Not sure if NeoFinder is the right tool for you?
Download the current NeoFinder, and at least one competing
product, and compare for yourself!
Here is a list of questions that will help you get the best tool
for your task.
Some of the questions may not apply to your requirements, but they
are a great start for your evaluation.
Is the app
also available for iPhone or iPad? (NeoFinder is currently the only app of its
kind that you can also use on iOS! Keep your NeoFinder catalogs
with you at any time, and search them wherever you
Can the app
catalog multiple disks in the background, saving you a lot of time?
Or is it blocked while cataloging? (NeoFinder catalogs multiple
disks in parallel in the
background, and allows you to keep working)
Can the app update existing
catalogs? (NeoFinder can
do that, of course, but surprisingly, many competitors cannot.
Updating is needed when a cataloged disk gets new files or other
Does the app catalog the metadata and photo/video/audio thumbnails
you need? (NeoFinder
supports a huge list of photo, movie, and other document formats,
as well as many audio formats. EXIF, IPTC, XMP, ID3? It is all
there for you in NeoFinder!)
Will the app catalog Audio-CDs? (NeoFinder sure does, getting the track
titles from CD-Text, MusicBrainz, or the Finder for
Will the app display meta info in a clear and structured
way? (NeoFinder gives you
EXIF, IPTC, XMP and others in a nice and useful Inspector display.
Others simply dump unstructured arrays of cryptic data on
How big will the database become for a cataloged disk?
(NeoFinder creates very compact
database files, even with thumbnails, while others create huge
database files that are very hard to back
Can the software share catalogs in a network? Maybe with a Windows
app as well? (NeoFinder
can of course do both, together with abeMeda for
Can the software also catalog
just folders, instead of entire disks? (NeoFinder can of course do that for
software import existing catalogs of other apps with no
problem? (NeoFinder sure
can, it imports many
foreign catalog or export files for a quick start:
Recall, DiskWizard, Iomega FindIt, Portents DiskTracker (1.x and
2.x), Catalogue, CatFinder, "Neometric" Catalog , Broken Cross Disk
Manager (Windows, XML), Advanced Disk Catalog (ADC for Windows,
XML), iView MediaPro and Microsoft Expression Media (XML),
WhereIsIt from Windows (XML), DiskCatalogMaker (Text Export),
Cache-A XML files, TOLIS Group BRU Text Protocols, SuperCat for
Windows, Delicious Library XML
Does the app
has a QuickFind feature, searching all fields at once?
(NeoFinder does, of
Does the app also have a Find window for specific queries?
(NeoFinder offers up to 16
separate query params, and gives you all metadata fields for
specific searches, too)
Can the Find operation in the app be initiated by
has a AppleScript implementation)
Does the app allow you to search for Duplicates?
(NeoFinder does, of
Can the Find query be initiated by URLs? (NeoFinder supports a wide array of helpful
Find related URLs, allowing you to attach queries to other
Can you search all meta data fields? (NeoFinder offers clearly structured find
queries for all metadata fields, no need to type in field names or
other weird stuff)
Does the software offer a GPS search for your photos?
(NeoFinder does, it is integrated
in the map)
Can the software store Find Queries, aka Smart Folders?
(NeoFinder has Smart
Can the software search the Spotlight database, too?
(NeoFinder of course
Does the app come with an
extensive Users Guide? (NeoFinder has an online
Users Guide, explaining all the abilities of the
Are there free video tutorials to help you use the app?
(NeoFinder comes with
free video tutorials)
Can you email the support? (NeoFinder support can be reached
Can you phone the support? (NeoFinder support can be
reached by phone
as well, of
Is the software localized in your language? (NeoFinder comes in English, German, Japanese, French, Italian,
Swedish, Spanish and Dutch)
Do you know
the name and postal address of the developer of the app?
