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Which Desktop Search Tool(s) do you use? (Choose up to 2)

Google Desktop Search
15 (6.4%)
Copernic Desktop Search
36 (15.3%)
MSN Windows Desktop Search
15 (6.4%)
Yahoo Desktop Search
4 (1.7%)
X1 Desktop Search
24 (10.2%)
Locate
40 (16.9%)
Archivarius
14 (5.9%)
other...
57 (24.2%)
none / no comment
31 (13.1%)

Total Members Voted: 194

Last post Author Topic: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?  (Read 403586 times)

kartal

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #650 on: May 16, 2009, 01:32:32 AM »
How about user requests? Are they quick to adress issues at least answer questions? Forums are great but sometimes email is most convenient.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #651 on: May 16, 2009, 01:34:22 AM »
I've had excellent experiences contacting Archivarius' author by e-mail. He doesn't necessarily implement suggestions, but he considers them carefully and offers alternatives.
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #652 on: May 16, 2009, 01:42:26 AM »
fair enough, thanks

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #653 on: May 16, 2009, 01:23:44 PM »
Actually I have one more question, rather might be  irrelevant to some but it is important to me. Because I hate giving my money to wrong kind of people(aka jerks) . Does he/she sounds like decent personality? Sometimes developers seems to have super-egos and it is hard to deal with those kinds of people. Based on the responses I got from you he/she sounds like  a decent human being. Any confirmations, negative or positive? :)

Edit: Please reply me in person if you want to answer this rather relative question :) Sorry I did not articulate my message properly.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2009, 02:42:34 PM by kartal »

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #654 on: May 16, 2009, 10:56:59 PM »
Hi Kartal,

Archivarius' developer has struck me as being very decent, from my interactions with him  :)
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #655 on: May 16, 2009, 11:04:35 PM »
Darwin, thanks. I know it was a weird one to worry about when you buy an application but I would like to spend my money on good software from good people :)

I guess I am set


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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #656 on: May 17, 2009, 12:15:16 AM »
If you subscribe to the likasoft news feed then you will always get advised of the latest updates, its the only news they have published since I have been using the feed, so it won't overwhelm your RSS reader  ;)

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #657 on: May 17, 2009, 04:51:11 AM »
Archivarius' developer has struck me as being very decent, from my interactions with him 

I've had very few dealings from him, and several emails took a long time to be answered (I think they probably disappeared into a spam hole or something), but he did seem very decent to me too and the product does seem to be fairly constantly tweaked. I certainly have the feeling that if I could identify something that could be done to improve it, then he would do it if it was doable without taking excess amounts of time.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #658 on: May 17, 2009, 08:54:39 PM »
Any chance that Donation Coder can get a discount on Archivarius?

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #659 on: May 17, 2009, 09:42:58 PM »
Any chance that Donation Coder can get a discount on Archivarius?

I wont deny such opportunity really. I hope there will be one?

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #660 on: May 20, 2009, 06:43:01 AM »
what about Lookeen???

not for desktop search but the best outlook-search-tool existing!
searches even within attachments.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #661 on: May 20, 2009, 09:27:40 AM »
what about Lookeen???

not for desktop search but the best outlook-search-tool existing!
searches even within attachments.

Hmmm; two posts, both recommending Lookeen - do you happen to have a connection to them that you should declare? It may be a great product and you a loyal and happy user but...

People are allowed to come and recommend their own products, and often get some really good feedback in return, but it is expected that you declare the interest.

Apologies if I am being overly cynical-  I am prone to it :)
« Last Edit: May 20, 2009, 09:43:45 AM by markan »

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #662 on: May 26, 2009, 05:28:16 AM »
sorry this should not be any spam or advertising.... i found this tool by accident a few weeks ago and just loaded the 14-day-trial and was amazed... the same way some people get amazed by xobni..

i also found this discussions by accident and Lookeen was not named but does the same things like the other tools... because of that i thought it would be helpful to recommend Lookeen here.

sorry again if sb thought tham i´m a spammer... i´m not!

greets peter

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #663 on: May 26, 2009, 12:47:11 PM »
You could do a review of Lookeen  :)

I had a look. Always searching for something to make Outlook barely functional. >:(
Like many, I only have to use Outlook for work on work computers.  :)
So the problem is only there.
And solutions have to be portable to avoid having to make a fuss with IT to make them put something else on my computers.
And I don't think Lookeen is portable. :(

