Nektony is a software development company that is specialized on Mac utilities & iOS productivity apps. Its founded in 2011 and located in Odessa, Ukraine.
INSTALLATION & SETUP
Installation of Duplicate File Finder is simple, just drag and drop the icon(application) inside the .dmg file to your Applications folder and you’re done. Now enter your serial if you bought the Pro version. With the PRO version you can operate duplicate folders and non-identical Similar folders and even similar photos.
WHY WE NEED A DUPLICATE FILE FINDER
Every music and photography entousiast (and others) will face a lot of duplicate or simular files cluttering their drives, as experimenting and tryouts with images or music is one of my passions. I guess there’s more people like me, spending hours and hours perfecting our favorite photo’s or edited music compilations. People like me get warnings from iCloud, that their storage is full and needs upgrading. All because the latest Cataina version syncs our desktops with iCloud. So in order to avoid iCloud problems, I copy the folders to an external NAS where loads of partitions get stuffed with ‘Folders in Progress’, I call them. In the end, I end up with numerous folders with identical or nearly same files. At times we need to sweep the disks in order to keep things fairly clean, and use the diskspace for new data. Nektony created a nice application Duplicate File Finder Pro ( or Free ). This application helps to remove duplicates in just a few minutes or hours depending on the amount of data to be searched.
Duplicate File Finder scans your Mac hard drive or external drives to find identical files and folders. It searches equal files by type, name, count, and size. You can separately view and delete duplicate photos, videos, music, documents, or all types of duplicates from your Mac. Duplicate File Finder also helps you to detect similar folders, which have both equal and unique files and merge them to free up storage space on your disk. Besides that, Duplicate File Finder detects similar photos in order to ease the selection of the favorite pictures you want to keep on your computer. This application is easy to use and it provides a “how to use” guide for new users. A free version is also available, but I feel the Pro version with its bonus features will not withhold too much, for its pricing.
EXTRA FEATURES PRO VERSION
If you want the advanced features, like removing duplicates in bulk, comparing folders or merging folders, you can upgrade the app to a Pro version for $19.99.
- Remove Duplicates in Similar Folders
- Merge Scanned Folders
- Find and Remove Similar Photos ( also in Free version )
- View Removal History
Overall Duplicate File Finder Pro functionality features:
- Quickly find duplicates on any disk, folder, storage
- Detect duplicate pictures and similar photos
- Find Duplicate and Similar folders
- Recover removed duplicates from the Trash
- Merge folders and organize your files
- Remove duplicates from Photos Library
- Find hidden duplicates
- Use smart Cleanup Hints
- Use Auto Select option
- Find duplicates of any type of files*
- View usage visualization of duplicates
- Skip specific folders or file types from search
- Get accurate byte-to-byte duplicates’ results
- Define duplicate files size to be searched
- Select duplicates only in particular folders
COMPARE DUPLICATE FILE FINDER vs GEMENI 2
Why do we compare two applications at the same time? Well to be honest Gemeni 2 is a wellknown application with great reviews, and Nektony is still fairly less known and we find almost no reviews on the internet. So we need to test and check, in order to make up an opinion on the quality and effectiveness of the scanning results.
INTERFACE & PREFERENCES
The opening-interface of Duplicate File Finder is minimalistic and simple. Too simple for my taste, as I fancy sleek and well layed out interfaces. Duplicate File Finder does come with some special Preferences for any user to adjust and set. Its main feature (to me) is the addition or removal of directories to be skipped or added. This will impact scanningtime (faster/slower) depending of file amount to scan. The ‘Skip List’ Tab allows you to adjust the folder/files to be scanned. The ‘Auto Select’ provides numeral options for file selections.
When all scanning is finished we get a full overview of all duplicate files/folders found nicely sorted in filetype and detailed information of numbers and size. The Pro version provides some extra buttons (Merge etc), to perform related functionality.
Like any removal application, one should always check and check again if the proposed file(s)/folders are the ones you want to get rid off. People running RAID systems should defenitly check and check. Even when deleted all is not lost as there are applications to retrieve your just deleted files, but better be safe then sorry.
A view selection of seperate Button actions will give you a nice idea of its full potential.
FOUND DUPLICATES in SEARCH
We started with the knowledge of Gemini 2 qualities, and were wondering if Duplicate File Finder could match its performance. The performance is source for discusion as it comes down to priorities for results. Is the outcome of found files priority or scan-time, amount of files ? Take your pick as each seperate item is somehow important. In our test we scanned 1.500.000 files in a straight run and noted the performance of both applications. The outcome is overwhelming in favor of Duplicate File Finder in each seperate measurement. Keep in mind that we are not able to check the accuracy of each application as we ran a 1.500.000 files test, which we can’t check for each file found. Overall, the Duplicate File Finder application won in every aspect:
- – Found Files approx. 42000 more
- – Found amount Gb 16 Gb more data
- – Scan-Time 40 min.faster
The found files amount of Gemini 2, might be due to way of calculation folders/files. Maybe its a matter of min. file size to set as Threshold, we don’t know, all we see is the outcome which surprised us really.
Again Nektony surprised us with a great and cheap application Duplicate File Finder Pro. We tested a huge amount of data for duplicate files (detection function) and this neat app beats the competition. Is it flawless, you might ask yourself after reading this review? I guess not, RAID users should be carefull with any remover application. However in a straight 1:1 contest, Duplicate File Finder beat the competition in every aspect.
For now honours to Nektony’s Duplicate File Finder application, which even has a decent pricing tag. Get yourself the Free version and try and judge for yourself if this could be your best buy ever.