How to Organize Disk Catalog. Getting started

Basic Interface Description

The main window contains three tabs:

  • Disks - displays disks (folders) and their file structure. The tab has three panes: Disk List (for selecting disk/folder), Browser (for browsing disk contents), Descriptions (for showing file, folder, and disk descriptions).

  • Catalog - displays the tree-like catalog of files and folders.

  • Search results - the tab is available only upon a successful completion of a search. This tab displays the search results. You can toggle the view mode between a list and a tree.

    See Interface for more details.

    The First Stage of Working With The Program

    1. Start the group editor (select the Group editor item on the Service menu; use the Ctrl-G key combination or the ) and create the necessary groups. If you do not create groups, the default groups will be listed: Images/Photos, Video, Texts, Music, Multimedia, and Programs. You can modify or delete the default groups or add your own groups; e.g. Games.
    See Group editor for details.

    2. Scan one or more (preferable) disks. This allows you to see most of the program's features. Insert a CD or DVD into your drive. The program will inquire whether you would like to scan that disk. Select Yes at the prompt or select the Scan disk item on the Disk menu. Or click .
    When the scanning is completed, the disk properties window will appear. Select the groups you would like the disk to belong to, edit the disk's title and other properties, add description and memo if necessary.
    See Scanning disk and Disk properties for details.

    3. Instead of scanning a disk, you can scan a folder. To scan a folder: select the Scan folder item on the Disk menu or click .
    See Scanning folder for details.

    The Second Stage of Working With The Program

    After having your disks scanned you can:
    1. View the disks' file structure.
    2. Find files on the disks.
    3. Generate report on the files.
    4. Place files and folders to the tree-like file catalog.

    Now you can quickly find information on any disk and its contents even when your collection of disks consists of 300-500 or more disks.

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    April 19, 2017
    Hey! We are almost not updating the program but you can order licenses if you need the program. The project is not dead and the latest version of SMD is 4.43.

    April 16, 2014
    A little bugfix is uploaded.

    January 11, 2011
    SearchMyDiscs 4.4 released. Added the Blu-Ray disk support.

    May 28, 2010
    SearchMyDiscs 4.3 released. Added an option that allows configuring the CD/DVD drive letter list.

    March 23, 2010
    SearchMyDiscs 4.2 released. Updated MSdcRAW.dll for scanning RAW files. Added support for lossless sound files APE, FLAC, and CUE.

    November 30, 2009
    SearchMyDiscs 4.1 released. Added searching photos by EXIF tags. Added getting additional EXIF tags.

    April 1, 2009
    SearchMyDiscs 4.0 released. Added new and powerful report generator. New features: Better looking tables and reports; Detailed preview window; Exporting to the PDF, DOC, XLS, HTML, CSV, JPG, BMP, GIF file formats. Added creating reports on the file catalog.

    July 7, 2008
    SearchMyDiscs 3.7 released. Added support for multiple scans of the same folders (you can select whether you want to refresh a folder's content or to create a new copy of the folder). Added importing folders with the same paths. Now you can create a database of local disks (and removable disks) of all your computers and search files in the database. Updated MSdcRAW.dll for scanning RAW files. Added support for new digital cameras.

    May 5, 2008
    SearchMyDiscs 3.61 released. Added automatic rotation of photo thumbnails according to EXIF data and FreeDB support for scanning mixed-mode CD disks (data+audio).

    October 26, 2007
    SearchMyDiscs 3.5 released. Added batch files tagging. Added support for read-only databases. Now you can open databases stored on CD/DVD disks or network servers. Improved Windows Vista compatibility.

    August 16, 2007
    SearchMyDiscs 3.4 released. Added getting thumbnails from video files (avi, vob, wmv, etc.). Added support for DNG digital photograph raw files. Added ability to include file descriptions to reports. Added saving IPTC comments for digital photographs. Added support for the "descript.ion" files. Added ability to add disk cover images. Added support for removable drives (Zip, Jazz, USB drives, etc.). Added new languages: Swedish, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese.

    May 17, 2007
    New article: Search photos by EXIF tags

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