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Old 01-07-2006, 05:01 AM   #1
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I have over a hundred PDF files. Is there a freeware utility that would enable me to search all of them at once for given keywords?

   
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Old 01-07-2006, 05:19 AM   #2
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What OS? In Mac OS 10.4, the built in Spotlight searches PDFs.
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:50 AM   #3
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Good question. I am running W98. I also would be interested in a similar utility for Linux, to which I will be moving.

   
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Old 01-07-2006, 08:21 AM   #4
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I think I remember using Acrobat so search a bunch of PDF files on a hard disk. And some sort of index I set up as part of the process to tell Acrobat where the set is. I just don't remember which version of Acrobat one needs to do this, or what the feature is called.
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Good question. I am running W98. I also would be interested in a similar utility for Linux, to which I will be moving.
Have you tried Windows search? It is able to search for words contained in files (any files) and I use that a lot to locate files). If you allow Windows to index your drives (those with files you may need to search) it's pretty fast, too.

   
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Google desktop search can search pdf files.

   
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Google desktop search can search pdf files.
I have never tried Google desktop since from the descriptions I've never found anything it can do that Windows can't do already - and many things it cannot do that Windows can.

   
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Marjolein:

I have never tried Google desktop since from the descriptions I've never found anything it can do that Windows can't do already

I've heard that Google Dektop searches function a lot better than Windows Search, which is no surprise at all, but I've never tried it, as I seldom search for anything (except for files that I can't remember or even imagine where Windows XP has put them).

   
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I have never tried Google desktop since from the descriptions I've never found anything it can do that Windows can't do already - and many things it cannot do that Windows can.
I have it running as a sidebar. As well as maintaining a file index it gathers news, checks my personal gmail account, keeps a check of my Adsense account etc. I find it to be quite useful. I just wish it was not so US-centric at the moment.

   
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I have [Google desktop] running as a sidebar. As well as maintaining a file index it gathers news, checks my personal gmail account, keeps a check of my Adsense account etc. I find it to be quite useful. I just wish it was not so US-centric at the moment.
Windows is keeping an index for me, and it indexes far more files than Google desktop does. My Gmail account (rarely used) can be watched by its RSS feed - I already run an RSS reader application, no need for a separate one for one target. That leaves only my AdSense account - potentially useful - but that's a bit meagre to warrant running Google desktop for (taking up CPU cycles better spent on other things) ... I can check that account manually when I want to. So what's the "etc."?

   
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