- 32-bit or 64-bit version of MS Windows operating system.
(Windows 98/ME, Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP, Windows 2000/2003, Windows Vista, or Windows 7/8)
- 5 MB free hard disk space for program installation and catalogs.
- Mouse or other Windows-compatible pointing device strongly recommended.
Portable Application Description File (PAD)
PAD is an XML-based open format to describe downloadable applications, and is used for
automated program listing updates on download sites. If you maintain a software catalog,
such as a download site, and want to include WhereIsIt, please use this PAD file. To
keep the contents on your site current, poll this file regularly.
Download: WhereIsIt PAD file.
Program Features and Capabilities
Suitable for beginners and advanced users
WhereIsIt was designed to be a very adjustable program with lots of options for
power users, as well as quick and easy to use with predefined default settings
and wizards for all those who don't want to get their hands dirty.
Well thought-out user interface with multi-language support
WhereIsIt's user interface is one of its most praised qualities. Easy to use,
familiar Explorer-like user interface with clear overview of available functions,
adjustable toolbar, columns to choose between, and extensive use of object menus
(right mouse click) to let you quickly access command you need. Want to see
item's description or assigned thumbnail image? Just leave mouse pointer on it
for a moment, it will popup as a tool-tip.
Not just that, WhereIsIt's user interface can be used in any of the
supported languages, dialogs will adjust to translated text. Support for new languages
can be downloaded in a form of small language files, or even created by users
themselves by translating the program to a new language.
Unicode Compliant Software
WhereIsIt supports Unicode encodings on all Unicode-capable Windows operating systems.
Unicode allows you to represent and edit text in multiple languages and world writing
systems side by side. WhereIsIt supports files with Unicode file names, allows Unicode
in all user-editable data, and uses UTF-8 encoding for storing textual data in catalogs.
Extensive drive type support, for present and future
WhereIsIt can catalog any disk or media type Windows can access by a drive letter or UNC
address, including diskettes, hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, USB drives, removable disks
like iomega Zip and Jaz, external drives, network file servers etc. By using additional
drivers or software to provide access, like Samba or NetDrive, you may even catalog
sources like remote FTP or WebDAV server, remote external hard drive, connected to a
network router or a home theater device and accessed via FTP or SMB, or online file
servers. WhereIsIt is compatible with all Windows-supported file systems, including FAT,
FAT32, NTFS, CDFS, UDF, etc.
Manageable catalog files
WhereIsIt doesn't use large and complex databases, all information is stored in
a single catalog (.ctf) file, easily transferable to another computer, a friend,
a public forum... as well as easy to backup. Share your data the easy way.
Catalogs don't need to be installed in any way, they can just simply be opened in
the program as document files, even on someone else's computer, while still
retaining full functionality. Internal catalog file structure is optimized for
very efficient access and small total size, allowing fast searches and small memory
footprint, even with very large catalogs. For example, 30.000 files and folders
(that's about five heavily populated CD-ROMs) will result in a catalog file
approximately 1 MB in size - details may vary, depending on data structure and
selected scanning options.
Detailed information about every file, folder, or disk
Every item in catalog includes detailed basic information about files and folders
you would come to expect, like name, size, date, file attributes and similar, but
WhereIsIt adds to that its own information it provides as a catalog program. For
example, every item can include up to 32 KB textual description, a small thumbnail
image, you can assign items custom-defined, multi-level categories or flags, you
can even assign them so-called alias names, under which are they known in catalog -
for example, if the real file name is to cryptic. When displayed in WhereIsIt,
items can be colored according their type, assigned categories or flags...
All of those can be used to find items you are looking for, or just make browsing
your disk images a lot simpler and more fun.
Internal support for many compressed file formats
Many of the often used compressed file formats can be handled during media scan,
including ZIP, ARJ, RAR, CAB, LHA/LZH, TAR, ARC, ACE, ZOO, GZIP, BZIP2, 7ZIP, CBZ,
CBR, PAK, HA, JAR, SFX... as well as ISO image files, such as ISO, BIN, IMG, NRG, MDF...
