abeMeda 7.1 is already on its way...

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despite the sweltering heat, we're already working hard and steady towards abeMeda 7.1!
Among the great response to abeMeda 7, there were also the occasional minor bug reports, so we will of course be addressing those. Plus, we will be adding support for cataloging and tagging(XMP) Affinity Photo and Designer files, and the Apple ProRes codec. And we're also hoping to include item and file deletion directly from within abeMeda catalogs or search results.
We're well on track, although we will be needing a couple more weeks to finish all of that - so stay tuned!

abeMeda 7 is finally here!

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Today we are very happy to finally present abeMeda 7 !
abeMeda 7 is a major new release, boldly claiming new territory. With XMP tag editing, ratings, keywords with a global keyword list, a new extended catalog format, with even more versatile stored catalog settings, enhanced AutoUpdate, hierarchical SmartFolder groups and numerous more functional and interface enhancements we further expand its diverse capabilities and workflow integration.

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a paid update. Customers of abeMeda 6.7 (who purchased after 2nd February 2016) can receive a free update; Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda 7 beta1 is finished!

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The next major version of abeMeda is nearing completion! We have worked long and hard, and tested and rigged the new version with all its new and enhanced features - and we now consider this beta1 to be stable enough for release. Since the last major release, we have added a load of new features and abilities to abeMeda, and even made some minor changes to its appearance, and I hope you will all enjoy what we have come up with. abeMeda can now also edit XMP/IPTC values, supports cataloging and editing ratings as well as keywords, comes with its own controlled keyword list, an extended catalog format (for huge catalogs >4GB) and enhanced AutoUpdate capabilities.
Unfortunately the new version is not quite finished yet, but as an early christmas present we wanted to treat you with a glimpse of what is to come. Although this is no open beta, you can drop me aline if you are interested in checking out the new version, and testing it in your environment and workflow. We’ll be continuing our hard work, and hope to have the finished version ready by the end of January.

Merry Holidays, and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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Apple discontinues QuickTime for Windows

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Since Apple apparently decided to drop support for QuickTime for Windows completely, and many now urge to deinstall QuickTime from your Windows PC as fast as possible, this is where abeMeda stands on the issue:

In short: While abeMeda uses QuickTime, it runs fine without it, and should not be affected by deinstalling QuickTime.

In more detail: abeMeda is QuickTime aware, and has used QuickTime - if installed - for a long time, to identify and read metadata from several different file formats. It is most involved in MOV/MP4, but also for PSD and GIF files. In none of these cases is it the only available data source, and has been augmented and/or replaced by ffmpeg and XMP by now.
Without QuickTime, you might notice some previews for PSD files, and some metadata for MP4 files missing (where they can't be found via XMP). Wherever that is a problem, we recommend installing the most current version of ffmpeg.
See our links page to find the additional tools you need.

abeMeda 6.7 released!

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We’re very pleased we can finally release abeMeda 6.7 today !
This time, we included lots of fixes and improvements - like adding keyword tags to items, or new XMP support for MP4 videos. The new version also brings enhanced command line parameters and better album handling.

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6. Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda helps Digital Concert Hall

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We recently learned about the “Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall”, where they keep and offer live streams and over 300 concert tapings of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in FullHD. Apparently these video files are stored and managed on numerous mobile drives, and now abeMeda is among the tools used to help manage and keep track of their huge collection.
We’re very happy to welcome them among our user base.

abeMeda 6.6 runs on Windows 10

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For everyone upgrading to Windows 10 on its release date today, we can confirm that abeMeda is already there and runs smoothly. We have been testing abeMeda on the Insider preview extensively, and and are pleased with the results.

Enjoy your first steps into the new Windows, with abeMeda at your side.

abeMeda 6.6

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We are very happy to release abeMeda 6.6 today !
This new version comes with a lot of improvements in many areas - most notably better AutoUpdate with new flexible intervals, improved duplicate find (with more options and better results), or better MusicBrainz support for AudioCDs (including support for CoverArtArchive to download album cover art). It also brings many additional fixes and improvements, like correctly rotating thumbnails, QuickUpdate or SmartFolder handling.

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6. Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda 6.5 released...

