DocFetcher Reviews

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For looking inside documents, even though there are good alternatives, I'd say this is the absolute best. And I've tried all I've come across. No learning curve, you just tipe anything more or less related with what you're looking for in ordinary language and it will give you results. Almost immediately too. Only problem is, even the so called portable needs Java installed. This was the reason I finally decided to give it up and move on. BUT, since I found no other as satisfying I decided to give it another try. And I've just found that, with portable Java in the same folder as docfetcher and a little tweak in the docfetcher.bat file (which you can find in "https://sourceforge.net/p/docfetcher/discussion/702424/thread/430d6676/?limit=25" if this is ok. for me to say) you no longer need to install Java in your PC and can even launch the program from a USB. As a result you'll need to launch it from the .bat, not from the .exe, so you can't pin it to the taskbar and so on but, aside from that, it works like a charm.

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Outstanding indexing search, easy to use

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An absolute necessity when trying to search through a wide variety of different files and formats. It works beautifully for indexing everything in PDFs, Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, and many more. So many search programs claim to support various specific formats or work predictably, but only DocFetcher for some reason seems to work effectively and reliably. For these reasons, this is always the 3rd or 4th program I get installed on every machine I use.

Caveats:

  • This is an indexing search program so it takes some time to get a listing, but after that searches are near-instant
  • At first run, the program needs to create an index. Right-click in the lower left window to grab directories to search. Let it run and then you're good to go.
  • As a Java tool, the program takes a fair amount of disk space, processor, and RAM. As a result, I generally don't have it running at all times, just when I need it.
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This software deserves more likes !

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Indexing is very helpful

about DocFetcher and Agent Ransack · · Helpful Not helpful

At first I thought the indexing was a little much, but when I realized some other programs (e.g. Agent Ransack) are re-analyzing every single file if I so much as change a letter it's definitely a good idea.

[Edited by TastyWheat, April 01]
Indexing can take a while though if there are a lot of files or you're indexing a network drive. It is a bit annoying how it indexes every single file except for the exclusions you enter. I'm sure somebody, somewhere wants to search for plain text in their MP3 and JPG files but those should be included only when specified.

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Now DocFetcher portable is also available for Windows 64bit

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Until version 1.0 DocFetcher could not be used on Windows 64 bit.

I like, that I can use DocFetcher 1.1.2 portable also on my Vista 64bit professional.

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This software is very well done. There are many cases one might want to search inside many word/pdf/ppt and other kinds of documents. Great for law firms, school research and such.

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