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Folder Scout Professional

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How much time do we all spend navigating to the correct location of our files and folders? The answer -- too much! Even if we've arranged our data in intuitive folder trees, it still takes too much time and effort to drill down to find the files that you need. There has to be a better way, and that better way is Folder Scout Professional.

Folder Scout Professional lets you instantly access any drive, folder, or file on your computer or network just by typing a few letters! With Folder Scout Professional you can bid farewell to the days of manually drilling through folder hierarchies and say hello to a high speed search engine that delivers results in real-time, as you type. And if you're a data hog, there's no need to worry, because Folder Scout Professional can easily handle thousands of folders. In fact, it typically taking less than a second to search 100,000 folders! Plus, the actual indexing of these folders has no adverse impact on system resources or performance.

And if the ability to quick-search files and folders wasn't enough, you can set up Folder Scout Professional with Favorite Folders, Recent Folders, and Recent Documents, giving you the power to open and access these locations with just a single click!

This promotion includes the following:
Standard Edition ($19.95)
Professional Edition ($29.95)

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Paul Scout Welcome to Folder Scout !

Please, feel free to post if you have any question or comment.
I will be happy to hear from you.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 2 2012 at 2:52pm Copy Link
Tore Hoyem - Folder Scout Professional is licensed per computer, so if you want to install Folder Scout Professional on multiple computers you will have to purchase multiple licenses.

- Folder Scout Professional may be used at exactly the same time on multiple computers.

Q1) These two policy paragraphs seem to contradict each other. The question we usually ask on BDJ is "Can I use it on my desktop PC AND my laptop (but not at the same time)?"

Q2) Also, if I have Directory Opus, can Folder Scout make to last used lister from DO jump to the selected folder, instead of using Windows Explorer?

Jan 3 2012 at 1:15am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Tore,

Answer to Q1) I agree with you. I was also a little bit confused when I read the paragraphs yesterday, while setting up everything for today promotion.

The first paragraph is quite clear ( multiple computers = multiple licenses) and the second , IMHO, does not really reflects what our policy really means: Folder Scout can be installed on the same computer for as many users as you want. That is, license is by computer and not by user. During install procedure you can select 'only for this user' or 'anyone who uses this computer'. So definitively the term "may be used at exactly the same time on multiple computers" must be a typo or misunderstood between me and BitsDuJour . We will fix it as soon as possible.

And finally, the answer to your question Q1:

For non-professional use: It is logical that you use it in your home PC and home laptop. Not strictly right but we admit this case as normal.

For professional use: There should be a license for your own computer and another for your company's computer. If both computer belong to your company, they should buy two licenses.

Answer to Q2) If i have understand the question correctly, you want to search the target folder using Folder Scout and once you find it, jump to it but opening it inside DO and not with Windows File Explorer. In this case, the answer is Yes: Folder Scout allows users to customize it (Application Preferences - Applications) to use an alternative file search tool, an alternative file explorer and an alternative command shell. I'm not an Directory Opus expert and you should find the right run parameters to make DO start on a certain folder that Folder Scout will send as argument. I have tested successfully this feature launching Total Commander and other similar utilities.

Please, contact me at to help you with this task if you need help.

Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 2:37am Copy Link
Software Guy Very handy little utility, especially if you work with a large number of files. With per computer licensing, it is clearly set up for networked or business applications where several people are using a single computer. For the individual user with a desktop and a a laptop, per computer licensing makes the utility quite expensive. It is prohibitively expensive for the power user - meaning someone with a desktop, laptop and netbook.
IMHO the best licensing allows for EITHER per computer licensing for multiuser computers OR user licenses for individuals who own desktops and laptops (and maybe even an additional netbook) but not both per license. Hopefully the developer might consider a friendlier policy for individual users - meaning most of us - because this is a nice utility.
Jan 3 2012 at 2:49am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Software Guy,

Thanks for your comments about our little app.

Please, also have a look to my answer to Q1) from Tore Hoyem. I'm sure our friendly policy will make you and every power user very happy !
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 2:59am Copy Link
VLM Software Guy, do you have experience so that you can compare this utility with Listary? Thanks!
Jan 3 2012 at 9:09am Copy Link
Tore Hoyem I'm testing Folder Scout right now, and it looks quite useful (even though I have some similar-ish apps already).

However, I have some problems getting it to work with PowerCmd as my shell replacement. Apparently PC gets confused by a string you send it.
Is there a way to have FS not send this string?

