searching adobe acrobat files with cold fusion

Posted on 2002-07-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
ok i have a folder full of adobe acrobat files. i
want to be able to search the contents of the files in this folder by keyword and return the results (i.e the filenames that have that keyword). is this doable?

Question by:sagardeo
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Well just about anything is do-able. You could build a Verity collection and index the directory that contains all the PDF's, you could put all the filenames and corresponding keywords into a database and search through them using a SQL statement (I actually have a working model of this for sale), you could use COM object manipulation and Microsoft Index server to index the documents if you use Windows NT/2K and then create your own searchable index. Lost of different options, but to answer your question; it can be done! Now the next question is which method you would like to implement and how complex you want to make it?

Author Comment

ID: 7137754
ok, how would you implement the last option,
"using COM object manipulation and Microsoft Index server to index the documents if you use Windows NT/2K and then create your own searchable index"?

i don't want to have to make keywords for every document that i want to make searchable, so hopefully this option will search the contents of the files themselves?


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ID: 7137771
an example is here to use the index server.
btw, what is the reason you are skipping verity
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ID: 7137820
not sure, do you think verity is a better way? would i have to assign keywords for each document using verity?

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ID: 7137827
also do most people running NT also have Index Server running?

Expert Comment

ID: 7138156
yeah index server should have been installed by default, you can see in the MMC, index server.

for using verity, the documentation says it indexes pdf files.

so it should index the pdf files, you need to create a collection, index it using the cfindex and then start searching. it should be quickly doable and test ..

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Yog earned 500 total points
ID: 7138176
how many documents are there in the folder,  just make sure you check the optimizing your Verity collections option in administrator, if the documents are too heavy can create 2 or 3 collections putting them into 3 different directories etc...

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