ScanTFS - file and folder management software for Windows PC's

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ScanTFS is based on the code of ScanDir Version 1.3.4.


Some functions that were rarely used in ScanDir have been removed in ScanTFS. This makes ScanTFS easier to use and easier to maintain. Future versions of ScanTFS will focus on performance improvements. ScanDir will be maintained for those who require full functionality. ScanDir 1.3.4 is currently under development and will, in addition to bug fixes, include part of the new functionality from ScanTFS.

Functions that are available in ScanDir but have been removed in ScanTFS:

Join/Split files
Join/split files was useful for floppy disks with limited capacity (typically 720 kB or 1.44 mB). Now that USB sticks have a capacity of more than 512 GB join/split seems superfluous.
Sort options for Item list
Sort options for the Item list were rarely used and made internal processing slow and complicated.
File favorites
File favorites could be used to bookmark files (instead of folders) but is only useful if files are never moved.
Directory (include) List
Directory list was implemented to allow scanning of multiple drives. Since all drives have been grouped under "This PC" this function has become (almost) obsolete.
Directory (exclude) Skip
Exclude list was implemented to skip large folders and thus speed up the scan process. However it also caused some confusion because it was not always clear that folders were skipped (and thus never scanned).
Copy and Find in preView
Perhaps the entire preview functionality will be removed, Copy and Find have been removed to cleanup the interface.
Print functions
There are much better ways (spreadsheet- or word processing software) to print the Item list after it is been saved as a text or CSV file.
-ns command line option
The -ns command line option was introduced to suppress the splash screen when ScanDir is invoked from a script file. Although the command line version of ScanDir has been available for a few years, it has never been used (downloaded).
Scan to File option
The Scan to File option (-sf and menu selection) has been removed. Use File Scan followed by File Save instead.
Create directory range
The create directory range function was complicated and had limited use.

Functions that have changed in ScanTFS:

AutoScan button removed (AutoScan is mandatory)
Not sure if anybody ever turned AutoScan off, at least it was confusing. AutoScan was implemented to skip scanning of large directories when navigating through the (old) directory tree. With the new directory tree structure this function is no longer needed.
UTF8 selection removed (UTF8 is mandatory)
To prevent future character set incompatibilities, ScanTFS always uses UTF8 encoding.
And, Or, Not radio buttons replaced
The radio buttons that specified the relation between multiple Scan arguments (if any) have been replaced by a drop-down selection and be configured for each custom scan string.
Drop-down Item list options removed from the Main menu
The options available on the Main menu drop-down list were the same as those on the Item list PopUp menu. Use the Item list (right-click) PopUp menu instead.

Functions that are new in ScanTFS:

Or / And / Not added to custom Scan string configuration.
In addition to one or more custom strings, the relation between the strings can be specified. Goto ( Options | Configuration | Scan | Scan String 1..5 ) and select Or / And / Not for each custom string.
SHA256 added to checksum algorithms.
SHA256 gradually starts replacing the (less secure) MD5 checksum, ScanTFS allows to generate a SHA256 file checksum in addition to CRC32 and MD5 checksums.
Drag and drop (copy / move) files from Item list to Directory Tree.
Bypass the Copy/move dialog by dragging selected files from the Item list to the Directory tree. The default options from the Copy/move dialog are applied: no Rename, no Skip, no Replace, no Path and no Goto. Files that already exist in the target location get the suffix: " - Copy".

ScanTFS is still under development, a beta build is planned for 2020Q4.


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