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Folder Scout Standard Edition 1.3.1 Giveaway
$ 19.95

Giveaway of the day — Folder Scout Standard Edition 1.3.1

Folder Scout . Jump to your folders instantly.
$ 19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 232 (27%) 617 (73%) 95 comments

Folder Scout Standard Edition 1.3.1 was available as a giveaway on March 19, 2012!

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Jump to your folders instantly. Folder Scout is a very useful application that gives you instant access to any Drive, Folder or File on your computer.

Folder Scout avoids everyday tedious folder tree navigation and searches allowing you to focus on just your important tasks. With its high speed search engine you can access any folder on your computer just by typing a few letters of its name.

Key features:

  • High speed search engine delivers results in real-time, as you type;
  • Typically taking less than a second to search 100,000 folders!
  • Instant hide/bring-to-front Folder Scout on your desktop just by pressing F7 key;
  • Also get instant access to Favorite Folders, Recent Folders and Recent Documents.

Meanwhile, Folder Scout Labs provides exclusive 66% discount of their top-seller Folder Scout Professional Edition. Get professional version TODAY ONLY for $9.95 (retail $29.95). Please visit Folder Scout Promotion Page to learn more.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista / 7


Folder Scout Labs



File Size:

4.29 MB


$ 19.95

Comments on Folder Scout Standard Edition 1.3.1

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I installed and activated the giveaway "Folder Scout Standard Edition 1.3.1" on March 19, 2012 .. And now it showing me "Please note that your trial period will end in 2 days from now." !!!
Why it doesn't activated ... what the problem?
I'm an old visitor to GAOTD,checking your side daily ... I liked this program so much, it's really helpful and don't want to lose it!
Please do me a favor and help me to activate it!

Reply   |   Comment by Conan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks to the ones that suggested program "Everything". This is a great tool! THANKS!

Reply   |   Comment by Sepp  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


Hi Again Connor,

Congratulations ! You are a winner with 452,735 folders.

Please don’t forget send me your e-mail address to give you your prize: Folder Scout Professional Edition for FREE.


Paul Scout

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Thanks to everybody (lovers and haters) !

The journey is almost over. It has been a hard day, but enjoyed a lot.

I will be happy to hear from you for any comment or suggestion at support@folderscout.com

Due to the overwhelming response, I will extend 50% DISCOUNT for two additional days on Folder Scout web site. Please visit http://www.folderscout.com for more info.

Both Standard and Professional editions with 50% OFF

Thanks again and Kind Regards,

Paul Scout

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

and why this program should bypass UAC, since you can disable UAC yourself ?!

Reply   |   Comment by jumbi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Was anyone else having an error saying that it can not find "C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe"?
Running Windows 7...and it opens the list of folders in the upper window, but not the larger lower window. :-(
Can't get it to do anything.

Reply   |   Comment by Matthew  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Impressively fast. Also the "recent" file list is helpful, but it would be nice to show the corresponding folder name, as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark70  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Update: Bought the Professional ver. Not going to lose this one. Can see the developer really put time and effort into this. Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by Chelle  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

This is a really neat piece of software! Thanks so much! I never bother anymore with Windows search - never finds anything much.... this is really good! Much appreciated Paul Scout and GOTD!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Chelle  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)


Hi Connor,

Congratulations ! By now you are a winner. 452,735 folders seems impressive to me ! Love to see Folder Scout working to the limit ;-)

We still have about 3 hours to end promotion. Let's see...

The winner will have a free PRO License. In your case, this should add even more folders from your network.

Please don't forget send me details about the crash. Whenever I see this kind of issues, I can not resist solving them.

Would be very happy if every user with this kind of problems (@74, @77, etc) could send me more feedback and details.


Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@55 Luis E. Suarez : If Only Cottonwoods File-Ex had continued to be developed for XP Vista & Win_7, because it really was a cheap alternative.

Might I suggest looking at Neosoft's a.k.a. Chameleon-Managers Chameleon Folder which is still being developed currently at ver for XP/2003/Vista/7/x64 even though it is FREEware.

