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Giveaway of the day — TextSeek Personal 2.5.1853 (Win&Mac)

Full-text search for all kinds of documents!
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TextSeek Personal 2.5.1853 (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on March 8, 2019!

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Character-level desktop search tool for the document contents on Windows and Mac OS, supporting PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other formats.
The core feature is that TextSeek can perform search character-by-character with no omission, which is quite different from common indexing tools.
It's annoying that after long Windows Search you are told there is no results even some files are just under your nose. By introducing advanced indexing engine, TextSeek can overcome this problem. It performs full-text scanning within several seconds, and render the search results like Google.
Please note: the program includes the three year license!

System Requirements:

Windows above XP (x32/x64); Mac OS (above EI Capitan, only 64 bits); 1 GHz or faster processor, 150 MB RAM and 300 MB hard disk space

Publisher:

Zest Company

Homepage:

https://www.textseek.net/

File Size:

85.7 MB

Price:

$39.00

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#30

The program finds excellently while internet is available. But, if there is a problem with internet, the program does not find the same thing in the same computer.

Reply   |   Comment by ilhami ozcubuk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#29

I have found help for users that experience the program crashing, albeit not in everyone's case.

I found out like several others that it was difficult to get the program through its initial setup step without crashing. The program crashed over and over but I was determined to get past that dilemma, and I was finally able to get it to go through to the Registration part. The program started the scan part, but then at some point, Windows reports the program has stopped:
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

I tried removing a single Scan Folder via the Modify feature, but the program still crashed. I don't use My Documents but applications often do place files that I might want to search, so I tried removing all the Scan Folders except My Documents, but the program still crashed. I even tried removing all folders but the program would not accept no Scan Folders at all. To get around the problem, I had to remove all of the default Scan Folders, and then create a new one of an empty drive (in my case an empty SD card).

Since the scan was able to complete my empty drive, at least I could Register the program now. You can use the Key Symbol at the top right of the main window, or use the drop-down menu at the program's upper left icon (small, down-pointing triangle next to the program name).

Without the program going through the initial default Scan Folders, I doubt the program will be able to find anything I am looking for. Therefore, I wanted to add the default Scan Folders I had removed, but again the program would crash with each new add.

Finally, I started looking at the Settings menu. One option caught my eye. Under the Advanced tab, there is an option for Memory Consumption, and by default it is set at 4. I changed it to 1, and again tried adding My Documents. This time it completed. Voila!

That made sense since, when I initially tried setting the program up, I had several other Windows open. As I closed each additional program to free up memory, the Scan would last longer before crashing, but when it came to working on a 149 page docx file, it could never complete it. I finally decided a full reboot might be what it takes to get past any memory issues.

My initial (default) set of Scan Folders also included the Desktop and Videos, which I did not want to add back in. My initial set also included my Downloads folder, which does have many text and document files, plus PDF files I would like to have indexed, so it was the next logical folder to add. The Downloads folder is the one that has the 149 page docx file. Now with a fresh new start right after a clean boot, with memory consumption set at 1, I am expecting 100% success, but alas, I presumed too soon. The program got through about 95% of the scan bar but while working on the 149 page docx file, Windows reported it had stopped working.

During the initial scan and the scan after the reboot, I didn't have any of the file types it searches open, so it seems to have a problem with size of file, as well as other possible issues.

I suspect that the program does have a problem with memory when scanning large documents, however it could be poor design in that the program does not let Windows know it is still scanning. Who knows what it could be?!

I removed the docx file type and the full scan was able to complete. Not the way I would want it but this program does not seem to be able to do it any other way in my case. Your results may vary.

Also, when a Scan Folder was removed via the Modify function, the program has a Save button, but the Scan Folders that were removed were there the next time the program starts following a crash. It should save the Scan Folders as modified instantly. I believe the buttons would be better labeled as OK; Save implies the configuration data is saved on disk.