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Today, as a Black Friday treat, we are very happy to present abeMeda 6.5 !
abeMeda 6.5 is a big release with new features like ffmpeg and 7-Zip integration to recognize more file formats!
It also brings many additional fixes and improvements for file handling and the user interface.

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6. Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda goes iOS

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Today, we can announce NeoFinder for iOS, a product by our partner Norbert Doerner, that enables us to bring our shared catalogs to iOS devices!

As promised, the app brings the power of NeoFinder and abeMeda to iOS:
  • Keep the catalogs of your entire digital library always with you!
  • Use Dropbox or iTunes to upload your catalog files to your iPhone or iPad.
  • Find your photos, movies, songs, and any cataloged data quickly on your iPhone or iPad, wherever you go.
  • Limit the search to only photos, songs, or movies.
  • The Inspector shows you all the details of your cataloged files, including Previews, EXIF, IPTC, ID3, XMP, song lyrics, cover art, if they are included in your catalogs.
  • Geotags of photos or movies are displayed on the map.
  • Geosearch for all photos or movies within the visible range of the map.

Find out more on the new NeoFinder iOS web site: www.wfs-apps.de/2/neofinder-ios.html
NeoFinder iOS is available today in the Apple App Store!

abeMeda 6.4.2 released...

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Today we can offer you a new service release of abeMeda, fixing a number of issues that showed up in the past few weeks. We have applied improvements across the board, most notably in the catalog file handling, the user interface and file recognition.

Check out the new features, and download your copy ! Again, this is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6, and users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda is coming to iOS soon...

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well, not literally, but practically... my friend Norbert has just announced and released the brand new beta version of “NeoFinder to go”, our gateway to bring your catalogs on the iOS platform! We’re very excited about the possibilities this opens up for managing your Library everywhere!

I just installed the beta version, and had the opportunity able to try it out with a couple of my abeMeda catalogs, and I’m amazed about the wealth of information suddenly available - since we use the complete catalog files, every bit of metadata is visible - and searchable - on your devices as well.

Be sure to check out Norbert’s announcement over on the NeoFinder website as well - I think there are even a few spots on the beta test left - further details will follow soon !

abeMeda 6.4 - now also in 64bit!

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Today we are very happy to finally present abeMeda 6.4 !
abeMeda 6.4 is a huge update with a lot of new features like a 64bit version, duplicate find or movie contact sheets. It also brings many additional fixes and improvements like improved RAW support, enhanced (Quick)Find and Updating, or reading of huge ZIP archives (ZIP64).

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6. Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

Finding duplicate items...

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We are working on several big topics right now - like building a new 64 bit with extended abilities, creating movie contact sheets or finding duplicate items. We’re quite excited about these, and today, we want to talk a little about finding duplicates.

The basic idea is, of course, to compare a number of catalogs, and find out any duplicate or unique items on them. It’s a little more complicated than finding items, though, since you want to compare every item in every catalog with every item in another catalog. Read more about this...

abeMeda 6.2.2 released...

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Today we can offer you a new service release of abeMeda, fixing a number of issues that showed up in the past few weeks. We have applied improvements across the board, most notably in the find window, the quickUpdate and IPTC recognition.

Check out the new features, and download your copy ! Again, this is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6, and users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

new version: abeMeda 6.2!

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We are very happy to present abeMeda 6.2 today !
This new version comes with a number of fresh features like colored labels, new HTML and XML exports and previews for icon files. It also brings a lot of additional fixes and improvements.

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6. Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda 6.0.2 released...

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Another service release, adding MP4 embedded cover art and a couple of interface enhancements, and fixing a number of existing problems.

Check out the new features, and download your copy ! Again, this is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6, and users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda 6.0.1 released...

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A mere two months after the initial release, and in a way as a valentine present to our users, we present abeMeda 6.0.1.
In the past few weeks we gathered the feedback and input on our latest version, and poured that into some fixes and additions to form this service release. The most important new feature is the complete integration of GPS-related searches into our find editor - now you can combine geotag searching with any other search criteria available! And of course, we fixed a number of mishaps and problems along the way.

Check out the new features, and download your copy right away! This is a free update for all registered users of abeMeda 6. Users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda 6 is finally here!

