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DFSee version 16.1 released

Wednesday May 22, 2019  By: Jan van Wijk

DFSee version 16.1 has been released, with some new functionality and fixes.

MINOR release, meaning you get it for FREE if you have a 16.x key already.

It adds a few refinements for the APFS and HFS+ macOS filesystems, most notably
the support for hardlinks, allowing restoring files from TimeMachine backups.

Also a long standing BUG in the FileDialogs on the macOS/Linux platform was fixed,
where inconcistencies (like a bad symlink) caused files/directories to go missing.

Then the FileDialogs as well as the DFSee filesystem BROWSER have a setting
to either SHOW or HIDE any hidden files (.filenames, or HIDDEN/SYSTEM attr)
this setting can be toggled in the new SET menu, or using the <F11> key in
the FileDialog or Browser, resulting in an immediate update of the filelist.

Finally, all of the SETTINGS for DFSee and the UI, which used to be submenus
in the 'Edit' menu, are now located it its own 'Set' main menu, and the TOGGLE
options on those menus can be operated with either ENTER or SPACE, keeping the
menu item visible, so you get direct visual feedback in the form of a checkmark.

Of course, as usual, there are also smaller improvements and bug fixes.

DFSee is a very powerful disk-utility with disk partitioning,
filesystem and disk analysis, file recovery/UNDELETE and
smart imaging or cloning of partitions or complete disks.

It will require an upgrade if you currently have a registration for an older version:


More details at:

Direct download links from the DFSee website:

Or from the HOBBES website:
or (after processing):


Note: Version 14.8 (or later) users can update directly using the menu:

Program Updates / Downloads ->
Get latest STABLE update

(Works with the OS/2, Windows, Linux and macOS versions too, if WGET is there)


Functional changes since 16.0

- APFS: Added collision detect/resolve on DIRRECORD filename HASH
- APFS: COL command searches filename HASH collisions in a volume
- APFS: Fixed crash in 'Browse' when selecting empty subdirectory
- APFS, HFS: Added hidden files (DOT f-names) filtering for BROWSE
- APFS: Show name of first volume as LABEL for a disk or partition
- APFS, NTFS, HFS: Display 'D' (FAT) attr indicator in DIR display
- BROWSE: <F11> key toggles between SHOW and HIDE 'hidden' items
- BROWSE: Added HELP item for the BROWSE startup Dialog and fields
- BROWSE: Menu item 'Show hidden Directories/Files' in Edit->DFsee
- HFS: Exclude (hard)links if no auto-resolve on recursive recover
- HFS: Menu toggle option 'FolderAlias Auto Resolve'; Init meta-DIR
- HFS: Menu toggle option 'Hardlinks Auto Resolve'; Init meta-DIR
- HFS: Support DIR-hardlink/Folder-alias, as needed for TimeMachine
- HFS: Support hardlinks in Browse, Recover and directory display
- HPFS, FAT, EFAT, NTFS: Added hidden/system filtering for BROWSE
- HPFS, NTFS, FAT: Consider all DOT filenames as HIDDEN for BROWSE
- ISO: Hidden attribute (or DOT filenames) filtering for BROWSE
- JFS: Hidden/System attrib (or DOT f-names) filtering for BROWSE
- MENU: Moved Settings/Properties from EDIT menu to new 'SET' menu
- MENU: Added 'Fdlgs, show hidden Dirs/Files' to the 'SET' menu
- PUPPY: Download fixed for macOS; Create from download dir; Close
- SET HIDDEN: Set 'filedialogs-show-hidden-files', default is OFF
- UI: Auto-insert OFF field length now 74 (all except cmdline)
- UI: SPACE, INSERT or '+' on menu-item mimic ENTER (toggle mark)
- UI: Automatically re-open same menu on settings/property toggle
- UI: FileDialog, .filename considered HIDDEN on ALL platforms
- UI: FileDialog, better handling of new typed abs/relative paths
- UI: FileDialog: <F11> toggles between SHOW and HIDE 'hidden' items
- UI UNIX findfiles: .filenames treated as having a HIDDEN attribute
- UI UNIX fixed FileDialog bug (missing entries, if dead symlinks)

Regards, JvW


DFSee Home:; Jan van Wijk; Author of DFSee -

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