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18. Tips and Tricks for NeoFinder

Better Cataloging of RED video footage
Plenty of people use NeoFinder to catalog their work created with the professional
RED cameras.

Here is a cool trick that can save you considerable time when cataloging your disks in that case.

The RED software creates preview video files in several resolutions during the cutting process.
These are important for quick preview in the RED software, but you really don't need them in your NeoFinder catalog, as it is a bit slow to get thumbnails of the movie files.

Fortunately, NeoFinder has a very special feature that allows you to
ignore files during cataloging, based on their names.

You will need a XML file named DatabaseSettings.xml. We have provided you a sample file here for download.

Open it in TextEdit, and add the following lines to the cdfIgnoreMetadataFileSuffixes section:

Save that file and place it in your
NeoFinder Database Folder. Next time NeoFinder catalogs a disk, it will ignore the medium, half, and full size movie files of the RED software, speeding up cataloging quite a bit.

Send NeoFinder catalogs by Email
You can easily send certain NeoFinder catalogs by email to a client or a colleague. That is simple, because NeoFinder creates a separate catalog data file for each disk that you catalog. You can also use that to send your NeoFinder catalog files to a iPhone or iPad, if it has Mail running on it.

To do that,
select the catalog in the left list of NeoFinder, and use the Reveal in Finder command in the Special menu, or in the contextual menu.

Then simply send the catalog data file by email, and ask the recipient to drag the file into the his own NeoFinder window, you have guessed it, in the left list in the LIBRARY section, too. That is all!

Smart Column widths!
For some columns in the list view, NeoFinder automatically uses the column width to smartly display the data in a great way.

Take the size column. If it is wide enough, NeoFinder will display the exact number of bytes. Make the column a bit smaller, and NeoFinder will use a shorter format, only displaying the KB, MB, or GB.


The same is true for the date columns!


So you can decide how much detail you wish to see in these columns, by adjusting their width!

Rename files with NeoFinder!
To help you manage your data efficiently, NeoFinder has the ability to rename a file or folder not only in its own database, but also the real file or folder on your hard disk!

If you select any file or folder inside a catalog, and that item is currently available (mounted) on your computer, NeoFinder adds a little checkbox to its Inspector:

If you change the name of the item, and this "Also rename on volume" option is active, NeoFinder will also rename the original item on the disk, in this sample to the name "Find Duplicates Screenshot":

The folder on your disk will look like that afterwards:

This is a very powerful way to manage your files and folders directly from inside NeoFinder!

Please note that this checkbox only appears for items currently available on your computer (not for offline volumes), and only for items with the proper access privileges.

Hidden Preferences
Like so many other Mac applications, NeoFinder has a couple of helpful hidden preferences, please find a full list here.

Delete multiple files from catalog and disk
NeoFinder currently indeed offers the “Remove from catalog and volume” command for a single selected item.

But you can still have NeoFinder do that for multiple selected files and folders at once by using the “forward delete” key on the extended keyboard, of the “fn”-Backspace on the smaller keyboards.

That will bring up the confirmation dialog, and will then make NeoFinder place the selected original items from your disk in the Trash, and remove them from the catalog as well.

If you still get conformation dialogs for every single files after doing that, you are probably deleting files form a NAS or file server, right? If that happens, you don't have a
".Trash" folder enabled on that server volume, and macOS cannot place the files in the trash for you. So macOS will ask you for a confirmation for each single file. Please consult your NAS documentation to see how to enable the Trash folder on it.

Add a "return" to a file comment or XMP metadata
If you use the Return key on your keyboard during text entry in the NeoFinder Inspector, it will by default only accept the edits you just made, and save them. To add a new line to your text, you want to use the Alt-Return key combination.

This works with many other Mac applications as well.