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Platforms: Windows Vista or later
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Do you still search for files in your computer using only file names? The end result is always the same – a bunch of files with similar or the same name, and you have to open each one to find the right one. Step up your game with today’s discount software promotion, DeskRule!

DeskRule lets you search and filter files using over 300 file properties, making finding the right item exceptionally easy. With DeskRule, you’ll be able to leverage the flexibility of file attributes to quickly find files by Artist, Author, Tags, Keywords, GPS location, and more!

Search using DeskRule isn’t limited to just your computer. In fact, you can use DeskRule to search mobile phones, cameras, ZIP archives, and virtual folders. You can even use wildcards and regular expressions, combined with Boolean search, to perform amazingly complex searches that deliver results!

Until recently, using DeskRule, you could only find files in the conventional way, say find documents modified in the last month or pictures with 4 stars rating and above. But what if you wanted to check file properties against each other? E.g. find files whose Modification date is older than their Creation date? Now you can do just that with the unique desktop detective search mode.
No doubt this is an impressive search capability, but whom is it for? Unless you are working as a forensic investigator for the FBI, why would anyone need such functionality? Arguably this kind of power isn't for everyday searches, but it could prove useful in many situations that you need to combine file attributes and check their relationship. Here are a few examples off the top of my head:

  • Find photos that were edited since shot:
  • $System.DateModified > $System.Photo.DateTaken + 1
  • Find photos shot at non-standard aspect ratio:
  • $System.Image.VerticalSize / $System.Image.HorizontalSize != 4/3
  • Find files with substantial hidden parallel streams (fishy?)
  • $System.Size + 5KB < $Stock.TotalFileSize"

Please note folks: you can now search your photos using a map, please click here to read more about this.
Trying to decide which version of DeskRule (Lite, Standard) is right for you? Check out the feature comparison matrix and make an informed decision!

This promotion includes the following:
DeskRule Lite v1.5.7.0 ($19.95)
DeskRule Standard v1.5.7.0 ($39.95)
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Peter Dr This offer is for the Lite version, is it not?
Apr 20 at 12:45am Copy Link
Northern sp. z o.o. I use and i recommend - must have on pc...
Apr 20 at 2:39am Copy Link
nikos bozinis the offer is both for lite and full versions
zabkat - Apr 20 at 9:32am Copy Link
Luther I just ordered the Standard Version via PayPal. I was charged $39.95 = tax. No coupon was presented to me. I still have received no activation code. Please have Paypal refund the difference so my price is what is advertised.
Apr 20 at 9:43am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Luther, I have just contacted the vendor to help with the issue you mention.

In case of FastSpring sales, like this one here, it is possible that the regular price will show up instead of the discounted price. This can be easily fixed if you clear the browser cache and cookies and try the purchase flow again.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 20 at 12:48pm Copy Link
Peter Dr @ nikos bozins: Oops! I just had to look up a bit to see the offer... My dumb. Thanks.
Apr 20 at 7:12pm Copy Link
Techtoysavvy just got the standard version
xplorer2 user.
Apr 20 at 7:56pm Copy Link
Todd User Under the "THE FINE PRINT" tab here on BitsDuJour, it states the following: "Each license allows installation on all owned computers, and DeskRule may be used at exactly the same time on each of them."

But on the DeskRule website ( ), it states "Price Per Seat $20 / $40".

The terminology "Price per Seat" implies that it can only be used on one machine, which is contradicted by the statement on the BitsDuJour site.

Which is the correct number of installations allowed?? I searched the Zabkat website for a EULA or further license terms, and cannot find anything on the site.

Apr 20 at 9:34pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis @Luther I will refund $20, sorry about the trouble
zabkat - Apr 21 at 12:30am Copy Link
Luther Ok, Nikos Bozinis and I were typing at the same time. He is refunding the difference. Thank you Nikos.

Todd, I'm glad you made the purchase at the discounted price.

Apr 21 at 12:36am Copy Link
Robert Crombie Does it search within files for a word or words ?

Regarding index you say -
"Utilize windows search index when available; if not use a reliable search alternative "
I detest Windows indexing running in the background And I always have it switched off.
What is "use a reliable search alternative"
Apr 21 at 2:27am Copy Link
nikos bozinis Robert, the "reliable alternative" is choo-choo search. It opens files one by one, and searches for text inside them, without using an index. As you can understand this is reliable but quite slow. Indexing adds speed
zabkat - Apr 21 at 7:48am Copy Link
M User Ok, just bought it...

- Where can I put in my licence key (after 34 years high-end IT - as a senior IT-er ... Where??!!)
- In the 'Help'menu ... it opens the links (as Advanced Mode, ...) in good old ... Internet Explorer??? WTF!!!!???? After all those years EOL IE!!!

Not happy with this frustrating way of development!!!!!
Apr 21 at 10:41am Copy Link
Luther M User ... THANK YOU! I also am a lifetime (now retired) IT professional. Like you, I cannot find out HOW to enter the registration key. I'm having the same frustrations you mentioned with entering the key, and with the browser. My default browser should open as you suggest (in my case, Firefox).
Apr 21 at 11:00am Copy Link
peter anon To register, you have to have the unlock code in the CLIPBOARD, "before" you start the program. Make sure the program is really quit to start with. It does seem a little "fussy" - I had to quit/restart 3 times. But the startup enter UNLOCK CODE< opened third time lucky.
Apr 21 at 8:12pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis wrt using the key, deskrule doesn't nag you for it in the first 24 hours. But when you restart it after a day or so, you will be asked for the key. For more information please read the instructions that came with the unlock key email
zabkat - Apr 21 at 11:01pm Copy Link
Robert Crombie I avoid Documents and settings like the plague (it is like a mine-shaft dug by a rabid wombat).
I believe the following is a necessity in a Search program -
The ability to exclude folders like -
- Windows
- Documents and Settings
- Programs
Can your program do that.
PS can I get it to show Menus ?
Apr 22 at 3:59am Copy Link
nikos bozinis deskrule searches under a root folder, or a collection of root folders. If you don't search everywhere but e.g. under your documents folder or something even more particular, deskrule won't search in c:\windows or program files. If you want more control I recommend the other program we have called xplorer2, where you can setup a folder blackist in the registry to permanently exclude certain folders. See
zabkat - Apr 22 at 6:08am Copy Link

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