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Locate32 Comments

Better than most

Positive Comment by TastyWheat
about Locate32 Apr 2014

This is one of the best file searching tools I've used. Other tools don't do indexing or make it difficult to search specific file types or don't let you search the file contents. This does all of those things very well.

My one complaint, which is true of almost all file searching software I've tried, is that it poorly handles UNC paths (i.e. network shares). Some of the shares I need to search don't appear in "My Network" so it's a hassle to map drives or create junction points just to get it working.

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cool

Comment by c33s
about Locate32 Feb 2012

really a good search tool. simple and fast. statement about the future development: http://locate32.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=689

i will stick with it.

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Very Nice

Comment by AMIB
about Locate32 Jul 2011

It's the best search tool I've tested ever

Support for Regex both in filenames and file contents, customized search locations, scheduled database update, customizable shortcuts and many more features make Locate32 the best

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Good, but a flaw in my opinion

Comment by someragamuffin
about Locate32 and BareGrep, Agent Ransack Jul 2011

This is a good search tool, my biggest problem with it is that is if the file system changes, Locate won't see those changes until you run an update to its database. I prefer BareGrep or Agent Ransack for the types of searching I do.

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