Table of Contents       3. Catalog your data


3.6 Import existing catalogs of other applications

NeoFinder is the only software able to import existing catalog files created in ten native other formats, as well as numerous Export file formats as well!

This will save you a lot of time, when you are moving from an older or discontinued software to the modern NeoFinder.

NeoFinder directly imports
native catalog files created by:

Disk Wizard
Iomaga FindIt
CatFinder
Portents DiskTracker (both 1.x and 2.x formats)
Catalogue
Disk Recall
"Neometric" Catalog
DiskLibrary
SuperCat for Windows (“.idx” database files)

NeoFinder can also import the
exported files created by:

Canto Cumulus / MediaDex, CRE
Extensis Portfolio, Text
TOLIS Group BRU Tape Archiver, Text Protocol (LTO tape software)
Cache-A XML files (LTO tape software)
Delicious Library XML
WhereIsIt Windows, XML
Broken Cross Disk Manager (Windows), XML
Advanced Disk Catalog (ADC for Windows), XML
Microsoft Expression Media, iView MediaPro, Phase One Media Pro XML
DiskCatalogMaker, Text
"MacMagna" FileFinder, Text

If you are using any of these applications, the switch to NeoFinder will reward you with the ability to seamlessly continue working with your data, without the need to re-create all these catalogs again.

NeoFinder is also able to convert the old catalog files used by
CDFinder 2.8 and earlier.


To import any of the listed catalog or export files, just use the
Import... command in the File menu.

importer

Please select the proper format of the files you wish to import, and optionally let NeoFinder place the newly created catalogs into a new folder.

Format related considerations


Extensis Portfolio
This once popular desktop DAM tool has been abandoned by its developers, and many people are stuck with a huge database. Fortunately, NeoFinder can now import its export files.

Here is an overview of the migration process.

1) Open your Portfolio database in Extensis Portfolio

2) Select all images you wish to migrate

Portfolio-Export-1


3) Use the "Export Field Values…" menu command in the File menu of Portfolio

4) Make sure to select all fields, as NeoFinder can import a lot of them, and every bit of information is valuable

Portfolio-Export-2

5) Remember how you named the exported text file, and where you saved it

6) Launch NeoFinder and use the Import Catalogs menu command in the File Menu

7) Select "Portfolio Export file" as the format, and select the text file you have exported in step 5

8) NeoFinder will ask you for the folder that contains the thumbnails that Portfolio has created. By default, that folder is located in the same folder as the original database document. Its name usually ends with the suffix "_previews". It is possible that this folder was only generated if you have selected the option "Enable Screen Previews" when you have created the database in Portfolio.
If you cannot find such a thumbnails folder, import the data to NeoFinder anyway, and let NeoFinder later update these catalogs to generate its own thumbnails for you from the original files.




Cache-A XML File
This powerful tape archive system generates XML files for each written LTO tape, and NeoFinder can quickly import those for you!
The files are located in /Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/media/catalog/
As always, you can find your (invisible since Mac OS X 10.8)
Library folder by holding down the Alt key, and choosing Go in the Finder menu bar.




TOLIS Group BRU Tape Archiver, Text Protocol

The BRU Tape Archiver software generates text files for each written LTO tape, and NeoFinder can import those for you. Both plain text (.txt), and compressed (.gz) files are supported by NeoFinder.
The BRU software usually places these files in /private/var/lib/bru/Archives/

Newer versions of that software create a single ZIP archive for each LTO tape, which contains these items:


Please uncompress that ZIP file, and import the one, two, or more “.gz” files in the Catalogs section.




