Printing the contents of a directory/folder or a list of files on your hard drive used to be easy back in the days of DOS and 8 digit file names. Although there is a knowledge base article from Microsoft that will add the Print Directory function to the Windows Explorer right-click menu, it is not a perfect solution. You will be able to print your folders and their contents but you can’t control how the directory structure will print. The printouts can be confusing. Print Maestro from CoolUtils gives you that control for printouts that look elegant and are easy to understand.
It was my intention to print my list of Epub book titles to share with my sister. Since my collection is currently well over 2000 books, I needed to find an easy way to print the directory with all the sub-directories and book titles included. When the collection was much smaller I started typing them out in my word processor but quickly realized the hopelessness of the task. Then I tried printing the directory from the command line but the long filenames in current versions of Windows made this impossible. There had to be a better way.
A Google Search brought me to the Watching the Net website which detailed the above knowledge base article and how to create a Printdir Batch file. If you go directly to the knowledge base article on the Microsoft website, there is a Fix It option that will add the Print Directory function to Windows for you. When the install was complete, I right-clicked on a directory with sub folders and selected Print Directory from the drop down menu. It printed. My jubilation was short-lived when I saw how it printed my directories. Instead of printing the directory followed by the file contents, Windows printed a list of all the sub directories in the main folder. Then it printed all the filenames for the contents of each folder. It was confusing to read and puzzling that Microsoft thought directory printouts should take this structure.
The same Google search also hit on the CoolUtils Print Maestro page. Here was the answer to my prayers. With Print Maestro, (the current version is 3) you can effortlessly print:
- a simple file list
- the Folder (Directory) Tree
- the Folder (Directory) List
- the Folder Tree with the file list
- a detailed list with file attributes
- the Folder Tree with size information
- list of films (with fields like size, Duration, Width, Height, Codec, Aspect Ratio)
- list of photos (with fields like Create date, Orientation, Exposure time, Width, Height and Thumbnail)
- list of songs (you can use Artist, Title, Album, Comment, tags or BitRate, Sample Rate, Channels, Duration tags)
- file version info report (Company Name, Version Info, Copyright, Product version)
- your own report with any EXIF fields
- Print Preview.
- Select a Font and the font size for your report. Arial 10 is the default.
- Adjust the page size, margin settings and the number of columns for your report.
- Select from Classic, Elegant or Simple page styles for the headers and footers of your report.
- Sorts by various criteria.
- Select to print only certain files filtered by your mask.
- Exports to HTML, PDF, Excel, Rich Text Format, Picture, CSV, SQL, DBF and XML formats.
When I had adjusted the above settings to my liking, I exported the report to PDF format and printed it. It was perfect! It listed the main directory for each author, then any titles that were in that folder. Next it listed each sub folder under that author’s name along with its contents. I could not ask for a more perfect Report of my Epub book collection.
Print Maestro 3, does everything it claims to do and it’s easy to set up and use. The reports will look the way you want them to look, not the way some programmer at Microsoft thinks they should look. Best of all, Print Maestro is available in a free trial version so you can download and put the program through its paces for 30 days before you buy. The word ‘unregistered’ will appear annoyingly on the screen until you buy the program but it won’t take 30 days for you to realize the value of the program. The purchase price is only $39.90 which will be money well spent given the beautiful reports you will produce with Print Maestro. When you purchase through the CoolUtils Web Store, you will receive your license code by email. Just enter the code in the correct field in the program and your trial version will become a full version and ‘unregistered’ will no longer appear on the screen.
CoolUtils is a professional software development company, founded in 1998, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia. Print Maestro is only one of a wide variety of interesting and useful utilities available from CoolUtils. Visit them on the Web to see their Multimedia tools, Graphic Tools, System Tools, File Converters and Document Processing Utilities. They work with users throughout the world and are developing products in multiple languages. Their web site and products are currently available in English, Russian, German, and Spanish.