The "whole word" feature:
A standard feature of text/code editors is to search for the "whole word" however few "file" search tools will offer the feature of "whole word" (as this program claims) so if looking for the word "sometime" the file search tools will locate instances of "sometime" and "sometimes" and if that tool is a search and replace tool, you cannot be sure to replace only the places that have the word "sometime" and not "sometimes". This is not a search and replace tool but still having the "whole word" feature is a nice thing to see. Thankfully text/code editors are starting to have a "Find in File" and "Replace in file" feature. We need the same for other document types, although that is not an easy task to solve with document files as it can mess other things up such as justification.

As someone mentioned, there are spelling errors:

"You might have to wait for several minites"
I waited for several "minites" to show up but they never did. What are they? Yes, I know "minutes."

that to be searched
should be
that are to be searched

Scaning
should be
Scanning

My Document
should be
My Documents
... and there are similar names that should have an s at the end since it is referring to multiple files.

Your registration is successful
should be
Your registration was successful

Minor: In General settings, the word Font is used to identify the list of typefaces, and Size is used for the point size. Font should be changed to Typeface, as Font means ALL attributes, not just the typeface name. The error is common due to Microsoft's initial Windows SDK labeling the common typefaces dialog with the word Font. For 400 years (since Gutenberg) the word font has had a clear definition; now in the computer age, Microsoft taught everyone wrong. Initially, many computer dictionaries got it wrong too, but many have since corrected the error.

Conclusion: I learned many years ago the value of good organization for computer files. As a result I rarely need something like this program, however there are times when I need to locate several files with the same term, and so a good Search program can usually find all of them faster than I can navigate to each one. I have several plain text search options, but there are fewer ones that can search MS Word files and PDF files in the same search. Therefore, I really had hoped the program would be beneficial.

What I mostly need is search capability outside the computer realm. I need a head/glasses mounted camera that saves video of me taking things out and putting things into a container, then through image identification, saving that data as text so I can locate my battery charger for my camera. And I don't know what I did with that Glue Gun; I need to fix something.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I've carried out a few short tests, and reckon that TextSeek shows a LOT of promise.

Except for those goofy spelling errors (mentioned elsewhere on this page) -- such as "scaning" instead of "scanning" and "Scaning is done" -- and the fact that Australia is missing from the list of countries and regions, it's a rather big island that's impossible to miss on a map of the globe!

The "search zone" is a nifty idea, and the only other search engine I'm aware of which has this function is dtSearch. Instead of a single vast search index -- which can take days to build, and can be corrupted in a single event thus needing compete re-indexing -- you can index smaller amounts of data. With TextSeek you can search a single zone or all zones, with dtSearch you can search any selection of zones which is handier.

If I get the time, I will make further comments on TextSeek in one of my blogs.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Just wanna share that program crashes `when scanning on 1st startup if some pdf file / document file or excel file etc is opened , was able to start with other programs closed on 1st startup , better than all other applications doing same purpose, three cheers for whole team

Reply   |   Comment by Diler Singh  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Diler Singh,

Thanks for bug reports. We will investigate this situation.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Installed without any problems on a Windows 7 64bit machine but after scanning for a few minutes it crashes. Tried again two times with exactly the same result. Any help

Reply   |   Comment by Diler Singh  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Diler Singh,
Try to ignore pdf extension (uncheck the file type in zone settings), and have a try again.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#25

Just what I wanted to find a certain document when I have a lot of text files.
I had a similar program some years ago but it only found text in plain text documents (TXT) where this program also looks in pdf and other files.

I don't know if scanning parts of my drive first is a good idea as I would select a certain folder that has a document that I want to find and I have documents in many folders.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Brian,
You can select multiple folders in Zone mode.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

I got the key serial number sent to me by email but I can't find everywhere to enter this number into the program.
The text file says click on the top right hand icon but all I can find is a question mark icon which is for help.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Brian, in the initial screen, (where it says Zone bla bla), specify the location(s) the program can search for documents, after that, you get to the main window, click on the key symbol in the top right corner, enter the registration details as given. Just a note, you can't skip that screen, it always pops up if you've never done it before. So afterall, you can't enter registration details without working through the main screen.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Chasm,
I understand now.
I thought I was running the main program but all it was doing was scanning my computer.
All is working OK now thinks.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Brian, don't forget to edit current zones or add a new one. It basically determines where it's going to search later on.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Those recommending Agent Ransack, should warn that the free version has limitations (on how many records it will search).
UltraSearch is free, and has no such limitations.
UltraSearch does not need to create/maintain an index.
Yet is still very fast.
Rob
PS You can instruct it to skip (not search) the windows Folder.
I avoid using the mine shaft called Documents and Settings, and you can tell UltraSearch to skip that too.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Crombie  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Rob Crombie, Maybe that is why a search of my 1TB hard drive with AR is taking hours and has not finished?