Canto Cumulus / MediaDex

NeoFinder imports their CRE export files. Please use the Cumulus 5-7 format (UTF8) Export Format in Cumulus or MediaDex:

Cumulus Export Options



iView MediaPro / Microsoft Expression Media/Phase One Media Pro
Select "Export to XML..." from the File menu in iView. Please make sure that the options in that dialog are exactly as shown here. It is very important that the DTD is NOT included in the export file, but that you do include the Thumbnails, so that these can be imported into NeoFinder properly. Also, please make sure that the "Use POSIX paths" is turned OFF, that will make the Import easier for NeoFinder.

iView Export options

Instead of using the kludgy iView Exporter and the NeoFinder Importer, you may alternatively wish to add the keywords, descriptions, ratings, people, and all that to the actual photo files from inside iView, so that NeoFinder can immediately catalog the original photos quickly, with all metadata intact and available.

To do that, select your photos in iView, and use the command in the Action menu:

iView Sync Annotations command


To work properly, you want to use these settings for this:

iView Syn Settings

That will cause iView to write back all metadata you have added to your actual photo files, so that NeoFinder and other applications in your workflow can pick them up immediately. Just like NeoFinder does it. That way, you can just catalog the actual photos with NeoFinder, no Export or Import needed.




DiskLibrary
The huge DiskLibrary database file and the separate thumbnails are stored in
/Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/DiskLibrary/
Please import the single database file named "Library Data.disklibrary".
NeoFinder will then also read all thumbnails and metadata from that location for you.




"Neometric" Catalog
The long discontinued Neometric Catalog stores a huge and bloated database file named "Catalogdatabase.catalog" in /Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/Catalog/. If you look at the sheer size of that catalog file, you can understand why Catalog was so slow.
Fortunately, after the import into NeoFinder, that catalog data is small, compact, and can be accessed with the usual amazing speed of NeoFinder.




Iomega FindIt, DiskWizard

Iomega FindIt stored the catalog files in the Preferences folder of Classic, but in a folder named "Findit's Library ƒ".
Disk Wizard also used that location, but its catalog folder name was "Wizard's Library ƒ".




CatFinder, Disk Recall and Catalogue
These old applications allowed you to freely select the location of the catalog file folder, so you probably know where these are stored.




Portents DiskTracker
The same is true for Portents DiskTracker, which stores the catalog data in documents files you can place anywhere.




"MacMagna" FileFinder
Yet another tool that was rudely abandoned by its anonymous developer without a proper migration path for all its users. Fortunately, NeoFinder 7.3 can import the text files exported by this little discontinued app.

It is very important that you export your catalogs (even multiple catalogs into one file) with the following exact settings in "MacMagna" FileFinder, so that NeoFinder can pick up the complete structure of the data.
Important is the “Intended hierarchy” option turned OFF, and all fields selected, as well as the date format. This will make sure that NeoFinder can use your FileFinder data to the fullest.

FileFinder Importer Setup


Broken Cross, ADC for Windows

If you use the Broken Cross (Broken X) Disk Manager on Windows or Advanced Disk Catalog (ADC for Windows), you need to Export one or all of your catalogs into a XML file (make sure NOT to add any metadata, as these usually corrupt their export files). Then transfer that XML file to your Mac and import it into NeoFinder. If that export file gets too large, just export the catalogs in several sections.




Catalogue

If you have been using the very old Mac software named Catalogue in their never finished beta versions 3.0b2 or 3.0b4, please note that the catalog file format of that beta software was never really finalised. NeoFinder will try its best to import as much data as possible, but in some cases, that may leave some files or folders out of it. If you have any such problematic catalogs, please simply re-catalog these few volumes in NeoFinder.



Notes
Please do not drop whole folders of foreign catalog files into NeoFinder, as that will only let NeoFinder create a catalog of that folder, but it won't import the files that way.

Please notice that the Import function is not needed to import files created by NeoFinder itself! Simply copy NeoFinder catalog files into your NeoFinder Database folder to be recognised the next time NeoFinder launches.

Of course, as NeoFinder reads a lot more information during the creation of a catalog than any of these other tools, it is a good idea to Update the imported catalogs in NeoFinder once anyway. But you don't have to do that immediately, you can do that whenever you have some spare time.