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Free Folder Scout Standard Edition (v1.3.1)! [24-hours only]

[1]Software Description

The following is a description of Folder Scout Standard Edition, as per the developer:

Jump to your folders instantly. Folder Scout is a very useful application that gives you instant access to any Drive, Folder or File on your computer.

Folder Scout avoids everyday tedious folder tree navigation and searches allowing you to focus on just your important tasks. With its high speed search engine you can access any folder on your computer just by typing a few letters of its name.
Key features:

  • High speed search engine delivers results in real-time, as you type;
  • Typically taking less than a second to search 100,000 folders!
  • Instant hide/bring-to-front Folder Scout on your desktop just by pressing F7 key;
  • Also get instant access to Favorite Folders, Recent Folders and Recent Documents.

dotTech Advice

Folder Scout, as the name may imply, is a software for finding folders on your computer. It finds folders extremely quickly (after you have let it index your folders, which can take 2-3 minutes depending on hard drive size, how many hard drives you are scanning, etc.) and accurately with the added bonus of real-time search — folders show up as you type. In addition to folder finding, Folder Scout has a Favorites tab where you can add folders to favorites for easy access, a Recent Folders tab for showing recently access folders, and a Recent Docs tab for showing recently access files. The Standard Edition of Folder Scout works for local drives only while the Professional Edition ($29.95 or $9.95 while this freebie promotion is live) has the ability to scan network drives in addition to local drives.

The biggest issue with Folder Scout is: why would anyone want to use it? Folder Scout only finds folders — not files. Why would anyone want a program dedicated for searching folders when there are dozens of excellent desktop search programs – Everything [2], Find and Run Robot [3], and even native Windows Search to name just a few – that can find folders and files as quickly as Folder Scout can find folders (Everything is particularly fast). I see no reason to bother with Folder Scout. If you need a desktop search program, I highly recommend Everything; Find and Run Robot, Copernic, and Google Desktop Search are just few other good ones that pop into my head. My personal preference is Windows Search; the ability to open my Start Menu with the press of one key and type away to find whatever I need is nearly priceless.

Freebie Details

Folder Scout Standard Edition is being given away in a promotion by Giveaway of the Day [4]. The giveaway is live for 24 hours and will end 23:59 Pacific Standard Time Monday March 19, 2012; and you must download, install, and register by that time.

To get Folder Scout Standard Edition for free, do the following:

Version being given away: v1.3.1

Free updates: No

Free technical support: No

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 4.29 MB

Giveaway limitation: This is for personal use only


If you have trouble getting Folder Scout Standard Edition for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.