Advanced Disk Catalog

Advanced Disk Catalog


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 16 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.51
File Size:
1.38MB
Date Added:
March 30, 2010
Price:
Free to try (5-disk trial); $20.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
109,345
Downloads Last Week:
21
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This utility acts as a helpful librarian to help you keep track of documents, music, videos, and program files. Advanced Disk Catalog essentially downloads materials from either a CD or drive into an independent database that you can then organize any way you choose. Even when working with our test machine's local drive, we found searching the database much more efficient and speedy than digging through the actual drive. To further aid organization, the utility accurately extracts comments from MP3s, MS Office documents, PDFs, and executable files. Other tools let you quickly compare disks and search for duplicate files. Advanced Disk Catalog, too, can quickly peek behind ZIP files to let you know what's inside. The only downside is you can't browse by media file category, a function we thought would be helpful. Overall, this is a powerful and quick program that should be handy for both experienced home users and system administrators.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    2.9

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4 stars

    "Great for cataloging discs"

    March 17, 2014   |   By Cozmic_Seer

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    Have used this for many years to keep track of my CDs, DVDs, floppies and love to have a catalog that I can use instead having to look through the collection. It allows comments to be added to each file which is great when I'm looking for a particular version if the file name doesn't indicate it. It stores them as you would see the files if using a file manager like explorer and keeps the list in alphabetic order. It also has a search capability that can be tailored for files/folders or comments and had date options for the search as well as size constraints. This saves time when you are looking for something with particular properties. It may be a bit old but it does a good job for finding files/folders.

    Cons

    It does have a few minor bugs that I wish they would have fixed but it hasn't caused any loss of data as long as you save your work or corruption of the database.

    Summary

    It's a useful program and does a good job for what it does. As a programmer, I would like them to release the code to someone like me or a group that would sign up to work on it as I would track down and fix the bugs to make it a flawless program.

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  • 4 stars

    "Been using for about 15 years....no need to change"

    February 03, 2014   |   By SweetmanPhoto

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    WHY we use it. It stores file names of our photography clients into 'Catalogs' which are small file size.There are NO associated images, just names and creation dates and file types and sizes. We have info from over 1000 CDs and DVDs to access WHERE client info is stored. Great archival system that survived many changes in windows operating systems. It's just doing a text search so it's pretty fast.

    Cons

    Don't know if it will succeed the transition to windows 8.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great progam"

    July 31, 2013   |   By Dont42Panic

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    Fast searches

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    We started using this program years ago to keep track of archived projects on floppy disks and still use it today but on DVDs. We also now use to to keep search network hard drive. Love this program even thought it's old.

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  • 1 stars

    "lies lies lies"

    March 21, 2012   |   By promytius

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    I hate any program that is "FREE" only to DOWNLOAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    I hate any program that is "FREE" only to DOWNLOAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    DON'T BOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Absolutely useless, dog-slow, don't waste your time."

    January 13, 2012   |   By pureambient

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    None that I could see, but then, since it spent ONE HOUR scanning just 2% of my modestly sized hard drive, I will never know - I've never seen a S L O W E R program.

    Cons

    Probably everything that the other reviewers have said and more, but I will never know, because after watching it scan at the pace of a dead snail for one hour, and only manage to catalog 1500 of my files, a few folders, less than 2% of my small drive, in that time - I uninstalled it and put it where it belongs - in the recycling. It actually kinda pisses me off, because I searched for ages yesterday for a particular combination of file management features, and the very glowing and well-written description seemed to promise a tool that would do EXACTLY what I wanted. But that is useless if it won't run - and it did not run. At the rate it was going, it would have taken more than a day just to scan my hard drive - and that is useless if you are trying to do ACTUAL WORK. So less of the BS advertising, and more of a program that has basic functionality - i.e. a scan that runs at a DECENT SPEED - I don't expect miracles, but I am bitterly disappointed, and now the search is back on...

    Summary

    I would say: avoid, avoid, avoid, use anything else. Good luck with this one...

    The next tool I tried, ScanFS, scanned very quickly indeed, in just a few minutes, and gave me RESULTS - at least I can actually ASSESS it - this thing, however, looked good on paper, but is possibly the SLOWEST software I have EVER SEEN :-)


    Ever.

    EVER.


    It would be quicker to get some paper, open each folder, and write down the names of all your files :-0


    What a shame, because the description is very promising. And, maybe it DOES do all those things - but I need tools that work at a respectable speed - not so slowly I could die of old age before I even see some results. Much less reports or analysis...


    :-) EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING.

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  • 2 stars

    "This is only a demo!"

    October 14, 2010   |   By MarkCh5v9

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    Very nice program, work pretty well with lots of features.

    Cons

    The download here is only an evaluation edition, limited to 5 disks.

    Summary

    The desctiption *needs* to state this is only a trial version and requires a $20 registration fee to catalog more than 5 disks.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quality media manager but is not outdated."

    October 12, 2010   |   By cage_

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    Great catalog program for optical media. My catalog consists of mixed optical media that is well over 2200 discs. No slowdown or searching issues present.

    Cons

    Discontinued.

    Summary

    I signed up specially to cnet to respond to the "previous" review. I have been using this software since v1.14 (11/07/97) and am still using it. Never experienced any crashing/parsing issues EVER.

    v1.51 was released in 2004! This is not meant to be a viable alternative for today even though I still use it.

    http://www.disk-catalog.com/ doesn't even exist for this product anymore as of 10/12/2010.

    Added an option for media export near the EOL for this software so users would not have their data locked into their format.

    This is hands down the oldest program I've been using with no issues.

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  • 1 stars

    "Buggy, unsupported crapware"

    April 14, 2010   |   By t3chnomanc3r

    Version: Advanced Disk Catalog 1.51

    Pros

    it does excellent basic cataloging and could crawl into archives looking for .NFO, .ID, .NO, etc... type file extensions describing archives, when that functionality it works

    Cons

    File content & details cataloging modules hopelessly riddled with showstopping parsing bugs which crash the program loosing all information cataloged. No newer archive types like 7Z supported, no file hashing.

    Summary

    Since it's not opensource nor actively updated there's no fixing these issues. Best "save face" thing they could do is 1. remove the sales page, 2. release the source
    code under GPL.

    Sad the company made so famous years back for it's developer being jailed here in the US for exposing Acrobat PDF encryption flaws they discovered would simply drop support for a very useful tool. I've personally contacted them as a paying customer, basically told "tough luck, it's been years since we sold you the license" despite my numerous & persistent bug reports to them in the 1st 2 years asking for fixes.

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