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@Rob Crombie,
Could you provide some pointer to the "limitations" of Agent Ransack/File Locator Free ? I met none so far

Reply   |   Comment by eb235  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Rob Crombie,

I have not found any such limitations on the publisher's comparison page :

https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/information/#indexingfeatures

My perception is that the difference between the free and the paying version is very well designed. File Locator Lite is already very powerful in its own right (and allowed for business use), while File Locator Pro has many added features, some of which a really useful (which it needs anyway, to justify its high price of 60 $).

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

Not a patch on Agent Ransack, but even more or a concern is that this software connects to the internet when searching my external drives. Why the internet connection, makes me very suspicious as external drives are USB and not NAS. Search results were pathetic to say the least if the software didn't just decide to give up and shut down. certainly not worth the $39.00 price tag. Concept is good but execution is very poor and buggy. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Blackhat  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

I tried installing three times on one Windows 10 laptop. TextSeek crashed hard every single time. Then I tried to install two times on a different Windows 10 Machine and TextSeek crashed hard both times. I give up!

Reply   |   Comment by Sam Cart  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Sam Cart, Me too. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Dee  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Dee and Sam Cart

Sorry for your bad experience. We are new-born software, so there is still serveral bugs to be fixed, especially for PDF files (some users reports that PDF parsing crashed in some cases).

Try to ignore pdf extension (uncheck the file type in zone settings), and have a try again.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

Installed without any problems on a Windows 10 64bit machine but after scanning for a few minutes it freezes then shuts down. Tried again three times with exactly the same result. Very disappointing because I was hoping to be able to use this program. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Eddie  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Eddie, Same problem with Windows 7 64bit

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Thomson  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Eddie,

Sorry for your bad experience. We receive serveral emails reporting bug that TextSeek failed to parse some PDF and stopped , sometimes even crashed.

We will put it as the Number One Bug to fix , soon in next version.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Agree that Agent Ransack and FileLocator are both GREAT! I also use Locate32 (also freeware):
https://sourceforge.net/projects/locate32/files/

Reply   |   Comment by Henry Kirkwood  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Henry Kirkwood,

Agent Ransack and File Locator is slow in searching compared to Zone Mode in TextSeek.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Henry Kirkwood,

Agent Ransack and FileLocator are slower in multiple documents than Zone mode of TextSeek since they do not pre-scanning. Even though there is indexing feature that is not full-text match, which is just like searching in Notepad or Word.

Locate32 is not comercial software, and has many bugs to ignore something.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Zest Company, However, Agent Ransack, Ultraseek, and a host of others CAN scan while offline. Unfortunately Textseek cannot...that is a flaw when wanting to do file searching.
I would rather a bit slower, than no seeker at all. If Textseek could do the pre-scanning and seeking while offline, that would be a huge benefit. That and it has to be able to do PDF without crashing.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Program initial screen has no less than three spelling errors.

There is no Key symbol displayed to allow entry of the License.

The initial scan failed every time I tried to use it.

Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Derek  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Derek, you can enter the license info by clicking on the key symbol in the top right corner of the main screen, after the initial Wizard setup screen (where you specify a Zone for the first time). There is no way to enter the registration details otherwise, since you can't skip the Zone Wizard and get to the main screen.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Chasm, "There is no way to enter the registration details otherwise, "
Did you see https://www.dropbox.com/s/czm648c4dtdl480/EersteScherm.png
and: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3bq430ua2rl4o9w/Registratie.png

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Ootje, sorry but you are completely off there, again, you can't register without passing the initial screen (where you set zones for the first time). Your screenshots also doesn't highlight the issue to begin with.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Chasm, Sorry, but I could not get past the initial scan - it stopped with an error message during the initial scan every time I tried it. Since that scan failed to complete, the program simply closed down.

