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Folder Scout

Editors' Review

by   / April 26, 2009

Folder Scout promises to help users eliminate tedious, confusing searches through folder trees to locate a specific document. However, some users may find this program's structure to be a larger obstacle than the trees it aims to replace.

This program presents its interface in a puzzling fashion. The display is broken into three pieces: the top being a Root Folder Quick Jump; the middle a selection of four tabs allowing users to seek folders as a disk tree, Favorites, Recent Folders, and Recent Docs; and the bottom being reserved for a standard search feature. Each option offers a different way of finding folders. The end result was normally a list of files and subfolders attached to each. We found that the simplest way to locate items was by using the standard search function, which takes a key word or words and skims the hard drive.

Folder Scout lists folders and files as it claims, but doesn't differentiate itself from the traditional file tree enough. Most search results, no matter which of the three methods one uses, result in something that looks an awful lot like a file tree itself. On top of this, by showing the three different search methods at once, users may be confused as to whether they are used individually or in conjunction with one another.

Overall, this 30-day trial doesn't live up to its promises of making file trees obsolete. We can't recommend a program that could potentially be harder to use than the built-in Windows Explorer search tool, especially since it doesn't offer that much more in return.

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Editors' Review

by   / April 26, 2009

Folder Scout promises to help users eliminate tedious, confusing searches through folder trees to locate a specific document. However, some users may find this program's structure to be a larger obstacle than the trees it aims to replace.

This program presents its interface in a puzzling fashion. The display is broken into three pieces: the top being a Root Folder Quick Jump; the middle a selection of four tabs allowing users to seek folders as a disk tree, Favorites, Recent Folders, and Recent Docs; and the bottom being reserved for a standard search feature. Each option offers a different way of finding folders. The end result was normally a list of files and subfolders attached to each. We found that the simplest way to locate items was by using the standard search function, which takes a key word or words and skims the hard drive.

Folder Scout lists folders and files as it claims, but doesn't differentiate itself from the traditional file tree enough. Most search results, no matter which of the three methods one uses, result in something that looks an awful lot like a file tree itself. On top of this, by showing the three different search methods at once, users may be confused as to whether they are used individually or in conjunction with one another.

Overall, this 30-day trial doesn't live up to its promises of making file trees obsolete. We can't recommend a program that could potentially be harder to use than the built-in Windows Explorer search tool, especially since it doesn't offer that much more in return.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.2

Version 1.3.2 fixed issue with mobile phones connection through USB.

General

Publisher Folder Scout Labs
Publisher web site http://www.folderscout.com
Release Date July 20, 2012
Date Added July 20, 2012
Version 1.3.2

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.29MB
File Name Folder_Scout_Setup_1.3.2.217.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,967
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $19.95
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