ScanTFS - Desktop/Laptop file & folder management

Still working on it...

ScanTFS is a simplified version of ScanDir, based on the code of ScanDir Version 1.3.5.

Functions that are less frequently used have been removed and internal processing has been optimized. It makes ScanTFS easier to use and easier to maintain. Future versions of ScanTFS will focus on performance improvements. ScanDir will be maintained for those who require full functionality.

Functions that are available in ScanDir but that have been removed in ScanTFS:

Join/Split files
Join/split files was useful for floppy disks with limited capacity (typically 720 kB or 1.44 mB). Now that USB sticks have a capacity of more than 512 GB join/split seems superfluous.
Sort options for Item list
Sort options for the Item list were rarely used and made internal processing slow and complicated.
File favourites
File favourites could be used to bookmark files (instead of folders) but is only useful if files are never moved.
Directory (include) List
Directory list was implemented to allow scanning of multiple drives. Since all drives have been grouped under "This PC" this function has become (almost) obsolete.
Directory (exclude) Skip
Exclude list was implemented to skip large folders and thus speed up the scan process. It also caused some confusion because it was not always clear that folders were skipped (and thus not scanned).
Copy and Find in preView
Copy and Find have been removed from the Preview to cleanup the interface.
Print functions
There are much better ways (spreadsheet- or word processing software) to print the Item list after it is been saved as a text or CSV file.
-ns command line option
The -ns command line option was introduced to suppress the splash screen when ScanDir is invoked from a script file. Although the command line version of ScanDir has been available for a few years, it has never been used (downloaded).
Scan to File option
The Scan to File option (-sf and menu selection) has been removed. Use File Scan followed by File Save instead.
Create directory range
The create directory range function was complicated and had limited use.

Functions that have changed in ScanTFS:

AutoScan button removed (AutoScan is mandatory)
Not sure if anybody ever turned AutoScan off, at least it was confusing. AutoScan was implemented to skip scanning of large directories when navigating through the (old) directory tree. With the new directory tree structure this function is no longer needed.
UTF8 selection removed (UTF8 is mandatory)
To prevent future character set incompatibilities, ScanTFS always uses UTF8 encoding.
And, Or, Not radio buttons replaced
The radio buttons that specified the relation between multiple Scan arguments have been replaced by a drop-down selection and can now be configured for each custom scan string.
Drop-down Item list options removed from the Main menu
The options available on the Main menu drop-down list were the same as those on the Item list PopUp menu. Use the Item list (right-click) PopUp menu instead.
HTML Help has been replaced by Online Help
Where ScanDir used built-in HTML Help, all Help information for ScanTFS is published Online. Online Help is more accurate.

Functions that are new in ScanTFS:

Or / And / Not - have been added to custom Scan string configuration.
In addition to one or more custom strings, the relation between the strings can be specified. Goto ( Options | Configuration | Scan | Scan String 1..5 ) and select Or / And / Not for each custom string.
SHA256 added to checksum algorithms.
SHA256 gradually starts replacing the (less secure) MD5 checksum, ScanTFS allows to generate a SHA256 file checksum in addition to CRC32 and MD5 checksums.

As the first release of ScanTFS has been delayed some new features from ScanTFS will be included in ScanDir Version 1.3.5 to make these functions available for current users. ScanTFS is still under development, the first beta build is planned for 2023.

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