finder FAQ page

A new “Zoom To Fit” check-box in the large preview window makes it easier to view the entire photo by automatically resizing it to fit the preview windows.

There is a small fix in the Corporate version where the firs file in the “-des_list” is not compared in certain cases. This applies to the command line feature and the issue has been present only while comparing “-src_list” vs “-dest_list”.

 

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Duplicate File Finder – How to Filter Files and Folders

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Duplicate File Finder

How to Filter Files and Folders When Searching For Duplicates

When looking for duplicates it is sometimes necessary to filter the results by file type, folder location, file attributes like date or size, file name and other properties – this is possible using the filtering functionality inside Duplicate File Finder.

The filtering settings should be applied prior to starting a scan. This can lead to a much quicker scan if one is interested only in certain file types or locations.

There are plenty of filtering options that can be applied, inside Fast Duplicate File Finder.

Enabling and disabling the filtering option when searching for duplicate files

The filter button is a two state button at the top of the application represented with a funnel icon. When it is off pressing the button will display the filtering options. If the options are applied using the OK button the filtering tool button will stay pressed denoting that filtering is applied. If the filtering dialog is canceled the filtering tool button will remain unpressed denoting that no filtering is applied.

If the filtering tool button is pressed, pressing the button for the second time will disable the filtering and the tool button will go up. Pressing the button for the second time, when it is in its unpressed state will display the filtering window where the last filter can be edited and applied.

 

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Duplicate File Finder Filtering Options

Including or Excluding Matches From Duplicate Search

At the bottom of the filtering dialog there is an option that determines whether the items matched by the filtering options will be included or excluded from the results.

Filtering Duplicates By Folder

The folders pane can be used in order to filter the duplicates by location. There are button at the bottom to add or remove folders. The remove button works on the currently selected item.

Filtering Duplicate Files By Type – File Extension

The File Extensions panel provides options to filter files by type. Extensions in format *.ext (asterisk dot extension) can be added in the list. Use the check-boxes in the list in order to toggle file types on or off. The unused (unchecked) items will be removed automatically when the application is restarted.

Filtering Duplicates By File Attributes – File Date, File Size and File Name

The File Attributes panel provides options to filter duplicates by certain file properties. Using the File Size Bigger Than and File Size Smaller Than options in combination with the global Exclude/Include option can search for duplicates inside or outside a certain file size range.

The same applies for the date range and files older, newer or inside/outside a certain period of time can be included or excluded in the results.

There is also an option to filter the files by name which also supports the standard file name wildcards – asterisk that denotes multiple characters or question mark that denotes a single character. For example A*LOT?OF* – will match all files starting with A followed by some other characters then containing LOT followed by a single character that is followed by OF which is followed by any number of other character. Another example is Copy of * – this will match all files that start with “Copy of” and so on.

Using the filter is straightforward and provides a lot of flexibility. Setup the filter options and make sure tho apply them using the OK button in the filtering dialog. The filtering tool bar button will stay pressed (the one with the funnel icon) denoting that the filtering is active. Once the filtering is enabled start the scan to search for the duplicate files that match the filter options.

Take a look at Duplicate Photo Finder and Duplicate Songs Finder for dedicated tools. This small article can be useful in order to chose a duplicated file finder.

Find Similar Files and Similar File Names

Find Similar Files

Find Similar Files

The problem behind finding similar files

The process of finding similar files or similar file names is much more complicated than finding duplicate files.  Most duplicate file finders that analyze file content and do not rely on file dates or sizes will find duplicate files easily, while rarely duplicate file finders include features for finding similar items. The problem is that there are billions of file formats that a tool should support in order to be able to open and compare them. That is why there are dedicated duplicate mp3 finder and duplicate image finder applications. The process behind finding similar file names is not quite easy too. Finding file names that contain certain word can be easy, but finding ones that contain two or more words not in the same order can be tricky.

