SearchMyDiscs by 10-Strike

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SearchMyDiscs 3.0
by 10-Strike
Conclusion
December 31, 2006
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SearchMyDiscs
Features: Organize the content on your burned CD/DVD collection of files and view the content without ever having to access the media itself; label your virtual CD and DVD discs for more familiar browsing
Company Website: 10-Strike.com
SearchMyDisc Homepage:
http://www.10-strike.com/searchmydiscs/
MSRP: $39.95 ($29.95 online price)
Pros
  • Catalog your CD and DVD media (including hard drives if necessary)
  • GUI takes a little while to get used to but overall is friendly
  • Your media discs do not have to present while you "scan" them for content
  • Quick database searching
  • Customizable searches
  • Drag N' Drop your files into customizable folders
  • Expandable program allows virtually unlimited numbers of CDs, DVDs, and hard drives to be cataloged
  • Create reports for specic discs or your entire collection
  • Because of the centralization of the program's design, duplicate files tend to be noticed more quickly
Cons
  • Reports feature needs re-designing for easier viewing of large amounts of files (however, it is noted the user can make the report more viewable by making sure files do not have extremely long names)
SearchMyDiscs takes advantage of a simple idea most of us overlook: proper cataloging of vast amouns of information for easy retrieval. Media organization is continually becoming more daunting and can very quickly get out of control. SearchMyDiscs allows the user to take back this control, and yet have a solid but ever-expanding collection of files, images, and programs which are available for querying at any moment.

There is a "report" feature, which generates a list of all files with SearchMyDiscs. I found this feature defeating its purpose because the report was rather lengthy, and although hyperlinks are created for navigation, the filename structures of the programs and files by their own nature make the report somewhat difficult to understand. A positive for the report feature however, is the many exporting extensions, such as .csv, .xls, .txt, .html, and .xml. I also found the reports feature to be great for those CDs and DVDs which contained mostly images. Since the file names of images are not lengthy and consist no more than 10 characters, it's much easier to view the report.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

SearchMyDiscs allows users to view exactly what's on their media discs without having the discs physically present. This is one of the most important conveniences of SearchMyDiscs.

While SearchMyDiscs is a great program to use, in order to get the best out of the program, the user must have discipline on keeping their hard copies of media in an orderly collection. If 1000 discs are stored on SearchMyDiscs, but the discs are all scattered over the home and some are in closets and packed boxes, the program loses its functionality. So, I highly recommend once scanning your discs in SearchMyDiscs, the user finds an area to keep those discs scanned, in a proper storage location.

The GUI of SearchMyDiscs was somewhat friendly and I eventually understood how to operate it with the help of the manual (which I found to written on the average). However, I will say it will take a little time understanding most of the features and to get the most out of the program. Storing your disc's content can be immediate, but plan on coming back later on and adding more in-depth descriptions to discs and files.

Overall, I like the program and because of the highly customizable features and surprisingly enough, the expandable interface of the program itself. Reviewing many different applications, I often find interfaces which do not allow such dynamics.

Definitely give SearchMyDiscs a try for 30 days. I highly recommend it.


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