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Last post Author Topic: Locate 3.0 - great *FAST* HD search tool!  (Read 107248 times)

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2006, 05:57:00 AM »
I'm now using the latest Locate beta from http://locate32.webhop.org/ - he improved it again!

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2006, 10:37:25 AM »
Another update (see first post for URL) and a nice FileForum review:

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A masterpiece!

I have been using this utility for a while now. As others have remarked, it is impressively quick. It usually delivers results before you've even finished clicking the Search button, and makes XP's Search tool look very poor.

Janne's decision to make it freeware was smart. It has gained her a lot of recognition and kudos as a programmer.

I gave it "5 (high)" but it deserves "high 5" :)

Nothing to add there... (besides the fact that Janne is still male) :Thmbsup:

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2006, 12:15:01 PM »
unrelated, but... "rainy day" windows theme, eh? Thought I was the only one ;)
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2006, 12:25:06 PM »
unrelated, but... "rainy day" windows theme, eh? Thought I was the only one ;)
Huh? :D

I suppose you are talking about the first image in my first post in this thread? If so, read that line above that image again :)

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2006, 02:38:44 PM »
unrelated, but... "rainy day" windows theme, eh? Thought I was the only one ;)
Huh? :D

I suppose you are talking about the first image in my first post in this thread? If so, read that line above that image again :)

"Rainy Day" color scheme, not windows theme, sorry :) (ie, desktop properties -> apperance tab -> color scheme dropdown).
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2006, 02:52:28 PM »
"Rainy Day" color scheme, not windows theme, sorry :) (ie, desktop properties -> apperance tab -> color scheme dropdown).
Ah... :)

It's called slate here - and it matches the color perfectly:



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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #31 on: March 22, 2006, 02:58:11 PM »
Ah doh, slate and rainy day look pretty much alike :)
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2006, 05:14:30 PM »
Having removed both desktop search apps I had installed on my system, I've come to rely on Veign's Seeker to find stray or lost files. It's fast, easy, and leaves my computer alone when I'm not using it.

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2006, 06:22:29 PM »
Veign,

Give Seeker a try and tell me what you think..

    * Regular expression support

Regexps are nice, but I'd prefer Boolean searches for extracting information from files.  Also, I often want to make lists of files for use in other processes;  can it save its "hit lists?"

There are four reporting modes for search / replace results.  Two of them are text-file based which can be saved and printed.

Also, there is now support for looking inside of Word and Excel files (Excel search will report what sheet and cells the search items had been found).

The application was created out of need for a fast and easy to use search and replace tool.  I wanted something I could tweak to be exactly what I need.

Should also add its Donationware to follow the spirit of this website...

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2006, 02:42:06 AM »
Having removed both desktop search apps I had installed on my system, I've come to rely on Veign's Seeker to find stray or lost files. It's fast, easy, and leaves my computer alone when I'm not using it.
Err... did you even try Locate for a day or three? It's a *totally* different approach, you can't really compare those two programs.

If you like Seeker, what about posting a Seeker Mini-Review? :)


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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2006, 03:39:36 PM »
I updated the review above a bit to reflect my grown Locate knowledge and added another image. Locate turned out to be one of my most often used apps!
« Last Edit: May 10, 2006, 03:43:40 PM by brotherS »

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2006, 08:29:17 PM »
As stated by mouser in this thread, http://www.donationc...index.php?topic=3808 , I am now the official screencaster for dc.com. As such, I am pleased to release my first cast. This one demonstrates locate and gives a basic overview of the program. So, without further ado, here goes nothing.

http://www.donationc.../MiniReviews/Locate/

Also, please turn up your volume, as this is my first screencast, I have yet to perfect the microphone usage so volume is really low. Anyways, enjoy!

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2006, 04:14:42 AM »
Nice first screencast! I like how you showed how blazing fast Locate is :)

Are you going to develop some kind of internal checklist for what to cover in a screencast review? Maybe a quick glance at a program's options would be helpful too?

Also, please turn up your volume, as this is my first screencast, I have yet to perfect the microphone usage so volume is really low. Anyways, enjoy!
You also might want to use a headset microphone (I read ones with background noise cancelling aren't expensive anymore) and increase the "mouth to mic" distance a bit for improved sound quality.

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #38 on: May 27, 2006, 02:43:45 PM »
how blazing fast Locate is :)

But you have to keep its indexes up to date, which takes time.  OK, you can schedule that, but it still has to be done.



