Winners of the Duplicate Photo Cleaner Contest Announced!
Over the years I have tried various utilities that are supposed to find duplicate photos on your computer. In all that time I have only found one that actually does what it says it will do, at least in a form that is usable. Now I have found a second choice that is much better and it is Duplicate Photo Cleaner by WebMinds.
WebMinds has generously offered five (5) licenses to DCT readers for this giveaway contest. “The licenses will register the program for life (that is, provide unrestricted use) and are good for one year of updates.”
Duplicate Photo Cleaner
To give you an idea of a few of the features, I’ve included a short review. I will not try to cover everything here, but will make an attempt to show you some highlights of the program.
Installation is dead-simple and in no way varies from what you would expect from any Windows program. There are no hidden surprises to watch out for.
After activating the program, you will be presented with this Main Window:
Duplicate Photo Cleaner offers several Scan Modes which I’ll discuss in the next section. In the above image the default scan setting, Standard scan, is used.
All you have to do at this point is drag-and-drop folder(s) to this window. Obviously, these should be folders containing images that you want to check for duplicates.
Once you have the folders you wish included in the list, simply hit the Start Scan button.
While scanning you will see a reasonable representation of how much time is remaining. Unlike so many “Progress bars” in so many utilities these days, WebMinds seems to have gotten it right. When the scan has finished you will be presented with a nice, clean window showing you the matches it found:
Out of 751 images in the folder I chose, Duplicate Photo Cleaner found five matches. I have already deleted four of them in the above image. There is one that was tagged as a duplicate because of their similarity. That is of Jupiter, one with the polar storm and one without. The program can be adjusted to ignore such similarities in its Preferences Settings. The adjustments are on a sliding scale from 50% to 100%. Very nice.
Duplicate Photo Cleaner (DPC) offers several settings that will change its behavior while scanning. Here is a quote from the source:
There are five scan modes for Mac and three for Windows:
- Standard Scan (Windows & Mac) – this is the scan mode that uses standard settings. It can find both true duplicates and similar images. To find duplicates only, the user should go to Settings and set the similarity threshold to 100%. 85% is good for finding similar photos, like resized, cropped, touched up ones or images of the same subject.
- Sector Detail Scan (Windows & Mac) – this is DPC’s high-precision mode. Basically, it lets you select an area in a photo (for example, an area with a boat) and makes the program look for images that contain the same or similar detail. This mode is fairly slow because it uses a very precise algorithm.
- Folder Comparison (Windows & Mac) – my favorite scan mode because I have a lot of photos on an external drive and I always lose track of what got copied. This mode lets the user select a Master Folder (the folder with the originals) and compare other folders against it. So you always know which photo is the original (the one to keep), and which one is a duplicate. Perfect for checking backups and merging folders.
- Photos Scan (Mac) – a Mac-only scan mode for managing images in the Photos library.
- iPhoto Scan (Mac) – same as above for those who still use iPhoto.
The Gray-scale comparison settings, when enabled, tells DPC to disregard color. By doing that, the program finds more similar images.
So How Do You Win
We’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment and submit a comment telling us why you’d like to win Duplicate Photo Cleaner. However, submitting a comment is not required to enter this contest and will have no bearing on your chances.
For your chance to win, simply enter your name and valid eMail address in the spaces provided below, then click Enter Contest. After your entry is accepted you will be presented with options to share the contest on Twitter and/or Facebook. For each person that enters the contest as a result of your share you will earn two (2) extra entries!
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- To enter, simply submit your name and a Valid eMail address. Your address will not be shared outside this site
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- Additional entries may be earned by voluntarily sharing on Facebook and/or on Twitter
- Shortly after the contest ends, the winner(s) will be chosen at random
- Winner(s) names will be posted on this giveaway page. Please check back here to see the winner(s) name announcement!
- The winner(s) will be notified by eMail at the eMail address used to enter the contest – be sure to use a valid eMail that you check regularly
- Winner(s) must claim their license within 5 days. After the five (5) day period, unclaimed prizes will be distributed at DCT’s sole discretion
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