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#1 Post by Darkbee » Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:28 am

On occasion, I like to use a disk catalog tool. I've primarily been using Cathy but I notice that it is on the "denied" list since it writes entries to the registry.

Can anyone suggest a portable alternative with comparable functionality?

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#2 Post by Darkbee » Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:41 am

Catfish states that no install is needed and from what I can tell that seems to be true.

However, the interface seems a little dated and the search capabilities aren't as friendly as they could be. I would prefer to be presented with a list of files that meet my criteria, rather than be presented with a list of all files, with the matching files highlighted.

Next please...!

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#3 Post by XPect » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:24 am

I'm actually trying Visual CD http://boozet.xepher.net/
I can't confirm yet that's it's fully portable, but after copying some of the DLL it seem to work well. Take a look at it, it's a good catalog software with fast and advanced search capabilities.

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#4 Post by Andrew Lee » Tue May 09, 2006 5:38 am

I have posted CatFish to the database anyway. It is small and light. Someone might find it useful, despite the misgivings in the user interface.

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#5 Post by Andrew Lee » Tue May 16, 2006 7:50 am

Visual CD seems to rely on ActiveX controls installed during setup (eg. VISCDDTP.OCX). It will still run, but will start hitting errors when you perform certain operations that has dependencies on these ActiveX controls.

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#6 Post by juzam » Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:52 am

there's also DiscLib
http://www.lyrasoftware.com/modules/new ... orytopic=2

i tested it briefly, the only drawback is that it doesn't use relative paths for a some txt files used for configuration (favorite folders, etc.); those paths however can be quickly edited in the options tab if needed.

here's the link for the .zip version
http://www.lyrasoftware.com/disclib/dow ... l_v2.0.zip

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DiscLib good, but ...

#7 Post by BigD » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:49 am

DiscLib seems very good with a lot of functionality.

Unfortunately, it added 312 entries to my registry at HKCU, and I can't see a way of writing its settings to an .ini file instead.

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Re: DiscLib good, but ...

#8 Post by Darkbee » Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:05 pm

BigD wrote:DiscLib seems very good with a lot of functionality.

Unfortunately, it added 312 entries to my registry at HKCU, and I can't see a way of writing its settings to an .ini file instead.
I concur, it seems as if it uses a lot of potentially temporary registry entries (since I can only assume that they are working entries... surely no program on earth should need that many registry entries at any one time!)

Also, I don't know if it was my computer (which has since suffer a permanent failure) but compared to most other programs I tried DiscLib was painfully slow, taking well over five minutes to catalog 1.6GBs worth of information, where other programs like Cathy managed the same task in under 15 seconds.

I have a couple of my own suggestions that I'll get around to posting in the submissions forums as soon as I can.

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