DiskCat ReadMe

Product:  DiskCat
Company:  MetalloSoft
Website:  http://metallosoft.com
E-mail:   metallosoft@live.com
Type:     Disk or folder catalog and indexing utility
OS:       Windows® XP/Vista/7/8.1/10 (x86 and x64)
Language: English
Licence:  FREE
  
INFORMATION:
This program was designed to create browsable and searchable catalogs of
the contents of any directory whether on optical, physical or flash
drive media types. The program can be used to create catalogs of
contents for CD or DVD collections for instance.

IMPORTANT:
THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES TO BE RUN WITH ADMINISTRATOR RIGHTS. SOME
FIREWALLS MIGHT BLOCK THE PROGRAM FROM RUNNING CERTAIN COMMANDS SO,
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT IT IS CLEARED WITH YOUR SYSTEM'S FIREWALL POLICIES
BEFORE USING THE PROGRAM. NOT DOING SO, CAN CAUSE THE PROGRAM TO STOP
WORKING OR CAUSE UNNECESSARY ERRORS.


INTRODUCTION:
Thank you very much for taking interest in using our software. We hope
you find it purposeful.

This program was designed to create browsable and searchable catalogs of
the contents of any directory whether on optical, physical or flash
drive media types. The program can be used to create catalogs of
contents for CD or DVD collections for instance.

The program indexes all found items in the path and creates dummy
(zero byte) files of each of the items and archive them in exactly the
same folder and path structure. All into one single archive. It's like
creating a snapshot of the contents of a directory.

The format of the created catalog files will be in ZIP (Compressed)
format. These archives can be opened, extracted and browsed by using
DiskCat or any other compatible or associated program.

Because of DiskCat's method of creating browsable catalogs of disk
contents, these ZIP files are tiny and extraction processes are
extremely fast.


OPERATING THE PROGRAM:
1. When run the program will show all active (ready) drives connected to
the PC and give the user the option to either select a path from the
list or browse to and individual folder on the drive.

2. Upon selecting a drive or folder, the drive label or folder name will
be automatically inserted into the catalog name box. This will be used
as the title of the catalog item. The name can be changed to something
else if so wished, but special characters like: ~`!@#$%^&* in the
name are not permitted.

3. The user must then click the "Create..." button in order to start the
process. This usually does not take long at all, but it obviously
depends on the number of items contained inside the directory. For
indexing large physical media, some patience from the user's side must
be implemented. The utility was not specifically designed for cataloging
hard disks, but rather for creating browsable catalogs of CD or DVD
backup collections.

4. Finished catalogs will be stored in the global catalog store i.e.
C:\~\My Documents\DiskCats

5. Browse catalogs by pressing the corresponding button. This function
will open the archive. Only some archives are supported for now.
This will extract the contents of the catalog's archive and display it
in Windows® Explorer. The user has the option to open and browse ZIP
archives using the systems associated program like WinZip, or WinRAR.

6. Contents of archives are searchable by using the system's default
application i.e. Windows® Search. This function helps with finding that
'lost' picture, audio item or program etc... that was backed up long ago
and is needed now immediately. Very Convenient!

Depending on the associated app that the user has on the PC, catalogs
might not be searchable. However if the user has selected to open
catalogs in Explorer then the catalog archive contents will first be
extracted to a temporary location and can then be browsed and searched.
This usually happens very fast, but depends also on the amount of dummy
files contained within the catalog archive.

7. The options menu has an entry for refreshing the drives list if the
user has inserted a new disk into the drive. There is no need to restart
the program for this, especially while busy with a cataloging session
while sitting with a large number of CD's or DVD's.


CREATING SEPARATE DATABASE FOLDERS:
The speed of the search function depends on the amount of catalog items
there are inside the catalog storage directory. The function will first
gather all data that is contained in the text files in the storage
directory and then display the results for the query in list view
thereafter.

The program has a feature where the user can create separate databases
or folders where collections can be stored in like: Music for music
back-up disks or Pictures for images etc...The first advantage of this
feature is that all catalogs can be organized into groups and secondly,
it shortens the length of the search function.

If a particular database contains a large amount of catalogs then the
program will subsequently take longer to gather data for the search
query. So, it might be wise to create separate databases i.e. that holds
about 10 items in.


INSTALLATION:
Install DiskCat by using the included package installer application.
The default install directory is normally at:
C:\Program Files\MetalloSOft\DiskCat\
NOTE: The resident directory for the program must be writable i.e.
attributes must be set to non-system readable. The same applies to the
local temporary directory.

DiskCat will automatically determine the appropriate locations for it's
working directories like a temporary working directory and also a
catalogs store directory. The store directory is by default in the
user's Documents folder.

The program does not create any Windows® registry keys or entries in
order for it to operate.

Database and catalogs data will load instantly upon start-up and the
program runs neat, lean and leaves a very small footprint on the system.


VERSION INFORMATION:
Please refer to the included "changelog" file to view past and current
changes to the software. Our website also has links to view changes to
the software.


LICENCE:
DiskCat is free to use and distribute whether as a private user or a
company. There is no special licencing required to use the software. It
is however subject to intellectual rights and copyright notices. Please
refer to the "EULA.txt" document included in this package for further
legal rights to usage and distribution.


KNOWN ISSUES:
1.) Scanning Floppy and Stiffy Drives:
When floppy/stiffy drives are enabled on the system then the program
might hang long while scanning for and getting their status. If there
are none of these type drives installed inside the computer then you
might want to disable them in the system's 'Computer Management' or
'Device Manager' control panel. Please take care when changing hardware
settings...

2.) Program Hangs When Clicking Drive Selection:
When clicking the 'Select...' button to display the drives list, the
program might hang a while or even go in a state of
'Program not responding...'. This typically happens just after inserting
a new CD or DVD disk into the drive and not waiting for Windows® to first
initialize the disk. It also happens when 'Autoplay' is enabled on the
system.
TIP: Disable 'Autoplay' if you are going to make catalogs for a whole
stack of disks...

This program is currently available for:
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 (32 and 64-bit)

Please report bugs and/or suggestions at: metallosoft@live.com

THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE: 7-Zip (7za.exe)
Author: Igor Pavlov
WebSite: http://www.7-zip.org/
Archiving operations are done from inside DiskCat by utilizing 7-Zip
commands. This obviously means that the licence for 7-zip is also
applicable. The 7-Zip GNU LGPL licence is included as an exact copy that
came with this program's package. A special thanks and all credit goes
to the author of this outstanding application.


END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT:
The software is valid only if the original EULA document is included in
the package. If it is not included then discard the defective copy and
obtain a new one. The program's EULA can also be found in the help
section by clicking on the help icon in the title bar.

Copyright (C) MetalloSoft. EULA Applies. All Rights Reserved