@78 Shawn what you've done sounds very interesting, do you have a write up or screenshots or did you get the idea from somebody else and if so whereabouts?

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Lindrum  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love this tools, better than the Win7/8 Default Explorer(Search) Function

Reply   |   Comment by temp  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thanks FOLDER SCOUT and GOTD for todays giveaway.Works well on win7 and I like the tree view instead of the list view with win7's onboard search.A major plus is the rep watching the questions we may have and promptly replying-rare in todays software climate. Thanks PAUL

Reply   |   Comment by Bobby Baker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

For catalog time trials : live system doing internal drives only,no network drives

system A 122354 folders 9 mins W7x64
system B 390087 folders 32 mins W7x64

Reply   |   Comment by Bobby  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Reading all the comments confirmed my initial impression: this app is not very useful - at least for me.

I have about 4 terabytes of disk space online with well over 3 million files and 100 thousand folders. I cringe at the thought of the time and space to catalogas well as the resources to keep such a database up to date. Obviously, this collection has to be highly organized but still occasionally requires a search.Very rarely do I need to search for a folder - searches for files are the norm.

To efficiently navigate and manage this massive storage requires two tools. I use DirKey for quick navigation and ZTree for file management.

DirKey is a tiny, freeware utility that integrates with windows file access dialogs (for almost all apps, not just Explorer), that provides right click access and management to a menu of bookmarked folders plus instant access via hotkeys. The entire program and favorite folders has a footprint of only about 200K - infinitesimal in today's bloated app environment! IIRC, this app is similar to File Ext but is easier to use (and cheaper). No cut and paste is necessary.

ZTree is an inexpensive (~$30), file management utility (plus a WHOLE LOT of additional functions), on steroids that can easily operate on a single directory to an entire system (including network drives), or any sub selection to locate any file by name, size, date; folder by name, or even search files for content. An optional partial or full database of files and folders may be created at any time. ZTree is a super powerful utility that replaces a multitude of separate additional utilities such as archivers, viewers, comparers, app launchers, etc. It implemented Win7 library functionality way back in Win95. I use it constantly and cannot imagine life without it.

Dirkey is at: www.protonfx.com/dirkey/mainpage.php
ZTree is at: www.ztree.com

Reply   |   Comment by ArtKns  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@31...Comodo rids everything, that's why I wouldn't have Comodo!

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Hello everyone. This is a non-tech person here. LOL :) I have found the conversation going on today very informative as always. Much appreciated. I like trying software, so I jumped in on this one. For me, glad I did. Win XP Pro is what I'm using. Now I don't think I have to say more. I hate the search feature. My builder and I opted for Win XP Pro, a 250GB HD for a better chip for my INTEL Quad core Q9400. However, I now have a total of 4 drives (yes, buy'em, stack em' and rack'em like the big boys do). This is where my filing system gives me a headache - I like to surf. Always looking for programs to help me out (keeping things straight and moving) I downloaded todays giveaway. As stated above, one has to find those things that help the individual. I don't look at price/free but what it can do for me. I have have been utilizing todays giveaway and believe it will indeed help me out. Downloaded very nicely. Installed with no problems. The registration went very smooth. No problems. The appearance for me is fine. I like it very much. Was horrified when I started cataloging (Drv C) 200000+ folders (not Windows hidden)- whoa. Then the other drives - Holy Folders Galore!!!! So I tested the "Favorites" tab and have found this to be very useful. Easy to get to the drive I needed and folder. The cataloging for all drives (total of 3.5TB) went so fast. Am still checking out features. But at this moment I like it - better than windows search. A keeper. It is a pleasure to see representatives of their SW here and the way in which they respond. In this case the developer. This is good PR Paul Scout. It certainly shows you do care. So, I want to thank both Paul Scout/Folder Scout and GAOTD for another SW to try. Now I gotta go and finish this cataloging. Oh,BTW, the only thing that I would like to see is in the "Disk Tree" area to show to show the totalnumber of files for that drive. Nothing big but just a visual info idea. Have a good day everyone.

