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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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 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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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