Solution for finding files with similar names and files with similar content

Fast Duplicate File Finder is a popular FREE tool developed by MindGems Inc. It is well known for its accurate results and outstanding performance. Along with the duplicate finding features,  there is an option for finding similar files or similar file names. This works by specifying a percentage of similarity that will be used as a threshold. FDFF differs from the common duplicate finders that claim to utilize fuzzy search or the so called fuzzy matching. While a fuzzy match will rarely reveal proper results FDFF can find similar files even if the data inside is scrambled. If two text files for example contain the same text with scrambled paragraphs or slightly edited sentences they still will be matched and displayed as duplicates in the results list with information regarding the percentage of similarity between the two files. FDFF is free and can be downloaded here: Duplicate File Finder

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Find Similar Files

Windows 7 Duplicate File Finder

Window 7 Duplicate File Finder

Window 7 Duplicate File Finder

How to find duplicate files in Windows 7

Finding duplicate files is important not only in Windows 7, but in all operating systems and Windows versions. Finding duplicate files will not only increase your free disk space by performing a disk cleanup, but will also improves system performance by getting rid of useless files. The count of files impacts performance while searching for files. This is an operation that is performed also by the operating system and the applications and improving its speed impacts the overall system performance.

Issues Related to Duplicate File Finders

While duplicate finders can save valuable disk space and improve performance they can lead to total disaster if an unreliable tool is used or important system files are deleted. There are plenty of such tools on the market and one should carefully choose which one to trust.  In next section a description of the key features that a duplicate file finder should have are listed.

Choosing a Reliable Duplicate File Finder

There are plenty of features that one should consider while choosing the best duplicate file finder application. Here is a small list:

  • A duplicate file finder should compare the file content. While there may be an option to search for duplicate file names or files with same size, these are not the measures which qualify two or more files as duplicates.
  • Protection for system files and folder. While it is not advised to remove any files from the system folders a protection inside the application should prevent such possibility by default.
  • Stable performance without crashes.
  • Comprehensive reports with detailed file/folder information.
  • Reliable mechanism for automatic selection of files preserving at least one copy.
  • Filtering option with features to include or exclude certain files or folders in the scan process based on various properties.
  • Option to make a backup of the duplicate files by moving them to a certain folder.

These are the key features that a duplicate file finder should provide. A reliable tool that provides all the features above and even more is the FREE Fast Duplicate File Finder:

Windows 7 Duplicate File Finder

Windows 7 Duplicate File Finder

Fast Duplicate File Finder is a free Window application for finding duplicate files provided by MindGems Inc. Fast Duplicate File Finder is on the market more than 10 years and used by millions of users. It provides accurate results in the shortest time. You can find also dedicated duplicate image finder and duplicate mp3 finder at the company web site.

Audio Dedupe Pro 2.5.0.1 – Duplicate MP3 Finder Tool

Audio Dedupe Duplicate MP3 Finder verison 2.5.0.1 is released.

There is new Quick Check/Uncheck functionality, which allows you to check/uncheck files by their folder, extension, file size, file date, etc.

Duplicate MP3 Finder Quick Check

Duplicate MP3 Finder Quick Check

The move/delete window is enhanced and the Duplicate MP3 Finder will let you delete read-only files too.  There is also check if the space in the Recycle Bin is sufficient to hold the deleted files when deleting to Recycle Bin. If you have manually checked some file the application will display warning if an operation will alter your changes. The enhanced support for Windows 7 now includes also support for symbolic links ( symlinks ).  The fixes include some wildcard issues fixed in the filter dialog and 120dpi support. The new tab in options can be used to set which columns are visible in the results table.

The PRO and Corporate versions of the duplicate mp3 finder software now include the option to export the results in XML or CSV file formats. The CSV file format can be viewed as a table directly in Excel. An option to delete empty folders during the delete operation will keep your folder-tree tight.

The new Compare Folders menu item is available in the Professional and Corporate versions. It will let you easily compare a folder with audio files with one or more folders.

Please check the Audio Dedupe Comparison table and Audio Dedupe What’s New section for more details.

Free Duplicate File Finder v. 3.2.0.1 is Released

Free Duplicate File Finder

Free Duplicate File Finder

Version 3.2.0.1 of the free Fast Duplicate File Finder is released and available for download.

The new version adds support for symbolic links in Windows  7. Among the new enhancements are the Move/Delete files, results window and other small GUI fixes. In this new release the program can delete read-only files.

Fast Duplicate File Finder will check for Recycle Bin size and show a warning if you want to delete the files to Recycle Bin and there is not enough space available. Some CSV export issues are now fixed.

