As already announced, the latest version of Folder Size is no longer using Adobe Flash for its charts as it is an outdated technology and a potential security hole. The new charts introduced in version 188.8.131.52 were good, but we took a step further to make them GREAT.
Improved Chart Performance and Hardware Acceleration – Smoother Graphics and Fonts
The new release enables hardware acceleration for the charts which dramatically improves performance. The new charts will run at least three times faster and possibly even more depending on the hardware configuration – the video card installed in the system. The quoted “3 times higher” performance should be easily achieved even with a basic onboard graphics card. No changes are required on the user end in order to enable the hardware acceleration – installing the new version is sufficient to make it work.
Pie Chart of Folder Sizes
Besides the performance optimizations the charts now look smoother which includes both graphics and text. There is a better anti-aliasing (Cleartype) algorithm that eliminates any jagged edges.
Colors are replaced with softer, yet pleasing alternatives that are easy on the eyes.
Some small bug fixes not worth mentioning in details are also available in this release. A list of all the new features and fixes can be found on the What’s new page of Folder Size
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The latest version of Folder Size is oriented towards performance and stability. Due to the many new features in version 184.108.40.206 and the many operating systems that Folder Size supports there were issues in certain software configurations. This release provides a lot of fixes and optimizations related to the charts and scan results. Although those issues are not present on all operating systems, installing this update is highly recommended.
Freeware Folder Size 220.127.116.11 Provides Native 64 Bit OS Support And Removes Adobe Flash Requirement
Folder Size Native 64 Bit Operating Systems Support
Folder Size was already running under 64 Bit operating systems, but that had some limitations as it was a 32 Bit application. Under Windows, 32 Bit applications are limited to use 2 gigabytes of memory and though Folder Size is extremely optimized in terms of memory usage and performance that could cause a problem when scanning volumes that contain many small files. The used memory does not depend on the size of the scanned location, but on the quantity of files and folders that it contains. The 64 Bit version not only removes this limitation completely (the tool will use all the available memory on the system), but will also run faster because of the native 64 bit instructions used.
Folder Size No Longer Uses Adobe Flash Charts
While the charts in Folder Size were beautiful they used Adobe Flash. It was popular in the past and was available on almost every computer, but it has always been a potential security hole and was avoided by the majority of the system administrators and advanced users. As Folder Size is used on server systems many system administrators had to use it without the charting due to the missing Adobe Flash on the system or scan the server over the network which is much slower. As we believe that security is a serious topic we have removed the Adobe Flash usage completely. The new charts look almost identical to the old ones and maybe even better. Let us know your opinion in the comments.
Folder Size Handles Long Paths And File Names Better Than Windows Explorer
Many users do not realize that Windows has a limit of 260 characters per path including the file name and use huge names for their folders. This often is true for photo and music and other personal folders and use names like – “Photos from December 2015 – Our great vacation with Dharma and Greg and their lovely children and uncle Steve at the sunny coasts of Puerto Rico”. Of course such folder structure will cause only problems in Windows as even Windows Explorer will not properly manage paths longer than 260 characters. We have enabled Folder Size to scan and list such folders properly with few minor exceptions. Icons for very long paths can not be displayed as the Windows system does not support that and such files can not be located in Windows Explorer as it does not support them too, but the paths, files and their sizes will be properly listed inside Folder Size.
There are some extra minor improvements and fixes in this release.
Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder 18.104.22.168 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.
Fast Duplicate File Finder is recognized as the the fastest and the most reliable duplicate finder on the market. Any tool that claims faster performance compares MD5, CRC, size, dates, names or other unreliable properties which may lead to incorrect results and loss of valuable data.
Fast Duplicate File Finder (FDFF) performs real byte-to-byte comparison and guarantees that the identified files are 100% duplicates. If a tool finds more duplicates than FDFF that is not a sign of better performance – it is a sign of poor detection algorithm and one should really check the results provided by such tools deeper with a proper DIFF tool or a HEX editor.
FDFF is already the fastest duplicate file finder on the market, that performs a proper duplicate scan that does not report false positive or miss duplicate files. The latest version provides support for 64 Bit operating systems making the tool even faster and capable of handling larger file lists. The installer will automatically install the proper Duplicate Finder version depending on the user’s operating system. This version also lifts the memory limit that is present in the Windows operating systems for 32 Bit applications running on a 64 Bit operating system.
