CNET Editors' review
It's never a good sign when you have to consult a program's Help file just to get started, but that's what we had to do with WhereIsIt, a tool designed to organize your hard disk and media collections.
WhereIsIt actually has an attractive user interface that resembles MS Office programs. Tabs running across the top of the interface contain commands for adding disk drives, modifying drive properties and settings, and searching drives. A tabbed sidebar on the left lists catalogs and tags, and a large panel on the right displays the contents of those catalogs. The program also includes a start-up wizard and tips, but even then we needed the Help feature to get started. Once we found our bearings, we were able to create a new catalog and add our drives to it. Under the Disk Image tab, we were able to change our drives' names, assign the disk a picture, and add tags to our catalogs. We did like having the ability to view each disk's properties. WhereIsIt seems like it would be especially useful to those with a large number of drives on their computers. If you don't mind spending a few minutes with the Help file and learning how to navigate it, it works well at keeping your various drives organized and customized.
Some of WhereIsIt's commands were deactivated, including as disk password-protection, possibly as part of its trial limitations. The program installs and uninstalls without any issues. We recommend this program for intermediate and advanced users.
An application written for 32-bit Windows operating systems, designed to help you maintain and organize a catalog of your computer media collection, including CD-ROMs, audio CDs, diskettes, removable drives, hard drives, network drives, DVDs, or any other media that Windows can access as a drive. The most basic goal for WhereIsIt is to provide access to the contents of any media you have from the cataloged database, even if the media itself is not available on the system - you can browse lists of files and folders, search by any criteria, use descriptions, thumbnails, categories.
What's new in this version: Version 2013 build 320 has Minor maintenance release.
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Version: WhereIsIt 2012 build 104
Searches aren't too bad once index is created.
Only use if you want to cripple your system while scanning. Not only is it incredibly slow (took hours to scan one drive, though admittedly large - 1 TB), it sucks up all memory (my system showed 98% usage until I closed it, then dropped to 12%) and makes running anything else at the same time completely impossible.
Don't waste your money. It's faster just to type out everything by hand.
Version: WhereIsIt 2012 build 104
Bloatware, expensive, slow
Just use the freeware cathy https://www.google.com/search?q=cathy+Robert+Vasicek
"Good product, HORRENDOUS support"
Version: WhereIsIt 2010 build 909
Works on hard drive & DVDs
Fantastic options for automatic tagging based on file contents
Worst technical support in the history of software (see review).
The product does a great job of quickly cataloging any disk drive, and then letter you later see and find files on that drive, whether it is currently attached to your computer or not. Great way to catalog both hard drives and DVDs.
However, the support is so bad as to be almost comical.
The person who wrote this is the most anti-customer developer I've ever encountered. His is like the "soup Nazi" character on Seinfeld. In fact, he is EXACTLY like this character. He calls you names and refuses to help. He tells you it is YOUR fault that if the program doesn't function correctly. I kept getting corrupted databases after updating catalogs. To this day, he has never offered even ONE helpful suggestion. I should publish his responses to that everyone can see them. Fortunately, if you back up the catalog, it is easy to simply use the backup and then update from there. The corruption doesn't happen too often.
So, if you don't need support, and can live with an occasional glitch, this is actually a very good product, and except for the occasional corrupt catalog file, works extremely well.
"Top Class disk cataloguer, especially for audio cds."
Version: WhereIsIt 3.97 build 726
Flexibility - great search function - multipurpose "database" disk cataloguer.
Not customised for audio cds but this is easily achieved with experiment and practice.
For a long time I was looking for a flexible free Audio Disk [CD] indexer. THIS IS IT!!!
Insert a disk and it goes on line and downloads all the track info etc. Simple!
It will also index data CDs etc - e.g. collections of software etc.
It takes a little knowledge and practice to cutomise it, but it works beautifully.
I can now [in seconds] find any compsosition, artist, composer etc.
"Great product, rude developer"
Version: WhereIsIt 3.96 Build 423
This is the best disk catalog software I have ever used. Powerful, extensible, regularly updated.
Be wary of technical support. The developer claimed my paid MobileMe account was Freemail and refused to send me a replacement license file.
"Robert Galle has a terrible attitude"
Version: WhereIsIt 3.91 build 220
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using the program for about five years. After a recent data loss I inquired regarding the possibility of restoring part of a catalog from an html report.
Robert Galle's response to me was:
I don't find this question to be half serious. You are heavily underestimating the level of detail necessary to be collected at scanning time in order to have properly functional disk images and catalogs
You know. . . a simple "No, I cannot do that," would suffice.
The program is easy to use, and is an excellent way to catalog large media collections, but Robert Galle, the developer, is a chump.