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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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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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Find Duplicate Photos – Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 5.4.0.1

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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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VSDIF – Professional Duplicate Photo Finder Adds Support For Sidecar Files (Adobe Photoshop, LightRoom XMP etc.)

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VSDIF 5.2.0.1 Adds Support For Adobe Photoshop XMP and Other File Format Sidecar Files

This release provides an option in the settings where sidecar file extensions can be listed. Multiple sidecar extensions like XMP, THM, info, Exif etc. can be listed simultaneously using a vertical line as separator – “|”. The move/delete operations over the selected files will also affect the corresponding sidecar files that are set in the settings.

This release fixes also the Pause/Resume functionality where some issues were detected. This includes also the missing icon. An issue with the exclude and auto-check states on project reload was identified and resolved.

Some additional changes are applied to the cache system. The active cache name is stored and reused when new projects are created. If there is no cache, a DEFAULT cache will be created and used automatically. Every project file stores its own cache settings that will be reloaded upon project reload.

Save project and shutdown/log off/etc. are now available in the DEMO version.

What is a Sidecar File?

Sidecar files, also known as buddy files or connected files, are files which store data (often metadata) which is not supported by the source file format.

For each source file one or more sidecar files can be created. This is in contrast to “metadata databases” where one database contains metadata for several source files.

In most cases the relationship between the source file and the sidecar file is based on the file name; sidecar files have the same base name as the source file, but with a different extension. The problem with this system is that most operating systems and file managers have no knowledge of these relationships, and might allow the user to rename or move one of the files thereby breaking the relationship.

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VSDIF 5 – Duplicate Photo Finder Adds Unicode Support and EXIF Information

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 5.0.0.1 is Released

We are proud to announce that version 5.0.0.1 of the award-winning Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder application is now released and available for download. There are plenty of new features and major changes in this version of the tool.

VSDIF now adds full support for UNICODE file names. What this mean is that the application can handle file names in any alphabet simultaneously. Older versions of the application could handle file name only in two alphabets at the same time.

There is a huge performance improvement in the comparison phase where the application now utilizes all the cores of a CPU. This means that on Intel i5 CPU with 4 cores that phase will run at least 4 times faster.

There is a new EXIF information panel added to the right of the results list. This panel will display the EXIF data for the currently selected image in the list. The folders and scan settings panel provide a collapse feature in order to make room for the new EXIF panel while reviewing the results.

An extra option in the auto-check panel provides features to select files with newer dates.

Improvements to the preview panel are applied too. The “First in group” image is now updated when the list is sorted. There is an option to ALT-Click an image from the results list in order to update the “First in group” image.

Improved folders list – added display of the Exclude From Auto-check and Exclude From Self-scan features. As you already know these handy features make it possible to compare two or more folders against each other and also select a “source” folder in order to exclude the items inside from auto-check.

There are plenty of other small fixes and GUI improvements. Click here to find the complete list of changes in VSDIF 5.0.0.1

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Duplicate Photo Finder – VSDIF 4.8.0.1 Adds Performance Improvements and More Image Formats

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Find Duplicate Photos Faster With Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 4.8.0.1

The new duplicate photo finder version is up to 80% faster when searching RAW formats and fixes some issues related to images that do not comply to the standards. VSDIF now better handles also the popular Nikon NEF RAW format and provides improved support for some of the Canon CRW formats.

This release adds support for eleven new RAW file formats.kdc, .srw, .bay, .3fr, .k25, .cam, .nrw, .mos, .dc2, .rw1, .rwl. Find detailed information about these newly supported  formats at the bottom of this article.

The improved “Browse for Folders” dialog, scans faster folders with many files. In addition to that now you can drag&drop folders from Windows Explorer directly inside Visual Similarity Duplicate Imaged Finder and they will be added to the folders list.

There are plenty of other small GUI fixes and enhancements that include also new 32-bit toolbar icons. Click here for complete change log.

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File Format: .kdc
File Type: Kodak Photo-Enhancer File

Developer: Kodak
Bitmap image format used by several Kodak digital cameras, including the Kodak DC40, Kodak DC50, and Kodak DC120; can be viewed using the Kodak software included with the camera or with some third-party programs; also known as a Kodak Photogen file.

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File Format: .srw
File Type: Samsung RAW Image
Developer: Samsung

Digital photo taken by a Samsung digital camera; contains a RAW image captured by the digital camera in a proprietary format; commonly touched up in photo editing software before publishing to the Web or to a digital media publication. NOTE: RAW files are not traditional raster image files such as .JPG and .PNG files because they store additional information such as white balance and exposure.

File Format: .bay
File Type: Casio RAW Image
Developer: Casio

Digital photograph captured by a Casio digial camera; saves raw image data from the camera in a proprietary format; can be touched up with some image editors and then exported to standard raster formats such as .JPG. NOTE: Casio Camera RAW files also use the .RAW extension.

File Format: .3fr
File Type: Hasselblad 3F RAW Image
Developer: Hasselblad

Digital photo captured by a Hasselblad digital camera; saves the photo in a RAW format as captured directly by the digital camera’s CCD; used for saving photos natively before applying touch-ups, such as white balance or color corrections.

File Format: .k25
File Type: Kodak K25 Image
Developer: Kodak

Digital photo captured by a Kodak DC25 digital camera, an older model from Kodak; can be converted to .JPG or other common formats using a converter such as DC25Convert or ReaConverter.

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File Format: .cam
File Type: CASIO Digital Camera Picture File
Developer: CASIO

Raw camera image captured by older CASIO QV series digital cameras, including the CASIO QV-10A, QV-11, QV-100, QV-120, and QV-200; stores a picture in a proprietary bitmap format; may be viewed by the software provided with the CASIO camera. CAM files were also viewable on CASSIOPEIA E-11 mobile devices using the CASIO’s Digital Camera Viewer software.

