8206Need Efficient File Catalog
- Oct 22, 2008To All,
I need an efficient file catalog similar to the hierarchical system in Windows
Explorer. In fact, I am using Explorer in exactly that role now, but I may be
causing a slowdown in the normal functioning of the Windows file system
because I may be overusing Explorer. Windows remembers the state of up to
about 2000 folders. I have modified the entry in the Registry to allow
remembering the state of 10,000 folders. Windows is remembering the state, but
I am beginning to see the hourglass symbol when I do normal operations in
I have examined some of the cataloging applications designed for tracking
music or video libraries, but they are much too elaborate and cumbersome for
Every day, I get 50 to 100 files related to actual or planned observations
from some of the members of an astronomy club. In most cases, I need only to
record the name of the file, size, type, and date modified. In a small
percentage of cases, I retain the actual contents of the file. File types can
be TXT, some kind of video or still image, DOC, PDF, or rarely XLS.
Most files come into a temporary folder in my mail client. Then I save the
attachment(s) into the appropriate sub-folder(s) within Windows Explorer, and
create a sub-folder with the same name as the file. I usually then delete the
contents of the file leaving only the file name, type ("File Folder"), size
(empty in most cases), and date modified. In 1 or 2 percent of cases, I retain
the original contents of the file. For example, I have about 8500 folders
created from file names, and I have only 10 megabytes of contents in those
folders. About 98 percent of folders are empty.
The members who send these files use a standard file-naming convention that
dictates where these files get stored in the hierarchy. I use the built-in
searching and sorting functions of Windows Explorer to check for duplicate
observations and to append an accession number when multiple observations come
in for a single object.
Simply stated, I need the hierarchical structure of Windows Explorer in an
application that doesn't use the Windows File Allocation Table. If the Outline
structure in NoteTab had say 8 or 10 levels of sub-outlines, it would be a
good tool for this job.
I am asking for suggested utilities here rather than in the Clip Programming
group because I'm guessing that a fast, slim, efficient application like this
Thanks for the help.
WinXP Pro SP3
NoteTab Pro v5.7b
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