Reply   |   Comment by Sharon  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

I have tried Folder Scout. To me, screen space is crucial, I always want the ability to hide taskbars, menubars, even Software logos if they are too big on the application screen, such as with Folder Scout. I just want the screen empty so to maximise the number of search results visible on one screen.
I have a number of suggestions
1)The top tool bar, including "Add/Refresh drive catalog","Remove drive catalog" etc is absolutely redundant. All these options can be included in the menu bar under "Tools". Have an option to hide this toolbar, its a complete waste of valuable space
2)The "Folder Scout. Think and Go Solution" Software icon and associated bar across the top of the screen takes up too much space, and is unnecessary for the function of the program. Needs removing, and instead should only be visible when the option "About.." is clicked
3)My main dislike ...I dont like the search results having 'boxes' around the keyword I have searched for, it makes the folder name harder to read. Have an option in "Application Preferences" to display/not display these boxes. eg I search for "Office", I dont always want a box around each word "Office" in the search results - too distracting
4)The "Root Folder Quick Jump" function is not useful to me. The "My Computer" file manager that Windows provides gives me this function already, and this bar just takes up screen space. Again have the option to hide the "Root Folder Quick Jump" taskbar
5)Can you inform us as to the location of the index file(s) that this program creates, I would like to know how large these files are
Again, with any search tool, screen space is vital, to allow the maximal number of search results on one screen. Please allow users the option to hide a lot of the clutter
Folder Scout is a program with good potential, as long as the screen is mainly used to display search results !! Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Adam Smith  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@Paul Scout

Well your software survived the ultimate test I have a collection of all the patterns of colors using imagemagick from 000000-FFFFFF then merged to make 1x2 and 2x1 images so each segment is a folder with sub folders to prevent the system crashing when viewing files and your software tool was able to read the full directory.

So the tool works to get the full structure of folder..

Reply   |   Comment by Shawn  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I've been working on a project that requires having a lot of folders open at the same time. Occasionally I accidentally close one, and it's a pain to minimize everything, dig down to that find folder, and then bring everything back up. So this program is indeed useful to me.

Problem however: Often when I open the program for the first time or click F7 I get an access violation. Once past that everything seems to work fine, but it's disconcerting to know that something failed along the way.

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

@#20,Richard Smith: I just tried neosearch. It's VERY fast. But the usability is below average: unscalable window, only 6 items in the initial search result list with no scrollbar, no keyboard-only handling possibility, etc. Sorry, great technology nulled by awful UI.

Reply   |   Comment by Expert  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I download and test almost every item that passes through here. The real test is always whether I decide to go for the full version eventually and whether 6 months later I am still using it.

While I will agree that this software does have limited utility to many people, that's not, at least in my thinking, the primary thing to evaluate on.

My biggest and most important question is: Does it do what the author says it does, without adversely affecting other aspects of my system?

In this case, I have to answer in the affirmative.

The way I look at it, pricing will eventually be determined by the marketplace. I do not think this is intended to ever sell for 'full price', anyway. It, like many other software demonstrated here, has a jacked-up retail which will always be 'on promotion' at the then-highest price the authors think they can sell at and still have customers.

Yes, it would be better if a $10 piece of anything sold for 9.95 or less, all the time. But, the marketing people who are the most convincing can show that $19.95 with a $10 discount and enough urgency in the pitch will win every time. They are probably correct too.

The authors feel that the network share search is worth another $10. I think, also that most people don't have networks to begin with, so hitting a sub-$10 price point is worthwhile.

I can't say that I disagree with that, even though I have networks up the yin/yang here, personally.

Back to the function. Once you set it up, it does do a good job of what is shown on the video. That's all they are selling and that's what I evaluate on. Oh, but what about the fact that XYZ does something more/less/different? Always nice to know, but I will say that some of the most favored alternatives promoted in comments here this past year have been some of my personal least favorite software. Not sure what exactly that means, but it's an interesting observation.

