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Desktop search application

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ease 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 4 / 5
features 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 4 / 5
design 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
support 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 4 / 5
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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is a great product when used on desktop mode I have figured it out to work every time, but still having issues trying to get network index files working using portable version. Generally a terrific tool.

    Posted 08/18/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This looked like exactly what I needed to index a backlog of emails. Unfortunately, after install on a Mac PowerBook Pro with Sierra, the application would not launch. No indication of what the problem was. So my search goes on for a simple indexing tool. Maybe I'll have to roll my own...

    Posted 07/21/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I'm speechless! I've spent hours and hours looking for an alternative solution to Windows Search to search my archived outlook emails. (Windows Search has **** the bed, and it's been a nightmare). I have downloaded and tried all the programs I could find out there. X1, Lookeen, ...I don't even want to list them all, as I'm already getting a headache thinking about them. FINALLY! Source Forge NAILS IT! AGAIN! sorry for the caps. I don't usually digress to that, but I'm so happy to have found DocFetcher! It speaks to what Source Forge is all about to me, Open, Free, Top Shelf Programming, Visionary, Small Foot print, Ultra Fast, need I go on? Seriously though, This little tiny program with the Sandy logo, just kicked all the High Cost, Over Built, Over Produced, Complicated programs in the Keister! That is why I'm speechless. Thankfully, my fingers are not. GOOD SHOW! WELL DONE! You know, I've been utilizing Source Forge's fruits for years. They deserve a lot of credit, seriously folks. Thank You!

    Posted 05/26/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    very very good guys. solved my win7-Oo search problem pronto. Appreciated, Jim

    Posted 05/24/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is a lovely application, designed exactly the way I wanted for a local-disk alternative to Evernote: instead of trusting all of your personal and business data in a cloud (now owned by Google/NSA), you can search your own files right where they are! Sadly, the app was written in Java, which is great for cross-platform use, but horrible if you have anything more than a mundane collection of files. At least in Linux, where I roam, anything more than 10K files (even when indexed as separate folders) Java maxes out memory and CPU and soon locks up the app. After spending a day trying to tweak this from the developer suggestions, my up-to-date Java simply would not behave. At some point it's simply more trouble than it's worth. I hope one day this otherwise-awesome application will be ported to C# (or equiv.) for real users with real-sized data needs.

    Posted 05/17/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    perfect. working as expected. works on windows 7 64 bit + set JAVA_HOME to 64 bit java

    Posted 03/30/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I downloaded the product from a non-English-speaking country and this app simply assumes I necessarily want the interface to be in the non-English language. This, while painfully primitive interface exposes no option to change the language.

    Posted 01/26/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Filled a need to enable efficiently search across networked documents.

    Posted 01/09/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Splendid text search tool. Lightning fast, very stable, and incredibly useful for finding text and phrases inside of many file types. The UI could be more graphical to improve ease of use (for example, there is no ribbon as found in MS Word or the like). But that's just a quibble. If you're looking for a text search tool, this is the only one you will ever need.

    Posted 12/01/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    The best option out there.

    Posted 10/23/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    DocFetcher must be considered a remarkable program in any company, paid or free. The GUI is simple, easy to understand and unique among free search programs, providing both instant search results, the ability to both scroll between hits and to read all of the text of any file containing hits, as well to directly open any file of interest in its native viewing program. The accompanying documentation is excellent and the support offered by the author is second to nothing. I have used the program to test search a set of rtf files comprising about 50,000 pages of text as well to search another 1100 pages of text in pdf format. The results have been exemplary, in no way falling behind the capabilities of certain high profile programs with which I have compared it. Individual words, pairs of words, phrases, file names and content titles can be instantly found with ease and reliability. Word proximity searching is provided as well as other more advanced search means. The scope of each search can be determined according to the users preference at the time. To the extent that I have used DocFetcher to date, I recommend DocFetcher without hesitation or reserve. Although DocFetcher is offered free of change, some things in life are worth paying for and this is one of them.

    Posted 08/20/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Unique documents indexing software, like no other does the job

    Posted 07/28/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I found this program extremely helpful in locating keywords in my documents, I looked at other options regarding Windows search and OSX Spotlight search methods but neither word for me until I used DocFetcher. This program is so amazing!

    Posted 07/06/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Needs more improvement and searching ability.

    Posted 03/11/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Great project. Multiuser native support would be good improvement.

    Posted 02/16/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I am unable to use it on 64bit win7 ultimate. I read at some place that it works with only 32bit java. Please provide version with 64bit java. Thanks Anil

    Posted 12/02/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Excellent work, really useful piece of software.

    Posted 11/22/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Having moved to a Mac platform, I was caught needing a file search and preview capability to help me fill out RFIs and RFPs. DocFetcher to the rescue! Does exactly what I need quickly and easily. Would love to have some keyboard shortcuts to be able to jump to different windows. Thanks for a great utility!!!

    Posted 10/13/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Excellent product, fast, simple to use and handling a terabyte of data with ease. This is the best full text search engine I've used!

    Posted 03/05/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    At my work I have tons of txt and xml files which I have to search for something constantly. This tool is my savior.

    Posted 02/19/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Excellent tool for indexing documents (including text within pdf, chm files). The portable version is an added benefit for indexing documents on portable devices.

    Posted 01/21/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Indexes folders for very fast future text content searches. Previews text and full html with search term highlighting. If you have a number of documents / letters etc to look through, this is the best cross-platform option for retrieving them.

    Posted 12/23/2014
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It's very useful tool!

    Posted 12/09/2014
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    provide a powerful tool to search words among a lot of .doc,.pdf etc. files!

    Posted 05/23/2014
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    DocFetcher is truly a great product to work with. Research is a major part of what I do and I use this product a good deal of my time - often for the whole day, daily, for weeks on end. I have never had an operational problem. Except, to be honest, once when I tried to launch the program and I was told that the program was already running. I simply launched the program again anyway and the error message did not appear again. Anyway, if you experience an issue, why not take the time to visit the Forum - instead of bad-mouthing the product out of some frustration (as galaxy11 and shaznay have done). And if something doesn't work as wished for (as with ukelele), why not pursue that also through the forum or via a bug report or a feature request? I have found the support to be exemplary. Responses to my feature requests have been entirely satisfactory - both in speed and content of response, as well as willingness. So far, I have not had to submit a bug report, per se. Not to forget that this is a freeware product - written, maintained, and continually enhanced by an obviously dedicated person entirely voluntarily.

    Posted 05/18/2014
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