Jan 3 2012 at 9:12am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi again Tore,

Folder Scout always sends the selected path as argument. This will allow any command shell replacement application to be opened at user selected path (a very useful feature under DOS command shell).

The exact call made by Folder Scout is: shell_replacement_app + custom_arguments + user_selected_path.

A quick and easy solution to avoid current path to be received by your shell replacement app is using an intermediate .bat or similar script file. Then, you put this .bat or script in 'Application Preferences - Applications - Command shell' text box. Folder Scout will call it as an alternative command shell. From inside this script, you can call you shell replacement app using any option or argument you want. Don't hesitate contact me at to help you with this solution.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 9:37am Copy Link
Tore Hoyem Follow up question:
FC doesn't "integrate" with standard file save/open dialogs, the way Listary and others do, as far as I can see.

Did I miss something, or is this functionality planned for a future release?
Jan 3 2012 at 9:39am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Tore,

The integration with Open and Save dialogs is not implemented in current release.

By the way, as E.S. mentioned in previous promotion comment (see 'Load 13 Older Comments' on top of 'The Conversation' ), "I urgently recommend to read the help file and try out the "tips and tricks".

That is, Folder Scout comes with some tips in the "Tips and Tricks" section for "Using Folder Scout when opening or saving files from any Windows application". This section show users a basic technique to Open/Save files on the desired folder from Folder Scout, without any Open/Save integration feature.

I am working currently on Open/Save dialogs integration and will be included in future releases.

Users should also know that Windows don't makes it easy for developers to implement this feature, with substantial changes from XP to Vista/Seven. In fact, many apps with this feature working on XP are now been re-written for Vista/Seven.

Don't hesitate to comment if you have any other question.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 9:49am Copy Link
Edward Smith Bought the program (actually 2), it works great, but I can't figure out how to exclude a subdirectory??
Jan 3 2012 at 10:17am Copy Link
Bernhard Dear Paul,

I really don't like to argue about license policies but I don't understand your policy in the sidebar of BitsDuJour.

Item 2 says that Folder Scout is licensed per computer and I will have to buy a license for each machine.

Item 3 says that Folder Scout "may be used at exactly the same time on multiple computers". That's a pure matter of course if I buy multiple licenses. Otherwise, I think I schouldn't buy any license. Sorry!
Jan 3 2012 at 11:01am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Bernhard,

The sidebar policy is our text, so don't blame Paul!

Let me explain, look at these two points:

- Folder Scout Professional may be installed on a single computer and a laptop.
- Folder Scout Professional may not be used at exactly the same time on multiple computers.

The "exact same time" refers to the fact that you can install the software on a single computer AND a laptop, however you can't use it at the exact same time on both.

Makes sense?
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 3 2012 at 11:03am Copy Link
Chriss B I am a little bit confused about the product: AVIRA Browser Protection rates the publishers downloadsite as "potentially dangerous".

What could be the reason ?
Jan 3 2012 at 11:05am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Edward Smith,

Thanks for your comments.

You can exclude drive categories by group (Network, Removable or Fixed) and also any drive individually. I am sorry but current version indexes each drive completely so there is no way to exclude a certain folder.
Of course if several users find useful excluding custom selected folders it could be included in next releases.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 11:16am Copy Link
Tore Hoyem Hi Paul.

I sent you a mail regarding the command shell replacement issue.

Jan 3 2012 at 11:20am Copy Link
Paul Scout Bernhard,

Please, have a look to my answer to Q1) from Tore Hoyem. I'm sure our friendly policy will make you happy !

Nico, thanks for the clarification.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 11:26am Copy Link
Paul Scout Chriss,

We have been in the market since 2007, passed hundreds of anti-virus test without problems. It is the first time I hear about this.

Please have a look to this report from as one of many examples:

As you could see, includes Avira report with "Clean" result, among other popular antivirus software.

Don't hesitate to comment if you have any other question.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 11:34am Copy Link
Paul Scout Tore,

I have got your mail. I am working on it.

Give me 15 minutes. Today is a heavy duty day !

Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 11:38am Copy Link
Paul Scout To all users:

This new version 1.3 includes, among others, a new feature called 'Shared Catalogs Engine' for LAN/WAN environments.