So, if you have been reading all of this and it's still in the free giveaway period, I would ask you what you have to lose by trying it? I did not find anything malignant yet in its operation, so I think you should be OK there. Install and use for a month, then evaluate.

Costs nothing but time (and not much time either).

Me? I actually kinbd of like it and that it doesn't try to do too much. It certainly is fast and simple. Both are great qualities. You may say get this other thing and be sure to RTFM and you'd be happier. I say if i have to RTM with anything that isn't a pure command line utility, chances are they could have designed it better and made it more accessible. As the vast majority of users are not at all technical, accessibility score a lot of points and is well worth pursuing in any kind of product.

Just my personal thoughts. Take them or delete them but don't hassle me over them. K?

Reply   |   Comment by Techweenies  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Activate.exe = GAOTD, verifies date & sets the key into Windows Registry
Setup.exe = Folder Scout 1.3.1 Setup.exe


installs into directory of your choice, 8MB
& also adds a 'FSContxt.dll' into SYS directory

includes CHM Help files

takes a relatively long time to start up

a couple times i got an:
access violation at address xxx in module folderscout.exe. read address 0x57.
appears related to the startup "tip"?

a couple of times the program disappeared altogether on me

i do not care for the popup of the "cleanup" wizard
(can be de-selected)

hotkey is configurable

ingore uppercase/lowercase should just say, "ignore case"

mem usage was minimal
drive scanning /can/ be time consuming

no way to exclude particular folders on a particular drive

perhaps some kind of odd (drive) locking going on?

it finds folders only, not files

would rather it be able to find both
would rather its interface concentrate of doing just that
so an F7 opens a "find folder/file" dialog & nothing more
you enter your search terms
it displays a list of files/folders found
then a click on a file opens the file, or a click on a folder opens the folder

the actual search is instantaneous, as expected (as the data
is stored in a file so quickly searched)

does NOT support network drives, that is in the Pro version,
though it can /open/ mapped drives

favorites, recents, are not of interest to me

ui is OK, certainly usable, but could stand improvement

i've had "issues" with the program. perhaps some brought on
by myself? perhaps by cancelling a scan mid-way? nonetheless,
there should not be issues, regardless of what i may or may
have done.

as far as searching for /directory/ names, it is quick & so
serves its main purpose

that said, IMO, Everything & Locate32 both serve /my/ needs
better (in particular being able to find both files & directories)

"Everything search engine"


Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Concerning Mr. Scout's challenge of who has the most folders indexed by Folder Scout, it gives the number on my system as 452735. (I took a screenshot for the record.) This is in 2.5 terabytes of storage.

Another thing is that I get Comodo Cloud Alert when Folder Scout is opened that "A malicious item has been detected" in the Folder Scout Labs folder.

After indexing my system, and when closing Folder Scout, it abruptly crashed.

Reply   |   Comment by Connor  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Not for me. It is absolutely unnecessary in Windows 7. Windows Explorer has a good and fast indexed search field at the top.
Thumb down.

Reply   |   Comment by Andreas Koppa  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

As many have written, I installed Folder Scout only because the developer was attentive and politely answering questions. I figured there must be something to it to make him be so willing.

I installed on XP and I am impressed. It's just a nice, handy little tool.

Make sure you explore the links in his first post, these will give you more of a feel for his software than the postings here. Also, read his Tips & Tricks. I try to keep my folders very organized but he had some good ideas for titles to help make searching for and identifying folders and files more effective.

The search is lightning fast both for cataloging the drives and for searching.

Don't be mislead by postings about the copy/paste action. As far as I can tell, that is just a quick tip he has for making use of his software in conjunction with other programs. (You can find that in the Tips & Tricks.)

Nice little accessory.

Reply   |   Comment by Wyo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I like it.

