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Any basic help for a newbie?
« on: March 18, 2015, 06:14:00 »
Been exploring Similarity for 1 day now. Absolutely not familiar with all the pros and cons and features yet.
But my overall impression is that (after trying 5 other dupes programs) Similarity wins by FAR in terms of accurate finding.
On the other hand I still struggle a LOT with auto-marking and have the feeling that the options for accurate deleting is a lot more problematic - and more basic than other dupes programs. Especially for audio.
Are my impressions correct?
Are changes on the way to improve the deleting features/interface?

Apart from this I do not understand the function of the tags colums (title, artist, album) in the audio results view.
Usually these colums are completely empty, where I expected most tags being displayed automatically.
Only if I edit a track, the updated title, artist, album are displayed in the tags columns.
Why is it this way?
Do I do something wrong?

Thanks for help!
Be aware that more questions might follow once I explore more...



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Re: Any basic help for a newbie?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2015, 00:07:02 »

Auto-marking is quite a dangerous function, since you easily may delete something that wasn't meant to be deleted.
I only use it with everything on 100% equality.

All other stuff gets sorted by hand, but even this works very fast with similarity.

Additionally I always delete to the thrash and check afterwards explicitely that I didn't delete something wrongfully.

I can recommend similarity very much, I easily sorted half a terabyte of duplicates away in only a few hours. I also checked the competition but similarity was the most useful program.
But you definitely need to buy it since only the precise check is the truly trustworthy one. It was a leap of faith for me, but I never regretted it.

Currently I use it for finding duplicates in my photos - works quite well there, too.

And beware: similarity uses up a whole lot of CPU and GPU calculating power with the precise algorithm. It's the only useful program I currently have that actually gets my Workstation to 100% for several hours - an dual octocore xeon (16 cores @ 2,7 GHz) with a GTX 970.
But the results are really good.

To your question with the artist information etc:
Similarity has two different runs, you can either find duplicates or analyze files - the "play" button is a dropdown.
It only get the tags if you do the "analyze" run, too.