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Giveaway of the day — Search Text in Files 2.1

Easy-to-use file search application for power users.
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Search Text in Files 2.1 was available as a giveaway on July 9, 2021!

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A light professional non-linear video editing suite.

Easy-to-use file search application for power users. Search through text files using simple queries and the application will quickly find the files. Select directory, enter search text and filename filter, then click the Start button. All files including the search text will be listed.
You can export the list into text or CSV file. You can open, copy or delete the files by right-clicking. You can also display filesize, and file icons using the checkboxes.

System Requirements:

Windows 10/ 8/ 7/ XP

Publisher:

Vovsoft

Homepage:

https://vovsoft.com/software/search-text-in-files/

File Size:

1 863 KB

Licence details:

Lifetime, no updates

Price:

$15.00

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#14

For completeness one should know that there's a program named "find and replace text" which is really pretty fast and supports regular expressions. Check it out at https://emtunc.org/blog/03/2011/farting-the-easy-way-find-and-replace-text/

Also, for PDF, the free version of Adobe Reader DC has an extremely fast search tool, Advanced Search for PDF which doesn't require Windows Indexer.

Personally, I do use Windows Indexing. I notice no system degradation in indexing and have learned how to enter search terms.

Reply   |   Comment by OldGuy  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

This program would be more useful if it displayed a line of text for each word it found. Also there is no way of using AND, OR to have it find several words.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

Everything is a very good program that replaces Windows Search Function if you're looking for something like that. I will try textcrawler like a guy said for finding text inside of specific files though.

Reply   |   Comment by casedistorted  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#11

Dudes, i found this on softpedia. It looks much more interesting and it's free. Didn't try yet.

Reply   |   Comment by mariovalerio  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry here's the link
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Miscellaneous/AnyTXT-Searcher.shtml

Reply   |   Comment by mariovalerio  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#10

After reading the comments I decided to give this a try out of curiosity. Installation etc. went without a hitch but the search results were next to useless. I use Agent Ransack (free) which lets you search for text using wildcards and it usually finds what I'm looking for quickly. Apologies to the developer for comparing other software, but this software just doesn't cut it.

Reply   |   Comment by Russell  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Russell, Am using Agent Ransack for last few years. Hence decided to read comments first before downloading. Thanks to you I came across your comment and decided to give this a pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Rajesh Pabari  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

There is an app called, WildReplace, that can search and replace text strings from TXT files. Are they the same?

Reply   |   Comment by Mok  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#8

Tried it no probs registering just too slow for, deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry Hurst  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#7

Found this too:

grepWin is a simple search and replace tool which can use regular expressions to do its job. This allows to do much more powerful searches and replaces.

https://tools.stefankueng.com/grepWin.html

Reply   |   Comment by Radu  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#6

So...it is a version of the old GREP program (which I still use in a DOS environment)

Reply   |   Comment by Radu  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#5

Guys, google “textcrawler”. It has a free version, and this program really searches text.

It can search for certain text in ANY file, including exe, dll, etc.

I use their free version for years and it covers my needs completely.

Reply   |   Comment by Bai Ganio  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Bai Ganio,
Can you please post the link to the free version?

Reply   |   Comment by NITIN  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

This installed and registered without a problem. I have well over 100 crochet patterns on my computer, so I tried to find them all. It found 5 of them! I used "crochet" in the word search and ran it...nothing. So, I put the same word in both places and it came up with only 5. It is very hard to find on the computer because it registers under " search text in files" instead of Vovsoft. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Marshell Wooley  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Marshell Wooley, If you're looking for specific programs you should use the program named Everything. It will find any program or file on your computer very quickly, it's Windows Search function but x10 better and faster. This is for specific files though and not text in files.

Reply   |   Comment by casedistorted  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

casedistorted, Thank you so much! I downloaded and ran it and found even more patterns I had forgotten about. Excellent!

Reply   |   Comment by Marshell Wooley  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#3

Having a program to search for text in files can be a lifesaver for a programmer. Windows Explorer has a search feature, but by default, it is not set to search through the text of a file. Windows Explorer is dependent on the "indexed" database it creates in the background. Users can set up the indexing program to also index the text portion. Of course, to contain that index more disk space is needed. There are other programs that also index files for filename searches (e.g., Everything) and even for file contents. Several of these programs are free or even open source.

Regardless, it is always better to have a good search utility that can perform the search without depending on an indexed database. You get accurate results, including those files that might have just been updated. The Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program is intended to be one of these programs.