I have the usual C and D drives, but I also have two 2TB external hard drives on which I have copies and back ups of books, videos, and games. After the initial rapid cataloging of all drives, I found the searches were carried out as easily and quickly as any other search program I have used. One can merely start typing a word or request "whole words only", and the word can be anywhere in the title of the folder. Recent folders and recent docs were noted on my machine for the past 3 days, and the docs section notes more than just text files. I try to keep my pc organized, however, some of the users in the household do not view organization as a priority. For example, I now know where my daughter has deposited her copies of Harry Potter audio books and ebooks, films, games, and icons; and, just for the record, she has managed to spread them throughout the four hard drives. :) I do have movie, book and game managers, but it is handy to be able to check and see if I have backed up folders that I don't want to lose and see all of the copies in just one record and is certainly less time consuming than searching individual hard drives.

For me, it's a keeper as it suits my needs to a "t". Thank you Paul and GOTD for offering this program today.

Reply   |   Comment by Sunny  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

This looks interesting. I will give it a quick try. However if you really want people to consider the upgrade to pro you need to allow at least a week and better two weeks to decide whether they need it. Then if they do allow GAOTD users the chance to upgrade at the reduced price rather than saying today only. I for one won't have enough time to test it today and decide therefore I will stick with FileBox eXtender which works great for what I need and is free. However this looks great and Pro with network support even better. So overall I give it a thumbs up for the usefulness it could provide. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Leland  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)


Hi Dreday,

As indicated by user BuBBy today in comment #26, the simplest steps are:

1. Run the setup – to completion.
2. Close the program from the system tray (if it is running).
3. Run Activate
4. Run the program.

Feel free to send an e-mail to support@folderscout.com if the problem continues. I will be happy to help you.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)


Hello Jack,

As far a I know, Folder Scout does not fires UAC dialog window when executed. Perhaps I am worng.

In any case, I have not included any special mechanism or feature inside it to bypass Windows security.


Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

After uninstalling, the uninstaller does not remove the Folder Scout key in the registry and it also leaves behind the C:/Program Files (x86) Folder Scout Labs/Folder Scout directory.

You'll need to delete these entries manually.

I became aware of these entries because I recently purchased Revo Uninstaller Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Can this program bypass UAC? If not, I better use 7-Zip or Total Commander.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

I'm having issues activating the software even when I close it down and run the activate.exe file, its still saying trial version. I will try to reboot, uninstall and reinstall. I'm very intereseted in seeing what this software can do though. Thanks Paul Scout and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Dreday  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hello AugustusPoirot. Thanks for your post.

If i have understood correctly, the question is about the capacity of cataloging thousands of folders. Well, what can i say ? You are in the right place! Please give it a try and tell us.

I don't know if this helps: The specifications for FS when designed were to search in less than 1 second with 100,000 folders and work reasonably fast with up to 1,000,000 folders.

I am now thinking about a prize for the user with highest number of folders. Personally I hold about 120,000 folders but I know about one Australian user with 203,747 folders. Want to play ?

(Under Folder Scout, you can see your total number of cataloged folders in the 'Catalog->Add/Refresh Drive Catalog' window.)


Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

@49 Paul Scout

Thanks for word of support. Notice that I limited my criticism to "your home computer". As you correctly stated, search-and-find software is definitely needed in a work environment. I would probably find this program useful at my company….if they would allow me to install it. But at home? Aw, c’mon people: get better organized.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)


Hi joji,

Please, if you have 2 minutes and you think it could help a little, have a look to the ‘Quick Start’ section from Folder Scout Help.

You can also have a look to this video


Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

PC era software pricing is over. The days of charging $30 for a basic utility are gone when far more functional apps sell everyday in the Android and Apple markets for $2.99. Developers need to wake up and get with the program if the want to survive the new marketplace era.

Reply   |   Comment by TBOD  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

@47 & 54

Hi papin,

Thanks for your time and detailed post.

Would like to clarify just the most remarkable subjects:

Regarding memory card file formats, don't worry anymore: All low level disk access routines are now changed by logical level access routines. Changing file access approach from low level to logical level allows working even with new Windows file systems, like GPT volumes. Now every format is recognized (if Windows see it, Folder Scout sees it). Data corruption has become simply impossible.

