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Author Topic: CD Catalog Expert on Bits du Jour today for $17.97  (Read 3059 times)
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« on: February 16, 2008, 09:33:19 AM »

Holy wowze, there has been a lot of discussion around about CD cataloggable-izerators.  So, there are a kajillion different ones, including some free ones, but if you have had your eye on CD Catalog Expert, today might be your day to snag it at Bits du Jour, http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/280/.

A quick search turned up numerous threads discussing CD catalog software in general, including some specific mentions of CD Catalog Expert (not all favorable).  I would start with http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=7764.0, if I linked that properly (which is doubtful since I mostly don't know what I'm doing).

If you're too lazy for that, the first post of that thread (by tomos) includes a quick reference list of the main related threads, which I pasted here for your clicking pleasure.

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THREADs:
top of list = most recent

Your experiences with disc catalogers and most wanted/used features
http://www.donationcoder....bb/index.php?topic=7183.0

Looking for Disk Catalog Program with simple UserInterface like Picasa
http://www.donationcoder....hp?topic=7756.0;topicseen

DiscLib Review
http://www.donationcoder....bb/index.php?topic=5230.0

Re: Visual CD is pretty incredible catalogue software   
http://www.donationcoder....s/bb/index.php?topic=1270

(Mod-types, feel free to edit/relocate/remove if posting this way or quoting from other posts like this is redundant or annoying in some way. (?))
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008, 09:56:24 AM »

got your links all right there jiffener  thumbs up smiley
doesnt seem to be any comments around about this one though
are you familiar with it yourself?
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2008, 10:24:53 AM »

No, actually I never used it.  I've just had an interest in such a beast and cruise by the bitsdujour site a few times a week (and lately the donationcoder site too), and came to donationcoder to see if there were reviews.   embarassed

What I found was a huge pile of forum posts!  With so many programs it is hard to figure out which one is "the one".  I'm not sure it is even possible to single out any one that will necessarily be better suited to my needs than the others.

I think it might take all day to make a decision, and then the discount is over!  That's how they get ya.  Darn deal of the day websites!  tongue

So anyway I just thought I'd throw the info out there, FWIW, and see if anyone said "Oh boy this program is the bestest ever" or "I didn't like the program that well for $30, but for $17.97 it's a good value" or "prog is OK but it turns out I like the other 199 programs on the list better" or pretty much anything to help with the decision.

Now that I see so much comparison info here on so many different cataloging programs, I'm thinking I'll start by checking out the freeware ones and not buy the CD Catalog Expert.  Later on if none of the freeware options work out, I'll try some others, and eventually a discount will probably pop up again.  I'm really not in a hurry to organize all my crap TODAY or anything.

Sorry I don't have a detailed review.  Basically I posted it because I was on the fence myself, and also I didn't want anyone who particularly liked the program to miss the deal.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2008, 10:31:32 AM »

That $17.97 pays for a lifetime licence... I'm VERY happy with Where Is It? but if I was in the market for a cataloger, I definitely download a trial of CD Catalog Expert and see if I liked it before the Bits du Jour offer ended! FWIW, I unsuccessfully tried to find a review of it and came up with pretty much nothing... Tom's cataloguer thread is an excellent starting point - there are even some free alternatives mentioned, if I recall correctly (the one I'm thinking of is VERY expensive for corporate/enterprise use but free for personal use).
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2008, 11:16:48 AM »

actually I dug out Crush's benchmarking file (which I've never uploaded embarassed)

he says
Sehr umfangreiches Prgrammen (von den FunktionalitĂ€ten und Suchoptionen her) – Aber leider hat es total denn Sinn eines derartigen Programms verpaßt, da die Suchzeit selbst bei einer direkten Suche mit fast keinen Ergebnissen schon bei kleinen Datenmengen seeehr sehr lang braucht und bei grĂ¶ĂŸeren Ergebnislisten ins nahezu unermeßliche anwĂ€chst. Eine normale Suche mit dem Windows-Explorer wĂ€re tausendfach schneller. Nach 10 Minuten und 36100 durchsuchten DatensĂ€tzen habe ich abgebrochen und das Ergebnis hochgerechnet. Vermutlich ist das noch verschönt, weil mit der Anzahl der Ergebnisse jede weitere Suche quadratisch mehr Zeit benötigt. Aber selbst so sind 60 EintrĂ€ge pro Sekunde absolut unterste Kategorie. FĂŒr Kommerzielle Software heftig.
this via google with minor corrections - you get the idea I think
   
Very extensive Prgrammen (on the functions and search options ago) - but, unfortunately, it has  missed the total sense of such a programme because the search time even with a direct search with almost no results even for small amounts of data needs very veerrry long  and result in larger lists nearly immense grows. A normal search with the Windows Explorer would be a thousand times faster. After 10 minutes, and searched 36100 records, I stopped and the results extrapolated. It is likely that the still beautifies because with the number of search results each additional square needs more time. But even then 60 entries per second absolute lowest category. For commercial software violent.
I like that image - "violent" software -
brutal prob fits better Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2008, 11:19:16 AM »

that post above is for Version9, tested around March 2007
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2008, 03:30:19 PM »

I think it might take all day to make a decision, and then the discount is over!  That's how they get ya.  Darn deal of the day websites!

BitsDuJour has a link that shows you what's coming up in the next week or so - this is definitely essential to being able to try out what's going to be on sale.

http://www.bitsdujour.com/previews/
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2008, 05:26:59 PM »

Yeah that is definitely helpful!  Actually even better is that if you see something on the preview page that interests you, the description page will include a button for requesting a notification on the day that something you want is being offered.

I am subscribed to the newsletter at the moment so I get my preview in my inbox instead of having to actually browse there (like that would be so much work!).

What can I say, I'm a very lazy user smiley
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