For FileLocator Pro this kind of makes sense, as the software requires paid updates after one-year of purchase. Unlike many other search program especially the Microsoft search this is the greatest search program that I have tested, and I have tested many. This little feature alone takes FileLocator a few notches up and beyond their meager competition from the Windows search utility. Then I tried X1 Search. Mike G Microsoft Search has improved quite a bit, but still leaves some frustrating gaps--including lack of basic features like exporting search results to text or other file formats. Update — 8 Apr 2016: So, why did we add indexing functionality? The setting for enabling automatic updates is hiding in the Help menu: Check For Updates: Automatically check for updates.
You choose all or part of a file name to search for, optional text within a file, and the drive or directory to search. Before I found that I needed it Agent Ransack had the ability to search multiple, specified folders. The search options are strategically placed making it very user friendly. You can search through every type of file and this program will find what you are looking for, period. I understand that syntax highlighting can be useful, but I find the extra colouring to be a distraction, and suggest that it should be optional. Agent Ransack comes to the rescue! It is free for both personal and commercial use. Techies who are already proficient with regular expressions may find it especially useful, but novice users conducting basic searches will also benefit from being able to quickly sift through matching content without having to open files.
FileLocator Lite FileLocator Lite is previously known as Agent Ransack and is the free reduced functionality version of the paid FileLocator Pro. Despite receiving a steady trickle of minor and major updates, auto-update is not enabled by default. You can't use an external search engine for a paper folder view. The user interface has remained mostly the same since then. TopDog I could not wait any longer. At the main tab, enter the file name that you want to search and choose the directory that you want to look in.
Results for each file are reduced to around 20 lines, with a maximum of 256 characters per line, and the restriction is retained until the search finishes. Its unique features make it possible to dig out information in even the most obscure file formats. The main program window opens up with three main input fields: search by file name or file contents, and where to look for the file. Since then you may have noticed an increase in memory management related upgrades to FileLocator Pro. Multiple user defined indexes can be created and shared across your network.
To search for a file, you can do that from the Files and Folder stab, enter the file name, browse the starting folder to search and select the additional options such as scanning subfolders, include hidden folders, search for files or search for folders. Only one small problem I see at this point. Its most powerful features are aimed at programmers and other techies. The new multi-phase searching method immediately searches files as soon they are discovered without waiting for the initial collection phase to finish. Matching file names display on the lower left, and clicking a listed file displays any matching content on the lower right without having to open the file, a nice plus.
Finding files that other search engines miss. If I was to suggest improvements, it would be for a more modern, user-friendly interface and a more comprehensive help file. Jan 9, 2017 by 200 points. If you know what the file is named, Windows Search may be all you need, but as soon as you need to look inside files —do yourself a favor and get a copy of FileLoctor. If during a search that limit is reached FileLocator Pro starts restricting the search.
It is fast both in search and indexing the files. Programmers and others who need to find one specific bit of text among a huge slew of archive and other files may need FileLocator Pro's extra features, but average Joes will probably be content with Agent Ransack. The earlier version had both the. The interface is clean and intuitive. Unlike the built-in search functionality in Windows, FileLocator will open up every file it can find in the specified directories and drives and look inside each of them a new. See the FileLocator Lite page for more information. It takes less than 3 minutes to build the index.
FileLocator is a search utility for Windows that first saw the light of day under the name Agent Ransack back in 2000. I couldn't do that with the earlier version. They are the exact same product with slightly different branding and icons. An indexed search takes less than a second. This version depended on a search agent process installed on remote machines and could call upon them to conduct a search and submit the results over the network back to FileLocator.
Most importantly you need to ensure that you use the correct version based on the Windows operating system. FileLocator does a good job with its interface, but providing advanced search functionality brings with it a certain level of complexity that just has to be overcome for it to be useful. It's very fast, it integrates with windows via right click or keyboard shortcut, and has power user features without being hard to use. Text and controllers look and work as they should but toolbars, icons, and graphics show clear signs of never having expected there ever be such high screen resolutions available. You have to know what you're searching for before you actually process the search and enter the terms in the containing text: field, too.