Regarding: " ... Catalog: Although useful, useless when files on server are frequently added ... ").
I think that there is something misunderstood here. Please, if you have time, have a look to this link about Folder Scout operation.


Yes you were right, it is disk cataloging, but catalogs are both local (maintained by local PC) or remote (maintained by another PC or Server).

Regarding your interest in some other aspects of Folder Scout, simply I can't sell a bicycle to a high-power motorcycle rider.


Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Not a Bad Program. Seems to work Well. The install went fine and registered ok. Will take a little getting used to to find data this way but indexed my c drive quite quickly. I noticed it read all the drives on my computer and even my Portable ones. Did a quick search and it rememberd my folder that I was looking for. This program would be great for those who have alot of data to catalog on their systems such as movie buffs, programers, or in some kind of professional capacity of business, where the program will keep all of your recent searches cataloged and will open straight to that folder right away for you.

AS for myself this will be great for indexing my data on my computer for my website. I will be able to get to the folders I need quickly for Comics,Games,Cartoons, Books that I have to upload.

Thanks GOTD for todays download

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Romano  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I traverse folders regularly in Windows Explorer. I know exactly where all these folders are located and basically takes 2 clicks, the same as Folder Scout.

You can simply drag and copy your favorite folders to the desktop

I also like Everything, but normally use File Finder (searches folders and files) from a free version of Powerdesk (http://www.itshareware.com/prodview-code_12823--download-powerdesk.htm)

Another thing I DON'T need is another program running in startup.

Thumbs down for me.

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

HI, BuBBy, so glad to see your comments here. You are (were) one of my "go-to" posters when deciding if I need the program being offered.

I'm sure a lot of you will get a big laugh from this: I downloaded Listary when it was offered a while back. I like it, and I use it almost every day.

Scout - I own over 1400 games which "live" on my internal hard drive and 4 other 250G external drives. I would buy your software right now if you could tell me that your program would be able to keep up with the games folders on all 5 of my drives. I'm not a computer-savvy person. I know how to do what I need to do, and the only time this OLD LADY is willing to obtain new software is when it will do something I need to do and have found no program that will do it. Can yours do this? If so, then I'm ready to add it to my toolbox. And, I would also be ready to PAY for it!

Thanks GOTD for all your hard work. Last week was, well, unforgettable. I can't ever remember downloading so many programs in one week.

Reply   |   Comment by AugustusPoirot  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Cottonwood's File-Ex is by far a better tool for Windows XP if you manage lots of files, and it is cheaper too.
But this Folder Scout applet seems to be really unnecessary and helps very little. Besides, the price is quite inflated for such a simple search applet that already exists within Windows. Thumbs down, sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis E. Suarez  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Post-Scriptum (forgot to mention something I believe is important)

If you've read the "What's new" on the author's web site, you'll notice the fixing (version of this issue: Data corruption possible on Sony memory cards. And this: "Folder Scout can work with any file sytem (FAT, FAT32, NTFS or exFAT) without problems." Alright.

Properly keeping data is already a tedious task. It is not necessary to add insult (data corruption due to programming) to injury (data loss for other reasons).

On my HDD's I have other partitions than those above, like ext2 or ext4. I also plan to have other partition types. I also have a SD/MMC/MS port on my laptop.

I wonder whether this Folder Scout folder is reliable enough to not corrupt my drives.

Mea culpa
I read the FAQ and the "What's next" after I posted my review.

Catalog: Although useful, useless when files on server are frequently added, or if you're not connected to a network. To my discharge, I thought it was some sort of disk cataloging. Tab name is kind of misleading, should read e.g. "Server Catalog" instead.

Other than that, a confirmation of my conclusion: only for Windows Explorer users/fans.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

What I thought was really cool was the funky background music on the demo video. The program itself, well, like many here, it didn't impress me much. Meesoft's Commander does well enough by me.

