Once upon a time, long ago, when digital photography started to become popular someone asked me to write a small program that would print a list of all of his photos that were stored on a CD-ROM. The first version of the program printed a list of all filenames that had the .jpg extension. Soon more image formats were used, so I added an option to select additional file extensions such as .tiff, .gif and .png. I named that program: ScanDir (Scan Directory). Today many people talk about Folders instead of Directories, so whenever you read Directory in the ScanDir documentation, Folder could also be used. Over time more selection criteria (filter) options have been added (e.g. Masks, Strings, file size, file date and file type). The latest version adds the support for Regular Expressions to be used as a search argument.
The result of a Scan (or filtered search) is displayed as a list of filenames (item list). Selected items in this list can be Deleted, Copied, Moved, Renamed, Saved and/or Printed. The latest additions to ScanDir include the ability to (pre)View text-and image files, Play media files, Open (run) program files and generate an MD5 checksum for selected files. MD5 checksums can be used during rename, saved as a text file or copied to the clipboard. Right-click one or more filenames in the item list to view all available options.
The Rename function includes automatic numbering of files, extend filenames with one or more path levels, add a date stamp, extend or truncate filenames, add, change or remove extensions and multiple options to translate the text case. In this way the ScanDir Rename function can also be used to generate Bates numbers for a range of files. A limited rename funtion is available during copy or move.
In addition to searching a specific directory structure, ScanDir can also process a pre-defined list of directories spanning multiple drives. Groups of directories can be skipped (excluded) during the scan.
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Updates of ScanDir are announced in the category Software.
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