Monthly Archives: April 2014
Set unique name for disk - Tabbles

Dear Tabbles followers,

We are proud to announce the release of version 3.0.20 with a major new feature: find files in disconnected drives (cdroms, network drives, usb drives).

This means that, when you find a file with Tabbles, and then try to open it by double-clicking, if the disk containing the file is disconnected, Tabbles will tell you what disk to connect to open the file. For example: “Please insert dvd no. 436”, or “Please connect ‘usb-removable-drive-maxtor-1′”, or “please connect network drive ‘Zorro'”.

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This is a breakthrough when your tagged files are stored in dozens, or even hundreds, of different drives. Of course you cannot keep them connected all at once, because there aren’t enough letters, or usb ports, or dvd readers. Well, now you can keep your USB drives detached, your network drives disconnected, and your DVDs stored safely in their boxes; and you will still be able to search among them — by combining tags, the powerful search method offered by Tabbles. Only when you actually try to open the file, Tabbles will tell you what disk to connect, or which dvd to insert. (How will Tabbles know how you labeled that disk? You will have previously told him via the dedicated menu option, “Set Unique Name for this drive”).

Here is a video to illustrate all that: (be sure to enable captions!)

Here is another way (not shown in the video) to set the Unique Name for the drive:

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Also notice that, as you connect the drive, you don’t need to worry to assign it the same letter it had before, when you tagged your files. It is likely that a lot of time has passed since you last connected that drive, and who knows what drive letter it had? And that letter may no longer be available anyway. No problem there: Tabbles does not care what letter drives are assigned. It will still be able to open the file, even if drives change or shuffle their letters everyday!

Bottom line: with this feature, the potential size of your tagged file archive grows massively. There is now nothing stopping you from building huge archives of tagged files.

You can download the new version at the usual location.

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Tabbles in Russian

Hello everyone, and Happy Easter!

Tabbles 3.0.18 beta is now available, completely translated to Russian, thanks to our friend Konstantin.

There are also many bugfixes so, if you have any earlier version, please upgrade.

In the next few days we are about to introduce an important feature: if you try to open a file on a detached disk, Tabbles will tell you what disk you need to attach. This way, Tabbles will become much more useful than a typical desktop search engine, which can only search among attached disks. These kind of programs do not help at all when you have tagged files stored in hundreds of dvdroms or removable drives, and no idea on what drive the file you need is. So, stay tuned for this great feature!

Note: Currently Tabbles already asks you to attach the disk with a certain serial number, but as you don’t know the serial number of disks, the feature is not useful yet. In the future, it will tell you “attach the disk labeled XYZ”, where XYZ is the name you yourself wrote on the disk.

Tabbles Explorer Integration

Hi all, this is Maurizio again. Today I want to show you one of the key features of Tabbles 3: the tracking of files moved with Explorer.

Because a video is worth a thousand words, I made one: (be sure to turn on annotations for better understanding.)

For those of you who still prefer words :), here is an explanation: suppose you tag a file with tag T, and then you move the file with Explorer. Now, when you open the tag T, you will still see the file and be able to open it by double clicking. That’s because Tabbles detected the move and updated the path of the file in the database. Whereas previously (in Tabbles up to 2.4.X), the file would appear with an “access-denied” sign, and with the old path; and if you doubled clicked it, you would get a dialog asking to provide the current location of the file.

Of course, this also works for files renamed and deleted with Explorer.

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