Reply   |   Comment by Nikolas  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

after play for about 10-15 minutes with this software I uninstalled it from my computer because honestly I don't even understand that how to use it? After pressing F7 main window appears but there is no space where I write my desired folder name.

Reply   |   Comment by joji  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I agree with Ray Hines above. I looked at the software and at first thought, "I can't really see a use case for this". As I read the comments and saw how Paul Scout is watching the comment area like a hawk and providing well reasoned, honest responses, it's apparent that HE believes in his software. Solely out of respect for Paul and for no other reason, I'm inclined to give this a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Voyager529  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

@46 CJCotter

Fully agree with you (mostly) ! Organization is the key.

Once an user told me: " ... When you have lost a file, you user a file finder tool. When you know where it is, you use a folder search tool ..."

I love this sentence. As I told before, every user has different uses and every job different scenarios.

I personally work for an engineering company and every project is located under a folder with profile number and project's Street+City+Country. For this kind of problem, with 100.000+ folders, Folder Scout seem to be a good solution for everyday searching 'nightmare'.

Search Tools go from the most universal (Google Desktop, and similar) to the most simple (a person reading a list of files inside a folder). During the way, all of them win and lose advantages/disadvantages.

Just find the one that better solves your everyday routine.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Scout  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

@47 papin - "Folder Scout is good only for people who use Windows Explorer as their main file manager".

I use xplorer² predominantly (I'm no fan of Windows Explorer).

Under Options->Application Preferences->Applications->File Browser Application

I have changed Folder Scout to use xplorer² instead of explorer

If you choose, you could change it to use 2xExplorer.

Then you wouldn't need to copy and paste from Folder Scout into 2xExplorer - you just double click on the folder results, to open 2xExplorer with the selected folder open.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Why do I need this?

Most of the time, my brain knows where to look for files or folder. But I have to use it, lol.

Must-have tools: disk catalogers and file managers.

Regarding today's GOTD:
- Recent folders: See 2xExplorer below
- Recent files: Already included in Windows
- Favorites: Already included in Windows
- Catalog (see screenshots): Absolutely *nothing* about it here or in the web site. Why?
- Search: See 2xExplorer below
- Folder tree: Already included in Windows.

Now, my goal is not to promote 2xExplorer (or any other decent file manager, you name it), just to help understand my opinion at the end of this comment.

2xExplorer. First, this software is old (2002). Then, it may be not the best of its kind, but I'm used to it and for everyday tasks, does the job efficiently (often better off using the keyboard than the mouse), fast, with a clean uncluttered GUI.

Let's see some features for comparison with Folder Scout Standard Edition 1.3.1:
- Search: can find ... inside a file (with options); can find ... contained in a name (file or folder); can find between dates or a given size; search may include subfolders or drive. Unfortunately, no regular expressions but if I have a need for them, I have other ways
- Folder tree: can be hidden, or have multiple trees since 2xExplorer allows multiple instances
- Recent folders: Available in 2 ways: navigation history (like in your browser) or with a list of last visited folders (with a limit)
- Recent files and favorites: enough said already with that; but there's a bookmark menu (limited to 10 items)


Should I use Folder Scout, I would do this:
1. Load/show Folder Scout window (start menu/... or systray + ... or Win+D + click on shortcut: all in all, a bunch of gestures). Since 2xExplorer is already (and always) loaded at least once, Alt+TAB will show its window.
2. Find a folder
3. Copy found folder's name into the clipboard
4. Paste into my file manager
Well, too much work for me (no lol here).


The wheel has been invented already.

I won't pay for a software which will obliges me to use the poor and stupid Windows Explorer (definitely not a decent file manager). Neither would I do that for features I already have in my tool box. Neither would I do that for too little added value to that tool box.

Folder Scout is good only for people who use Windows Explorer as their main file manager.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Why do you people need any kind of search engine on your home computer, anyway? How about organizing your computer files better so that you automatically know where everything is at? I've got 400GB of personal files and I do not need a search engine to find what I need. This kind of program and all the free ones just like it do nothing but cater to lazy minds and habits.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-32)
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