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I need to expose the properties of documents that I find using the FileSearch object (Author, title, etc.).  Opening the documents and inspecting the properties is of course a slow process (10 - 20 seconds).  Does anyone know how to get this info from FileSearch; the FindFast indexes; or directly from the files on disk?
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Question by:Acmatics
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by:daha
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Hi!

If you choose properties for the document you will find several tabs on the top of the properties form. Choose the one that is named "Summary". Now you will se the information of the document.

/ Daniel.
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by:Acmatics
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Lets recast I as VBA.  I need my program to extract the properties from the multiple documents that the filesearch object returns and present them to the user. As you know it can take several seconds to open, interrogate and close each document using Words object model.  These properties are available in ffastun.ffo, Filesearch has access to them but doesn't expose them, I want my properties!
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by:the_whelk
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I don't think this can be done.

Different documents can have different properties, what you want is to present a summary of your documents. This has to mean every file has to be examined and therefore there would be a delay while this info is gained.

Daha answer is probably the best you will get.
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by:Acmatics
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Difficult if I code it from scratch, true. However, we know its already been done, cause thats what FileSearch does. Are there any ways to pillage those indexes?
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I have an answer from the newsgroups!
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Can you post it as a comment for those of us that have been following the question.
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by:Acmatics
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There is a freeware DLL called CPPSUM which is designed to do this. Go to http://www.somarsoft.com to pick it up. It can be called both from WordBasic and VB.
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Thanks I will try it.
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I posted the information found by Acmatics as an answer so it can be graded and saved in the previously asked questions.

Linda Gardner
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There is a freeware DLL called CPPSUM which is designed to do this. Go
     to http://www.somarsoft.com to pick it up. It can be called both from
     WordBasic and VB.
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