I'm currently testing disk catalog software programs as you might have guessed already. Cathy is the second that I'm going to write a review about. The first disk catalog software was Visual CD.
Cathy uses a different approach than Visual CD, it's a portable and an ultra-fast at recording information about locations that you add to it, features that Visual CD does not make available.
Cathy has a size of only 59 Kilobytes unpacked, and the first thing you need to do after starting it up is to switch to the Catalog tab in the interface and add one or multiple locations that you want indexed there.
Every location you add is listed here with options to remove it again or configure advanced features such as file types or names that you want it to ignore. I previously mentioned that the indexing process was fast. It takes only a few seconds to index the contents of a full DVD. That is possible because Cathy indexes only the files, their path and information whereas Visual CD indexes the contents of zip filess and media information.
Another benefit of using Cathy is its simplicity. Every catalog file that it creates is searched automatically and results start to appear after seconds of entering the search term in its interface. Several filters are available to narrow down the search results. It is for instance possible to filter by date or file size.
Another interesting option is to search the selection to narrow down results even further. The Directory tab becomes available after you select one file from the results. It displays the parent directory of the file, other files stored in the directory, and options to browse the structure.
A right-click on files displays a context menu with options to open the file on the system, open file properties, copy information to the Windows Clipboard, or use the Send To menu to use it in another application.
If you want fast, simple and portable select Cathy. It's the perfect disk catalog software for users who want to search their entire disk collection in a few seconds.
If you want to add value, add mp3 tags, thumbnails and the like go for Virtual CD which offers that. It does take much longer to index the disks though and the interface is complicated and not that intuitive.
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