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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 v1.5.0.0 ($19.95)
DeskRule Standard v1.5.0.0 ($39.95)
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Petr I've been waiting for a deal on DeskRule. Glad it is coming. I have some pre-sale questions please?

Q1: Does DeskRule build it's own index? Or, does it use a pre-existing index that's a part of Microsoft's search? My concern, for my large disks and data stores, that a separate index would use too much disk space.

Q2: I've previously tried to use your software on another machine. Although it has powerful options, I find the user interface not intuitive. I think a proper tutorial video with several explicit examples would make me more confident. Better yet, several short, separate video tutorials to cover specific search scenarios. What visual resources do you have available to get me up-and-running with your software quickly?

Q3: Often, I want to have quick access to certain folders so I can save new files or locate existing files. Does DeskRule have a quick option to search and list only folders (on local and network drives)?

Q4: I am looking for ways to edit certain meta data fields (tags and comments) and then quickly create a list of files and/or folders with certain specified tags. For example, I might want to assign a tag "project5" to certain files that are saved in various folders. Then, quickly search and list all files that have "project5" as one of the tags. The tag field may have several tags entered, for example: "project5; licensedMedia; sourceIStock", with DeskRule being able to pick out any occurrence of a tag.

Q5: Lastly, this may not be a DeskRule questions, but I'm looking for a utility or file manager that enables me to edit file meta data fields (such as tag and comments) in a spreadsheet-like layout. I want to quickly assign the same tags to multiple files. Ideally, to be able to edit meta data fields like with a spreadsheet with cells in rows and columns. Can you point me to any such utility or file manager? And, will DeskRule be able to search on such meta data? Thank you.
Mar 2 at 9:43am Copy Link
singularity This deal is for the lite edition? Is there one for the full version too?
Mar 2 at 12:23pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis @singularity: the deal is both for lite and full versions, you choose which one you need
zabkat - Mar 2 at 10:30pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis @petr
Q1: no, it reuses the windows search index
Q2: there are many demo videos available under the help (question mark) toolbar button. You can also press F1 key to see the help
Q3: there is an attribute available called IsFolder. This allows you to search for files, folders or both. Click the + toolbar button to add this rule
Q4: deskrule can search for tags. If you add two or more tags, it will try to find BOTH. However you can use the Advanced search panel to specify that you want to find the tags in an OR fashion.
Q5: xplorer2 can do this spreadsheet like editing, see
zabkat - Mar 2 at 10:35pm Copy Link
Petr @Nicos, Thanks for your answers. Looks excellent and also like your Xplorer2. Especially the edit-in-place file attribute editor, works like a spreadsheet. Just what I want.

Q1: For ONE license purchase of DeskRule Elite edition, how many of my personal computers can I install it on.

Q2: Same question for Zplorer2, how many of my personal computers can I install ONE license purchase on?
Mar 3 at 10:50am Copy Link
singularity I am not getting the discounted price on sales page. Just the regular price.
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Mar 3 at 12:26pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @singularity, The issue you mention is a problem we did encounter before often in case of FastSpring promotions. To fix it, please clear your browser cache and cookies and try to purchase again. It should work.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 3 at 12:30pm Copy Link
Chris @ Petr

Each license allows installation on all owned computers, and DeskRule may be used at exactly the same time on each of them.
Transfer of a license to another owned computer is allowed.

Each license allows installation on all owned computers, but xplorer² may not be used at exactly the same time on each of them.
Transfer of a license to another owned computer is allowed.
Mar 3 at 1:49pm Copy Link
Chuck Brotman Hi,

I'm a long time (and happy) user of Nikos's xplorer2-ult, I have some questions about this offer -- and yes I know I'm late to the party and probably missed it... :(

It seems that the pricing here is the same as on the zabkat Deskrule Website. I.E. $20 for the lite version $40 for the full. If I'm understanding this correctly, This is not a "deal", just a restatement of the standard offer! What am I missing????

Nikos makes great software and if there is a discount on the full version, I'd love to take advantage of it. . .
Mar 6 at 3:02pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis @Chuck, sadly this promotion is over, so what you see are the normal purchase prices
zabkat - Mar 6 at 10:08pm Copy Link
Chuck Brotman Nikos,

Oh, Dang... all I ever saw was the "regular price so I hesitated and I guess I missed out on the deal. Maybe Next time(!!??)


Mar 7 at 1:31pm Copy Link

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