After more than two years of hard work, I can finally present you abeMeda 6!

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abeMeda 6 is a major new release, building on the foundation that made CDWinder great! With a new integrated interface, faster cataloging with CrashGuard, better and even faster Find, much more capable and editable Inspector, AutoUpdate for catalogs, support for PDF thumbnails and content, massively improved AudioCD support and numerous functional and interface enhancements it takes media management to a new level!

Check out the amazing new features, download your trial version and see what abeMeda can do for you! We’ll also be adding new content and some brand new video tutorials very soon, so stay tuned!

Customers who purchased CDWinder 5.7 since April 2010 can receive this update for free as promised, and users of older versions can acquire an update for a small fee.

abeMeda 6.0 beta2

I’m sorry to say, I’ve broken two predictions – we did add still even more more features after beta1, and we did not release the final version this summer. But we had several requests for that AutoUpdate, and really wanted to include it.
And, as you can see, we've now also found a new name for the project, seeing as "CDs" have somehow aged in the last 10 years, and don't convey the full potential of CDWinder anymore: CDWinder is now abeMeda ! (the ABE MEtaData Analyzer)
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So, what is New with abeMeda ?
- well, the new name, of course!
- adding an AutoUpdate, enabling business license holders to select catalogs for daily automatic update.
- adding Copy functions for Name, Path, comment, MP3 tags, thumbnails and GPS tags to the context menus
- also adding copy functionality to the inspector controls - anything displayed there can be copied for use elsewhere!
- redesigning find window attribute list, and adding specific search in document file contents
- improving QuickUpdate recognition and performance
- adding hidden setting to identify files without or with unknown extension based on their content when cataloging
- adding "Prepare packed logfile" to Logging dialog - to ease maintenance where mailing would not work.
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- fixing or tweaking numerous other smaller problems...
- improving file recognition by optimizing timing and synchronization with our metadata helper.
- added ellipsis' to our inspector controls if they are too small to display all text - indicating that there would be more if it had more space.
- fixed the layout and functionality of the found items context menu
- fixed that "show item in catalog" would lock up in certain conditions.
- fixed that you could deselect ALL columns in our new appearance dialogs. Now the Name colum is always retained!
- fixed several problems with the layout of controls and windows, and with the selection of items.
- fixed and enhanced the sizeGrip on the progress dialogs - double-clicking that will now maxmimze the dialog!
- improving quality and output of our logging at different levels

I have the 6.0 beta 2 ready for download today, and we continue testing. If you think you can contribute to testing, please drop me a line here.

I now plan abeMeda 6 to surface in November. In the meantime I will keep you posted with the progress. If you have any thoughts or feedback along the line, please let me know.

CDWinder 6.0 beta 1

After three alpha versions, this beta finally contains all the features we want to include in the final version 6.0.

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So, what is New in this CDWinder beta ?
- we re-enabled undocking the find window
- as in previous instalments, the find window can now also be separated from the main window again.
- if needed, that gives additional overview of found item results and their respective catalogs
- plus, many users may prefer the familiar surroundings they are used to - now they can have both.
- we redesigned mapInspector functionality, and added new context menu commands
- the mapInspector behaves a lot more conservative and correct now.
- it will no longer change zoom factors on its own, and actually show if the selected file has no GPS tag at all.
- plus, we added a bunch of commands to its new context menu,
- so you can better control what it does and how it looks,
- like the new "Find All In This Map" for one-click geo-area search
- added new SatelliteWindows to view a catalog, catalog folder or album in an external window side by side to other contents
- added a new Window menu to keep track of all the additional open windows
- fixed several bugs:
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- fixed a crash that would prevent cataloging in very rare circumstances.
- fixed issues that would prevent sizing the application window in Windows XP
- fixed 'Find In Selection' to use the new catalog selection
- applied several fixes to the new columns handling and its new dialog
- fixed a problem that would prevent PDFs from being "QuickUpdate"ed
- fixed geoTagging progress dialog descriptions
- and dealt with even more smaller issues.

I have the 6.0 beta 1 ready for download today, and we continue testing. If you think you can contribute to testing, please drop me a line here.

I still expect CDWinder 6 to surface in September. In the meantime I will keep you posted with the progress. If you have any thoughts or feedback along the line, please let me know.

