File Manager

With my recent upgrade to WIndows 10 my Avanquest PowerDesk file manager software no longer works.  The main use for the program that I need to replace is a robust file search that enables me to filter by content (as well as date and other characteristics that Windows Explorer offers).  Any suggestions?


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Rakesh KapoorCommented:
I think it doesn't support Windows 10 however you can try to gracefully uninstall and then reinstall.

In the system requirements of the software I found

Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 computers.

I think it is not compatible with Windows 10.
Below is the System Requirements for Avanquest PowerDesk file manager :

•Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 computers
•256 MB of RAM
•100 MB of Hard Drive Space
•Internet connection

So either you can wait for release for the supported version of Win 10 else if you are a paid member then can get support through it,.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Phil,

I've been using an excellent file manager called Total Commander for around 20 years:

It works on W10 (and everything prior going back to W3.1). From the site:
Total Commander, Version 8.52a, is a Shareware file manager for Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, and Windows® 3.1.
It has an extremely robust file search capability, including searching on content, date, and other characteristics. Here are the search dialogs from its General tab and Advanced tab:

Total Commander - Find Files - GeneralTotal Commander - Find Files - Advanced
Another very powerful feature that I use frequently is file comparison:

Total Commander file compare
I use it as my file manager all day, every day — never use Windows/File Explorer.

It is not free, but it is among the best 46 dollars (USD) that I've ever spent. Well, I probably spent less many years ago when I bought it (and all upgrades have been free), but that's what a personal license costs the last time I looked. Also, the personal license grant is generous. Here's a quote:

"The registered version may be installed on as many computers as desired, as long as it is used by only one person at any one time (I.e. one installation at home and one at the office used by the same person). Therefore you need only one licence for a port connection between two computers. The usage by multiple people at the same time (on multiple computers) requires additional licences."

Furthermore, it is shareware, and you may download a fully functional version to see if it works for you before making a purchase.

The product does lots of other stuff, such as having an FTP client, folder synchronization, etc., but I have limited my response to addressing just the issues you mentioned. Btw, the support is fabulous. When I send an email to tech support, I always get a prompt, accurate answer. In two decades of using this file manager, from Windows 95 through my current 64-bit W7/W8/W10, it has never messed up a file.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer.

All of that said, here's another idea: Directory Opus (aka DOpus):

I've heard nothing but good things about it from many users. I don't use it myself because I've been so happy with Total Commander for so long, but I think you should put DOpus on your short list. It has at least one feature I'm aware of that Total Commander doesn't. Here's an EE thread that I participated in last year where DOpus came up:

Regards, Joe

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philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Thank you!
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome!
philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Joe,  I bought Total Commander, and am in a crunch to find a file from last summer.  I'm looking for any file in the "1-PERSON" folder that contains the name "Lyon".  Can you please look at my settings (attached) and tell me if I'm doing something wrong?

Total Commander 1Total Commander 2
It's finding JPG files and MTS files (I don't understand how either can have text in the content), but no PDF, DOC, or XLS.  Should I open a new inquiry?


philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
I just noticed the Office XML box, which solved the Docx problem.  Does Total Commander search PDF?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Phil,

> I don't understand how either can have text in the content

It's simply that the binary string representing the text "Lyon" appears in the file. For example, here's a JPG loaded into Notepad — if you search for "40@", it finds it:

string in JPG
> Does Total Commander search PDF?

Out-of-the-box, no. PDFs are complicated beasts and you need software that can specifically understand them. There are plugins for Total Commander that claim do it, available here:

Note these two in the list:

TextSearch 1.4.3 2011/09/30
32+64 bit Plugin allows to perform full-text search in any documents, which have command-line converters to the plain-text form. Included converters are: RTF, OpenOffice, DOC, DOCX, PDF. Sources included! UVViewSoft

xPDFSearch 1.11 2015/01/11
32+64 bit xPDFSearch can be used to perform fulltext search in PDF files. In addition xPDFSearch provides meta data information from PDF files. Source available.

I can't give them an endorsement, as I don't use either one, because I index and search all of my PDFs with a separate search tool called dtSearch, which, btw, doesn't have the problem discussed above about binary data. When it indexes documents that are mixed binary and text files (such as a PDF Searchable Image file that has been created by scanning and OCR), it has an option to filter out the binary. This makes the index much smaller than other products which also index the binary code (for no good reason). dtSearch has an interesting filtering algorithm that scans a binary file for anything that looks like text using multiple encoding detection methods. The algorithm detects sequences of text with different encodings or formats, and ignores the binary.

But I do use several other Total Commander plugins — the general concept of plugins is great and the ones I use work well, so I suspect one of those two above will work for you. But keep in mind that there needs to be text in the PDF, such as with a PDF Normal or PDF Searchable Image file. If it is an image-only PDF, then searches for text in it won't make sense — you would need to OCR it first in order to create searchable text. Regards, Joe
philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Thanks again!  I really appreciate it.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Phil. Your question really intrigued me, so I decided to give the xPDFSearch plugin a try (I figured the software with a 2015 date is likely to be a better bet than the one with a 2011 date). It works very nicely! It allows you to search on the metadata fields in the PDFs (Title, Subject, Keywords, Author, etc.), as well as the full Text. Search options are: contains, not contains, equal, not equal, case sensitive, case insensitive, and even a full RegEx search. You may have multiple terms in a search, which may be combined via an AND (all terms must match) or an OR (any term must match). Very cool! Thanks for giving me the inspiration to research it. Regards, Joe
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