Friday, December 27, 2013

6 Free Utilities to Find Duplicate Photos on your Computer

1. Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder

Duplicate images can take up a lot of space on your hard drive, but identifying and deleting them can be a major hassle. Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder promises to make this process easier, and it does, to some extent.

Depending on the number of duplicates you have, this may or may not be the program for you.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive. Users simply select the folders they want to scan for duplicates and then click the Start Search button. Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder scanned our hard drive quickly and then displayed the results as a list of file names, with duplicates listed side by side.

A preview pane let us visually compare each set of images, and a similarity rating let us know exactly how similar the program found the images to be. This part of the program worked great; it was fast, and the results were thorough and accurate. The problem came when it was time to start deleting images. There's no way to delete them in batches, and if you're working with a large number of duplicates, it can get quite tedious to delete them one at a time.

That said, those who don't mind deleting each duplicate individually will find little to complain about with Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder; the program works great otherwise. We also liked the fact that it supports JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP images. A Help file would have been nice, but it's not really necessary; anyone with basic computer literacy will be able to figure it out without problems.

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Main Features

* It has extremely simple user interface
* Finds similar or exact duplicate photos
* Search through the following image types: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, and TIFF
* Able to compare pictures that was resized or pictures with corrected colors (black and white photos etc.)
* Add multiple folders or drives for scanning
* Works with network drives and removable devices (USB etc.)
* Support moving and deleting of duplicate photos

Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

2. ShootShifter

ShootShifter presents photos in chronological order on a graphical timeline. Date changes can then be applied with several tools to individual photos or even complete folders of images. E.g. it’s possible to directly enter new dates, or to simply drag the images around on the timeline, etc.

One of the cameras was set to a wrong date? The time was off? No problem!

With the new full screen preview and 100% loupe it’s possible to get a great overview over the images and to already here get rid of the least successful ones. At the end the images can be renamed with standardized filenames using the user-configurable naming templates.

Operating System: Mac

3. VisiPics

VisiPics does more than just look for identical files, it goes beyond checksums to look for similar pictures and does it all with a simple user interface. First, you select the root folder or folders to find and catalogue all of your pictures. It then applies five image comparison filters in order to measure how close pairs of images on the hard drive are.

Visipic is a program that is considerably faster than any other commercial product and has an interface that let you do other things while Visipics automatically finds your duplicated images. It will detect two different resolution files of the same picture as a duplicate, or the same picture saved in different formats, or duplicates where only minor cosmetic changes have taken place.

All detected duplicates are shown side by side with pertinent information such as file name, type and size being displayed. Its auto-select mode let you choose if you want to keep the higher resolution picture, space-saving filetype, smaller filesize or all of the above. If you are insecure over what you really want to delete you can manually select the images you don't want to keep and delete them yourself.

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Main Features

*Faster than most commercial software
* Uses dualcore processors
* Highly efficient results with adjustable similarity levels
* Easy to use Interface, preview your duplicates easily and pick the ones to delete with a simple click
* Starts to display the results while scanning, you don't have to wait to delete your duplicates
* Smart Auto-Select mode, to save time while deleting pictures

4. Similar Image Finder

Find and remove duplicate images on your PC even if they are not exactly the same.

Main Features

* You can search for similar images in multiple folders.
* You can specify if the search will include sub-folders or not.
* You can specify the minimum similarity ratio.
* You can specify the speed of search.
* You can specify image file formats to search.
* You can choose the original file according to the file size, creation date or pixel size.
* You can use the application in the languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.

5. Duplicate Photo Cleaner

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is a powerful tool that helps you find and remove duplicate photos from your PC. With this program you can easily organize your photo collection and remove duplicates or similar images.

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is completely safe to use.

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is very easy to use. It lets you find and delete duplicate photos or similar images in just a couple of mouse clicks. The program can compare pictures that were resized or edited because its algorithm works just like the human eye.

Duplicate Photo Cleaner supports all major image types, including JPG, BMP, GIF, and PNG.

6. Duplicate Images Finder

This application can search through your images collection and find duplicates not only by file name or size, but also by visual similarity. 


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