Introduction to Filecats, the Cataloguing programme, Saving you Time and Frustration. Filecats imports Windows Explorer information into Microsoft Excel, quickly and easily. Filecats Professional also imports metadata.
Filecats Professional allows you to investigate the powerful metadata contained inside files, and lets you use it for your advantage. It is an extremely powerful tool for harnessing the hidden depths of information you already have, but may not know that you have, or which may be difficult you to use. But what is metadata?
Metadata is information which is stored inside a file, which is often created by the computer or device, but is sometimes created by the end user, which assists the computer in identifying attributes, and allows you to find important information, such as when the file was last saved, who originally created the file, where and when a camera believes a picture was taken.
If you have a look at this Microsoft Word document in Windows Explorer, you can see some of the metadata, for example, the title, author, subject, comments and total editing time.
However, this is not the totality of the metadata, and you can see more by right-hand clicking on it and going to Properties and Details. Here you can see for example that it has 101 words, 582 characters, was created used the template "Normal".
Rather than having to look at the properties for 1,000 documents, you can create a catalogue and get this metadata into a spreadsheet, so you can view them en masse, search and filter through them.
Looking at this photograph, you can see metadata such as the time that it was taken, its dimensions, the camera make and model, and the exposure time. Again, this is not a complete list of the metadata. You can see that we also have brightness, light balance and, importantly, GPS coordinates.
Whilst there is also metadata associated with emails exported to Windows Explorer, these are not visible from Windows Explorer. However, Filecats is also to extract the metadata from MSG emails as well.