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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder Review
Have you ever wanted to save some pictures or new music to your computer and discovered you've run out of space? When that happened on some of my older systems, I've always wondered how frequently I had the same file, or more specifically picture, duplicated, if not triplicated or worse on my hard drive. I recently had the chance to try out Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder (VSDIF) which helps you resolve just such a problem.

VSDIF will scan designated directories for duplicate images. By duplicate, the program compares actual images for similarities, not just file size and date. If it finds a duplicate, the program saves the set of duplicates to be viewed after the scanning is done, automatically checking one to delete.

While nowadays, most new computers come with enough space to store an enormous amount of pictures, newer cameras have their higher resolutions. Thus, each of those pictures takes up even more space, filling up available space pretty quickly. But, there is typically still enough space for the average user. But, whose typical?

For those times when you need more space on your computer's hard drive, or you just want to organize your pictures better, the Duplicate Image Finder software from MindGems allows you to trim the fat amazingly easily. Really easily.

To get started with the program, download the Duplicate Photo Finder, run the installer, and then launch it. Once the program starts, all you have to do is select the directories to scan and press the Start Scan button. If you don't like the default settings, you can change the comparison method and similarity percentage for detecting duplicates.
Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder Screen
Once the scanning is done, you're presented with the list of duplicates to deal with. You can configure which files are automatically checked for removal. By default, it picks the smaller files, whether smaller dimensions or smaller sizes with same dimensions. As far as after scan actions, you can move the files to a designated directory root (preserving tree structure) or move them to the Windows recycling bin. If all the steps are too complicated, there is even a Tutorial.

For my setup, the scan of my external TB backup drive and local system took 22 minutes, while finding 1685 duplicate groups and 5127 duplicate files. If I delete everything, it clears up 2.61 gigabytes of space. Duplicates ranged from 32x32 icons to 4,320x3,240 related photos.

Before deleting anything though, be sure to review the findings in the preview area on the bottom. The default similarity setting is 95%, so not everything was a perfect match. You can  change the comparison method to be any of the following: Visual Compare (default), Hash (100% identical), File Size, or EXIF Date Time Original. The visual comparison goes across image formats, so you can compare a PNG to a JPG for instance.

The program comes in three versions: Regular, Pro, and Corporate. And, you can try it for free, if you don't mind not having the delete feature. The regular version is $24.95. The pro version is $39.95 and adds filtering and extra image format support (Raw and HDPHoto) among other features. The corporate version runs $499, adding another image format (DICOM), command-line support, and unlimited licenses within the company.

This is a great utility to help you free up space. Even as prices for terabytes of hard drive space has decreased so dramatically, if you want to be organized, you don't want to be maintaining duplicates of all your photos. One backup / copy is enough and this tool will help you get there.

*Read my Disclosure


  1. Yes, I can see how this would be pretty handy! I probably need it, lol!

  2. Looks like a great tool - too bad you can't use it on on the iPad which is where I tend to run out of space!