If you are looking for a sophisticated file and directory monitoring software that looks rather complex on first sight but offers a lot of possibilities if one works with it for a short time you should take a closer look at Log Monitor. Directories or files that you add are monitored in intervals - even real time is possible even though that may be overkill in most situations - that you specify and commands are executed if checks that are performed in that intervals return a positive value.
It is for instance possible to monitor the directory of your favorite p2p software and move files to another directory when the download has finished.Other possibilities include renaming files automatically that have been moved, copied or created in a monitored directory, or passing along information about changed or added information to external programs.
Other actions include the execution of applications, the termination of software, popup windows, sounds that are played, other file operations such as copy, move, rename and delete as well as the creation of file lists.
The first thing you may want to do after installing the software on your system is to add at least one folder to it that you want to monitor. You can alternatively monitor a specific file instead if you prefer that, but most users will probably use the folder monitoring option instead.
Add the path of the monitor and a description, and define what you want the program to monitor or do. There are five tabs here that define the overall monitoring. The conditions tab for instance defines when actions are executed, and those actions are defined in the actions tabs.
You can furthermore define filters to include or exclude only specific files, options that define the monitoring intervals, and schedule when you want the contents of the folder to be checked for changes.
Note that Log Monitor works fine under all recent versions of Windows including Windows 8. The program homepage mentions Windows XP but not operating system that is newer. (via Donation Coder)
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