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DocFetcher 1.1.15

Search documents on your PC for keywords with this powerful open source tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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A Java Runtime Environment (JRE), version 1.6.0 or higher, is required

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 31 August 2015
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Downloads To Date: 1053
Developer: DocFetcher
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DocFetcher
Search documents on your PC for keywords with this powerful open source tool

DocFetcher is a Java-based search tool for Windows, Linux and OS X which provides some very powerful ways to locate the documents you need.

This process starts by deciding exactly what you'd like to index. Unlike Windows Search, DocFetcher won't index your whole system by default, which helps to cut down indexing time and ensures more accurate and relevant results.

The program indexes all the main document types, and most of the minor ones, too: Microsoft Office formats, OpenOffice.org files, PDF, HTML, plain text, RTF, Abiword, SVG, VSD, even emails stored in Outlook PST files. There's Unicode support for most of these, and strong archive support will find them in ZIP, 7Z, RAR and TAR.* files.

When it's time to search for something, you're not restricted to just entering particular keywords. The program also supports AND/ OR/ NOT keywords. You can run "phrase searches", use wildcards, fuzzy searches (return similar matches to your keywords), or proximity keywords (find words that are within a given distance of each other).

And a "boost" option even allows you to define how your search results are ordered. If you search for apple^4 orange, for instance, documents with "apple" will appear closer to the top of the results.

Figuring out how all this works will plainly take a little time. If you're generally happy with the way your current search tool works, then DocFetcher really isn't going to be for you.

If you could benefit from more searching power, though, it's a different story. DocFetcher is a powerful free tool with a stack of useful features which will make it much easier to locate the documents you need.

Version 1.1.15 (Changelog):

- Tentative bugfix for long-standing AssertionError crash during indexing.
- Fixed HTML encoding issues.
- Fixed EPUB encoding issues.
- Outlook PST file was not properly closed after indexing.
- Crash while indexing certain MS Office files.
- Reenabled GTK 2 fallback for all Linux distributions.

Verdict:

An excellent desktop search tool with wide document support and a very powerful query syntax

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