Finding recently saved (modified) files

FolderSizes makes it easy to find files that have been recently saved (modified). In fact, there are a number of ways of accomplishing this task with FolderSizes, but in this case we’ll start with the File Dates report.

The File Dates report is one of the many views generated automatically by the FolderSizes File Reporting interface. Just click the File Reports toolbar button in the main window, give it one or more paths (the system is capable of reporting against multiple paths at once, if desired) and let it churn for a minute or two.

When report generation is complete, select the File Dates node from the report listing on the left. You’ll be presented with the distribution of files by age. These are broken down into a set of default ranges (e.g. “1 Day”, “2 to 7 Days”, etc.), which can be customized to suit your needs (via the built-in range editor window).

You may also notice a file report node just below “File Dates Detail” called “File Dates By Size“, which presents the same information in (bar) graph form. This view allows you to quickly visualize where the bulk of the files reside within the file age time line (i.e. 38GB of files were modified within the last 3-6 months).

Alright, so now we know the distribution of files by date range. So how do we go about finding the specific files saved, say, within the last day? Simple – just double-click on the appropriate entry within the File Age detail listing. FolderSizes will automatically launch its internal search facility, and provide detailed information about the files within the specified date range.

Of course, you can always skip the file report generation step and use the search facility directly to find recently saved files.

BTW, the same search drill-down capability is available from all of the grouped file reports available within FolderSizes.

Posted: February 7, 2008 2:43 pm

FolderSizes v4.5 is Released

FolderSizes v4.5 is now officially out of beta, and has been released to the general public.

I’m extremely excited about this new release. It contains a wealth of new capabilities, including (but not limited to) Unicode support, command line access to the search facility, improved file system object sorting, numerous search system improvements (including better support for finding folders – including empty ones, a more granular file mask exclusion mechanism, etc.), numerous user interface improvements, and a variety of performance enhancements.

We’ve also decided to drop support for Win9x based systems (including Windows 98 and ME). At this point, the limited use of FolderSizes on these platforms is simply no longer worth the extra development and testing time required to support them.

Download the new release from our product download page. Full release notes are available here. The upgrade is free for all existing v4 license holders. And if you’re still using an older version, this is another great reason to upgrade.

BTW, those of you who know me are probably aware of how seriously I take the usability and appearance of our software products. Aside from core features, this new release of FolderSizes has a broad array of user interface enhancements, a new application icon, updates to the help file, and even new graphics in the product installer. Let me know what you think!

Posted: January 30, 2008 7:18 pm

Duplicate File Detective 2.0 – Released!

The next generation of our powerful, professional-grade duplicate file management software, Duplicate File Detective 2.0, has been released.

I’m really excited about this new version. The software itself has lots of great new features, such as an integrated image preview panel and byte-for-byte file content matching, plus we have a brand new website and product logo.

To celebrate, we’ve decided to make DFD v2.0 a free upgrade for all existing Duplicate File Detective customers. If you’ve purchased a v1.x license in the past, your registration key will work in 2.0 – just download and install.

For more details on what’s new in DFD V2.0 – check out the features page of our new website.

Posted: October 18, 2007 12:30 am

Duplicate File Detective v2.0 Coming Soon

We’ve reached a major milestone in the development of Duplicate File Detective v2.0, and we’re now actively looking for BETA testers.

If you’re familiar with software BETA programs and are interested in trying out DFD v2.0, please email me directly and I’ll send you the download link. And please – we need people that are going to put this release through its paces and report back to us with their thoughts / impressions. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do this, it’s best that you wait for the public release (hopefully only a few weeks away).

So, what’s new and improved in Duplicate File Detective v2.0? Well, that’s a looooong list – but here’s a sampling:

  • Image preview (docking) window
  • Numerous extensions to smart marking system, including pattern matching
  • Byte-for-byte duplicate file content comparison
  • Numerous new duplicate file detail report columns
  • Extensive user interface improvements
  • Major performance enhancements, including multi-threaded file hashing
  • MS Vista friendly installer, application file storage, etc.
  • Improvements to data export capabilities
  • Much more

We’re hoping to move fairly quickly through the BETA testing period, so please contact me soon if you’re interested.

Posted: September 22, 2007 7:09 pm

FolderSizes v4.1 and the File Extension Researcher

Today we’re releasing FolderSizes v4.1, an update with a sprinkling of new feature goodness and numerous performance optimizations. There are also a few minor bug fixes thrown in for good measure.

One of the new v4.1 features is something that I’ve actually been thinking about for a while now – a File Extension Researcher tool. As you’re probably aware, there is no central authority for file extensions, and it can sometimes be difficult to track down the source of file extensions that you encounter. Well, the FolderSizes v4.1 File Extension Researcher is designed to help.

As you can see from the first screen shot, the File Extension Researcher allows you to enter a file extension (e.g. “.pdf”, “.dat”, etc.) and provides two pieces of information in return. First, it shows the Windows shell file association, which largely controls how Windows itself responds to the extension. But for many extensions, Windows has no shell association whatsoever, and the second piece of information – a general listing of potential application matches – can help in those cases.

Additionally, you can click the Research Online button, which will launch your default web browser and pull up additional details on the extension in question. Currently, the source for this additional information is – an excellent website dedicated to this task.

You can click the View All Extensions button to see a complete listing of all the file extensions that FolderSizes knows about (over 23 thousand of them!). To keep things manageable, the extension browser window groups the extensions by leading alpha character, number, or symbol.

As an added convenience, the new File Extension Researcher can be launched by right-clicking any file listed anywhere within FolderSizes 4.1 (as long as the file has an extension).

There are lots of other goodies in the new FolderSizes v4.1 release (see release notes on the download page). This just happens to be one of my favorites. :-)

Posted: July 19, 2007 6:36 pm


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