(Full contact information of the
NeoFinder development team here)
How long is the developer already working on disk
cataloging? (The NeoFinder
team has more than 21 years of experience in the
How many updates have been available since the initial release of
the software? (NeoFinder
has offered a huge number of updates
since the initial release in
people said who switched to NeoFinder:
"I have only used NeoFinder for a few hours but I had to write and
tell you how amazing it is and it’s EXACTLY what I was looking for,
and more. The additional features and ability to see metadata about
the audio files is sure to be a big help as I use it more. The main
reason I need the app is so I know what hard drive to find and
mount to load an old project because I don’t want to keep all 10
(and counting) hard drives mounted 24/7 and search around when
Also, the iOS version is the icing on the cake because if I’m
traveling and somebody asks about an old file, I can quickly search
the iOS app and verify that I have the file and can send it
later." Justin P , Milwaukee,
"I needed something
that actually worked, and NeoFinder knocks it out of the park for
under fifty bucks." David Gerwitz ,
"I am very impressed with how you continue improve this software
over the years. I have offline data archives going back 12+ years,
and have several occasions to pull old data for clients. NeoFinder
makes this task painless, I consider it an indispensable tool for
my design business. " Mark T. , Colorado,
"I love NeoFinder. Having worked in Documentaries for a long time,
this is the first time I've been blown away by your app. When
shooting Docs, it's really easy to amass tons of footage and
finding all of the footage, even though I am organized, was still a
monumental task. Right now I am working with about 30 drives and
what NeoFinder does in a flash, I used to do by using Excel and
Print Window. Thank you, Thank you for creating this. I LOVE
it!" Deborah D. , Boston,
"I wish I had known about NeoFinder much sooner. It would have
saved me a lot of time and money wasted on slow catalogers that
"lock out" the user during the scanning process. NeoFinder is so
fast and customizable. It is perfect for cataloging not just disk
contents and media, but as my Hard Disk Inventory cataloger, as
well. Even with all the extras turned off, DiskCatalogMaker can
take up to an hour to scan a large disk. NeoFinder took only a few
minutes, and I could still use the software while it was scanning.
Not only that, and this is most important, the other software does
NOT save during nor immediately after scanning. Any error and
DiskCatalogMaker would crash and all the work would be lost.
DiskTracker chokes on large volumes of 2TB or larger."
Doug Ch., Virginia,
"I've been a long time user of NeoFinder/CD Finder (15 years?), and
it is one of the few pieces of software I own that I know I can
rely on and therefore part of my critical arsenal. It always works
and keeps getting better and better. NeoFinder stays ahead of the
pack in terms of features, reliability and OS compatibility. What
more could one ask for. I wish Apple and Adobe had the same
integrity and approach to their products." Bryce B.
"We have been using NeoFinder in our studio for almost 2 years now
and love it. Thanks for making such a user friendly and powerful
piece of software. We have cataloged over 150TB of media and almost
8 million files." Andrew M. , Nebraska,
"We have been using a combination of NeoFinder and abeMeda, both
with server licenses, to catalog several hundred hard drives, all
quite successfully. Our combined catalogs are over 7GB, covering a
library size of 723TB of which 478TB is actual files (21M of them).
So that's good!" Chris P., New York,
"My Mac technician drew my attention to the new NeoFinder and I
have downloaded the trial version. Of course it lives up to the
high standards of the previous versions and with Geotagging and
auto update, its a beautifully thing ... It is the best way to find
files when you have many drives and hundreds of thousands of
files." Neil P, Wellington, New
"Thanks to Norbert for an elegant program - I
am impressed with the import facility for our 440 Catalogue files
and the well crafted applescripts." Diana M.,
"I have already started setting up our
catalog list in your software and I can already feel the tremendous
amount of time we will save, as it will greatly organize our way of
handling archives. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO YOU AND ALL THE NeoFinder
TEAM!!" Gaël F., Montreal, Canada
"Your's is a great
program. Really useful and powerful..." Rober M., Spain