I use a search program for text searches, but there are some things I wish were improved. I would like to save common searches as handy buttons so I can switch easily from one to another, then back again, much faster than a pull-down list of past searches. I would like all of the settings I use whether saved as a common search or not in a file that can be used the next time I start the program. I wish I could specify exclusion directories and separately, exclusion file specifications. I also wish the program could be paused, then resumed. Those tiny little nuances have caused me to always look for a search program that is better than the one I use as my default search for text program.

I tested the Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program by specifying the start directory, a file filter (*.inc), and the text to search for (delete). I also did the same exact search using a different search program. That program found 17,272 matches in 2,888 files in 26 seconds 51 ms. The Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program was much faster, completing its search in 1.539 seconds (nearly 24 seconds faster).

I'm going to stick with my current program though. Why? Because the program I have been using found 17,272 matches and Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" found exactly zero files.

I did find that not using a filter the Vovsoft program does locate files with the searched-for text. The Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" results do not list how many files contained the searched for text, however, exporting the list as a plain text file, then open that file with a text editor that shows the line count, I can see that the total number of files with the text is 2,895 files. My default tool found the same text in 2,902 files. I am not sure how Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" did not find the text in 7 files. That could be very important when locating ALL occurrences of something. The results do not specify how many times the searched for text was found (some files have the text in multiple places). My default search program found 17,369 matches in 2902 files. The time to find the text was also different. The Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" took 18.3 minutes. My default search program took 8 min 470 ms for the same search.

Without the ability to use a filter, both programs search every type of file, which can be a great waste of time. I rarely ever need to search all types of files. Most of my search needs are for a very few specific file extensions (source code), so a "text" search on .zip, .psd, .jpg, .png, .wav, .mp4, and so on and so on is time lost that I could better use elsewhere.

There is no guide on the developer's website telling how to use the program, or if the filter is not for specifying what types of files to search in (*.php), then a decent help document is needed.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Easier to digest:
All-files-Found-unknown-matches-within-2895-files-in-18min(1084.230s) - Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program
All-Files-Found-17369-matches-within-2902-files-in-8min-470ms - my default

Filtered(*.php)-Found-0-matches-within-unknown-files-in-1.539s - Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program
Filtered(*.php)-Found-17272-matches-within-2888-files-in-26sec-51ms - my default

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Gary,

Later on today (or perhaps tomorrow, so as to not prematurely bias today's comments), it would be good to know the title of your "default search program".

My own favorite is a wonderful, flexible, truly-professional level tool; however, it has a clunky interface and costs $199 (though well worth it for business purposes), so I'm always looking for a less expensive alternative that is trustworthy/reliable and that I can live with (retains primary search features as you oulined in your comment) for non-business/personal/casual use.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Gary, Try again without using asterisk. Apparently it doesn't support * file mask.

Reply   |   Comment by jake  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Gary, which is your current programm? and have you considered the reply by jake to comment #1?

Reply   |   Comment by mariovalerio  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Gary,

Good breakdown and some logical testing but I wonder if your 'go-to ' text finder was accurate in its findings or were there possibly 7 false positives? or did you check them all?

Reply   |   Comment by Terry I.  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Gary, What is your "current" program that you use?
Thanks,
Dan

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Terry I.,
>"Good breakdown and some logical testing but I wonder if your 'go-to ' text finder was accurate in its findings or were there possibly 7 false positives? or did you check them all?"

No need to worry any longer. Both programs do produce a list of files found and both results can be exported/saved to a text file. By sorting both of those files, then doing a file comparison, it is easy to see where the differences are. Since there were only 7 files different, it was easy to open each one to see if my 'go-to' text finder was accurate. It was accurate, and after using it for more than 10 years, I always feel comfortable with its findings. Since I am working with source code, if any files were to be missed, I would be seeing compile errors and execution errors during testing. PHP is an interpreted language. In PHP, some code is used only when the logic flows that way. For example, a TRUE/FALSE test: if a function never returns FALSE except when there is an unexpected condition, the code that is executed for the TRUE side is tested often. The code on the FALSE side is not tested as much as the TRUE side of the logic flow. Suppose that side of the code is where a variable name was supposed to be found by Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program.

In my case, if a variable name was changed in 99% of the files, but a few were missed, an "undefined" variable error would occur when the code on that side was executed. You never want to have that happen in production. Therefore, I need test sets to ensure that the uncommon side of the logic is tested by overriding the most common value (TRUE) by setting it to FALSE before executing that code. If I were to depend on Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" to find all files with a specific variable name, then I need it to be 100% accurate. After many years of using my 'go-to' text finder, I am confident it is accurate. I must also add that there was a time (win9x days/8Meg RAM) when my 'go-to' text finder would not find all files if it ran out of available memory, plus it did not report that any files were missed. Therefore, several times I had to do costly damage control before a release. Thankfully, the developer resolved that issue many years ago.

