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.
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 its 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)
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
Can the 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: DiskLibrary,
Disk 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
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
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 18 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
What people said
who switched to NeoFinder:
"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, USA
"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, USA
"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
"I was comparing various Cataloging software and after extensive
use and testing I came to conclusion that CDFinder beats the
competition by miles." Jelena T., USA
"I was able to import my existing database of
catalogs from DiskTracker which carried in excess of 400 catalogs
in it. This was a feature that sealed the deal for me when I was
looking at CDFinder. I had so many volumes cataloged in that
application that if I would have had to leave that behind I just
could not have made the switch. It would have taken too many hours
to recreate that database in any new application."
Gary S, New
to thank you for CDFinder. Excellent!!!! I loved "Findit" from
Iomega and always wished there was something out there that was
similar. So, I searched and behold! I found CDFinder. So, I
downloaded your free trial version and as soon as I found out I
could import Findit files (go figure, smart!) I almost fell off my
chair and proceeded to immediately purchase the software. So,
thanks" Jeff R, East Petersburg, PA,
"First off, I want to say that I love CDFinder. It's a great way to
quickly search through my catalog of 300,000+ images. No other
program I've tried can search through that many images so quickly
or easily." Cliff D. Seattle
"CDFinder is absolutely the greatest cataloging program ever
written. I can't even remember when I first started using it, but
from the very first day, I couldn't live without it. 'The Search is
Over!' " Edward P., Colorado
"We love the software as it is and find it hard to believe how
we managed to organize our database before using CDFinder"
Matej P. Australia
to Norbert for a 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,
"I have compared it to about 10 other
shareware/freeware programs and yours is the best!"
Generosa R., USA
"Forget about about the slow, expensive, server operated, database
catalog programmes and just get CDFinder." Patrick van
is a great program. Really useful and powerful..."
Rober M., Spain
"Your program is incredibly fast and easy to
use. I've never been so organized. Can't thank you enough! I can
now locate any file in less than 5 seconds from any of 23 250gb
external hard drives!" Dennis C. Nashville,
"As a long-time user, I LOVE this program. I'm a backup fiend, and
CDFinder is the only reasonable way I've found to keep track of so
many files on so many drives and DVDs. As I've said before, THANK
YOU!" Wilma K.,
"We have been using Disk
Recall in Classic mode for quite some time now and since the
developer of Disk Recall seems to have vanished, we were looking
for a suitable replacement for Mac OS X. CDFinder is that
application. It was able to import all of our Disk Recall catalogs
in a matter of minutes! Now we are able to search all of our
catalogs simultaneously - a major time saver. The application is
fast, well designed and intuitive. So far, we have not needed to
read any documentation in order to use CDFinder. Another benefit is
that the Business License version allows us to host the catalog
database on a remote server. With one click, CDFinder prompts for a
server connection password and the catalogs become available. Very
slick. The future version boasts full Spotlight search capabilities
which will make searching even faster. Well done for creating such
a user friendly application. Highly recommended." John
"I purchased CDFinder 4.1.1 some months back and love
it! I've told many of my photographer friends about it and all
agree it is the perfect, simple way to catalog the contents CDs and
DVDs. Thanks for creating such a simple alternative to some of the
stupidly complex cataloging programs." Gary P.,