If so selected, compressed files can be presented as folders, showing their content
inside. Files compressed inside archives can be extracted right out from WhereIsIt
to any folder, or they can be viewed or launched with associated program with one click!
Archive Files Support
Automatic description and thumbnails importing
One of WhereIsIt most powerful features are description and thumbnail plugins, in
charge of importing descriptions and images while media is being scanned and stored
in the catalog. This way, you can have your files and folders equipped with
descriptions right after scanning completes. Based on source type, descriptions are
automatically attached either to files themselves, to their parent folders, other
files in the folder, etc. Standard description plugins handle importing from more
than 130 file types and other sources, including files like File_id.diz, Descript.ion,
00index.txt, Files.bbs, they can browse and extract details from most documents,
graphics and audio files, including MP3s (sampling, play time, ID3 tags...), Audio
CDs (CDDB database, Cdplayer.ini), MS Office documents, Adobe Acrobat files,
executable files and fonts, and many many more. Details about graphics files not
only include their size and color depth, a small thumbnail can be imported in
catalog as well, possibly together with digital camera info and other comments
As if all this wouldn't be enough, there is even more - you can develop your own
description and thumbnail plugins to handle additional types of sources and files
WhereIsIt doesn't handle yet at this time, or you can
download plugins others have written and made them available for others to use.
Built-in media recognition system
WhereIsIt does not use drive letters to reference cataloged disks, it is able to
recognize them by their key properties, like type, serial number, formatted capacity,
and similar. This way, it doesn't matter which drive your media is in, WhereIsIt
will find it, even on some other computer over the network. In the unlikely event
that media changes that much that it can no longer be recognized (for example, by
reformatting it), you can still manually update its existing disk image in catalog.
Powerful searching finds what you are looking for
WhereIsIt features a powerful multi-threaded searching, with detailed settings
on what to search for, where to search and how to search. Use either Quick Search
to quickly find your items by name or description, or start up Advanced Search
with Search Expression Editor, allowing you to write complex search queries using
the full rich set of available search criteria and Boolean logic operators.
WhereIsIt provides quick shortcuts to search only in selected disks or folders,
or you can search through previous search results or user list items, resulting
in countless capabilities to combine multiple searches, narrow down results...
Searching for duplicate items is in there, too, as well as comparing cataloged
disk image to actual files on the media, and comparing cataloged disk images
allows for tasks such as version tracking, if comparing disk images of the same
media taken at different points in time.
Professional report generator
Adjustable and professional report generator adds a final touch to your catalog
collections. Report generator is usually used together with extensive search
capabilities or report wizard, allowing you to first collect the items you want
in the report, while report generator handles processing items themselves, such
as specifying layout and details to be included, optionally sorting and arranging
items by their location etc. Needless to point out, you can use the built in
print preview, with adjustable zoom and full-screen capabilities.
Report generator not only allows you to print your reports on your printer or
send them by fax using the Microsoft Fax, it is also used for exporting cataloged
data to other formats, including ASCII files, Excel tables, rich-text RTF documents,
HTML documents, external database formats like SQL, XML, CSV, SYLK, or just send
it directly to clipboard for pasting to some other application...
Support for CD/DVD Carousel storage devices
The CD/DVD carousel device enables you to store all your disks in a jukebox system,
saving space and keeping them organized and readily accessible. WhereIsIt is able
to communicate with carousel device and will locate and eject the appropriate disk
for you when needed.
All carousel devices compatible with Dacal/Ziotek carousel products are supported, including:
- DACAL DC-101, Dc-300, CD Library, CD Library II
- Ziotek CD/DVD Carousel Black, CD/DVD Carousel Plus, CD/DVD Carousel
- RiDisc/RiSafe, DATASafe, DataWrite DC-300
- CAFTek DDO-50
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