Developer WebMinds Inc
EASY DUPLICATE FINDER
WebMinds, Inc. is a company specializing in desktop application development, and Internet services. WebMinds is active on the Mac and PC market with their applications and services.
One of their applications is Easy Duplicate Finder which we will review and compare to the competition. A utility like this is as are many utilities meaningful for most Mac users. You will in time
create lots of duplicate files just by editing your pictures, use your music in applications and create your video’s. As a true photograph adept I ended up with approx. 40% of duplicate files ( most pictures ), this doesn’t mean that they are all waste, but kept in different places for use. Like all Duplicate Finders the app uses CRC32 Checksum + File-size and search algorithms in order to determine which is duplicate or not.
Installation and setup is easy and effortless. Preferences offers an unequalled number of options. Really impressive, most options i’ve come across for now. Selection of folders to be scanned is done with drag&drop or Finder selection. Select which folders to leave out of the process ( last pref. page ) and you’re ready to scan.
- special scan modes for photos, music, emails, contacts, Mac Photos, iTunes, Google Drive and Dropbox
- advanced file management options that allow to delete, move, rename or replace the duplicate with a link to the original file
- a folder comparison mode where files in a source folder are marked as originals and files in other folders are checked against the files in the source folder
- Wizard & Assistant for quick and easy duplicate management
- Email scan
- iPhoto library, iTunes library scan
- Contacts scan
- Google Drive scan
- Dropbox scan
- Compare Music tags
- Folder Comparison scan mode, which allows you to select a source and target folders, and compares files in target folders against the files in the source folder. This option is great for comparing external drives with folders on the Mac, checking backups against originals, etc.
Menubar scan choice
EDF works really well. There is however a delay in the ‘progress’ animation when scanning. This is just an animation of the scan progress, and has no impact on the performance or results.
It is fast especially if you perform more scans. I guess it is using internal logging of some kind, storing information. The full scan results are compatible with other third party applications. EDF however does offer the ability to scan only preset filetypes. This is a feature not common found in other applications.
SCAN iPHOTO LIBRARY
These figures show, that different scan approaches show different results. EDF has preset scans in its ‘menu’. Using PHOTOS scan has different results to the basic drag&drop library in its interface.
This is a tricky part of every duplicate finder application. It FINDS duplicates, which doesn’t mean you want to get rid off them all. You may have created duplicates because you want to use the
selected files or folder for other purposes. So don’t just hit the button and clear out your harddisk.! This is the part when a great user interface comes in. The scan results need to be sorted in file types which makes them easier to select, ignore. EDF sorts out all found duplicates and shows them in the interface ( below ).
Easy Duplicate Finder is performing really well and has outstanding options. The interface is Mac unlike but typically shows a Windows background. Scan results are par with the best Mac applications available. Good speed, good results and great options makes Easy Duplicate Finder a true contender. More expensive then its competitors but If you want the best options and settings nothing beats EDF.