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Find Duplicate Photos and Pictures – VSDIF 4.2.0.1 is Released

Duplicate Photo Finder

Duplicate Photo Finder

Version 4.2.0.1 of Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder comes with important new features and fixes. One of the important new features is the support for symbolic links in Windows 7. Now Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder will work flawlessly under Windows 7.

There is a new option to set the cache folder location. This is extremely useful if you have a large collection of photos and you are lacking space on your system drive.

A lot of GUI improvements and fixes are also available. You can now set each column’s auto-size attribute individually, some issues with column sizing and splitter were also fixed.

An enhanced Move/Delete files window will report details for the operation. If files were in use during the delete operation and they could not be moved/deleted they will be listed so that you can free the files and retry the delete operation.

The program will check for Recycle Bin size and show a warning if you want to delete the files to Recycle Bin and there is not enough space available. Automatic delete can now also delete read-only files.

Check the complete What’s New List here.

Find Duplicate APE (Monkey’s Audio) and TTA (True Audio) Files

Duplicate MP3 Finder

Duplicate MP3 Finder

The new 2.0.0.1 major release of Audio Dedupe is packed with plenty of new features.

Two new file formats are now added to the supported file formats:

APE – Monkey’s Audio

Monkey’s Audio is a file format for audio data compression. Being a lossless format, Monkey’s Audio does not discard data during the process of encoding, unlike lossy compression methods such as AAC, MP3, Vorbis and Musepack.
Data file compression is employed in order to reduce bandwidth, file transfer time, and/or storage requirements. A digital recording (such as a CD) encoded to the Monkey’s Audio format can be decompressed into an identical copy of the original audio data. As with the FLAC and Apple Lossless format, files encoded to Monkey’s Audio are typically reduced to about half of the original size,[1] with data transfer rates and bandwidth requirements being reduced accordingly.

TTA – True Audio

True Audio (abbreviated TTA) is a free, real-time lossless audio codec, based on adaptive prognostic filters. Also, .tta is the generic extension to filenames  of audio files created by True Audio codec.
TTA performs lossless compression on multichannel 8, 16 and 24 bit data of uncompressed wav  input files. The compression ratio of TTA depends on the type of music file being compressed, but after compression the size of output file will generally range between 30% – 70% of the original. TTA format supports both of ID3  v1 and ID3 v2 information tags. APEv2 tags support has been added recently.

Audio Dedupe – What’s New?


Version 2.0.0.1:

  • Added Monkey’s Audio APE files support.
  • Added True Audio TTA files support.
  • Added filter files and folders functionality, so you can exclude files or folders from scanning.
  • Added Pause/Resume functionality.
  • Added new options tab to select which columns you want to be shown in the results grid.
  • Added new option to set the cache folder location.
  • Added new option “Remove from list groups containing single file after delete/move”.
  • Added new option “Files are not duplicates if their play time differ more than xxx sec.”.
  • Added volume slider in the preview window.
  • Fixed some bugs when moving files.
  • Other small bug fixes and GUI improvements.

Find Duplicate Files Free – Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.8.0.1 is released

Duplicate File Finder

Free Duplicate File Finder

Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.8.0.1 is available for download. In the new version you can pause and continue the scan process. The duplicates list can now be customized via the new tab in the options. You can choose which columns to be visible and which not. If you are unchecking a selection of files and there is a manually checked file in the list a warning message will be displayed. Hints in the filter dialog will display the full folder location if it doesn’t fit in the “Don’t Scan Folders” box. The improved folder selection dialog will let you select multiple folders simultaneously. The preview window has a lot of improvements and now uses Media Player 9 to preview video files. The fixes include some fixes related to moving files and a lot of improvements to the GUI.

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Here is a complete list of the new features and fixes in this release.

Version 2.8.0.1:

  • Added Pause/Resume functionality.
  • Added new options tab to select which columns you want to be shown in the results grid.
  • Added warnings when unchecking a selection of files and there are user checked files.
  • Added hints in filter dialog if the folder location doesn’t fit in the “Don’t Scan Folders” box.
  • You can now add/remove multiple folders at once in the filter dialog.
  • Preview window now uses Media Player 9 for previewing video files.
  • Fixed some bugs when moving files.
  • Other small GUI fixes and enhancements, nicer disabled toolbar.

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