Reply   |   Comment by Derek  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

2 fantastic Freeware pieces of software do the same without I-net connection: Agent Ransack by Mythicsoft or Ultrasearch by Jamsoftware. Give them a try, they might be better suited for your purposes.

Reply   |   Comment by X  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

X, person of mystery!
UltraSearch and Agent Ransack -- and others such as Everything -- are only fast for searching file names, not file content. Don't confuse the two.

If you wish to search for file content they all can be VERY slow. For example, in my case there are huge numbers of PDF and other documents on my system (many tens of thousands of them), and it can take many days or even several weeks to index them all before you can search for text within the documents.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dear Tony... Please have a closer look at the 2, freeware, proggies I mentioned because the versions I have on my w10 pc, the latest, do have that option at least for .txt and .doc. files. (I do agree that the content search is not there right in your face.. but trust me it's there) If you need more you could always try the Pro versions.

T.g. I don't have anything like the numbers of pdf files or other documents you are talking about on my systems; so I fully accept your statement that with your number of files it could take quite a while but as mentioned before give the Pro versions a try; they might suit your needs.

TBH with the amount of files you are talking about I'm quite sure you really require a pro piece of software or a new system of managing them (some sort of database/indexing "thingy" ? ). I've dealt with doc management and document versions management in the (long) past... I recognise your nightmares ;)

Best regards, Willem

(I'm not very mysterious; just been online long enough (since '84) to be cautious online. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by X  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dear Tony,

have another look plz; both progs are capable of searching content.

In your specific situation the freeware versions are probably not sufficient... try the Pro versions, they might be be better suited to your needs

Reply   |   Comment by X  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

X, I do know that they can index content and (only) after that can content searches be called fast. Horses for courses, as they say.

My point is that creating the indexes is a slow process that consumes lots of CPU and disk activity. On my system with huge numbers of documents and e-books the indexing takes days (not hours, minutes or seconds), and you have to factor the indexing time into the total to decide if you want to call searching "fast."

But if you're only talking about searching file names, a utility like Everything or UltraSearch takes less than a minute (perhaps only seconds, depending on how many files you have), because it only has to scan the MFT (master file table, on Windows systems).

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

X, Horses for courses, as they say. I do know that they can index content and (only) after that can content searches be fast.

My point is that creating the indexes is a slow process that consumes lots of CPU and disk activity. On my system with huge numbers of documents and e-books the indexing takes days (not hours, minutes or seconds), and you have to factor this indexing time into the total to decide if you want overall to call searching "fast."

But if you're only talking about searching file names, a utility like Everything or UltraSearch takes less than a minute (perhaps only seconds, depending on how many files you have), because it only has to scan the MFT (master file table, on Windows systems).

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Perfect + speed searching !!! (for 1st time - it make own database of words - and then - make the search in that).

Perfect idea !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Vlado  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#15

after scanning files the program exists or crashes. Rather slow in the scan. I see these symptoms have been mentioned by others. On the positive side, it uninstalls well.

Reply   |   Comment by george ducas  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

After scanning files, it quietly exits itself. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by MEERAN E  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#13

Best Doc. manager i have ever seen was a giveaway here last year, hope it returns.Wonderfox doc Mgr. Try it, Bet you'll love it. https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/document-manager/

Reply   |   Comment by steve c  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#12

Nothing beats Agent Ransack and FileLocator both free and both search files or test inside files or doc's also search by time and date.
ALL virus free too been using it for years and its fast

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

joe, Ditto on Agent Ransack

Reply   |   Comment by Mike H  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

joe,

Agent Ransack and FileLocator Lite (both free) are exactly the same thing. See the FAQ at the bottom of this page:

https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/information/

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Joe,

Both are good products, for the good reason... they are actually the same. File Locator Lite is an alternate name for the program which was called Agent Ransack when it was first published.

The latter name might have been cute when the product was mainly aimed at home users. Later on, they addressed the business market, where inviting a program to ransack your computers tends to be a bit of a repellent.

