DDFileCatcher Windows file listing program features

What DDFileCatcher does

DDFileCatcher makes lists of file information. The file information is that seen in File Explorer, such as the file size, date, type. DDFileCatcher lets you choose from over file properties and formatted output based on them to put in a file list. That is many more than are available in File Explorer, and includes some unique ones we have added, such as "sortable date", which uses the 2006-11-14T16:54 format.

The first version of DDFileCatcher (1.00) was released on April 26th 2003 - 10 years of DDFileCatcher development! That version listed just 4 file properties and saved file lists to the Clipboard and as plain text to a disk file.

New for DDFileCatcher version 5

Version 5 was released in October 2012, and is a complete redesign and rewrite of DDFileCatcher. At the time of writing, version 5 only runs on Windows versions of Vista and later. For Windows 2000 and XP, version 4 is still available. Version 5 produces the same file lists as version 4, but with version 5 the drag and drop screen, which is the main user interface for version 4, is launched from the main user screen. More ways of finding files have been added, including the use of menus and controls to find files, search folders, list folders only in folder trees and drives etc. Version 5 uses a tabbed interface, for easy of switching between screens. Actual values of file properties are shown, to help selecting the properties.

How DDFileCatcher gets files from File Explorer

The "DD" in DDFileCatcher stands for "Drag Drop". Until version 5 was released, in October 2012, the main way of getting files was by drag and drop from File Explorer onto DDFileCatcher. This lets you select files from different folders and from file searches in File Explorer and then list the files. Version 5 also uses drag and drop, but has more options for collecting files, such as using a context menu in File Explorer, file and folder dialogs for listing files and folders, and saved searches, which will add the same files or folder contents each time.

Choose file properties easily with example values

With over file properties to available, DDFileCatcher makes selection easier by giving example values, based on the files in the file list. This means, that even if you don't know the name of a file property, you can identify it with the example value.

See what the file list looks like before outputting it

Before you save the file list to a disk file or copy it to the Clipboard, for example, you can see what the list will look like by using the Preview Form. The form also lets you change settings, such as adding headings, change to folder/filenames from full filepaths, and see the effect of each change when you make it.

Where the lists of files can be output to

The simplest place is the Clipboard. Drop files onto DDFileCatcher, click the "Text to Clipboard" button, put the text cursor in for example a Notepad Window and paste the file list in.

The file list can be saved to a text file on the disk.

DDFileFileCatcher can save file lists as Microsoft Word DOCX documents and Microsoft Excel XLSX workbooks. Collect files and folders from File Explorer and click a button on DDFileCatcher to savethe file list information to Word or Excel.

Which file and folder output types are available

All file properties on each line.
Each folder on a separate line followed by files in the folder and their select file properties.
Only folders and their properties.

Which output formats are available

File list formats with DDFileCatcher
CSV - comma separated values Useful for importing the file list into a database or into Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice or LibreOffice Calc.
HTML table View file list properties in a browser
Microsoft Excel table (in running Excel) Add tables of file information in an open Excel Worksheet. Add extra files later with the same file properties.
Microsoft Excel XLSX Workbook Save a file list table in new Excel Workbook
Microsoft Excel XML Spreadsheet Simple format, which only seems to work with Excel 2003
Microsoft Word DOCX document Save a file list table in a new Word document
OpenOffice or LibreOffice Calc ODF spreadsheet Save a new OpenOffice or LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet with a file list.
OpenOffice or LibreOffice Writer ODT Document Exports a file list to an OpenOffice or LibreOffice Writer document.
Plain text File properties are right-padded with blank characters to make the columns line up when printed with a monospace font, such as Courier.
Tab separated values Similar uses to CVS format. Used for saving for databases.
Template - user-entered templates Make custom file list reports. The lines containing file properties are repeated for each file.
XML (extensible markup language) Can be used for importing file list information into other applications.
XML with DTD (document type definition) As XML, but with the description of the file properties included in the document.

HTML output in html for a table. Can be used for saving in a Google Document or a web page. With or without headings for file properties.

Custom templates for outputing file lists. Users can make their own templates and store them for later use. File properties can appear in any order. ">Take a free for day trial.

Which file properties are available

DDFileCatcher 5 can output over file properties. To see which properties are available, please ">download DDFileCatcher, and select the "File properties" tab.

The following text refers to DDFileCatcher 4 (for Windows XP), which can output about 320 file properties. Here is a list of the file properties available with DDFileCatcher 4. The file properties are in the following categeries:

File information - dates, size, type etc. Also, size in bytes, and sortable date (ISO 8601 format, eg 2006-11-13T15:57:06).
Document properties - document properties saved in Microsoft Office applications, such as comments, keywords, author.
Hyperlinks - hyperlinks for HTML tables, Microsoft Excel and Word, OpenOffice or LibreOffice Calc and Writer, let you open a file from within those applications.
MP3 properties - album, artist, comment, genre etc.
Image properties - all available properties for Exif files eg JPEP, TIFF. Digital cameras add this information to files.
Image GPS properties - added by some cameras and technical equipment.

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