CDWinder 6.0 Alpha 3

After releasing the second alpha version four weeks ago, I have continued working hard on the issues raised by the early adopters, and have integrated a couple of new features as well.

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Here’s what is new this time around
- CDWinder has a complete new column handling for the main display
- added loads of new columns (MP3 tags, EXIF, IPTC, …) to the detailed view
- redesigned the column selection in our preferences to handle all these new columns
- the column headers are now adapted to the new design and handling in Vista and Windows7 (especially regarding the sort direction indicators)
- you can now also choose “None” as sort column, dropping all sorting and reverting to the order of items in the catalog. (via sort menu option, or by pressing SHIFT when clicking the sorted column header)
- CDWinder can now save partial catalogs when you cancel cataloguing midway
- improved the handling of “Save As New SmartFolder”, allowing correct creation, saving and deletion of smart folders.
- extended CDWinder’s audio capabilities
- corrected metadata reading for several filetypes
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- added an Audio Info section to the inspector for all files that do not have mp3tags.
- added several additional search options to look for audio files’s bitrate, samplingrate, etc.
- added the ability to search through Lyrics specifically
- added Xpdf support to the Preferences, so you can directly choose to use it if installed.
- reworked and improved cataloguing and QuickUpdate accuracy and speed for several media types
- added “force full update” to the catalog settings, allowing you to ignore QuickUpdate if really need be
- added unit support to our find editor – now you see what unit is expected when entering criteria, and you can (finally) choose to enter sizes in MB or GB when searching for them.
- reworked the exports’ output and layout for better export quality and more data.
- and numerous other little fixes and enhancements.

I have the 6.0 alpha 3 ready for download today, and we continue alpha testing. If you haven't received your invitation for this alpha (and later beta) testing yet (but believe you should get one), please drop me a line here.

I now expect CDWinder 6 to surface in September (I know, don’t ask. But we strive to release still in summer!), and want to have a beta out til then as well. In the meantime I will keep you posted with the progress. If you have any thoughts or feedback along the line, please let me know.

CDWinder 6.0 Alpha 2

After releasing the first alpha version six weeks ago, I have been working hard on the issues raised by the early adopters, and have integrated a couple of new features as well.

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Here’s what is new this time around
- the Inspector can now edit common values for multiple items directly. CDWinder now offers comment and label for items, and also Location and the catalogs' Extra Fields for editing when mutliple items are selected.
- and the Inspector can also be detached from the main window again, if you prefer or need the space
- the QuickFind in the main toolbar now stores your recently used and favourite search words and has a QuickFind button, too
- added a special dialog to select the catalogs to search for a query, instead of relying only on what was selected in the rest of the application.
- added support for thumbnails in Adobe InDesign CS5 and 5.5 documents
- also added a couple of visual enhancements to our icons, graphics and controls.
- fixed a cryptic problem with our external meDaGen, occuring under certain circumstances in Windows 2000 only
- fixed a problem with loosing your smartFolders whenever you refreshed the database folder
- and fixed some problems in the audioCD recognition, along with a couple of other bugs

I have the 6.0 alpha 2 ready for download today, and we continue alpha testing. If you haven't received your invitation for this alpha (and later beta) testing yet (but believe you should get one), please drop me a line here.

I now expect CDWinder 6 to surface in August, and want to have yet another alpha or beta out til then as well. In the meantime I will keep you posted with the progress. If you have any thoughts or feedback along the line, please let me know.

CDWinder 6.0 goes alpha !

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Once more it has been long months of development for me on CDWinder, and today we finally have something to show you for it.
We have added a load of new features and abilities to CDWinder, and even made some prominent changes to its appearance, and I hope you will all enjoy what we have come up with.

