File Change Patrol (version 1.0) - Product Page

File Change Patrol (FCP) is a Windows tool which allows you to monitor one or more file folders for changes.

  • Can monitor one or several file folders for changes.
  • Monitored folders can include subdirectories.
  • Folders can be monitored for the following events:
    • Created files
    • Modifed files
    • Renamed files
    • Deleted files
    • Files which have had attributes changed
    • Created folders
    • Renamed folders
    • Deleted folders
    • Folders which have had attributes changed

  • Provides the following multiple methods of notifying you of detected changes:
    • SMTP email messages.
    • Play a user assigned wave file.
    • Run a user assigned program.
    • Display a user message as a popup window.
    • Display a system tray baloon popup

  • All displayed events are also stored into log files. Log files can be exported into the following formats:
    • .XLS, .XLX
    • .PDF
    • .RTF
    • .CSV

System Requirements

End User Devices:
  • Windows 8.x, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later
  • Minimum ram is 2 gigabytes. Recommended ram is 4 gigs or more.
  • .NET Framework 4.5 or later

File Servers (If monitoring folders on file shares):
  • Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later)
User Access Rights
  • You may monitor any folder on your PC or network for which you have access rights to read its contents and ability to read folder and file properties.
Sample Use Cases
  • In some business environments users are expected to place their documents into file folders on a network share. If you have the ability to copy and edit your documents in such a network share then you can most likely use this tool to monitor the network share for changes. Sometimes accidents happen where someone other than yourself may inadvertently edit or delete your document in the shared area. If this event were to happen you would be notified within a matter of seconds by the File Change Patrol tool.

  • A business environment may expect a user to access numerous documents on a network share folder being used to store various documents such as user guides, procedures, and training manuals. Sometimes a user may copy such documents to their local PC for quick reference. The problem here is their local copy may become out of date if the document authors on the network share make updates. If the authors don't inform you of the updates your local copy is basically not current. You can use the File Change Patrol tool to notify you when any document in the documentation repository on the network share has been updated by other authors.

  • File Change Patrol can be used to inform you when a file greater than a maximum desired size is placed into a network share you use for your project. This would be helpful in dealing with users who may decide to copy large files, such as a file greater than 500 megs, into a file folder intended for project documents.

  • You may use File Change Patrol to only notify you of files added to a file folder which have a particular file extension. For example, you may be responsible for a file share folder to store project documents. In this case you may not want for users to place files into your project folder which have media extensions such as .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mp4, .jpg, .bmp, .png, etc.

  • Work groups which rely on files being deposited by other groups or individuals to indicate available work to be performed can use File Change Patrol to notify them when such pending work files are available.

  • Project managers responsible for the maintenance of applications with runtime files stored on a file server can use File Change Patrol to notify them of changes to their production applications. Normally with good change control processes in place a production application will not get files changed or added without proper notifications to various groups. But what if someone such as a developer with access to the file server folder where the production files are stored decides to quietly add or modify files for a production app to address an application bug he decided to fix without anyone knowing? Another possibility is what if a developer gets unofficial assistance from someone with access to the production file storage area to get files deployed into production without anyone knowing? Project managers responsible for such production apps can use File Change Patrol to quickly notify them of any such unofficial changes. For example, a project manager may have a schedule where a production application is only to be updated on the last Friday of the month. If they were using File Change Patrol it could notify them of any changes to their application on days other than the last Friday of the month.

  • File Change Patrol can also monitor file folders on a user's local PC, not just network shares. In some network environments your local PC may be configured to allow other users, such as administrators, to access your file system. Certainly this should only be for professional support. However, accidents do happen so it is possible something might accidentally get deleted or modified. You can use File Change Patrol to notify you of any such changes such as in your primary documents folder.

  • Some PC viruses attack a user's local PC by modifying their documents. In many cases, File Change Patrol can notify you of your documents being affected if you are monitoring the folder where this activity is taking place.

  • Fully documented manual in PDF format
  • Hypertext Windows Help File
  • Several Demonstration Videos
Release Date: Free 30 day trial version available at End of January 2016.
Estimated Price: $34.95

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