If the free version is enough for you, you can download it either as Agent Ransack, or File Locator Lite. It's allowed for use in a business setting. Says the publisher :

"For corporate environments we have a more ‘gentle’ branding of Agent Ransack called File Locator Lite. It’s still free but just has a different name."

The paid-for, full version has only one name : File Locator Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#11

Seems like it could be a good tool but, on my admittedly hoarder-like system, after it scans for several minutes it just quits.

Deleted reluctantly.

Reply   |   Comment by Ray Eason  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Happens to me too.

After a couple of minutes with indexing files the program simply quits. Found that it is able to index one of my folders but once I add My Documents or any other folders with a large number of files it will quit after a while.

Reply   |   Comment by Pal Kristiansen  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Pal Kristiansen,

we have received some users' mails reporting that TextSeek interrupted in some special PDF files. We will fix the bug in next release soon.

Sorry for taking your time.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#10

If this tool requires an internet connection to work, does that mean I'm giving access to every file on my hard drives? If so, that means I've given someone I do not know to every secret key and password on my computer. I don't think that's something I want to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Raymond Fellers  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Of course not. It means it is checking for updates to the program and validating your license, like most apps. Windows even does this...

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Raymond Fellers,

On their help page: https://www.textseek.net/en/help.htm

...they state: "Will TextSeek upload local documents? We focus on the protection of your privacy. TextSeek does not collect or publish your local information. No local documents will be uploaded."

Hopefully that also applies to any "performance statistics" some companies collect for "improving" their product (such as, in this case, search terms used, any portion of the indexing files used to speed up the searching, or perhaps the file types (extensions) where "hits" were obtained).

Perhaps they need to provide more details regarding privacy, especially since others are currently reporting that TextSeek does not function without an Internet connection.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Raymond Fellers, i traced the program with WireShark and it did send at program start the full paths and filenames to the documents that have been indexed onto their servers, probably that's the reason why it doesn't work offline, as it requires to query the filenames when searching online. No other data has been send from what i have seen.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Chasm, WOW That is completely unacceptable informing some 3rd party service in clear text the location of all files I feel important enough to be character indexed for later searching... that's just the information any malicious 3rd party agent could use to do a targeted attack on my important data that may have been located in some obscure and unusual location to avoid enumeration by ransomware. I say it was sent in clear text because you were able to packet sniff it using wireshark which means it was NOT sent over a secure SSL connection! That sort of irresponsability with customer data is just asking for a GDPR complaint to be made against them for mishandling users private data and exposing it to malicious 3rd parties if for example you were using the machine with this installed on an unencrypted access point let alone state actors hijacking internet infrastructures.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Very impressed everything I searched for TextSeek found. I was also able to search all my drives. Highly recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Mechen  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Robert Mechen, Is that all your drives on ALL your computers? Or all your drives on one computer?
Tnx

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

rich, I have one computer, two internal hard drives and two external storage drives connected to computer by USB . I am able to search with TextSeek on all four drives. Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

What does this program do that Windows 10 indexed search doesn't do? I can find the content of files just fine currently, just wondering what is better about it. Personally when I want better search, I use the old Google Desktop, still works.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

There is no offline search, if internet connection is missing or blocked, all searches in the program lead to nothing but a "Your search - XYZ - did not match any documents." message, so for those without a internet connection, this program is pretty much useless.

Other than that, it did work as advertised in my short test, created a Zone index, made a search and it did find the documents containing the text.

Just for the fact that it doesn't work offline, it is a real dealbreaker for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

Chasm,
Without an Internet connection, what does work ? Not much. A free program called Everything finder works on or Offline, but if I disconnect my modem, nothing works. With broadband or WiFi you are always on the ' Net. " Your modem doesn't know if your Online or asleep in your bed.
My best,
Scott

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Chasm, Why does a programm searching a local computer need internet connection??? Looks like thes want to participate on your documents, doesn't it?

Reply   |   Comment by Kalle  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Kalle, well, from what i have seen with WireShark, all the indexed files paths and names are send to their servers, so my guess is during a search, it queries the filename online and gives the results back. No file contents have been sent, tho.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Chasm, WOW. What a MAJOR security issue. These are my personal files. Just say "No".