Also, I have alternatives to use as well. My default text editor now has "Search in Files" (but not replace in files). It is flawless in what it finds compared to what my "go-to' text finder program does. Many other editors are now starting to add "Search in Files" and "Replace in Files." Code/Text editors have a "whole word only" option, which generally does not exist in external text searching programs, so doing these searches in a decent editor can offer more refined searches. In addition to my default Code/Text editor (that does "Search in Files"), I also have two others that do "Replace in Files." I bought one of those just for that feature, but it has never worked, and I have had to pay a big price for 3 upgrades. The other one is intended specifically for PHP development. Its Replace in Files is 100% reliable. Therefore, I have other tools to ensure my findings are accurate compared to this Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

jake,
>"Gary, Try again without using asterisk. Apparently it doesn't support * file mask."

Correct, however, it does not work the same way as the common filename mask we have been using since DOS 2.0 (wasn't there for DOS 1.0). By using *.php, only files with the extension of php should be searched. In the Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" program, using php as the Filename Filter includes files that contain the php sequence anywhere in the name (e.g., abc.php.backup and abc.php both are searched).

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

mariovalerio,
>"Gary, which is your current programm?"

I have left my "current" search program name out for two reasons. 1) I do not recommend any programs on these pages, and 2) it also does replacements, which would not be comparable to this Vovsoft "Search Test in Files" program. I do not have any quarrel in mentioning grep/fgrep as UNIX/Linux tools and their equivalents on the PC because they are open source. They do accurate searches. There are also commercial programs that use "grep" in the name that do both searches and replacements. Since the Vovsoft "Search Text in Files" does not do replacements, mentioning them is not fair to the Vovsoft product, however, they can be easily found online.

>"and have you considered the reply by jake to comment #1?"

Sorry, I was away for a while, a long while actually. Yes, I did make a reply. Without the asterisk does not result in the same files as a true *.xxx would. See my comment to jake for an explanation.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Gary,

I respect your unwillingness to name the titles of your "go to" tools on these daily pages, which is why I suggested waiting a day until the offer had expired before posting.

I agree that it's somewhat unfair to the GOTD offer's developer to send people off to alternatives before they have, perhaps, even evaluated the title for themselves.

And I'm guilty, in the past, of sometimes posting suggested alternatives on the day of the offer; but often wait until the next day to do so in some measure of fairness.

I also notice that several times, whether suggesting alternatives or not, my posts occasionally don't remain on these pages afterwards, so I don't know if that's due to the whims of that day's moderator(s) or some technical issue.

I've long been interested in information retrieval as these days our lives are chronicled by our digital documents. I am constantly looking for a more "universal" solution. (And it's not "fair" that only Google/Facebook/et al. should be the ones to know all about our timelines!... jk)

Would you be willing to name your favorite search/retrieval, editors, and other programs/tools on some other pages, for instance, in the GOTD discussion forum?

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/

...or somewhere else (please list the URL, of course!), or via an e-mail exchange?

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

HMarx,
>"via an e-mail exchange?"
Is that possible? If GOTD has a method of specifically you and I knowing each other's e-mail, that would work. Otherwise, if you get a temporary e-mail long enough for me to contact you, we could establish a connection that way.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Can't register!

https://ibb.co/DDWVssR

Reply   |   Comment by Dugi  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Dugi, Use portable version and key store to file key.txt

Reply   |   Comment by JardaH  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

Well that was disappointing. It failed to find files that I know contain the search word.

So to make it simpler I tried making a new file called "test.docx" which had only the word "test" in it, and put it in a new folder. Then set that folder as the search directory and searched for "test"... the result was blank. Exported and the file created was blank.

Reply   |   Comment by Kev  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Kev, This program can only deal with text files. Docx is in fact a binary file.

Reply   |   Comment by jake  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

jake, Ah, thanks. So only with .txt files? Not quite as useful as I'd hoped.

Reply   |   Comment by Kev  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Kev, Docx files are in fact ZIP archives with XML and media objects within them, any program that attempts to search them for text contents has to know to treat them like a ZIP archive and extract contents in order to search them. MOST won't know to do this, even good tools that do search binary files such as wingrep https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/WinGrep.shtml#download won't temporarily open the archive to search the contents of it. But instead will just search the binary file that is the DOCX and the only text it will find are the PK Zip internal filename headers in the file.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

jake, you don't know what you are talking about....
Found in Wikipedia:
"Security concerns are drastically reduced with DOCX files because the information is stored in XML, which is essentially plain text. Thus, the data can pass through corporate firewalls without hindrance".

Reply   |   Comment by Eddy  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Eddy, the DOCX file is a binary ZIP archive that contains XML and other media files that may be embedded in the word document. you have misunderstood the Wikipedia content.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
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