Visual CD allows you to create catalogs of files you’ve moved
onto a CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, or other optical media so that you can
figure out where a particular picture, song, or other file is
without having to load every individual disc. It can also catalog
files you still have on your hard drive.
The simple and free Visual CD makes it easy to create lists of
the files on optical media, or most anywhere else for that matter.
The program adds a useful ‘Catalog with Visual CD’ right-click
option to Windows Explorer, and choosing it for a currently loaded
disc allows you to create a catalog of all the files on that
By default, the program only tracks the file names and quickly
creates catalogs. You can add comments and also choose options to
include MP3 tags, image thumbnails, and other extras in each
catalog, but doing so makes the process take much longer. On one
test run, trying to catalog a dvd full of images with thumbnails
caused the program to hang.
Once you’ve created a catalog you can run advanced searches for
files within them, but doing so can prove somewhat clunky. Every
disc requires its own catalog (which the author says makes the
program run faster), but there’s no quick option to search all
catalogs at once. You can search multiple catalogs if you manually
select them, and you can quickly select all those you have marked
as a favorite for searching.
Still, while searching could be simplified, it’s much faster to
use Visual CD to find your offloaded files than to find and insert
all your discs. If you back up many files to dvd or other optical
media, Visual CD could prove a good time-saver.