Preserve group integrity on sort
While this feature was already available in the tool it was always enabled by default. What actually means “Preserve group integrity is that regardless of the column that is sorted the items from the same group would always stick together. This of course is well necessary in order not to accidentally delete all items from the same group, but in certain cases it is more convenient to sort by certain file property like path, mark all items and “check” them for move delete. After that the option can be restored back and sort the items over by preserving the group integrity.
Duplicate File Finder
Extremely Faster Save/Load/Export to XML on large projects
The save, load and export functionality was redesigned in order to better cope with huge file collections. The claim “extremely faster” is not over-exaggerated as the tool may perform the mentioned actions hundreds of times faster depending on the size of the corresponding list. A million files for example are loaded, exported or saved in seconds.
Audio Dedupe 22.214.171.124 – The Long Awaited 64 Bit Version Is Here
This new release focuses primarily on performance and stability. MindGems is proud to present an even faster 64 Bit version which also uses less memory. There are also some small fixes that provide better handling of long file paths and detection of missing sound device or service.
Freeware Folder Size 126.96.36.199 – Easy Disk Cleanup Tool
The latest version of Folder Size adds improvements for systems that use large fonts and scales better if scaling in Windows is enabled. It also provides the loaded/saved project’s name in the file menu near the “Load…” menu item. This makes it easier to spot which project is currently loaded while working with multiple files.
This new release also fixes an issue in version 188.8.131.52 which made it impossible to load older project files.
Freeware Folder Size 184.108.40.206 – Save Valuable Disk Space
This new release of Folder Size provides a lot of new features and improvements. Some requested by YOU – our valuable customers some designed to make things easier and clearer.
Longest Paths And File Names Report
As the name suggests this report sorts all files in a folder and all its sub-folders by path length. This makes it easy to identify long paths that may cause problems during data migration and backup processes. Long paths may cause issues also with the system and certain applications. Though the recommended path size in Windows should not exceed 260 characters there are certain cases where creating such paths is possible. Of course such paths cause issues at a later stage when accessed. The new report makes it easy to identify and fix those long paths.
Free File Tree Size Information
Folder Sizes List Improvements
Compressed files and folders are now listed in a different color – this makes it easy to spot them immediately.
There are plenty of GUI improvements:
Drive names and letters displayed instead of just drive letters
Current file/folder path displayed in application title
Export Details View option in file menu
Optional thousands separator
Loaded/saved project name is displayed in the File Menu
The cell text is displayed in a hint for items that do not fit in the current column size – was missing for Largest/Oldest reports
Double-click in drives list scans the selected drive
A fix for the settings file that could not be saved in rare cases is now applied.
Boss Key can hide windows instantly, mute sound, switch display resolution and much more with a single keystroke or a mouse gesture. It is a full-featured privacy tool.
Version 5.2 fixes some Windows 10 issues and improves support for multilingual systems. In rare cases under Windows 10 the application would freeze after restoring the hidden windows.
Boss Key will cover your activity instantly with the press of a hot-key combination or a mouse action.It will not only hide your messaging software from the tray, but it will also hide the new chat windows that it might pop-up.
Boss Key will stay on guard and help you to cover the information on your screen whenever you need.
Boss Key can do even more – it can restore your screen resolution and mute the sound in case gaming or watching a movie.
Boss Key is a priceless little gem in your “Must Have” software collection.
Audio Dedupe 220.127.116.11 Improves Similarity Search By ID3 Title, Artis And Album By Adding Support For Protected M4P And M4R Audio Files
Audio Dedupe can find similar files saved in various file formats by performing true audio analysis that does not require any ID3 tags. The tool will “Listen” to the audio files in order to find similarities in the audio content itself. Exact duplicates or remixes of the same song stored in various audio file formats can be easily identified by the software. Support for most of the popular audio formats is present and it is easy to organize songs in iTunes, iPod, iPad, iPhone or other mp3 player devices. Here are some of the supported file formats: MP3, MP2, MP1, MPA, WAV, OGG, AIFF, AAC, MP4, FLAC, AC3, WavPack (WV), Musepack (MPC) and Windows Media Audio (WMA) file formats.
The results grid now also shows information for protected M4P and M4R files (bitrate, sample rate, etc.)
This new option was always ON in the past releases and now it can be disabled in settings. This allows sorting by any property without keeping the grouped files together. This option should be used with caution.
Extended Preview tab with options to Copy/Paste standard audio tags between files
This is particularly useful if a song with a lower quality has better ID3 tags that should be preserved. The tags can now be easily copied to the song with the higher quality.