Table of Contents 3. Catalog your data
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 NeoFinder.
NeoFinder directly imports native catalog files
Portents DiskTracker (both 1.x and 2.x formats)
SuperCat for Windows (“.idx” database files)
NeoFinder can also import the exported files
Canto Cumulus / MediaDex, CRE
Extensis Portfolio, Text
TOLIS Group BRU Tape Archiver, Text Protocol (LTO tape
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, XML
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
NeoFinder is also able to convert the old catalog files used
2.8 and earlier.
To import any of the listed catalog or export files, just use
the Import... command in the File menu.
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.
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. Check
out this blog
entry for details.
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
As always, you can find your (invisible since Mac OS X 10.8)
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
Newer versions of that software create a single ZIP archive for
each LTO tape, which contains these items:
uncompress that ZIP file, and import the one, two, or more “.gz”
files in the Catalogs section.
Canto Cumulus / MediaDex
NeoFinder importers their CRE export files. Please use the
Cumulus 5-7 format
(UTF8) Export Format in their
MediaPro / Microsoft Expression Media
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 CDFinder properly.
The huge DiskLibrary database file and the separate thumbnails are
Please import the single database file named "Library
NeoFinder will then also read all thumbnails and metadata from that
location for you.
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 is so slow when launching and quitting, and why it eats up
so much memory. 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 and 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
CatFinder, Disk Recall and
These old applications allowed you to freely select the location of
the catalog file folder, so you probably know where these are
The same is true for Portents DiskTracker, which stores the catalog
data in documents files you can place anywhere.
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
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, and contains numerous problems in the file format.
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.
Please do not drop whole
folders of 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 was not designed 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 anyway. But you
don't have to do that immediately, but you can do that whenever you
have some spare time.