I can get everything into eml format through owa. But can't say that any of the solutions I've tried for searching them (Ultra Recall, Do-Organizer, DocFetcher) quite work as I want.  :(Either they're not fast enough, or they don't have a view showing a whole table of headings (From, To, Time etc) for all the emails found.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #664 on: June 18, 2009, 12:33:01 PM »
Any chance that Donation Coder can get a discount on Archivarius?
Well, I was hoping that perhaps a miracle would happen, but since it hasn't, I went to the Archivarius site to (gulp) purchase the software.  But when I clicked on one of the two payment venues, ShareIt, I was told that 29.95 euros would come to $45.62.  That seemed unduly high, so I clicked on the other venue, RegNow.  It told me I'd have to pay $46.70!  I then went to an assortment of conversion sites, all of which told me that I was being gouged by ShareIt and RegNow.  According to the five or six sites I used, 29.95 euros should be the equivalent of anywhere from $41.69 to $41.82, which means I'm being charged $4 or $5 more than I should be.  I decided not to buy the software after all, since I hate being taken advantage of, and I wasn't all that sure that I needed Archivarius, I simply wanted it.  Guess I'll wait until I can get it at a discount or my desire for the software outweighs my common sense.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #665 on: June 18, 2009, 01:01:08 PM »
Why not buy it in Euro? I live in Canada and I normally do this. It gets converted by my credit card at a much better rate.
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #666 on: June 18, 2009, 01:12:47 PM »
Any chance that Donation Coder can get a discount on Archivarius?
Well, I was hoping that perhaps a miracle would happen, but since it hasn't, I went to the Archivarius site to (gulp) purchase the software.  But when I clicked on one of the two payment venues, ShareIt, I was told that 29.95 euros would come to $45.62.  That seemed unduly high, so I clicked on the other venue, RegNow.  It told me I'd have to pay $46.70!  I then went to an assortment of conversion sites, all of which told me that I was being gouged by ShareIt and RegNow.  

Yes, they gouge you. Welcome to the club, and be grateful you don't need to pay 22% VAT (which you do if you're an EU resident.)

Typically, online shareware shops like ShareIt will indeed charge an undue amount for conversion. You don't need that though. You can choose to pay in the vendor's original currency (Euro, in this case), and your bank will convert the currency. There may still be a charge, depending on the bank, but it's likely to be much lower than what ShareIt et al want to take.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2009, 05:25:07 AM by tranglos »

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #667 on: June 18, 2009, 09:53:05 PM »
Thanks very much, PPlandry and tranglos, for the suggestion to pay in euros.  I confess that I never thought of doing that.  I'll definitely look into doing so, though I do wish I could find the program discounted somewhere.  Bits du Jour, perhaps, or, of course, Donation Coder. 
« Last Edit: June 18, 2009, 09:54:53 PM by cyberdiva »

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #668 on: June 18, 2009, 09:54:53 PM »
I bought The Bat! (check the forum for a 50% discount code) at RegNow and paid in Euros. I saved $5-6 dollars off what RegNow wanted to charge me and my bank only charged a dollar or so to convert the currency. It was definitely worth doing it that way.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #669 on: June 18, 2009, 09:56:23 PM »
Quote from: cyberdiva
I'll definitely look into doing so, though I do wish I could find the program discounted somewhere.  Bits du Jour, perhaps, or, of course, Donation Coder.

Last time I scoured the internet looking for a discount code I think the best I could find was a $5-7 discount. Life's rough when you're a diva.  ;)

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #670 on: June 19, 2009, 12:37:18 AM »
Archivarius is great though, and compared to things like DtSearch is cheap as chips for all the files it supports.  I use it for full text indexing, and search by filename with 'everything' which is fantastic and free.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #671 on: July 15, 2009, 10:42:34 PM »
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You can try  Detalizer - tag based file manager (shareware)

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #672 on: August 31, 2009, 12:52:27 AM »
Aduna AutoFocus is no longer free and "open source". Does anyone know where the last free version can be downloaded from?

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #673 on: September 02, 2009, 09:21:08 AM »
I've tried many desktop search programs and was going to give Archivarius a try based on comments I've read in this thread. However, when looking at the Features page on their website, it does not show support for MS Office 2007 documents and email.

Does anyone know if it can index the Office Open XML format and Outlook 2007 email that I use here at my workplace? 

Thanks for your help.
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #674 on: November 12, 2009, 10:40:12 PM »
Amazing. This thread has now been rolling along for more than three and a half years, since February 12, 2006. There are 674 posts in this thread, not counting this one. According to the label at the start of the thread, it has been read 122,268 times.

And yet there are only 157 total votes...  and 26 are "None / No Comment"!!

It's a shame, really, that with all the posts, all the discussion, all the ranting (including me here and now!), we still don't have even a hint as to what the favorite desktop search engine is among DC users, let alone the "best" one.

Just for grins and giggles, here are the results to date, in order of votes received:

#1  Other - 37 votes, 19.8%
#2  Copernic Desktop Search - 35 votes, 18.7%
#3  Locate - 34 votes, 18.2%
#4  None / No Comment - 26 votes, 13.9%
#5  X1 Desktop Search - 20 votes, 10.7%
#6  Archivarius - 12 votes, 6.4%  (tie)
#6  Google Desktop Search - 12 votes, 6.4%  (tie)
#7  MSN Windows Desktop Search - 8 votes, 4.3%  (MSN??)
#8  Yahoo Desktop Search - 3 votes, 1.6%  (No longer in existence!)

So we will apparently never resolve the subject question here at DC. And at least a couple of the most popular, from what I have read and observed here, are not even on the ballot! (Everything and FARR).

Just something that makes you go, "Hmmmm... "     ;)   8)

Jim