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Old 04-12-2016, 04:20 AM   #1
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I think the message title says it all. It says "File Locater Pro 8 includes indexing." If that makes no sense, File Locater Pro is the pro version of Agent Ransack/File Locater. And now the pro version includes indexing. Try before you buy. Or after.

   
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Hmm. I thought it had included indexing for quite some time now, but maybe I got it confused with some other product.

Can you set it to index only at times of your choosing?

Windows indexing is supposed to kick in only when the computer's doing something for the pesky user, but it makes me nuts to see the HDD getting pounded all the time. I'm assured by Those Who Know that this is more a problem for me than it is for the HDD. I'm willing to accept that in theory but not put it to the test. Whatever its effect on the HDD, it STILL makes me nuts, so out it goes. ;-)

I might buy the pro version just to reward the author for Agent Ransack, though. Great bit of kit.

   
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Can you set it to index only at times of your choosing?
It never indexes automatically. You have to launch it manually. It also allows you to watch the progress if you want. You have the choices of updating the index or rebuilding. Multiple indexes if you want. You can pick the locations to store them.

Also, it won't use the index unless you tell it to. And I got a real surprise when I selected this. The advanced interface disappeared and I was left with a single input area where I can type words. Although, after a list is there it places a search box above ever column (name, date, etc) to refine the search.

I did try some Boolean statements and sometimes they seemed to work, other times not. I don't feel like pinning this down and submitting it as a bug report, though.

   
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Thanks for the extra info, Andrew. This sounds like the kind of indexing I could live with if I needed indexing.

   
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Thanks for the extra info, Andrew. This sounds like the kind of indexing I could live with if I needed indexing.
Another reason to get the pay version is its support of boolean logic.

   
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What does indexing do you for? Is it just that indexed folders/files can be searched more quickly/efficiently or are there other pluses?


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What does indexing do you for? Is it just that indexed folders/files can be searched more quickly/efficiently or are there other pluses?
More quickly, but not necessarily more efficiently. Beyond that I cannot think of other pluses.

   
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Thanks...I was also thinking that maybe one can access the indeces--sort of as one would do with a book?


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This would be difficult for any software, because it would not know which topic it falls under. But if you just want a list, a file manager with a "flat" file display can give you a unified clickable list of files in all folders under a folder of your choice. It would have to read them all first. Or for just list, the DOS Dir command might have a switch that can do this.

   
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An index for search utilities like this would include the contents of the files, not just the names of the files, so if you're looking for, say, every file containing the name of your bank, an indexed search would give you the results in a second or two, where a non-indexed search would have to rummage through every file on your disk (or at least on the drives/in the directories that you specify). Orders of magnitude slower. OTOH, a lot depends on how often you need to use it. I've got a big ol' box of paper I call the "Piling System". Stuff that I don't know how to categorize or that falls into a category that'd take one physical file folder just for this one piece of paper. And no doubt, I wouldn't be able to recall what folder it's filed under when (more likely IF) I ever need it. So ... do I spend the (considerable) time to create categories, file folders and neatly squirrel everything away, most likely never to be looked at again? Or do I dump it all in a big box and rummage for it when (if) I ever need it?

The latter is the Agent Ransack approach. The former is the indexed search approach. More or less.

   
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