So, what is New with CDWinder ?
- newly redesigned and integrated layout, using a single window
- new Albums and SmartFolders allow for greater possibilities and flexibility when working with your files. Save your favourite Find Queries in SmartFolders for easier and faster access, or gather the files you need for a specific purpose or project in an Album to keep them together.
- new mapInspector right in the main window shows geotag locations even outside of the GeoFinder.
- new edit mode in the mediaInspector now allows for commenting or labelling directly from the main window.
- new external metaDataGenerator makes cataloging even faster and finally immune to crashing - it will take the fall so CDWinder won't have to.
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- new improved cataloging of AudioCDs : CDWinder now asks MusicBrainz for information, and reads ASIN, ISRC and CD-TEXT when available.
- new PDF thumbnails and content cataloging (via Xpdf) : CDWinder will query an installed Xpdf for PDF thumbnails and/or content to store that in the catalogs.
- and a couple of other smaller issues and interface improvements.

Today we enter alpha testing, and we have the 6.0 alpha 1 ready for download. If you haven't received your invitation for this alpha (and later beta) testing yet (but believe you should get one), please drop me a line here.

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There's still a lot to do - some functions still need interfaces, other interfaces need some tweaking, and we probably will replace a couple of the artworks still along the way. We're even thinking of renaming CDWinder, seeing as "CDs" have somehow aged in the last 10 years, and don't convey the full potential of CDWinder anymore.

We expect CDWinder 6 to see the light of day in July, and want to have another alpha or beta out til then as well. In the meantime we will keep you posted with the progress. If you have any thoughts or feedback along the line, please let us know.

By the way - the grace period is already well underway. Any purchase of or upgrade to CDWinder 5.7 now will already qualify for a free update to 6.0 in summer!

Happy Birthday CDWinder !

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Ten years ago today, the first version of CDWinder was released.It had been loads of work on weekends and evenings to get it done before christmas, before the end of the year. Back then, CDWinder was a hobby of mine, a project I started with my friend and colleague Norbert Doerner back in 1998 and tried to push forward in my spare time. And it was the first time I had released some piece of software under my own name, on my own website.

A lot has changed since then, with CDWinder and myself - CDWinder has grown and today fuels my life and allows me to be my own boss. And when I open my CDWinder Hall Of Fame today and run that very first version, I’m still amazed at how far we have come, and at how little CDWinder offered back then - yet still found its users. But I guess what I’m most happy about is that this very first version still runs like a charm today on Windows 7 and has no problem with the latest catalogs of its descendants. (you know, Norbert, that cross-platform catalog format we designed back then really was a major leap and a groundbreaker.)

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If you want to join me on memory lane, I’ve gathered a number of screenshots that illustrate the development of CDWinder over the years. Or, if you want to participate in the celebration, avail yourself of our ongoing holiday anniversary sale over in our CDWinder Store.

Here’s to the next ten (or twenty ?) Years! Have the merriest of holidays!

CDWinder 5.7.2 - 10-year anniversary edition!

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Seasons Greetings!
today, marking our 10-year anniversary later this week (CDWinder 1.0 was released on Dec. 18th 2000), we have a special holiday anniversary edition of CDWinder - version 5.7.2! This may just be a maintenance version fixing some of the issues we encountered since the release of 5.7.1, but it is still very special to us in celebrating these last 10 years of continuous improvement for CDWinder.
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In order to crown the celebrations, we are having a special holiday anniversary sale, starting today til the end of the year. Single user licenses come for the price of an update, multi.user licenses are up to 40% off, and the 10-user license sells for half the usual price! So if you want to surprise yourself or your loved ones, now is the time!

You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a recommended update and free to all registered users of version 5.x.

CDWinder 5.7.1 - the best CDWinder ever!

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Today, we have yet another incarnation of CDWinder - version 5.7.1! Now that we’re coming up to our 10 year anniversary, this new version comes with lots of improvements and enhancements to provide the best CDWinder ever.

CDWinder now catalogs GPS tags of iPhone movies, and the contents of Word and XML files. Also, we added numerous enhancements of the inteface, and again lots of improvements under the hood, increasing stability and performance of cataloging and find operations.

You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a recommended update and free to all registered users of version 5.x.

Special Cross Grade offer for Expression Media / iView users !

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Just the other day we learned that Microsofts Expression Media 2 (formerly iView) was sold yet again, being handed once more to a new owner. We want to invite al iView users out there, who may be frustrated with the ever changing fate of their software and weary about its future, to try out CDWinder instead. We have paved the way with our iView Transporter quite some time ago already, enabling you to convert all your iView / Expression Media catalog data to CDWinder catalogs on the fly.

