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    Desktop Searches (1.0)

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    Hi,

    In Woody's latest Office Watch (23 November 2004 Vol 9 No 25), a few notable desktop searches are missing. One is enfish ( http://www.enfish.com/ ), which is a fee based product. The less expensive version is about $50, and the professional version is about $200. Another product, which I use, is called blinkx ( http://www2.blinkx.com/overview.php ). blinkx is a free desktop search tool. It has an added feature of smart folders, I don't use Google's desktop search because according to its information it doesn't index PDF files. blinkx does index pdf files. I have found it to be very quick and efficient.

    I just thought I would highlight this information for others.

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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    Pioneer,

    In addition to pdf files, do you know if it finds Access databases - *.mdb?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    Hi,

    *.mdb appears to be one of the few files types that blinkx does not support at this time. For a listing of supported file types, go to blinkx's file support description page .

    I hope that mdb files are supported soon.

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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    Thanks for the link.
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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    Are we talking about full-text indexing the contents of MDB files, or ??? I'm not exactly sure how one would want to index them.

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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    Hi,

    You might wish to reply to hlewton so that he gets an email notifying him that you want additional information regarding mdb files. To be honest, I have not given it much thought other than I tracked down blinkx's supported file types.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    I was following up on your comment that you hoped MDBs were supported soon. I guess there is a lot of metadata in an MDB that might be handy to be able to search on, such as names of tables, queries, reports, form and macros, but indexing the data itself, or even report caption strings, could get waaay out of hand. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Added: Upon further review, you were probably just being friendly and supportive. So, if that is the case, never mind. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Desktop Searches (1.0)

    <hr>Added: Upon further review, you were probably just being friendly and supportive.<hr>
    Hi,

    Yes, I was and am. I suspect, though I am not positive, that blinkx just indexes the data in Excel, not named objects nor vba code. If true, I would expect that mdb files would be treated the same way.

    Best,
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