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Poll

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 403799 times)

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #75 on: July 28, 2007, 05:31:43 PM »
Anybody uses  SearchInform and would like to comment?

http://www.searchinform.com/index.html

Looks like a nice Desktop Search software.

SearchInform features (just having a look...)
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #76 on: July 28, 2007, 05:39:06 PM »
& the comparision chart
http://www.searchinf...orm-desktop-buy.html

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #77 on: July 28, 2007, 05:55:53 PM »
Cool, it rubricates!  :tellme: I had to look that one up. It sounds too much like Calvin and Hobbes' transmorgifier.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #78 on: July 30, 2007, 04:35:25 PM »
I have a question (for anyone that's used Beagle in Linux). Is there a "Beagle" for Windows? By that I mean something like Beagle. I like how I can search and it shows the results in its window split up by pictures, music, documents, etc..

I use Google Desktop Search and Windows Desktop Search right now. WDS is pretty close to what I want. But I can't remember why I don't use it (indexing TB emails maybe?). I remember there was a reason why I installed GDS on there..

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #79 on: July 30, 2007, 07:33:03 PM »
I have a question (for anyone that's used Beagle in Linux). Is there a "Beagle" for Windows? By that I mean something like Beagle. I like how I can search and it shows the results in its window split up by pictures, music, documents, etc..

I use Google Desktop Search and Windows Desktop Search right now. WDS is pretty close to what I want. But I can't remember why I don't use it (indexing TB emails maybe?). I remember there was a reason why I installed GDS on there..

Me too!  Beagle looks so much more useful with everything split up like that.

I was using WDS for a while, in the vain hope of getting MS Research's Phlat tagging tool to work.  However, I have recently gone back to Copernic because WDS seems to slow the whole system down to a crawl, even when it claims it's not doing anything.  One thing I did like about WDS, though, was the search syntax and the way that you can limit it with various options, which you don't seem to be able to do in Copernic.  You can download plug-ins for WDS that will index Thunderbird and a bunch of other stuff at http://www.microsoft...earch/wdsaddins.mspx.
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #80 on: July 30, 2007, 08:04:59 PM »
I don't mind GDS.. I just hate how it requires to open a browser to see the results. And Google Desktop Extreme doesn't work that well (a front end for the search results).

At the link you provided there's no checkmark for the Vista search (which is what my laptop has). Would it still be compatible?

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #81 on: July 30, 2007, 08:30:48 PM »
At the link you provided there's no checkmark for the Vista search (which is what my laptop has). Would it still be compatible?

That I don't know, I'm afraid.  I haven't switched to Vista so I tend to ignore anything Vista-related. 

I thought that Vista was supposed to include the same functionality as WDS on XP?  Does it not index Tbird and what have you?  How lame...
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #82 on: July 30, 2007, 10:19:09 PM »
Dunno, it does have its own section in the checklist. Anyway I installed Copernic and I'm using it on my desktop and laptop now. On my desktop it sits with GDS (yep I got both). On my laptop it replaced my GDS since I really don't like using a browser just to see my results. But I left the WDS in.

Shame the Google sidebar had to go though. I really liked it. But the Windows sidebar works I guess. Now I need to figure out how to control Windows indexing frequency.

Edit: Fixed grammar.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2007, 11:39:44 AM by Laughing Man »

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #83 on: July 30, 2007, 11:08:58 PM »
X1 v.6 is in beta and will be released both as a free, functionally limited version and as shareware ($50). If they manage to tame the beast a bit and resolve the Outlook issues that I've noted in the past, I might be tempted to go back, at least on my wife's notebook. I'm still liking Archivarius a lot. It's not as slick as the other players, especially X1, but I love it's small footprint and speed.
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #84 on: July 31, 2007, 10:18:13 PM »
Are you sure X1 is free?  I thought those days were over; 50 bucks. :huh:

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #85 on: July 31, 2007, 11:13:49 PM »
Are you sure X1 is free?  I thought those days were over; 50 bucks. :huh:

AFAIK/CT from the forum, there will continue to be a feature limited free version available.
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #86 on: August 01, 2007, 04:25:01 AM »
You download the full version - when the demo period runs out it reverts to its 'limited' functionality which is probably fine unless you have a lot of archived outlook mailboxes. For individual use the main restrictions on the free version seem to be related to Outlook and a discrete link that asks you to buy at the top right of the main window.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #87 on: August 01, 2007, 07:38:31 AM »
AFAIK/CT from the forum,

"CT" ?? I have come to learn that AFAIK means As Far As I Know, but what is the translation of CT ??


ct.gifWhat is the currently best Desktop Search software?  ctacro.gifWhat is the currently best Desktop Search software?
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #88 on: August 01, 2007, 07:45:40 AM »
AFAIK/CT from the forum,

"CT" ?? I have come to learn that AFAIK means As Far As I Know, but what is the translation of CT ??

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AFAICT= As Far As I Can Tell

http://www.urbandict...fine.php?term=AFAICT

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #89 on: August 01, 2007, 07:52:37 AM »
Yet another dictionary to add to Favorites.  Thanks a lot, PhilB66  :up:

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #90 on: August 01, 2007, 08:04:21 AM »
Are you sure X1 is free? 

X1 5.6.3 Build 3453 from April 06 2007 is 'always' FREE at Snapfiles:

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- edited: it is no longer free, but merely a trial: 50.gif

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #91 on: August 01, 2007, 02:11:05 PM »
Thanks, PhilB66, for stepping into the breach with that!
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #92 on: August 02, 2007, 07:34:31 PM »
Thanks for that urban dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com.  Now I know what a blumkin is. :P

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #93 on: October 02, 2007, 08:44:22 AM »
Like many others here, I keep installing and trying desktop search applications, but keep coming back to Copernic because of the interface. I have recently installed the latest GDS version, but I'm still not sold on the browser interface.

I've installed the free versions of X1 several times and always remove it right away when I realize it won't index network drives. Even the free "Enterprise" version that has been referenced in this thread several times appears to index only the local drives on your machine.

I tried it on my laptop at home recently and it considers my USB 2.0 - connected external HD to be a "network" drive and would not index it.

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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #94 on: October 02, 2007, 08:57:07 AM »
Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the latest beta of X1 v.6? I haven't as I am very happy with Archivarius 3000, but my wife loved X1 until it started messing up Outlook and I've tried her on both WDS (I hated it - she didn't mind) and Copernic (I like it a lot, she keeps complaining about it not indexing some of her files/e-mail). Just wondering if it is an advance over version 5.6x... the users forum isn't very informatiive on this.
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #95 on: October 13, 2007, 07:24:47 AM »
I have now added a poll to this thread ;)
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #96 on: October 13, 2007, 09:48:49 AM »
Thanks masu - I've voted! I'm curious, though, I've never been able to figure out how to add a poll to a running thread  :-[ - how'd you do it?
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #97 on: October 13, 2007, 09:54:58 AM »
you can do it, on your own topic which you have started. In the bottom of the topicpage there should be a button "add poll"

that's it
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #98 on: October 13, 2007, 10:11:02 AM »
Yup - you're right! How'd I miss that? Thanks, Masu :Thmbsup:
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Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
« Reply #99 on: October 13, 2007, 10:12:30 AM »
I voted X1, but I use Archivarius too.

BTW, for those who use Archivarius, Version 3.93 was out on octobre 3rd.

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