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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!
Version 2.01 brings new features for "offline" search as explained here: Offline catalog: Find files in disconnected external storage media
The new version 2.4 brings these two important features:

  • REFINE SEARCH: a new toolbar button next to START SEARCH lets you refine previous search results. It is like a local search, where instead of searching your hard disk, it just considers the previous search results available in the window, applying a new search filter on them. Old search results that don't match the new filter are removed.
  • BIGGER DIALOGS: easier to read and work with dialog boxes, for high DPI monitors.

This promotion includes the following:
DeskRule Lite v2.63 ($19.95)
DeskRule Standard v2.63 ($39.95)

The Conversation
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Rob User what is the difference between lite and standard version?
Apr 11 2023 at 9:55am Copy Link
Ed Rob User - This page compares the functionality of the two editions.

It looks like advanced boolean search, deep path functionality, macro, as well as 64-bit versus 32-bit code.
Apr 11 2023 at 11:22am Copy Link
Rob User Hi, what is the difference between this program and you 'xplorer2" ?
Apr 11 2023 at 12:00pm Copy Link
nikos bozinis deskrule is a search engine, xplorer2 is a file manager
zabkat - Apr 11 2023 at 1:32pm Copy Link
MBe is this correct in the fine print?

Upgrades to future versions of the software will require additional payment. Installing a new version may overwrite the existing version and invalidate your license key.

Or what is the update policy?

Apr 12 2023 at 8:16am Copy Link
nikos bozinis the only certainty is that the version you buy is yours to keep forever. There may be charges for accessing future versions
zabkat - Apr 12 2023 at 8:31am Copy Link
Farhang DJVU file contents don't seem to be indexed or searched. Is that at all on the horizon?
Apr 12 2023 at 8:42am Copy Link
nikos bozinis if you install the djvu text filter from this page you should be able to search in them
zabkat - Apr 12 2023 at 8:49am Copy Link
MBe does that means, that there are no minor updates are included?
Apr 12 2023 at 9:11am Copy Link
nikos bozinis no I mean that at present there are no charges but it may change in the future
zabkat - Apr 12 2023 at 10:17am Copy Link

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