And we extend our welcome by reducing the price of the Transporter to a mere 10 €.
So you can now obtain a complete Cross-Grade Personal license (19€) along with the iView Transporter for together 29 € !
Visit our CDWinder store to get your copy today !

Offer valid until July 31, 2010.
Purchase possible with PayPal. They accept credit cards, no registration needed.
We will ask you for a valid iView, iView Media Pro, or Microsoft Expression Media license or proof of purchase.

CDWinder 5.7 is here !

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After long months of work, we are finally able to give you CDWinder 5.7 - a new version with lots of improvements and new features.

CDWinder now has detailed OpenStreetMap maps in its GeoFinder, also enabling it to geotag photos all by itself. Also, we have a new photo export feature, and lots of improvements under the hood, concerning stability and performance of cataloging and find operations.

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Find out all about the new version in our features overview video. You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a recommended update and free to all registered users of version 5.x.

Genealogy and Geotagging

In my last article about Digital Archiving I already talked about me scanning all those shoebox-family-photos, to preserve them and use them in some form of digital family history presentation or family tree. But there are always lots of questions to answer along the way.

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For example — who can be seen in this photo ? When was it taken ? And where ?

Especially with ancient family photos, you’re often at a loss at this point. Not always can you find a meaningful inscription in the back, and if you weren’t there when it was taken, or immediately recognize who or where this is, identification is pretty hard. I love these kind of puzzles, whenever I find time for them — interview relatives, collect evidence, hunt for details in the pictures to give you a clue for solving the mystery.


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In this case though, no relatives were left to interview or help to interpret this picture. So I started investigating on my own. The persons are small and hardly recognizable, but place and time were luckily quite easy to come by. The swastika flags in the background set the date range to 1933-1945 directly. I guessed the place to be somewhere along the smaller rivers nearby, and therefore searched the Nahe and Lahn for bridges like the one depicted.
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And a little later — after some help from Google Earth - I found a medieval bridge in Runkel that looks just like the one in the picture. It is still standing today, and I could easily reconstruct the actual place of the camera and the viewing angle — and tagged that as geotag to the picture with CDWinder.
The person with the fishing-rod is presumably my grandfather, but I could not identify his younger companion yet.


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With pictures like these, and Google Earth, I can delve right into the past by just imagining where and how a photo was taken, and how the place must have looked like back then. I like to spend the odd rainy afternoon or cold winter evening with this kind of detective work, to puzzle my ancestors history back together bit by bit, to document it and perhaps someday pass it on. The KMZ-Export in CDWinder for example was developed with something like this in mind.


CDWinder runs on the upcoming Windows 7

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While the date is growing closer, the anxiety is increasingly palpable - many of us are excited to see the new Windows 7 replace the unlucky Vista. And CDWinder comes prepared - from the first betas, we have been testing CDWinder on Windows 7 to make sure that it keeps working as expected. And while CDWinder is not yet natively 64bit, it works on the x64 versions of Windows as well (and that’s also true for XP, Vista and Windows Server 2003 and 2008).

Even the complex video thumbnails, that depend on the installed DirectShow codecs and seemed to be left hanging in the air for some time during the beta work nicely now. We here at CDWinder are looking forward to the next release of Windows, and may even have yet another new version of CDWinder ready to join the celebration.

Our new CDWinder Store

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In today’s early morning hours, we moved our CDWinder domain to a new hosting contract — offering new technical possibilities and even more free traffic. This finally gave us the chance to revamp the ordering process.
In our new CDWinder Store, we bundle and pool the different payment options. Payments via PayPal and direct orders are now handled by our own store. And the Kagi Store with its multitude of payment options is an alternative for all those who do not live in Euroland or do not prefer paying with PayPal.
We are very happy with the new workflow, and hope our customers enjoy the streamlined ordering process, that is even easier and more concise now. Do you have comments or questions about our new stores ? Contact us via the links in the sidebar.

