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25. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does NeoFinder work in "Sonoma", Ventura, Monterey, Bug Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan?

But of course.

NeoFinder 8.x works in Mac OS X 10.11, macOS Sierra (Mac OS X 10.12), macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS 10.14, 10.15, macOS 11 (Bug Sur), macOS 12 (Monterey), macOS 13 "Ventura", and even in macOS 14 "Sonoma".

We even still have older NeoFinder and CDFinder versions available for use in previous versions of Mac OS, going all the way back to Mac OS 9.

How do I move my NeoFinder database to a new Mac?

If you wish to move your catalog database from the old Mac to a new one, follow these instructions:

1. Install the current version of NeoFinder on your new Mac, and
activate your license there.

2. Copy the
NeoFinder Database Folder from the old to the new Mac. If you don't know where your Database Folder is located on your old Mac, please open the NeoFinder Preferences window on your old Mac, and check out the "Database Folder Location." That is where NeoFinder stores the catalog files, and that folder must be copied to the new Mac.

You can also select
LIBRARY in the NeoFinder window, and use Reveal in Finder in the Special menu to have NeoFinder show you the location of that folder in the Finder. Or use the contextual menu for LIBRARY:


3. On the new Mac, once you have copied the entire NeoFinder Database Folder to a proper location, maybe inside of your
Documents folder, simply show NeoFinder where that folder is located. Again, you do that using the NeoFinder Preferences.

That was all.

Please do NOT try to "Export" or "Import" the catalogs, as the Import feature in NeoFinder is only used for catalog files of other applications.

Also, do NOT drag the database folder into the main window of NeoFinder, as that will create a catalog of that folder, and that is not what you want.

Is NeoFinder also available for Windows?

Yes, our sister product
abeMeda for Windows uses the exact same database format, so you can even share your catalogs on a shared network folder on a server if you have a Business license of them.

Can NeoFinder import my CDFinder database?

Of course NeoFinder can
use your existing CDFinder for Mac or abeMeda for Windows database!

If you install your new NeoFinder on the same machine as CDFinder, NeoFinder will simply find out which folder CDFinder was using as its database folder, and just use it.

If that doesn't work, please open the NeoFinder Preferences, and change the "Database Folder location" to use the same place that CDFinder was using.

And if you still have old catalogs created by CDFinder 2.8 or earlier, please use the
Importer to convert that old format.

In case you don't really know where your old CDFinder database folder is located: CDFinder and NeoFinder create a catalog file for each volume or folder you catalog. That catalog file has the same name as the volume or folder. So if you can remember the name of a volume, you can use the search feature in macOS to search for a file with that name. That usually leads you to the CDFinder database folder.

NeoFinder Preferences

Can abeMeda for Windows use NeoFinder Mac catalogs and vice versa?

Yes, as both products use the exact same catalog file format, their catalog files are interchangeable. Simply copy the catalog files from one installation to the database folder of the other one. To get to your NeoFinder database folder on the Mac, select LIBRARY in NeoFinder and use "Reveal in Finder". Your catalog files are located in that folder.

Can NeoFinder show all photos of a catalog or folder at once?

When you are coming in from the abandoned PhaseOne iView Media Pro, you are used to see all photos in your library at once. While NeoFinder acts more like a disk cataloger, you can still do the same by using the Find context menu. Select the catalog, and use "All photos in this item" in the Find menu. That also works for any folder in a catalog as well. This will show all items of the selected kind in the selected catalog or data folder, and every single subfolder contained in these.

Or use the same commands in the View menu for selected catalogs, and folders inside catalogs.


Can NeoFinder catalog photo thumbnails?

Yes! NeoFinder generates beautiful thumbnails of all images of the types JPEG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PDF, PNG, RAW, PSD, TGA, and
many more.

Additionally, NeoFinder can also read meta data from these files, such as the image size, color depth, and
EXIF, IPTC, and Adobe XMP data, which are also very helpful when performing a Find.

Can NeoFinder use more than one Database Folder?

NeoFinder uses a regular Finder folder on your hard disc as the NeoFinder Database Folder, and puts its catalog files into it (one for each volume you catalogue). Of course, you can have any number of these Database Folders, and switch between them, or copy your local folder to the server, share it, and use it from other Macs as well.

A small AppleScript can be used to quickly activate a different Database Folder. If placed in the Scripts menu of NeoFinder, you can then very quickly switch between several such folders.

Please check chapter
9.4 Change the preferences of NeoFinder of the NeoFinder Users Guide for an example.

Can NeoFinder automatically catalog volumes when they are ejected?

Read more about it

How can I keep NeoFinder from cataloging new discs burned by Roxio Toast?

NeoFinder has the amazing capability to fully
automatically catalog new discs burned by Roxio Toast Titanium 8 or newer.

You can turn that feature on and off inside of Roxio Toast, in the Disc Burner settings, so you can quickly change it for every disc you roast, mh, toast.

Can NeoFinder catalog and edit the Finder comments for files and folders?

NeoFinder will of course read these comments for you during cataloging, if you wish to do that. Starting with NeoFinder 6.4, this is actually quite fast and efficient. Also, NeoFinder does of course read the new file and folder Tags (Keywords), introduced in Mac OS X 10.9

How many catalog files can NeoFinder manage?

Technically, the limit is near 4,000,000,000 catalogs. Every catalog file created of a volume or folder can itself contain up to 4,000,000,000 files and folders. Typical larger users have around 23000 catalog files and NeoFinder deals with that easily...

How do I rename a catalog?

Just select the catalog file or folder in the main window and edit the name there. Or use the Inspector for that.

How do I add a comment to a catalog?

Just select the catalog file or folder in the main window and edit the name there. Or use the Inspector for that. And NeoFinder also offers five additional data fields you can use to attach important information to a catalog,
see here.

How do I set up NeoFinder for a multi-user network environment?

That is actually quite easy, please see
here for a detailed description.

Can Spotlight search NeoFinder catalog files?

NeoFinder can search the Spotlight database while it performs a Find operation on its own catalog files.

The other way around is not possible due to the technical concept of Spotlight. Spotlight is designed to store the meta data and possible content of discrete data files, but every single NeoFinder catalog file can already contain hundreds of thousands of these data sets.

But as the Spotlight interface in NeoFinder is really nicely integrated, that is a very good solution to quickly search both sets of data at the same time.