finefiles is a utility to automatically perform configurable operations on all or selected files inside huge storage devices. It has built-in operations to check file integrity and to evaluate a variety of specific file information.
Programmable file processor
finefiles is some kind of a new software category. The best description found is that it can be called a “programmable file processor”. The main themes are to preserve methods and tools to detect and prevent data degradation, to find and sort files by its properties, internal meta data and, third, offer functions to keep additional data with important files.
All work is done on the fly, file by file, current specifications are thrown away after the file was processed and are not stored anywhere. finefiles works frequently with data in the filename itself, internal meta data (mp3 tags, Exif data for example) and invisible sidecar
data. Conventional databases are created and used just to realize the optional Timeline function.
What makes finefiles unique?
I can currently think of no program that is “programmable” to handle files like finefiles does. The program has build-in routines to read out information out of different kinds of file types - for example: video width, height, frame frequency, duration, mp3 data like artist, title, bit-rate, length etc., link targets, image width & height, Exif meta data... - and to react on this info in a fully configurable way. Outstanding features are:
- The main window features a configurable display memory where you can browse through. The content is saved and restored next time, it allows you to view the results of processes run before.
- Store additional file information in so-called “Sidecars” which Windows automatically maintains
- finefiles works with information stored in the filename or sidecars that makes handling databases become redundant
- It is possible to check all shortcut files on a hard-disc to verify whether the link is “alive”
- Searches for meta information hidden inside mp3 and wma files anywhere on your discs
Examples of what finefiles can be useful for
Here some examples of what you can use the program for:
- You would like to get a list of all video files which are in 720p HD format and have a duration of 90 minutes and above. After the process has been finished, double click a found file to view the video.
- You’ve got a disc full of important files with great memories and would like to maintain that the content stays unchanged - finefiles can be configured to check a previously calculated hash of the files automatically.
- You would like to create a list of all you movies, images and audio files, spread on a couple of hard discs, in chronological sequence from October 1999 to September 2004. Double click on any file to play it immediately.
- You've got some recordings in mp3 and wma file format with a duration of 45 min and above and you would like to move them to another location.
- You've got a folder of 5201 unsorted images taken in the last years. Create a list of all files from January 2009 only by the internal Exif recording date.
Please visit the info page for details and more prospects
Some screenshots showing the appearance of the current finefiles release
You’ll find information on how to install the program and which files are created and managed on the installation page