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Find Duplicate HEIC, HEIF, HEVC images – VSDIF 7.5.0.1

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 7.5.0.1 Provides Support For .HEIC, .HEIF HEVC Encoded Images

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder provides support for the High Efficiency Image File Format  – .heic and .heif images. These image formats are supported via external codec which should be installed prior to running the latest version. There are many HEIC codecs freely available on the Internet – just search for “heic codec” and install one on your system in order to enable the support for HEIC files. The “CopyTrans” heic codec is tested with VSDIF and working properly. The performance of HEIC file comparison depends on the installed codec and that is why a stable and fast implementation is a MUST. This new feature is available in the PRO and CORPORATE versions of VSDIF.

High Efficiency Image File Format

High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a file format for individual images and image sequences. It was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is defined by MPEG-H Part 12 (ISO/IEC 23008-12). The MPEG group claims that twice as much information can be stored in a HEIF image as in a JPEG image of the same size, resulting in a better quality image.

The HEIF specification also defines the means of storing High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC)-encoded intra images and HEVC-encoded image sequences in which inter prediction is applied in a constrained manner.

HEIF files are compatible with the ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF, ISO/IEC 14496-12) and can also include other media streams, such as timed text and audio.

HEIF image files are stored with filename extensions .heif or .heic.

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You can download the latest version demo here: Duplicate Image Finder or use the link in your registration email to download the update for free if you already own a license for any of the 7.x.x.x releases.

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Find Similar And Duplicate WebP Images – VS Duplicate Image Finder 7.2.0.1

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Find duplicate WebP images – VSDIF 7.2.0.1

The latest version of Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder provides support for the WebP image format that was announced by Google as a new open standard for lossy compressed true-color graphics on the web. Current WebP implementation supports both lossy and lossless compression including alpha (transparency) channel. (Find more information on the WebP image format below)

The corrupt DNG images issue

We received complaints from our users who use Adobe Lightroom and DNG files, that VSDIF may crash on preview and/or scan of damaged DNG files. Our research on the topic fond many forum posts regarding DNG files and Adobe Lightroom – Google for: “dng+files+lightroom+corrupt”
We have not investigated those in details, but if you experienced issues with DNG files you should check those posts and the version of Adobe Lightroom that you are using. We have not analyzed those in details nor we claim that a relation between the damaged DNG files and Lightroom exists, but according to the search results above such possibility can not be excluded. The latest version of VSDIF can not load the DNG files as they are corrupt, but it will not crash.

A pre-release fix for the above issue was already provided to all our customers and it is included in this new version.

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WebP – A new image format for the Web

Here is a quote from Google – ” WebP is a modern image format that provides superior lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. Using WebP, webmasters and web developers can create smaller, richer images that make the web faster.”

Announced in 2010 the format aimed to produce smaller files of similar image quality to the popular JPEG scheme. Later Google announced WebP support for animation, ICC profile, XMP metadata, and tiling (compositing very large images from maximum 16384×16384 tiles). Google began to experiment with lossless compression and support for transparency (alpha channel) in both lossless and lossy modes; support has been enabled by default in libwebp 0.2.0 (16 August 2012). Google’s tests reveal that a conversion from PNG to WebP results in a 45% reduction in file size when using PNGs found on the Internet, and a 28% reduction in size when compared to PNGs that are recompressed with pngcrush or PNGOUT.

WebP Support

Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, the Opera browser, and other tools and software libraries support natively WebP. Developers have also added support to a variety of image editing tools.

Find Duplicate Photos Faster – 64 Bit Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 7.0.0.1 Even Faster Performance And Support For Larger Image Libraries

64 Bit Version

The latest version of VSDIF adds a native support for 64 Bit operating systems. While VSDIF was already running on a 64 Bit operating systems it had limitations that were applied from the Windows operating system itself – for example 32 Bit applications are limited to using only 2GB of system memory regardless of the memory available on the system. The new version can utilize all the resources of a 64 Bit operating system and perform much faster and handle larger image collections.

Preserve Group Integrity On Sort

Preserving group integrity is now optional and can be toggled in settings. This feature was enabled by default in the previous versions of the tool and was not configurable as breaking the grouping of the images may lead to confusion and the user may end up deleting all files from a group. Due to requests from our users we have made this feature optional, but it should be used carefully. Though it may be dangerous to use, it comes handy in certain cases. For example one can sort files by folder name or other property, select all items with the desired features in the list and use the context menu to check them all.

“Match full path” To Exclude Folder Names From Auto-Check

The “Match full path” option is introduced in the advanced auto-check options. In past versions only file names could be matched. Ticking the option will match the specified pattern against the entire file path which makes it easy to exclude folders with specific names or containing specified characters.

