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Old 08-07-2012, 02:02 AM   #1
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I'm test driving File Locater Pro. It's the full pay version of Agent Ransack. I like how it can search for files by looking at file names, but the content search seems problematic. There are no premade filters to exclude things like jpegs, mp3, etc. from text searchers. So, for example, if I want to search all documents folders, it tries to chug through files it can't possibly read. I guess I could create a filter, but it looks a bit daunting.

   
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It looks easy to specify a list of extensions TO search:
*.pdf;*.txt;*.doc

If it's like Agent Ransack, you can also checkmark "Not" to the left of "File name:"
and then give it *.jpg;*.png ... etc.

Once you build up a long string of either type of specs, you could save the criteria so you don't have to keep re-entering them each time you want to do a search.

Note: choosing an item from the MRU list (ie, File | pick a number at the bottom of the menu) SAVES the criteria to that filename, rather than opening the criteria file. That's the opposite of what I'd expect. Actually, the whole business of saving/opening criteria seems a bit buggy.

   
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If it's like Agent Ransack, you can also checkmark "Not" to the left of "File name:"
and then give it *.jpg;*.png ... etc.

Once you build up a long string of either type of specs, you could save the criteria so you don't have to keep re-entering them each time you want to do a search.
Good idea. Here's what I have so far:

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*.j*g;*.png;*.psd;*.gif;*.bmp;*.tif;*.cdr;*.rif;*.wmf;*.wpg;*.exe;*.com;*.mov;*.avi;*.mp3;*.mp4
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Note: choosing an item from the MRU list (ie, File | pick a number at the bottom of the menu) SAVES the criteria to that filename, rather than opening the criteria file. That's the opposite of what I'd expect. Actually, the whole business of saving/opening criteria seems a bit buggy.
In File Locator Pro it loads the criteria, but there is some weirdness there. Sometimes nothing seems to happen. It's also a pain to do. Filer Locator Pro has a persistent filter interface built right into the main interface. Unfortunately, it only covers locations (not types). I emailed them about this, and they said that types are on their to-do list.

I don't want to test drive a lot of search software so I guess I'll stick with File Locator Pro for quick unindexed searching. But I might also get X1, turn off indexing, and only rebuild as I need it. I used X1 many years ago at work, and it was very impressive. It reminded me of Lotus Magellan.

   
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Blast from the past ... Magellan. That was a fine bit of work, wasn't it?

   
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Blast from the past ... Magellan. That was a fine bit of work, wasn't it?
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The X1 team includes Bill Gross and many of the same programmers who conceived and developed a similar product, the award-winning Lotus Magellan, in 1989.
http://archive.x1.com/news/release_04_04_26.html

   
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