File Format: .nrw
File Type: Nikon Raw Image File
Developer: Nikon

Raw image file produced by high-end Nikon COOLPIX and digital SLR cameras; saves image data in an uncompressed format that can be processed on the camera or on a computer after the images is captured; similar to the previous .NEF format, but is designed to support Windows Imaging Component (WIC) functions.

File Format: .mos
File Type: Leaf Camera RAW File
Developer: Leaf Imaging

RAW image captured by several different types of digital cameras, such as the Leaf Aptus series and Mamiya cameras; stores a digital image in an uncompressed format; can be opened and edited using some image-editing applications. The MOS file format was developed by Leaf, a longstanding developer of digital cameras. Several Leaf cameras, including the Aptus series are now developed by Leaf Imaging, which is a subsidiary of Phase One.

File Format: .dc2
File Type: Kodak Photo-Enhancer File
Developer: Kodak

Camera RAW file created by some Kodak digital cameras; stores the image in an uncompressed format exactly as it was captured on the camera; often imported into photo-editing software for touch-ups and publishing.

File Format: .rw1, .rwl
File Type: Leica RAW Image
Developer: Leica

Camera RAW image created by a Leica digital camera; saves the picture in a proprietary raw format and maintains the original data as captured by the camera’s CCD; often touched up using photo editing software before publishing to the Web, a slide show, or to another digital publication.

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Duplicate Image Finder – Outstanding Performance and Windows 8 Support

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Search for Duplicate Images Faster Than Ever

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 4.7.0.1 is now Windows 8 certified. The application utilizes a new cache system that provides immense speed improvement in the pre-processing stage. The improvement can be up to 1000 (no it is not a typo – thousand times)  faster depending on the count of images. Using the new cache system VSDIF can now pre-process 10,000 images in a second. It is strongly recommended to use the new cache system as consequential scans of an image library will be extremely fast.

The best thing regarding the new cache is the fact that it also detects modified files. This means that a file which was cached in a previous scan and has been modified will be identified and re-processed. This ensures that the duplicate image finder will use the latest version of every file even when using the cache system. The new cache system is available also for the “Image Search” feature and will work equally fast. Old cache files were designed for slow storage and computers and are no longer supported.

In addition to the options that were available for excluding files, the improvements in the filtering options now allow to include files based on various criteria. Here are the filtering options:

Duplicate Image Finder Filter

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There is a new option “Check All Except First in Group” in the Auto-check feature.  An  updated browse for folder dialog can be used to navigate to a folder that is pasted from the clipboard. There is a huge speed improvement when loading large project files. The entire change log can be found here.

Do not forget to check also the free Duplicate File Finder, Duplicate MP3 Finder and Folder Size tools that will help with the disk cleanup process.

Find Duplicate Photos and Pictures – VSDIF 4.2.0.1 is Released

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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.

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 4.0.0.1 – Enhanced DICOM images support

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A new major release of Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 4.0.0.1 is available for download.  Using the Pause/Resume functionality you can temporarily stop VSDIF in order to perform some tasks and later resume the scan. A Quick Check/Uncheck functionality allows you to check/uncheck files by their folder, extension, file size, file date, etc. You can now add/remove multiple folders at once in the filter dialog. A new option “Quick load images” is added, which was until now always on.  If you have some strange results showing absolutely different images as duplicates, then turn this option off. This issue is caused by damaged images that can not be properly loaded when “Quick load images” option is enabled. An enhanced DICOM images support is added. This release also includes  other small bug fixes and GUI improvements.

Find Similar And Duplicate HDPhoto files – JPEG XR and Windows Media Photo (*.hdp; *.wdp; *.jxr)

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 3.8.0.1 is released packed with new features and improvements. The new HDPhoto file format (also known as JPEG XR and Windows Media Photo ) is now supported. A better browse for folder dialog lets you choose several folders simultaneously. There is a new option that can be enabled and will remove the groups that contain only one file after manual delete/move operation from the list. The user checked files can now be displayed using bold formatted font style. A new tab in the options determines which columns should be visible in the results grid. A warning message is now displayed if you try to uncheck all images in a selection where you had manually checked items. Please check the “What’s New” section below for a complete list of the new features and fixes.

Below is a description of the HDPhoto file format:


HD Photo is a new file format for continuous-tone still images that surpasses the limitations of existing image formats. HD Photo supports a wide range of features including:

• Multiple color formats for display or print
• Fixed or floating point high dynamic range image encoding
• Lossless or high quality lossy compression
• Extremely efficient decoding for multiple resolutions and sub-regions
• Minimal overhead for format conversion or transformations during decode

HD Photo is the new name for Windows Media Photo. Both names refer to the exact same file format. The Windows Media Photo name is still used to describe the implementation of HD Photo in Microsoft Windows products.

HD Photo is used in XML Paper Specification (XPS) to deliver a lightweight, high performance algorithm with a small memory footprint that enables practical, in-device encoding and decoding. It delivers compression quality comparable with JPEG-2000 and more than twice the quality of JPEG.

Most technologies in the JPEG XR Standard are based on the HD Photo file format. The JPEG XR Standard is also known as the ISO/IEC Standard 29199-2 and as the ITU-T Recommendation T.832.


What’s New?

Version 3.8.0.1:

  • Added HDPhoto files support (*.hdp; *.wdp; *.jxr) (Only in Pro and Corporate version)
  • 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 bold font”.
  • Added new options tab to select which columns you want to be shown in the results grid.
  • Added warnings when unchecking a selection of images and there are user checked images.
  • Fixed Disable Folder Self-scan in Hash/Filesize/EXIF modes.
  • Fixed some bugs when moving files.
  • Other small bug fixes and GUI improvements.