Up To 40% Faster Image Processing

The processing time of JPEG, PNG and JPEG2000 is optimized and is around 30-40% faster than before, but it can reach up to 50% in certain cases. Unfortunately this applies only to the decoding and not to the loading time which is limited by the speed of the storage where the images are located.

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder (VSDIF) 6.7.0.1 – Released

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 6.7.0.1 Adds New Features and Fixes Network Locations Support

Auto-check Images With Larger File Size

The name of the feature is quite self-explanatory – it will mark the files with the larger file size leaving the smallest unmarked. While most user would prefer to keep the larger files as they generally should be the ones with the best quality, there are cases where such option is needed. For example converting a PNG image to BMP will only result in a larger file size while the quality would be the same. In such cases keeping the larger files will be just waste of valuable disk space.

Backup Similar Imaged – Copy Checked Files

The Move/Delete panel is now reorganized and includes also a COPY option. While VSDIF is designed to get rid of duplicate or similar photos this option might come handy for backups and folder synchronizations.

Duplicate Photo Finder Fixes – Network Access and Permission Issues

The latest version adds a fix for incorrectly reported network location size which prevented the move/copy operations. It also includes detailed error report in case of permissions issues. This will provide more information if one tries to set an inaccessible path for the cache location which was causing the application to list zero results.

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 6.4.0.1 Detects Similar Photos Even if Frames or Borders Are Added

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 6.4.0.1 Brings New Features For The Holidays – Find Similar Photos Even if Some Of Them Have Borders/Frames And The Others No

Two major new features are added to VSDIF – an option for detecting similar photos with borders/frames and an auto-check feature for selecting images with shorter file names.

Auto-check Images With Shorter File Names

The name of the feature is quite self-explanatory – it will mark the files with the shortest file names first leaving the one with the longest name unmarked. Some users prefer to rename their photos by adding descriptive file names and this feature helps exactly in such cases. One ca easily remove the files that are not renamed as those are usually with short file names generated automatically by the camera. VSDIF already has an option to auto-mark files with longer file names for cases where the user wants to remove duplicate copies that usually are named COPY (X) of….

Detect Similar Images With Solid Borders

While this new feature is not a miracle and it may fail with multi-color complex frames that alter the appearance of the image completely, it does quite a good job when the word comes for simple frames and borders. It comes handy also in cases where the photos are scanned – this process usually generates extra borders around the images. As this new feature is not resource-intensive it is enabled by default in the application settings. Though it will not make noticeable difference in terms of performance for medium-sized image libraries it can be turned off in the application settings if one intends to compare large quantities of photos that are known not to include borders. The feature also helps to detect images that are saved or captured from the web and usually include part of the background.

You can download the latest version demo here: Duplicate Photo Finder

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Find Similar Photos – VSDIF 6.2.0.1 Available For Download

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 6.2.0.1 Provides Flexibility In The Folders List And Can Automatically Adjust The Orientation Of The Preview Images

The duplicate photo finder tool is already flexible with plenty of filtering options and duplicate search algorithms, but this new release adds some extra flexibility by providing an easy way of altering the “Exclude from auto-check”, “Disable self-scan” and “Remove from list” by providing a context menu which operates on all the currently selected items.

 

The new option “Automatically adjust preview images orientation” is located in the settings and tells the application to use the EXIF image information to properly preview an image by automatically rotating the image. Such option will not work on images generated by old camera models that do not have sensor for camera orientation or on images that have their EXIF meta-data removed. Of course such images can be manually rotated using an external tool in order to face the desired direction.

 

A user interface fix addresses a rare issue that is present when using “Large fonts” and low resolution and causes the folders panel to disappear. A fix for the duplicates information above the duplicates list is also available. The information was not properly updated after using the “Image Search” feature.

You can download the latest version demo here: Duplicate Photo Finder

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Duplicate Image Finder 6.1.0.1 – New Features For Automatically Selecting Duplicate Photos

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VSDIF 6.1.0.1 Makes It Easier To Automatically Select Duplicate Photos

VSDIF is the number one choice for a tool that finds similar and duplicate images for most professional photographers. The multiple scan modes, duplicate photo auto-check, filtering options and settings make it flexible enough to fit even the most specific tasks. Of course the precision of the results provided by Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder makes it stand out from the crowd and is the most important reason why it is the favorite choice of those who want to keep an organized photo collection.

The key new features and fixes in this release include:

New Features In Duplicate Photo List

There are two new menu items in the duplicate image list – “Remove from list” and “Remove group from list”. These options are extremely useful while working with large results list in order to remove items and groups that are already processed. The “Delete” menu shortcut is now also updated accordingly and is now assigned the Shift+Del shortcut and the “Remove from list” feature now uses the Del key.