Reply   |   Comment by Zach  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ricky,

Sorry for bringing you bad experience. We will surely removing the logic about file path uploading in next version.
The path helps us analyze some crash bugs and only do for the initial launch or crash happenning in fact, then we will move it to send error report module and only send when user click to agree with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Kalle,
I use Everything Finder. It works off or Online. It's a tiny d/l, and it works as quickly as you can type. You can Google it, or, go to Majorgeeks.com. It's free and it works great. I've been using it for two years without any incident.
My best,
Scott

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

thumbs down. unable to access external hard drives

Reply   |   Comment by murph  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

murph, well, it doesn't automatically add external drives to the current Zone. You need to manually specify the location first by editing the current Zone or adding a new one in the Zone Editor.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

murph,

Unless you 'write ' your external h.d. to your computer no program will find anything on an external drive. Externals need to be opened up and searched manually for anything.
My best,
Scott

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

murph, it doesn't automatically add external drives to the current Zone. You need to manually specify the location first by editing the current Zone or adding a new one in the Zone Editor.

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

thanks for bug report , we will fix it soon

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#5

Hi, while today's Offer might be a decent Tool for Full-text search, another one I find indispensable to find text documents (and any, including media files) is called 'Everything'. It's extremely fast, tiny, supports whole list of languages aiding foreign characters in texts, and it's free. Only yesterday I was searching desperately for a picture I could not remember name of, but selecting one word in 'Everything's search engine I would definitely use naming this file (that is location where photo was taken) - in seconds listed all instances on my PC where that pic was stored. Oh, I needed it to compose a Card for today's grand occasion of our special Day (mission accomplished:) Happy International Women's Day!!

Software I mentioned can be found here:
https://www.voidtools.com/
https://www.voidtools.com/he-il/support/everything/supported_languages/

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Well, downloaded, installed, tested, deleted.
IMHO, TextSeek is too cumbersome, slow and not "intelligent" enough. It seems to me that this program uses 1990's algorithms and techniques.
Agent Ransack (free) runs circles around TextSeek.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Luis, Is there a good free mac equivalent?

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

David,
Don't know. Check alternativeto.net.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

David, well, DocFetcher looks like a primitive but decent app for Mac, it's also able to do full search (in documents).

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Chasm,

docFetch cannot search characters one by one, it uses indexing , may miss something.

Ransack and FileLocator is slower than Zone Mode in TextSeek.

Reply   |   Comment by Zest Company  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

David,
Hi David,
You can Google Everything, or Everything Finder. Or you can go to Majorgeeks.com and search for it there. You'll love it. A small d/l and it finds as quickly as you can type. I love it. I've been using it for two years. A great find.
My best,
Scott

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Tried to register the program and see a cannot connect to the internet error. Firewall allows textseek to access the net.

Reply   |   Comment by Shemzu Hor  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Shemzu Hor, going from the way this allegedly works as a cloud based index search of your local files it will rapidly get overwhelmed by users if a few thousand users all suddenly uploading their file lists at once and if there are any criminals visiting this site seeking potential information sources then those servers would suddenly become a target of criminal hacking to gain potentially very valuable data for future attacks especially since the cloud server is not even forcing connections to be SSL TLS1.2 or better making it possible to use the simplest cracking tools against the server!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Impressed, searched files on my server & found what I asked, presented with detailed files

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Stacey  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Work on my Machine (Windows). The new app supports well for Chinese and Japanese documents. A little slow for search speed, maybe caused by the full-search. Hope to support more formats in next version.

Reply   |   Comment by Azure  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Azure, Hi may i ask you to tell me what does FULL TEXT search means? in comparison to other searches
cheers

Reply   |   Comment by hoomam  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

hoomam, I think it means performing search like searching in Windows Notepad or Microsoft Word.
The software matches characters one by one, so it can hit substring.

Reply   |   Comment by Azure  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Hi hoomam, "Full text search" means it searches for texts INSIDE the files, too. Other searchers only look at the file names and some properties (like MP3 tags/file descriptors).

Reply   |   Comment by Lorgen Shadouness  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
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