Program interface

The program interface is very simple. All information necessary for work can be entered by controls on the left side of main window. On the right side of main window is placed the log of work (see Pic.1). Controls have the following assignments:

The "Folder" field - a must contain the path to your files, in this field is necessary to enter the uppermost folder for files to processing. On the right side of this field there is a small button ("…"), by pressing on which it is possible to choose this folder path from the dialog box.

The "Filter" field - a mask for selection of files for processing. If you for any reasons want to process only files of the certain types, in this field it is possible to specify a mask for such files. The program will process only those files which match with this mask.

It is necessary to note, that during the verifying operation from this field depends only detection of new files. I.e. the "new file" warning arise only in the case when the new file matches with this mask. Regardless of this mask, all files included in a checksum files will be checked.

By default this field contains a string "*.*", which match with all files.

The field "Checksum file" - determine the checksum files name. In dependence of checksum files placement mode, this field must contain the full name of a checksum file (for example, "C:\checksum.lst"), or only a name part of a checksum files name (for example, "md5sum.lst"), or a mask indicating the checksum files extension (for example, "*.md5").

More details in the description of checksum files placement mode selection group.

NOTE: the usual status of this field is disabled to avoid casual change. For editing this field it is necessary to press the button with dots at the right side of a field ("…"). Such safety measures are accepted to exclude casual damaging of user files since all files with such name will be automatically rewritten at updating the checksums

Main program window
Pic.1.Main program window.

Except input fields there are several checkboxes and buttons, which change the program behavior:

"Include subfolders" - recursive processing the subfolders. If this box is checked, the all subfolders of the specified folder will be processed. Usually it is necessary (it's one of main goals of creation of this program), therefore by default this box is checked.

"Overwrite existing checksum files" - if this box is checked, the existing checksum files will be rewritten without any questions. If this box is cleared, the existing checksum files will not be updated. If this box is undetermined mode (has grayed) the program will ask user confirmation for rewriting the existing checksum file.

"Create SFV files instead of MD5SUM" - if check this box, the checksum files will be created in the SFV (Simple File Verification) format. The SFV format means the use CRC32 algorithm - faster, but less reliable, than MD5. If this box is cleared, the checksum files will be created in a MD5SUM utility format and accordingly, the MD5 algorithm will be used.

This checkbox affect only the updating process. During the verification process, the checksum files format and used algorithm will be determined automatically.

And at last, group of buttons incorporated under the name "Create checksum files…" set the checksum files placement mode:

  • "…one for entire folder tree in any place" - the checksums of all files are kept in one file in any place specified by the user. In this mode, pressing of the "Checksum file" button will cause appearing the dialog box for choice of a file.

  • "…one for entire folder tree in tree root" - the checksums of all files also are kept in one file, but this file always will be placed in the root of specified folders tree.

    I.e. if we have the string "C:\MyFiles" in a "Folder" field, and have the string "md5sum.lst" in a "Checksum file" field, the checksums of all files in this folder (and also in subfolders, if have checked a box "Include subfolders") will be kept in a file "C:\MyFiles\md5sum.lst".

  • "…one per folder with fixed name" - a separate file with the fixed name in each folder. I.e. in each folder will be created the checksums file with a name specified in a "Checksum files" field. This file will contain the checksums of all files located directly in this folder.

  • "…one per folder with folder name" - similarly to previous mode, but the checksum files names will be formed from the folder name by addition the extension specified in "Checksum files" field.

    For example, for our previous case, if the "Checksum files" field contains the string "*.md5", the checksums of files from the "C:\MyFiles" folder will be kept in a file "C:\MyFiles\MyFiles.md5", from the "C:\MyFiles\Pictures" folder in a file "C:\MyFiles\Pictures\Pictures.md5", etc.

  • "…for each file" - for each file the separate checksum file will be created. The name of a checksum file will be formed by addition to the name of a file the extension specified in a "Checksum files" field.

    For example, in the previous case, for the file "C:\MyFiles\File1.ext" will be created the checksum file named "C:\MyFiles\File1.ext.md5", for file "C:\MyFiles\File2.ext" - "C:\MyFiles\File2.ext.md5", etc.

Also, it is necessary to notice, what this buttons group affect only updating process. During the verifying the basic criterion is presence the file path in a "Checksum files" field.

If this field contain checksum file name with path (for example, "C:\checksum.lst"), only this file will be processed as checksums file. Otherwise, if this field contain only file name (for ex., "checksum.lst"), or mask (for ex., "*sum.lst" or "*.sum") without path, all files with this name (or, with names matched with mask) and being in folder, specified by "Folder" field, will be processed as checksums files.

The "Update" and "Verify" buttons starts the corresponding processes.

During processing, one of this buttons turns into "Abort!" button. If to press it, processing will be stopped. All other controls during processing will be disabled (see Pic.2).

Main program window during
Pic.2.Main program window during processing.

As mentioned above, the right side of the main program window is occupied by the log of work. During processing into log window will be output all error messages, warnings and hints. If the detailed log mode is on, also each processed file, used algorithm and checksum of this file will be output into this window.

After processing into log window will be output the statistical information - number of the processed files, their total size, spent time and average speed, and also number of errors, warnings and hints.

Log window has the local popup menu, which can be invoked by pressing the right mouse button. (see Pic.3)

Log window popup menu
Pic.3.Log window popup menu.

From the applications system menu (see. Pic.4) are accessible the "Options" and "About" dialog boxes. Besides, the "About" dialog box can be invoked by pressing the "i" button in the main window.

Applications system menu
Pic.4.Applications system menu.

The "Options" dialog box (see Pic.5) allows to adjust seldom changeable parameters of program. This parameters include: detailed log mode, popup hints and checksum files headers.

The "Detailed log: show the calculated checksum values" checkbox sets a level of details of the log of work. If this box is checked, the log will be contain not only the errors, warnings, hints and statistics - but also the information for each processed file: the full name of a file, the name of algorithm and value of the file checksum.

The "Show tooltips with help" checkbox enable/disable the tooltips. If this box is checked, it is possible to receive the additional information about each control on window, if pause the mouse pointer over this control.

The "Checksum files headers" group of buttons affect to checksum files headers. This headers contains short information about program, which has been used for creating this checksum files.

  • "No headers" - the checksum files will not contain any headers.
  • "Standard ACSV headers" - the first line of each checksum file will be comment line with program name and home page URL.
  • "Win-SFV compatible headers" - similarly to previous, but the header will contain additional text for compatibility with Win-SFV utility.

The basic goals of headers in checksum files is granting the information on how it is possible to check these checksums. Of course, if you create checksum files as short-term means or only for yourself, to include headings there is no necessity. However, if you use the checksums for check of integrity long-term stored(kept) archives or want give access to them to other people, it is desirable to include them.

Besides, for example, the Win-SFV utility at all does not recognize SFV files without the appropriate headers.

Options dialog box
Pic.5.Options dialog box.

The "About" dialog box (see Pic.6) contains the information on the copyrights, the full and correct name of the program, the version number, and also an authors e-mail address and the address of a home page of the program.

To write the letter to the author or to have a look at a home page of the program enough to bring the cursor of the mouse to the appropriate address (thus the address will be highlighted and will be emphasized) and to click the mouse button. After that the default e-mail client or web-browser will be launched.

About box
Pic.3.About box.