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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #39 on: May 27, 2006, 03:55:20 PM »
I finally got around to installing Locate, and I must say it's a treat. I don't think I'm going to use it as my only file-search app, because of the database update issue, but it certainly is nice for doing fast finds of "archived" material.

I've never been a fan of those desktop search apps, I don't like using a browser for searching my *files*, and I don't really need content-indexed searches. So Locate is a perfect compromise for me.

For "bleeding edge" :P searches, the built-in search of xplorer^2 full seems to do the trick. I guess I should check out Seeker too, though.
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #40 on: May 28, 2006, 05:18:03 AM »
how blazing fast Locate is :)
But you have to keep its indexes up to date, which takes time.  OK, you can schedule that, but it still has to be done.
Of course that has to be done, but - as you say - that's all done automatically. I let Locate update its databases about every two hours and once at night, and that's good enough for >95% of my searches. If I really need to search for newer/changed content, I just press a button to update the databases right now.

IMHO this is nothing to hold against Locate - you only can have your seaches blazing fast if databases exist, and this is the best way possible. Some people somehow manage to never search for files (I don't know whether they have a small HD, just don't know about Windows' search or simply prefer to click through lots and lots of folders), but if you search for files daily: install Locate!


I finally got around to installing Locate, and I must say it's a treat. I don't think I'm going to use it as my only file-search app, because of the database update issue, but it certainly is nice for doing fast finds of "archived" material.
No issue here, see above 8)

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #41 on: May 28, 2006, 03:43:21 PM »
For "bleeding edge" :P searches, the built-in search of xplorer^2 full seems to do the trick.

The one in Total Commander is excellent  :)  For some purposes, I use a command-line program also called Locate, by Charles Dye

Not blindingly fast, but a myriad of useful options, especially if you need to build batch files, or prefer command lines.


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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #42 on: May 28, 2006, 03:52:27 PM »
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Not blindingly fast,
Not too surprising, especially not on the first run of it after you've started windows - it's a DOS program, and NTVDM does take a bit to start :)

The command-line locate from locate32 has a nice bunch of options as well, btw - regular expressions and whatnot.
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #43 on: May 28, 2006, 04:12:47 PM »
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Not blindingly fast,
Not too surprising, especially not on the first run of it after you've started windows - it's a DOS program, and NTVDM does take a bit to start :)

But it does have Windows LFN display, which is nice.

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The command-line locate from locate32 has a nice bunch of options as well, btw - regular expressions and whatnot.

I didn't know Locate32 had a CLI!  Thanks!

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #44 on: June 16, 2006, 03:40:07 AM »
wow, Locate is really fast, thanks brotherS.
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool!
« Reply #45 on: June 17, 2006, 04:36:40 AM »
wow, Locate is really fast, thanks brotherS.
Yes! :Thmbsup:

I also love the little details, which I discovered over time.

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great *FAST* HD search tool!
« Reply #46 on: June 28, 2006, 08:20:54 AM »
Locate32 question:

ive used it at it seems good, but i have 1 user problem.

On the laptop theres 1 hidden partition for a backup/restore program i use.

Locate32 detects this partition and errors out, and the search stops.

Theres the custom settings where you select partitions, but heres another problem.

Since this is a laptop, its used with maybe 4 different external harddrives, spread over different locations.

And the program errors out again if one of these are not on.



sum up: shouldnt there be a way that the program doesnt halt if it cant search one partition?

Edit..found it..hm typical.

Easy to miss, and should maybe be unchecked at start
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Re: Locate 3.0 - great *FAST* HD search tool!
« Reply #47 on: June 28, 2006, 05:07:49 PM »
Update: I asked "how to set Locate to 'activate' the first found file when the search is done (like in the Windows search) or maybe even already when the first file is found." - thanks to the nice coder this features has been added!


How do you do that? I have v. 3.06.6060 but cannot see it in the options...

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great *FAST* HD search tool!
« Reply #48 on: June 29, 2006, 11:51:57 PM »
How do you do that? I have v. 3.06.6060 but cannot see it in the options...

There is "Activate the first found item after search is completed" option (under Results/Result list) in Advanced settings tab.

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Re: Locate 3.0 - great *FAST* HD search tool!
« Reply #49 on: June 30, 2006, 05:01:11 AM »
Well, I could also introduce myself:

Hello every one. I am the author of Locate32. If you have some problems with program, feel free to contact me (you can also tell about it here, I'll try to watch this thread). Feature requiests are also welcome. However, lately it is quite hard to find enough time to work with locate and therefore bigger features may take time (possibly years), unless it a small and easy-to-implement things).