This brand new feature dramatically improves performance on networked environments like Offices, Company Branches and Corporative LAN or WAN. For more info, please go to:
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 4:12pm Copy Link
HJ B 1. This is the second time, recently, that the phrase "can be used" and the phrase "cannot be used" are used in a very unclear way. I assume that if someone has this application installed on two computers, he can use it on both computers at the same time; however, in doing so, he would be violating his license provisions. Is that the case here? Or do we have a situation where the software or the big guy in the sky is capable of barring multiple simultaneous uses?

2. The matter is further complicated by virtue of the fact that one of the selling points of the software is that, at my computer, I can quickly get to files that are on other computers or devices on the same local area network.

a, Can it go further than LANs?

b. To yjr extent that another computer on the LAN is not sharing some or all of its files, is FolderScout capable of penetrating any such protected computers or drives?
Jan 3 2012 at 5:16pm Copy Link
Glen Hilton Paul, thanks for offering the standard version for those of us that don't require the network option.
Just a small suggestion. An option to minimize or hide the logo panel for registered users would free up some useable space for netbook use. Glen
Jan 3 2012 at 6:17pm Copy Link
lisba f Still no Unicode, I guess?
Jan 3 2012 at 6:31pm Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi HJB,

Answer to 1) Please, have a look to my answer to Q1) from Tore Hoyem. I'm sure our friendly policy will make you happy !

Answer to 2.a) Well, we have some companies using the software in their WAN (Wide Area Network), that is, they are using Folder Scout to search folders between different office branches. Of course, this case is not the case of a home user with a small LAN. The company should by licenses strictly 'by computer'.

Answer to 2.b) Folder Scout just runs over Windows and only resources authorized by Windows can be accessed. No magic here !.

Don't hesitate to comment if you have any other question.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 7:50pm Copy Link
Brad Paul,

I really like this application, very fast searches, a really handy piece of software.

What I really appreciate is the "friendly" licensing policy you stated above for Tore respecting home users. I purchased your software when you stated:

"For non-professional use: It is logical that you use it in your home PC and home laptop. Not strictly right but we admit this case as normal."

This is very cool of you to allow a single user with two computers i.e; Desktop/Laptop the flexibility of installing this single license on both machines. While reinforcing as long as this license is not used on both machines concurrently you folks are OK with a second install.

While it does bend the exactness of your license model, you clearly state if the software is used for business or professional use the expectation for these entities is to purchase a license per machine.

I do appreciate this kind of practical accommodation in a Software Company/Developer when dealing with the average home user.

And thanks for the discount also!

Cheers, Brad
Jan 3 2012 at 7:51pm Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Glen,

You are right. Although every panel can be resized and even be hidden (Root Folder Quick Jump) to have more space, hidding logo panel should be an option. There also users asking for an option to hide splash screen during application startup. We will consider both option for next releases.

Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 7:59pm Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Lisba,

The version we are offering today (v1.3) is barely 3 months old so there was no changes since October 2011. I am sorry. Unicode will be implemented for future releases. I will contact you.

Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 8:05pm Copy Link
Paul Scout Brad,

Nothing to say. It's fantastic to hear comments from satisfied users !.

Thanks for your comments.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 3 2012 at 8:12pm Copy Link
Cathy Gould Folder Scout has Installed and processed~

I have tried many 'folder-finders' and they all have crumbled under my data. I keep too much, I name & re-name badly~ all the more reason I need this! It has nimbly and elegantly made its list and let me at it, and has found my fifty near-copies of things scattered over several terabytes of well-intentioned and ADD-scattered efforts.

Thank you so much for this!
Jan 3 2012 at 10:46pm Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Cathy

I am very happy listening to this 'success stories'

Thanks very much for your comments.
Folder Scout Labs - Jan 4 2012 at 12:00am Copy Link
Paul Scout To all users:

After this fantastic promotion day, don't miss our permanent promotion with 30% discount for both Standard and Professional editions of Folder Scout.

Folder Scout Labs - Jan 4 2012 at 12:03am Copy Link
Cheryl Rutherford I downloaded (several times) your FREEBIE, the Standard version of this software and my Norton 360 refused to allow a complete download. It claims it contains "WS.Reputation.1". What can you tell me about this? Is it a tracker to better your software, is it a false/positive - what? Norton 360 is a dynamite great security tool and I rely on it heavily. So, Until you can tell your users what this is, it is a threat to my PC.

