Full Featured Search Program

Hi Experts!

Do you have any knowledge of a search engine program could be purchased to put on server/desktops that could pinpoint to a directory on the server (or multiple directories) to search for certain words within the document, certain words within the name of the document, a specific document type, the date it was created, etc./all of the above?  The trick is that the search engine must be able to search within each document and must be able to search all types of documents - Word, PDF, Excel and all other type files – especially pdf files.  

Thanks!

-Joe
Joe ThompsonPrincipal ManagerAsked:
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NVITConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've used X1 Search https://www.x1.com/
Also used Lookeen Standard Edition https://lookeen.com/index.html

Both create index files on the computer, thus using up disk space.
Both work great.
Both will address your needs.

X1 is around $50 per computer.
https://www.x1.com/products/x1_search/

Lookeen comparison: https://lookeen.com/comparetable.html
Lookeen Standard Edition is $49.80 (US) per user (not computer)
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
With Macs, this is baked into (included) in the search function. Default search is file contents or you can choose file names.

Surely the search facility on Windows does the same.

Lookup how to do advanced searching for your specific Windows version.

Likely this feature already exists.
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Joe ThompsonPrincipal ManagerAuthor Commented:
The windows search function works, but is not feature rich enough to just return a folder on a server share containing X text that I've found.  So I was looking for something that can index all the data and search quickly to respond to a query.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi jetcosys,
I'm working on an answer for you — and I think (hope) you'll like it — but it is quite long and I've decided to publish it as an article here at Experts Exchange. So it may take a while to complete, but as soon as it's ready, I'll post the link to the article here for you. Regards, Joe
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Joe ThompsonPrincipal ManagerAuthor Commented:
Looking at X1 now, will let my client test it out.  I assume the local index also stores information on mapped server drives?
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NVITCommented:
> ...local index also stores information on mapped server drives

YES. Either mapped or un mapped UNC
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
Hi jetcosys,
I started working on the article last night and picked it up this morning. But it is becoming more complex than I had anticipated and could take quite a while to finish. So I'm going to give you my suggestion here, before completing the article.

I've posted about it many times at EE (43, according to the entries in my EE Personal Knowledgebase), but here's only one such post:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28976189/searching-in-windows.html#a41842132

As you can see there, my recommendation is for dtSearch Desktop with Spider:
http://www.dtsearch.com/

What I don't mention at that post (and is going to be in the article) is that there's another edition called dtSearch Network with Spider, which you may want to consider. dtSearch is great software, but not cheap!

Btw, I've already published an article elsewhere about dtSearch that may be helpful for you, but it is geared to usage with PaperPort, my fav document imaging software:
dtSearch and PaperPort

That turned out to be part of the complexity in writing the new article here at EE, because I wanted to incorporate parts of that article into the new one, along with content from my Q&A posts here and elsewhere.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with dtSearch and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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Joe ThompsonPrincipal ManagerAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks Joe.  I've given my client the information and they are going to evaluate the three products you guys have recommended.  So far, X1 is looking pretty good, thanks NVIT!

-Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Joe. Yes, X1 is a "pretty good" product (even better than that, I would say) and has been for a long time. I checked MyPKb here at EE and found my recommendations for X1 going back more than five years. It's not in the same league as dtSearch, but neither is its price. :) At $50, it's an excellent value (so is Copernic at the same price, also mentioned in my post from last year and the one from five years ago and many posts in between). Search would have to be very important for you (it is for me) to spend $200 for dtSearch Desktop with Spider, or even more for other editions, such as Network with Spider (lower price per seat, but higher cost overall), Web with Spider, Engine, and Publish. Regards, Joe
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