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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Trying out X1 desktop search (Windows)

Google Desktop Search stopped working for me for some reason, so I'm taking the opportunity to try another Desktop Search tool: X1 (now free). I'm watching the 15-min tutorial - looks pretty impressive.

I love desktop search – I'm hooked and I can't live without it. Combined with a utility like Slogger which saves to disk every webpage you view, it's like an infinite recall system, a perfect memory. It's scary.

5 Comments:

  • Looking forward to hearing what you think. I have used the Google one but tried X1 when it became available for free. Biggest problem I have with them is that I have an Exchange account (which is rarely used), but which I would like indexed. The first of these desktop search apps which offers the ability to index it, but only when I have Outlook open wins! I am tired of the constant nagging for login information when Outlook is closed.

    By Anonymous Floozle, at 11/05/2006 11:44 AM  

  • Hi Floozle - ah, brutal. I don't have an Exchange account myself.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 11/05/2006 11:59 AM  

  • Things I don't like so far:

    • Can't seem to preview Slogger files - guess it has trouble previewing local HTML files? It says "This program cannot display the webpage".

    • When I click a link in an email preview, it opens it in the preview window instead of using my default browser (Firefox)

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 11/05/2006 10:42 PM  

  • Going with Windows Desktop Search for now.

    Google Desktop - stops working after a few months

    X1 - error when previewing Slogger html files (web history)

    Copernic - seems to take forever to finish indexing

    Windows Desktop Search - it just works. Can paste in a comma-delimited list of file extensions to index as text. I'm using the following:

    .4gl;.a;.ada;.adb;.ads;.aj;.aml;.ans;.applescript;.as;.asa;.asc;.asm;.asp;.awk;.bas;.bat;.bbj;.bcp;.bib;.bsh;.c;.cbl;.cc;.cfm;.changes;.chl;.cls;.cmd;.cpp;.cs;.csa;.csh;.css;.csv;.cxx;.d;.dbm;.dic;.diff;.dos;.dpk;.dpr;.dsl;.dtd;.e;.el;.epl;.eps;.erl;.f;.f77;.f90;.factor;.faq;.for;.fort;.ftl;.g;.groovy;.grv;.h;.hh;.hpp;.hs;.hta;.hxx;.i;.ibq;.icc;.icn;.idl;.il;.ili;.imp;.in;.inc;.inf;.ini;.inp;.inx;.io;.iss;.jav;.java;.jcl;.jhtml;.jmk;.jou;.js;.jsf;.jsl;.jsp;.jspf;.lisp;.log;.lot;.lotos;.lsp;.ltx;.lua;.ly;.m3u;.mac;.mak;.mar;.mch;.mips;.ml;.moin;.mpl;.mpol;.mqsc;.mws;.nqc;.nrx;.nsh;.nsi;.nws;.orx;.p;.p11;.pas;.pasm;.patch;.php;.php3;.php4;.phtml;.pike;.pl;.pls;.pmod;.po;.pop11;.pot;.pov;.povray;.pr;.prg;.pro;.ps;.psp;.pt;.ptl;.py;.pyw;.pyx;.r;.rb;.rbw;.rc;.red;.ref;.reg;.rest;.rex;.rhtml;.rib;.rnc;.rst;.rtf;.rvw;.sas;.scc;.scm;.sgm;.sgml;.sh;.shtm;.shtml;.sml;.sources;.spec;.sqc;.sql;.sqr;.ss;.ssc;.ssi;.ssw;.st;.stm;.sts;.sty;.swg;.tcl;.tex;.texi;.tmp;.tpl;.tsh;.txt;.uc;.url;.v;.vbs;.ver;.vm;.wtx;.xhtml;.xml;.xom;.xsd;.xsl;.zpt

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 11/09/2006 8:25 PM  

  • Well, friends, it's back to GDS for me. Sometimes when I initiated WDS searches, it would simply return no results, regardless of what search terms I entered. Sigh.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 11/09/2006 10:01 PM  

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