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Version 4.3.0.1 Of The Fastest Duplicate File Finder Is Available For Download

Fast Duplicate File Finder is the fastest and the most reliable and feature-rich application of its kind on the market. While other tools compare MD5, CRC, size, dates, names and other unreliable properties in order to find duplicates, FDFF performs real byte-to-byte comparison and guarantees that the identified files are 100% duplicates.

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

Version 4.3.0.1:

  • Added option to Keep Folder Structure while moving files. In the previous versions it was always ON
  • 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 so that 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
  • Desktop folders can be scanned, all shortcut files on desktop are skipped

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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The Key New Features Of The Duplicate File Finder Tool

Filtering Duplicate Files

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. Here is a screenshot of the new filtering window:

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Duplicate File 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 File Finder FAQ page

A new option to Keep Folder Structure while moving files is now added to the application. In the previous versions it was always ON by default. This new feature also takes care of file name conflicts in cases where two or more files with the same name from different locations are moved to the same folder. If the file “report.doc” for example is moved to the same folder from multiple locations the extra copies will be moved with the name “report (1).doc”, “report (2).doc” and so on.

Earlier versions of Fast Duplicate File Finder ignored the desktop folders if the “Protection for system files and folders” was enabled in settings. (This option is enabled by default in order to prevent damages to the operating system by novice users). Current version will scan the desktop folders even if that option is enabled as many users store their files on the desktop. In order to prevent damages to the desktops of other user the application will ignore shortcut files which are intentionally duplicated over the desktops of every user. E.g. two different users can have shortcuts to the same applications.

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Fast Duplicate File Finder 4.0.0.1 is Released Packed With Plenty of New Major Features

This version of the fastest and the most precise duplicate file finder includes a large number of major improvements and new features. The Multi-Language (Unicode) support, Microsoft Excel (XLS) and Word (DOC) files preview support, improved sort in the results list, optimized performance for the delete and move operations, additional options while searching for similar and duplicate file names are just a few to name in the list. This new release is based on a completely new platform and will provide the foundations for the development of even more fancy new features.

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Find Duplicate Files That Have Names in Multiple Languages Simultaneously – Full Unicode Support

While Fast Duplicate File Finder could scan files named in any character set (Language) it could scan only two languages simultaneously. The default one in your system and the one set for non-unicode applications. While this is not an issue for most of the users now this limitation no longer exists. The application is capable of listing results in any alphabet simultaneously. For example you can have files in Chinese, Greek or Arabic language listed in the results at the same time.

Preview Duplicate Microsoft Word (doc) and Excel (xls) Files

There is a support for XLS and DOC files right inside the Duplicate File Finder’s preview window. This feature requires the corresponding Microsoft Word and Excel applications to be installed on the computer. As loading large doc and xls files can take several seconds ( this is something that depends on the installed Word and Excel applications ) there is an option to disable the preview for them in settings.

Improved Folder Comparison Features

The “Exclude From Self Scan” and “Disable auto-check for this folder” items are now listed as check-boxes inside the folders list. That helps to easier visualize the configuration of the current project. The two features are handy when one needs to merge two or more folders and set one or more of them as “Source”. The “Exclude From Self Scan” option denotes that the files inside that folder will not be compared with each other. They will be compared only with the file in the rest of the folders that are added in the project. The “Disable auto-check for this folder” is pretty self-explanatory – if the auto-check feature is used the items in the folder will not be marked.

Improved Duplicate Files Sort

Sorting duplicate files in past versions was performed inside the groups in order not to break the group integrity. It would not make any sense to have the files sorted by size and have files from different groups listed together. The new improved sort will sort the items inside the groups as in past versions and also sort all groups keeping the items inside together. Now if you sort the items by size in descending order the groups that contain the largest items will be listed firs.

Find Duplicate Files With Same Name or Similar Name and Different Extension

The “Similar File Names” search mode now includes an option “Do not compare file extensions”. This tells the application to compare only the file names without their extension. This is handy in order to find duplicate files like  “Beat It.mp3”, “Beat It.wav”, “Beat It.ogg” or “Wedding.avi”, “Wedding.mp4”, “Wedding.mkv” and so on. An extremely handy feature that can find multiple versions of the same file that are converted to different file formats.

Additional Duplicate File Finder Improvements

These include faster delete/move operations on large amount of files. Improved scan speed for folders that contain large number of files. The information panel above the results grid is now updated after every delete or move operation. There are a lot of other small GUI fixes and enhancements that are not worth mentioning.

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