Digital Archiving

Here in Germany, we just witnessed how some old houses collapsed and disappeared down a trench as a landslide occurred into the nearby lake. Just back in March, the communal archive in Cologne fell down into an underground tunnel, and tore the neighboring buildings with it. But unfortunately fires or floods claiming lives and buildings occur all over the world, all the time.
Events like these always leave me speechless, and pondering. About how it must feel to look at the ruins of your own home. Or just be evacuated and not allowed to enter it again because it may be unstable. How it must feel, after barely escaping alive, to have lost everything - in addition to material losses, all your memories are lost as well. No more photos or family videos, documents, letters or postcards, that helped you remember. And sometimes it’s not only your own memories that are lost - I have inherited a whole cabinet of material from my parents and grandparents, that contain precious memories for me as well.

While institutions like the communal archive can spend millions on protecting and saving their assets (physically as well as digitally), similar efforts in the homes of you and me are not only a lot less expensive, but also often less thorough or consistent. And we’ve seen a lot of them over the past decades - every major media change triggered its wave of conversions. Super 8 home movies were converted first to VHS, then to DVD. LPs were copied to DAT tapes, and today are digitized directly. By now, the computer has emerged as the collector for all these types of media - you don’t speak of multimedia for nothing. And the market for services and accessories for digitizing is huge.

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And that’s why I’m doing my own digitizing for years now, sometimes more, sometimes less enthusiastic. Always hoping to end up with all my irreplaceable treasures in one neat small package. And thanks to digitizing, this package could actually survive an event like the ones described above. Because digital media can be copied effortlessly, and stored offsite. Or is so handy - as a 2.5” external hard disc for instance - that you could actually grab it and take it with you in case of an emergency evacuation.
Right now, for example, I’m in the process of continually scanning my photo albums, or work on the scanning of my slides. Not too long ago, I scanned all those shoeboxes with the old and ancient family photos, identified and tagged them properly. A fresh project is the digitizing of all our VHS family videos to MP4 (H.264, using an external USB converter), and the scanning of our family’s Super 8 home videos (although we’ll probably have that done by some service).

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Now, since the rise of digital photography to the mainstream, there have been ongoing debates about how to actually archive your digital data, and whether digital data isn’t even more fragile than its analog counterparts. For me, I’ve decided to store all those photos, letters, documents and videos on one or two 2.5” external hard discs - they can take 500GB nowadays and are very affordable. I keep them organized, properly tagged and documented, and hope to escape the digital fading that way. And amidst all that is our trusty CDWinder, keeping track of what is stored where, and helping me to keep an overview of where I have my precious memories.

And thus the circle is complete. How do you maintain your digital archive ? And does it involve contingency planning as well ?

CDWinder 5.6.1 launched !

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A couple of weeks after the release of 5.6, we bring you CDWinder 5.6.1, mostly to address a couple of issues and introduce a few new features.

CDWinder has an improved Find function, that’s up to 20% faster than before. Also, CDWinder now remembers the last query you used, and the last path you cataloged. And the UNC handling and command line interface were improved.

You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a recommended update and free to all registered users of version 5.x.

Locr Dropbox 1.0 released !

Today, we released the new Locr Dropbox 1.0 for Windows !
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This new stand-alone application for the Windows desktop allows you to upload your photos to the popular Locr geotagging community. It is built on the core technologies and a lot of know-how from our CDWinder development and is available for free here on our website and over at Locr. A similar tool is also available from our friends over at CDFinder.

Find out more about this nifty new tool
here. Give it a try and let us know what you think !

CDWinder Video Tutorials available

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We spent a little time last week to produce the first two video tutorials for CDWinder - and we aim to produce a couple more of them, soon !

The idea was to show all the cool things CDWinder can do with your media collection, offer a quick introduction to the program, and present some features in action.

Right now, we have a CDWinder Basics video, covering the introduction and showcasing the most important features, and a special video about GPS and GeoTagging, describing all the GPS-related gimmicks CDWinder has to offer.

These videos may even have a hint or two for the seasoned users. Stay tuned to our Video Tutorials page, for more videos to come soon.

CDWinder 5.6 released !

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And again we are very happy to present yet another installment of CDWinder - meet version 5.6. I think we have gathered a fine collection of new features, and fixed a couple of issues, so this version is a real treat.

  • CDWinder now creates previews for movie files,
  • offers it’s own built-in geotagging,
  • has a new feature to upload your photos to locr.com,
  • and a lot more cool features and enhancements.

