Table of Contents 3. Catalog your data
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
Extended Catalog File
A very important new feature in NeoFinder 7 is the introduction of
the Extended Catalog File Format. These new format for the catalog
database files can now be much larger than the previous limit of 4
GB. As the photo, video, and audio thumbnails are stored in that
catalog file, this is a very important new feature.
However, as versions of both NeoFinder and abeMeda for Windows
prior to 7.0 cannot read these new catalogs, you can activate this
option here for each new catalog you create. It is your
If you don’t use the older versions in your setup any longer,
simply activate this option.
NeoFinder 7.x can of course still open, display, search, and even
edit your existing catalogs in the old format.
Stored Cataloging Settings
With NeoFinder 7, your settings are actually stored inside the
catalog itself. They will be used again if you update that catalog.
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 and audio previews of songs. More details here:
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Please note that these settings greatly affect cataloging
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.
The Finder allows you to add a comment to every file and folder on
your volumes. NeoFinder can of course catalog and even later edit
these comments as well.
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 Finder Tags and OpenMeta
NeoFinder is able to catalog the keywords you may have assigned to
any file or folder, using Apples Finder standard, or the older
Automatic serial number for new
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
Read version info of
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
... always confirm these
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
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.
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
The latest addition is
the unique ability to catalog the contents of entire
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.
NeoFinder can also omit certain items from catalog files, like
Invisible files and folders, or Alias (and SymLink) files.
If you ask 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
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