New Auto-check Method For Selecting Duplicate Images

There is a new auto-check selection method based on file name length – “Images with longer file names”. This feature is very useful as copied files usually have “copy (x) of” appended by Windows Explorer automatically to their file names. Also edited files usually are stored with some letter or number appended to the file name as “Logo.jpg”, “Logo 1.jpg”, “Logo 1a.jpg”, “Logo new.jpg” and so on.

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Duplicate Photo Finder Fixes And Improvements

Some minor fixes and improvements are also included in this release. The multiple images preview wasn’t updated with the first found group after the scan was complete. On some systems where the small icon size is different than 16×16 the shell associated icons in the results grid were not loaded properly.

The “After scan” actions box is now enabled during scan and can be used to set the application to save the results and shut down the computer even if the scan is already running.

A short list of all the changes in this release can be found at the Duplicate Photo Finder What’s New Page.

Do not forget the take a look at the updated Duplicate Image Finder Tutorial.

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 6 Can Find Similar And Duplicate EXIF Tags Like Description, Comment and Camera Model.

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The Best Duplicate Photo Finder Got Even Better By Providing A New EXIF Tag Comparison Mode Which Can Find Both Similar And Duplicate EXIF Tags

VSDIF has proven over the years as the best tool for finding similar and duplicate images. Its flexible scan modes, filters, auto-check and settings make it suitable for a vast variety of tasks. This new major release adds another powerful scan method to the already vast arsenal of the tool. Though this is a very nice new feature, the improvements do not end there. A “Multi preview” makes it easy to compare the images if there are more than two duplicates in a group. The flexible new panel lists all the duplicate images at once and provides options for customizations.

Find Similar And Duplicate EXIF Tags

The new scan method makes it possible to find and group together photos that have similar and duplicate EXIF Tags. The ways this feature can be used are limitless as it works on all the available EXIF Tags. While the most common use would be to search for similar and duplicate comments or descriptions the feature may also be used to search for duplicate camera model in order to find all the photos shot with a certain type of equipment. Searching for duplicate EXIF Date can reveal all the photos from e certain photo shootout.

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Preview Multiple Duplicate Photos Simultaneously

This release includes a new preview panel that lists all the duplicate photos in a group together. The panel can be resized to order the thumbnails in a single or multiple rows and the thumbnail size can be altered using the mouse wheel. The thumbnails also include a check-box in order to denote the photo’s checked state and also can be used to toggle that state.

In some cases it may be more convenient to preview two images at a time so the old preview panel is preserved in the new release. It can still be used if one prefers to see a larger preview of the selected items.

An improvement now automatically adjusts the orientation of the previewed image if such information exists in the EXIF data.

 

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Standard Preview Panel

New Duplicate Photo Finder Features

There are plenty of new features and improvements in this release. Some of the more important ones is the fact that the EXIF tags list is now sorted by tag name by default and the sort order can be reversed by clicking the column title.

DICOM tags – files used in the medical industry are now supported in the Corporate version of the tool.

Another improvement now makes it possible to preserve the order of the duplicate groups for multiple save/load sessions. This is especially handy while working with large projects where a user analyses a bunch of groups and wishes to continue later with the rest.

And of course as always please comment below if you miss a feature or you have a suggestion for improvement. We will be glad to hear from you!

Find Duplicate And Similar Photos – VSDIF 5.6.0.1 Is Released

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

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder is a 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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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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VSDIF Duplicate Photo Finder 5.5.0.1 Available For Download

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 5.5.0.1 is Released And Available For Download

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder is an innovative tool that can recognize similar photos even if they are stored in different file format. It can compare a jpg and a RAW file for example – something that a standard duplicate file finder can not do.

This new release provides mainly fixes related to command line usage and Corporate version, but it provides also a handy new feature related to the move operation.

As many of our customers asked for this we have made the feature “Keep folder structure” while moving files optional. Previous versions of VSDIF was recreating the source folder structure in the target location. This is handy as you can:

  1. Restore files back to the original places easily
  2. There could be files with duplicate names that will be overwritten if moved to the same location

The new feature takes care of the second issue. If there are two or more files with the same name they will be renamed in the new location and this will be denoted in the move log. For example if there are multiple files named MyPicture.jpg they will be saved with the names MyPicture (1).jpg, MyPicture (2).jpg and so on in the target location.

Though move is necessary in certain cases we strongly recommend deleting the files to the Recycle Bin or moving them to a folder by keeping the folder structure which is the default behavior. Once you are sure that you have moved/deleted the proper files your can permanently remove them by emptying the Recycle Bin or by removing them from the folder where they were moved.

In case of an error the Recycle Bin provides a restore option that will restore the files to their original locations. Same can be done if the folder structure is preserved and files are moved – just copying the contents of the folder to the root of the corresponding drive will restore everything back to its original state.

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