You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a free and recommended update to all registered users.

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Also, you can find news and background information from the development labs on our Twitter-Account. Especially in times of a new release there’s always a lot to tell, and it’s also an easy way of getting in touch with the development team.

CDWinder is created with Green Energy

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Since it is Earth Day today, we thought it would be fitting to bring some eco-friendly news about CDWinder to you. We here with the CDWinder Team are very concerned about our environment, and pretty bothered about the mounting news over the past years. And, even in our work on CDWinder, we are faced with the beauty of our World on a daily basis, when browsing through our massive collection of images from the beautiful places all over our planet.

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Even if it’s only a small contribution, we have decided - already over a year ago - to run our home and business on clean and green energy from our german provider Naturstrom.

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They deliver clean energy from 100% renewable sources, mostly wind and water, and are certified with the Grüner Strom Label of the leading environmental organisations BUND and NABU in Germany. We thought it wouldn’t hurt talking about that and spreading the word...

CDWinder 5.5.5 released !

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A couple of weeks after the release of 5.5, we bring you CDWinder 5.5.5 to address a couple of issues and introduce a few new features.

CDWinder now has increased RAW support and adds a new Spanish interface. And several problems were addressed and fixed.

You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a free and recommended update to all registered users.

CDWinder 5.5 released !

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Today we are very happy to present CDWinder 5.5 . It has been lots of work over these past months, and the new version is bristling with a massive list of new features.

  • CDWinder now reads RAW images files including EXIF tags and previews,
  • offers XMP support for RAW, JPG and other formats,
  • offers video metadata support,
  • and the exciting new GeoFinder for geographical photo searches and KMZ export,
  • and a lot more cool features and enhancements.

You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here. Again, this is a free and recommended update to all registered users.

The new CDWinder Transporter (iView)

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We are proud to present today our new CDWinder Transporter (iView) - a standalone program to transfer XML files exported by iView MediaPro or Microsoft Expression Media (1.x and 2.x) into the CDWinder catalog format. Now all iView users have a new option to keep their gathered data intact!

As a special introductory offer until August 31st 2008, the Transporter is available for only 24 Euro (regular price 29 Euro)!
Find out more about CDWinder Transporter (iView) here.

CDWinder 5.1.1 released !

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In these past weeks we have been receiving many rave reviews for CDWinder and CDFinder, the response for version 5.1 was very encouraging. You can find some of them below for further reading. We have also had lots of feedback from you, our users, so we are very happy to present CDWinder 5.1.1 . We have been listening to most of your suggestions and observations, and were able to turn them into new features or needed improvements.

CDWinder now reads AIFF files including tags, offers KML export and even better GPS support, and fixes a number of open issues. You can see the full list of new features here, and download the new version here.

Ogle Earth talks about the amazing new GPS abilities

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The famous blog Ogle Earth has written a very long and detailed review of the great GPS features in CDFinder and CDWinder.

They write:

"So what happens when the developer (...) gets bitten by the geotagging bug? Why, he turns CDFinder into a geosearch marvel.
You just know this stuff is eventually going to make it into operating systems by default, it’s just that it will take ages."

Read the entire review.

digitalkamera.de reviews CDWinder

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The popular German digital camera web site digitalkamera.de has written an extensive and detailed review of CDWinder. They write:

"CDWinder ist a disk cataloging application with a very comfortable and intuitive handling. It has a very fast search feature and many well-thought-of features."

You can read entire
review (in German...)

We in the CDWinder Team are very happy about this elaborate and positive review!

CDWinder Win 5.1 available for Download!

This brand new version adds a lot of minor little improvements, as well as these amazing new features:

* QuickUpdate: Updating existing catalogs in CDWinder is now about 50 times faster than before, because CDWinder now keeps the unchanged meta-data around
* Vastly extended GPS geotag support: CDWinder can now also show the location of a photo in Flickr, Panoramio, Google Maps or MapQuest
* Find photos based on their GPS location and distance relative to another photo
* CDWinder now optionally generates a FileCheck value for every file, and allows you to verify that at any time. Important for photographers and everyone else who wants to ensure that their data is still alive and unchanged
* and many more…

More details can be found here