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Find Duplicate Files With Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.1.0.1

Version 4.0.0.1 of The Popular Fast Duplicate File Finder Is Released

This new release provides some fixes and two new features. There are two new context menu items in the results list.

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The first one “Remove from List…” will remove the selected items from the list. After the remove operation if the group contains only one item it will be automatically removed if the option “Remove from list groups containing single file after move/delete”. This handy new feature can be used to remove items that should be kept from the list. Please note that this feature removes just the item from the list – not the actual file.

The other option is  “Remove Group from List…”. Using the feature will remove the entire group to which the selected item(s) belongs. Multiple items can be selected and removed at once.

The fixes include a modification that enabled the tool to load projects with older file formats. Deleting large amounts of files is optimized in this release and handled better and faster. An issue that prevented the program form showing results when using vertically rotated desktops is now removed. Associated file icons are now retrieved in faster and safer.

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The complete change log for this and older releases can be found here: Duplicate File Finder – What’s New

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Find Duplicate Photos – Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 5.4.0.1

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Find Similar And Duplicate Photos With The Help Of Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 5.4.0.1

This new version includes also the new features of the internal 5.3.0.1 release.

Improved Multi-threaded Performance

While VSDIF is extremely optimized in terms of CPU usage this new release provides some extra improvements and optimizations related to the multi-threaded performance. This speed optimization is not as big as those in recent updates, but it can make a difference on large collections.

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Compare Folders – Compare Photo Libraries

This new feature provides a dialog box where a folder can be compared against one or more folder. This is a handy option when synchronizing multiple photo libraries. This feature is available only in the PRO and Corporate versions.

Improved Rotated/Flipped Image Comparison Performance

There is a huge performance improvement in this release when comparing rotated or flipped images. This version can be thousands of times faster in such cases.

Better Duplicate Photo Sorting

Sorting the images is now applied to the entire gird rather than sorting the items inside a group. The duplicate photo results can now be sorted by any property preserving the group integrity at the same time. This means that the list can be sorted by file size in order to remove the largest images or by file date in order to remove the oldest images first.

Additional Duplicate Photo Finder Improvements

The default cache name issue while using different precision levels is now fixed. This release provides extra backward compatibility and will load old projects without any issues. A small glitch in the cursor state when the application is paused is also fixed.

The entire change log can be found here: Duplicate Photo Finder Changes

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Find Similar Files and Similar File Names

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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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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.

Windows 8 Duplicate File Finder – Can Find Similar File Names Too

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Windows 8 Duplicate File Finder

Version 3.5.0.1 of Fast Duplicate File Finder is released and available for download. Along with all the new features the new version provides improved support for the Windows 8 operating system.
A major new feature in this release is the option to find duplicate or similar file names. Such feature is handy for identifying copies of the files with appended numbers or letters in order to denote versions. The “Similar File Names” mode will list for example all files named “My CV.doc”, “My CV 2.doc”, “My CV 2012.doc” and so on. You can control how close the matched names should be by specifying the similarity percent. Usually a setting of 95% works quite well.

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Another important option is added to the filter where now you can not only exclude certain types of files, but also include them . The new version will let you scan for example only for certain types of files like “*.jpg”, “*.exe” or a combination of them. There are also plenty of other filtering options that you can choose from.

Duplicate File Finder Filter Options

Duplicate File Finder Filter Options

A lot of new features are included in this new release. One of them requested by our users is the “Check all except first in group” which is now available in the “Quick Check” dialog.  A warning dialog is now displayed if you try to delete all the items in a duplicate group and it can be turned off via the application settings. Enhancements in the “Browse for folder” dialog will let you navigate to a location by pasting a path in the newly added location field. You can also easily copy the path of the selected folder.

Project loading time is improved and file dates are now stored in the project file. You can easier review your projects on another machine.

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What do you think about the new version? Do you have suggestions?

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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.

Find Duplicate Photos and Pictures – VSDIF 4.2.0.1 is Released

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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

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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

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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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Export Duplicate Files List – Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.5.0.1

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Fast Duplicate File Finder 2.5.0.1 is released packed with new features. The new enhanced Browse for Folder dialog will let you add multiple folders at once.  “Remove from list groups containing single file after delete/move” option is added. “Show user checked files in different color” and “Show user checked files in bold font” are useful in order to track the files that you have checked manually.  The auto Check option to check “Files with newer dates” can be used to preserve your original files. New Auto Check option to check “Files with bigger sizes” in similarity mode is also available. A handy new feature is available via popup menu in the folders list – “Disable self-Scan For This Folder”. This is useful if you want to scan two (or more) folders against each other. You can now export the duplicates list to XML or CSV file. Added grid popup menu item “Check All Except Excluded” (CTRL+E) which will check all files except the excluded ones from the Advanced dialog in Auto-check options or files whose folder is excluded from auto-check. A lot of other new features and fixes are available.  Please check the complete “What’s New” list below.

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What’s New

Version 2.5.0.1:

  • You can now add multiple folders at once using the enhanced Browse for Folder dialog.
  • Added new option “Remove from list groups containing single file after delete/move”.
  • Added new option “Show user checked files in different color”.
  • Added new option “Show user checked files in bold font”.
  • Added new Auto Check option to check “Files with newer dates”.
  • Added new Auto Check option to check “Files with bigger sizes” in similarity mode (available only in Pro version)
  • Added folder popup menu “Disable self-Scan For This Folder”. This is useful if you want to scan two (or more) folders against each other. (available only in Pro version)
  • Export the results to XML or CSV file. (available only in Pro version)
  • Added grid popup menu item “Check All Except Excluded” (CTRL+E) which will check all files except the excluded ones from the Advanced dialog in Auto-check options or files whose folder is excluded from auto-check.
  • Added grid popup menu item “Properties” which shows windows explorer file properties window.
  • Ctrl+K checks the selected files (also available as a grid popup menu)
  • Ctrl+U unchecks the selected files (also available as a popup menu)
  • Quick rename files using F2 or Rename grid popup menu.
  • Left and Right arrow keys can now be used to navigate to previous/next duplicate in the big preview window.
  • Enter and ‘C’ key checks/unchecks the duplicate in the big preview window.
  • Added line nubmers in duplicate results grid.
  • Fixed column sorting on all columns.
  • There are now two separate columns for File Name and Folder.
  • Other small GUI fixes and enhancements.

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