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Hidden Preferences in NeoFinder
Like so many other Mac applications, NeoFinder has a couple of
helpful hidden preferences, These settings can be helpful in
certain situations, but we didn't want to overload the Preferences
window with all of them.
To use them, first quit Neofinder. Then open Apples
Terminal.app, and type or copy the proper commands from here.
The changes are written to a file named
"de.wfs-apps.neofinder.plist" in your Preferences folder, and
recognised after the next launch of NeoFinder.
Are .JAR archives
default, NeoFinder ignores .JAR files (Java Archive Files), even
though they are actually ZIP files, and the ZIP file reader in
NeoFinder could read them:
defaults write de.wfs-apps.neofinder
If you use 1 as val, NeoFinder will open JAR files to catalog their
contents, a val of 0 turns that back off.
I close the main window of NeoFinder?
Normally, you cannot close the main window of
NeoFinder. We tried that once, but got so many questions how to
bring the window back afterwards, that we decided to keep it open
all the time.
But now, due to popular
demand, if you want to close the main window, so be it!
If val is 1, you can then close the main window. Turn it off
anytime with val equals 0.
To show the main window again, use the entry NeoFinder Library
in the Windows menu.
more than 256 characters from a text file
You can ask NeoFinder to increase that number with:
de.wfs-apps.neofinder numBytesForTextFiles [val]
Proceed with caution here, as any larger number may increase the
catalog files size for a volume too much, hitting the 4 GB
With 256, you return to the default and very safe
to pick up the thumbnail for a video
NeoFinder doesn't simply read the first frame of a video as the
thumbnail, as that is often black or really not interesting.
Instead, NeoFinder calculates the duration of the entire movie
file, and tries to grab a frame at about 20% of the duration. You
can change that percentage, of course, with this setting
de.wfs-apps.neofinder MovieStillFrame [val]
val is a whole number between 0 and 100, as it is a percentage. 20
would be the default value.
Is a Kilo 1000 or
Starting with version 6.2, NeoFinder uses the same terminology as
Apple, and reports a KB as 1000 bytes, not as 1024, as it used to
be. If you want to have the old 1 KB == 1024 Bytes terminology
back, use this:
de.wfs-apps.neofinder KiloIs1000 NO
will cause NeoFinder to use the old 1024 for a KB. To stay correct,
in that case, NeoFinder will use the term KiB. To return to the new
terminology, replace the NO with a YES.
Get these app
icons for me!
default, NeoFinder only catalogs icons of folders if the Cataloging
of photo previews is enabled. If you need these icons but don’t
want the photo thumbnails, run this command here in
de.wfs-apps.neofinder catalogALLFolderIcons YES
and accents, too?
The Find engine in NeoFinder is incredibly fast, and hand-tuned for
perfect performance. This means that NeoFinder will only find the
exact strings as you enter them, except for upper and lower
But if you have to consider umlauts and accents, like Régina,
Règina, or Rêgina, then NeoFinder can be asked to ignore these
“diacritics”, so it can find these strings, regardless of their
Just run this command here in Terminal.app:
will cause NeoFinder to use a different comparison method for all
Please note that this will slow down any search considerably, as
these comparisons are very expensive in regards of processing
The default value is NO
To massively speed up cataloging, NeoFinder 7.0.1 will no longer
calculate the folder sizes for “bundles” or “packages”.
This process is very time consuming. If you do catalog the contents
of the bundles, or packages, NeoFinder walks through all files and
folders in the bundle anyway.
But if you select to Ignore Package Contents in the Cataloging
Preferences, until now, NeoFinder did still go through all files
and folders to gather their total size. No more. NeoFinder will now
report back a size of 0 for bundles, if you chose to ignore their
If you totally must have all package sizes anyway, you can ask
NeoFinder to do this time consuming calculation by running this in
de.wfs-apps.neofinder getBundlesSizes YES
The default, of course, is a value of NO for this. Again, if you turn this option on, it
will slow down cataloging considerably. Only do it if you really