Find it on your CDs

by Fred Showker

We have used CDFinder almost since its first introduciton -- and we can endorse this product 100%. It's a life saver, and has found many, many, long archived files for us. I'm not so hot on all the bling-bling features, leave those for the young folks -- I'm just in to being able to find files amongst sixty or so CDs of client work spanning back to the early 1990s.

CDFinder keeps track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, on hard disks, CDROMs, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, server disks, and any other digital media. Version 5.7 can now geotag photos, and improves cataloging by supporting many more thumbnail and office file formats.

Norbert M. Doerner's CDFinderNew CDFinder 5.7 feature Highlights:

  • CDFinder can now add GPS coordinates to your photos (geotagging), by using the built-in GeoFinder map, or Google Earth to provide the location. That feature supports JPG and RAW photo formats
  • Cataloging now includes thumbnails for documents created by Apple Pages, Apple Keynote, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign and Quark XPress
  • Excerpts of text and Microsoft Word documents are now cataloged, can be displayed, and of course searched
  • A new Automator Action allows you to catalog or update a disk in CDFinder. With Apples iCal, that enables you to have your disks cataloged at specific time intervals, ensuring up-to-date catalogs in CDFinder at all times. Great for cataloging huge server volumes.
  • Now catalogs FLAC (Free Audio Lossless Codec) and ALAC (Apple Lossless) music files, with all metadata, including lyrics and cover art
  • New Japanese user interface
  • This version fixes the QuickLook bug in Snow Leopard. Just hit the space bar in CDFinder, and the selected photo, video, or song (if it is online) will be shown in QuickLook, just as in the Finder.
  • Numerous improvements for cataloging, overall stability, and better workflow

Metadata - CDFinder catalogs metadata of songs, movies, and photos, including the MP3-Tags of several audio file formats, EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data of photos, and Adobe XMP. All these are clearly arranged in the user interface, and can be extensively searched. For numerous photo and video formats, CDFinder generates thumbnails during cataloging, displaying them in all list and icon views.

Integration - Offering a tight connection to major productivity tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, Roxio Toast, Apples Spotlight, Finder, and iPhoto, and the extensive support of drag&drop into other applications, CDFinder can support many workflow scenarios. With the iCal integraiton, updating catalogs can be scheduled to your needs.

Geotagging - Only CDFinder offers the cool GeoFinder, which searches for photos taken near a spot, even including the photos in your iPhoto 8 database, or the KMZ export for coordinates and photo thumbnails as a way to give geolocated photos to friends. And now CDFinder can even geotag photos itself, no other software needed.

Networking - Store your catalog database on a server for access from all Macs in the network, and with the sidekick product CDWinder for Windows even from Microsoft Windows.

Since the initial release of CDFinder 1.0 in 1995, more than 45,000 customers in 87 countries around the world are using CDFinder to organize their digital library, and manage their data archive and backups, including NASA, IKEA, BBC, Mattel, Rand McNally, Pfizer, Random House, and Warner Bros.

Language support: German, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and now Japanese

Minimum Requirements: Universal Binary (PowerPC and Intel Macs) Requires Mac OS X v10.4, 10.5, or 10.6 Previous CDFinder versions for older Mac OS operating systems are also available

CDFinder 5.7 is a free update to licensed users of CDFinder 5.x. A free demo version can be downloaded from the CDFinder website, the price for new users starts at 29 Euro. Multiple user packs are available for network users.

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Norbert M. Doerner is a computer scientist with a love for integration and cool products. He develops great Macintosh software since 1991. Popular products include the disk cataloger CDFinder, and various plugins for the Finder, iPhoto and Aperture. Copyright (C) 1991-2010 Norbert M. Doerner.


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