Copyright (c) 1997-2006 Robert Galle
All Rights Reserved
WhereIsIt is an application written for 32-bit Windows operating
systems, designed to help you maintain and organize a
catalog of your computer media collection, including CD-
ROMs, audio CDs, diskettes, removable drives, hard drives,
network drives, DVDs, or any other media that Windows can
access as a drive. The most basic goal for WhereIsIt is to
provide access to the contents of any media you have from a
cataloged database, even if the media itself is not
available on the system - you can browse lists of files and
folders, search by any criteria, use descriptions,
thumbnails, categories, flags, etc...
WhereIsIt? was designed with a single goal in mind - to create an easy-to-
use, but powerful media catalog program, made to make our lives easier.
Familiar and simplified user interface, extensive search capabilities and
archive file support, combined with powerful report generator and compact,
but rich in details database, all that should bring you the ultimate tool
to handle your software collection.
This version of WhereIsIt is shareware software. See ORDER.TXT for more
information on how to register this program. Be sure to read carefully the
LICENSE.TXT file before using the program. The unregistered version imposes
some limitations to the user, which are removed by registering the program.
More information about these limitations can be found later in this document.
- Any 32-bit version of MS Windows (Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT 4.0,
Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003 Server)
- At least 8 MB of RAM is strongly recommended, 16 MB or more preferred.
- 5.0 MB free hard disk space for program installation and catalogs.
- Mouse or other Windows-compatible pointing device strongly recommended.
Suitable for beginners and advanced users
Very adjustable program with many options for power users, as well as easy
to use with default settings and Quick-Setup Wizard for all those who don't
want to get their hands dirty.
Easy to use, familiar Explorer-like user interface with adjustable toolbar,
columns to choose between, and extensive use of object menus (right mouse
click). Full multi-language support is included for international users.
Extensive media and file system support
Where is it? supports any media type Windows can use, including diskettes,
CD-ROMs, removable disks like iomega Zip and Jaz, hard disks, network drives
etc. It will recognize by name and collect useful data for most of them, too.
Also, it is compatible with all Windows-supported file systems, including FAT,
FAT32, and NTFS.
Manageable catalog files
Logical organization of databases, based on one or more catalogs. Each
catalog can easily be transferred as a single file to another computer, a
friend, a public forum... Small catalog-file size with optional compression,
with approximate usage of 1 MB for 40.000 files and folders (that's about 6
fully filed CD-ROMs). Internal database structure optimized for very efficient
access and small total size. Single-file, transferable catalog storage makes
sharing your data easy.
Fast access to item's properties
Fast and easy access to every item's detailed properties, from wherever you
are. Want to get item's description? Just leave mouse pointer on it for a
moment, description will popup as a tool-tip!.
Detailed info with descriptions
Detailed info on every object in the database (files, folders, disks,
catalogs...) each capable of accepting up to 32 KB characters of description
text, and a thumbnail image. Each file, folder, or disk can have assigned one
or more user-defined, tree-ordered categories, up to 128 user flags, custom-
defined icon... Disks in catalogs can be grouped into disk groups, forming
a hierarchicaly organized, easy to browse and find collection.
Auto-importing descriptions and thumbnails
WhereIsIt offers a plugin system for importing descriptions and thumbnails
during media scan, allowing you to develop your own description plugins and
extend WhereIsIt's description importing capabilities. Included with the
program is a comprehensive collection of plugins, covering all widely used
description file formats, such as 4DOS/NDOS, FILE_ID.DIZ, FILES.BBS,
00INDEX.TXT... description files, and importing details about audio CDs,
WAV and MP3 audio files, Office documents, EXE files and system libraries,
fonts, HTML files, Adobe Acrobat PDF files, most graphic files etc. Also
included are thumbnail plugins, importing small, downsized images from most
graphic files in use today.
Internal support for many compressed file formats
Handling of most compressed file formats on media scan, including ZIP, ARJ,
RAR, CAB, LHA/LZH, TAR, ARC, ACE, ZOO, GZIP, BZIP2, 7ZIP, CBZ, CBR, PAK, HA,
JAR, SFX... Compressed archive files can be presented as folders, showing
their content. Archive files can be extracted right out from WhereIsIt? to
any folder, and a file compressed inside archive file can be viewed or
launched with associated program with one click!
Powerful searching finds what you need
Powerful multi-threaded searching, with detailed settings on what to search
for, where to search and how to search. Use either Quick Search to quickly
find your items by name or description, or start up the Advanced Search with
Search Expression Editor, allowing you to write complex search queries using
full set of available search criteria and Boolean logic operators.
Searching for duplicate items is there, too, as well as analyzing how data
has changed since last cataloging, or checking if older or newer versions of
files are present somewhere in the catalog. Comparing cataloged disk images
also allows for tasks such as version tracking, if comparing disk images of
the same media taken at different points in time.
Report generator with print preview for summarizing your catalogs
Adjustable and professional report generator adds a final touch to your catalog
collections. Report generator is usually used together with extensive search
capabilities or report wizard, allowing you to first collect the items you want
in the report, while report generator handles processing items themselves, such
as specifying layout and details to be included, optionally sorting and arranging
items by their location etc. Needless to point out, you can use the built in
print preview, with adjustable zoom and full-screen capabilities.
Report generator not only allows you to print your reports on your printer or
send them by fax using the Microsoft Fax, it is also used for exporting cataloged
data to other formats, including ASCII files, Excel tables, rich-text RTF documents,
HTML documents, external database formats like SQL, XML, CSV, SYLK, or just send
it directly to clipboard for pasting to some other application...
Script language for automated tasks
Professional version of WhereIsIt includes internal script language that
can help you automate tasks like unattended catalog updates.
... and many, many more!
If you have an idea on your own how to further improve this program, feel
free to send in your suggestions at "[email protected]
This program supports selecting one of prepared languages to be used in
program's user interface, and even preparing language files for currently
unsupported languages (read more about this in program's help file).
Please note that regular shareware version is only shipping with English
and German language file by default, to save on download size. Many other
languages are available and can be downloaded from program's home page on
If, for any reason, you would like to switch back to default English language,
and are unable to do so in program because you can't understand or correctly
display currently selected language, you can run the program from command line
with this special parameter:
This will effectively run the program with English language, ignoring current
language setting in the program.
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