Table of Contents       3. Catalog your data


3.3 Cataloging settings

The Cataloging preferences of NeoFinder are the most important ones, and it is of great influence for your database to choose these settings wisely and according your needs!
NeoFinder Cataloging Settings
Metadata
One of the amazing key features of NeoFinder is its ability to catalog a number of important meta data information from photos, videos, songs, text files, and now even fonts!

For photos and videos, you can select the size of the thumbnail that NeoFinder will generate for you. NeoFinder will read EXIF, IPTC, XMP, ID3, and other metadata out of these files for you, even the cover art of songs. More details here:

15. NeoFinder and Music
17. NeoFinder and Photos
21. NeoFinder and Text Files
22. NeoFinder and Videos
23. NeoFinder and Fonts

Please note that these settings greatly affect cataloging speed!

Include Levels
By default, NeoFinder always catalogs an entire volume. If you wish to limit the catalog only to a certain number of folder levels, change this setting from All to something else.
Please note that NeoFinder can only compute the correct size of folders if the value of this setting is All.

Read Finder comments (slow)
The Finder allows you to add a comment to every file and folder on your volumes. As NeoFinder can only get the "Spotlight" comments by using a rather slow AppleScript connection to the Finder, this can be rather time consuming.

Generate FileCheck (slow)
Only NeoFinder can generate a
FileCheck value for every file in your catalog. This helps you to later ensure that the file contents haven't been changed, or otherwise compromised. Use this to assure that the valuable disk with photo files is still entirely readable and the data unchanged. Use the Verify FileCheck data context menu command for either one file, or an entire catalog to have NeoFinder check for modified file contents.

Read OpenMeta Keywords
Only NeoFinder is able to catalog the keywords you may have assigned to any file or folder, using the OpenMeta standard.

Automatic serial number for new Catalogs:
NeoFinder can assign a serial number to every catalog it creates. Here you can set up how that serial number will look like. It can have a prefix and suffix, but it can also just contain of a number.

Read version info of files (slow)
If you want to use the version info of files and applications to narrow your searches, turn this option on. However, as NeoFinder will have to open and read a whole lot of files to get that information, that may slow down the cataloging process considerably.


... always confirm these settings
Normally, NeoFinder uses the settings that you set here in the Preferences when a new catalog is created. If you always want to see that this window for every new catalog you create, simply check this option.


Archive Files
NeoFinder Cataloging Settings

NeoFinder is unique because it can look inside a number of very popular archive formats, and add the contents of these archive files to the catalog.

The ZIP and TAR archive formats are widely used in Unix and Mac OS X, and Windows (ZIP). The ".rar" archive format is also used in Windows, and NeoFinder can even read rar archive files larger than 4 GB, who have a different internal file structure.

StuffIt Deluxe
You may even peek inside the StuffIt-Deluxe archive files named ".sitx". NeoFinder uses the Spotlight importer for that task, and due to the limitation of their code, it can only read the names of all items inside one of these archives. Also, this requires StuffIt Deluxe 10 or newer to be installed properly.
You need to manually copy the "StuffIt.mdimporter" from the Spotlight folder inside the "
StuffIt Archive Manager.app" bundle (open that bundle by using the "Show Package Contents" contextual menu command, and navigate through the Contents and Library folders to find the Spotlight folder) to the /Library/Spotlight/ location.
Also copy over the two bundles “StuffIt.framework” and “StuffItCore.framework” from inside the “
StuffIt Archive Manager.app” , this time to /Library/Frameworks/

The latest addition is the unique ability to catalog the contents of entire disk images as well! If you turn that on, NeoFinder will look inside any disk image (file name ends with ".dmg", ".img", ".iso" or ".cdr", and now even ".sparseimage") it encounters while cataloging your disks, and adding the entire contents of that image to your catalog.


Ignore
NeoFinder Cataloging Settings

NeoFinder can also omit certain items from catalog files, like Invisible files and folders, dummy Icon files (used to build folder backgrounds), or Alias files. If you set NeoFinder to ignore Package contents, all items inside the "Contents" folder of bundles, packages, and applications (.app) are ignored. That can reduce the cataloging time a lot, and usually you may not want to see what is actually inside an application bundle. And finally, NeoFinder reads the label values of files and folders by default, mapping them to the values you have set in the Labels group. If you don't want that, just have NeoFinder ignore the labels.