Apr 3 2012 at 11:54am Copy Link
Paul Scout @ Cheryl Rutherford,

This question was already replied in today's promo for Folder Scout Standard:

I am not a Norton software expert but have been informed about similar behavior. See the note below:

" ... Symantec’s File Insight (SONAR) program was recently added to the Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security programs. SONAR automatically deletes or quarantines any program it believes may be malware... "

Regarding Folder Scout, it has been in the market since 2007 and passed hundreds of anti-virus test without problems. See the report below as an example:

WS.Reputation.1 is a generic detection based on "heuristic" methods. In my opinion, as Folder Scout programmer, False Positive.
Folder Scout Labs - Apr 3 2012 at 12:04pm Copy Link
DroidLuvr Norton is also deleting the file before I can even tell it not to... I turned off my anti-virus and firewall, downloaded the file, renamed it to a non-executable, and that's the only way I could prevent Norton from blocking it...

I hope I will be able to install it with Norton off and not have it removed when I restart Norton?

Thank you...
Apr 3 2012 at 12:18pm Copy Link
Brenda Adams I bought new laptop, transitioning stage at the moment. Both old and new laptop have Norton. Old laptop: Norton Security Suite. New laptop: Norton Internet Security.

I've had no problems installing on both laptops. I've registerd Folder Scout Standard (free one) on old lap.
I've INSTALLED but it won't let me register same on new laptop.

I would like to know how to make it show me how many folders I've got here.

I would like to install one paid version and one free version (Paid on new laptop-Pro) (Free on old laptop-Standard). OR free on both. :)

OH, btw: the splash screen folks are talking about, is that the same one that has option to turn it off? Because I saw the option and decided to leave it on. (It's the window that first opens and asks what you want to do, and shows f7 key.) So, if that's the 'splash screen' it can be turned off, I think.

PS: I would like to test the network option in Folder Scout to see if it will index Old laptop from New laptop-but Standard trial version isn't able to do that, right? So how can I test out that feature?
Apr 23 2012 at 6:44am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi b adams,

Regarding your issue registering Folder Scout on you new laptop, please send me more details to: I will be happy to help you.

From Folder Scout, you can see your total number of cataloged folders in the ‘Catalog-Add/Refresh Drive Catalog’ window. At the bottom of the window that opens, you can see 'Total Folders Cataloged: XXXXX'

The screen you are referring to is known as 'Welcome screen'. Splash screen is the small logo that appears only for 1 second while Folder Scout is loading at Windows startup. Some users suggested to make this also optional. This option will be included in next releases.

If you want to test Professional edition features, simply go to:

This trial version works as Professional edition for 30 days.


P. Scout
Folder Scout Labs - Apr 23 2012 at 11:30pm Copy Link
DroidLuvr As per my previous comment: to anyone considering this software, I have found it to be a FABULOUS program, but I understand the worries of having Norton block it. For me, as I said earlier, Norton completely deleted the file when I tried to download it. I turned off my anti-virus and firewall, downloaded the file, renamed it to a non-executable, and that's the only way I could prevent Norton from blocking it... I had no problem renaming it, installing it, and I have been using it ever since -- and loving it.

To the developer: you can go to Norton's website directly and ask to be removed from their black list -- it is a fairly easy process and will eliminate the W.S. Reputation block for Norton users!! I have the link somewhere as I helped another independent software developer to have their "reputation" fixed because I had used their software for years and was able to help "vouch" for them...
May 6 2012 at 11:33am Copy Link
Arlene Manduca Is there a chart comparison of the features of both Folder Scout Regular and Pro? That would be very helpful. I spent some time on your website but couldn't find one. Thanks.
Jun 16 2012 at 1:28am Copy Link
Paul Scout Hi Arlene,

A comparison between Standard and Professional Editions can be found here:

Folder Scout Labs - Jun 16 2012 at 2:15am Copy Link
Milan Topolic Very useful tool. Thank you very much !

Folder Scout and BDJ rock like hell !
Jun 16 2012 at 6:43pm Copy Link
Ray This thing does not recognize UNC paths. You cannot enter a network path manually. You need to map it first through windows, ugh... not good at all.

Direct Folders would be a better option.
Nov 18 2012 at 6:36am Copy Link
Olivier Gebuhrer My Former posts disappeared ; they were telling congratulation for this splendid program ; however Paul Scout aked details about my Configuration which is rather sophisticated ; however there is no possibility here to attach a file nor copy and paste ; what should I do ? Thanks OLIVIER GEBUHRER
May 15 2013 at 5:08am Copy Link

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