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What is the currently best Desktop Search software?

I have tried GDS, WDS (MSN), Copernic and Yahoo desktop search.

I ultimately settled on WDS because I have a lot of CHM files that I want to index and AFAIK only WDS support IFilters that could index those.   I believe GDS also has a plugin that indexes CHM but I prefer a rich client to a browser interface.  Also, from my own experience, WDS gives more accurate search results (though a little slower) and its index size is smaller than GDS.

I would also recommend Copernic as they have a very nice interface and a very good search term highlighting in its preview pane which WDS doesn't have.  Copernic also exposes COM API allowing third party developers to create plug-ins enabling new file type but I couldn't find any out there.

What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
-masu (February 12, 2006, 05:27 AM)
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Since you've got the word search in your question, i'd say it was google  :tellme:
I've only used google desktop search, and it's very good, is there anyone who uses another software like this?

I'm very happy with GDS (Google Desktop Search) in combination with Locate (read! Everyone should test Locate, it's awesome!

As far asI know, Archivarius is the only one that indexes The Bat! email - I expect someone will make a GDS plugin eventually - there used to be one, but the author himself said it was buggy.  You might like to take a look at my mini-review of Archivarius:


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