Filehand Search Product Description
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Filehand™ Search 3.0 brings the power of internet-style
searching to your personal computer. Using Filehand Search you can find
information stored in your computer system with the same ease and speed
that you find information on the internet using search engine sites such
as Google and Yahoo.
If you have tried other programs to find files on your
computer, you were probably disappointed by the performance, lack of
flexibility, and complicated interfaces. Even worse, other search tools
can consume all of the processor and memory resources of your computer.
Filehand Search is designed from the ground up to
respect the fact that you have other uses for your computer. It uses a
modest amount of memory and runs at the lowest available priority. Yet
Filehand Search typically handles search requests in a fraction of a
If you know how to search for information on the
internet through web sites such as Google or Yahoo, you already know how
to use Filehand Search. If you haven't used such web sites, don't worry.
Even though its powerful, Filehand Search is very easy to use.
SUMMARY OF FEATURES
Instantly search the content of unlimited Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PDF, HTML and text files.
Search Outlook items, including email, contacts, notes,
Search for a file name or partial file name.
Search for files that were modified on a specific date
or a range of dates.
Search only in specific file types, specific Outlook
items, certain Outlook fields like subject line, or everything at once.
Fill in simple forms to find files containing
combinations of words and phrases.
Exclude files with specific words or phrases.
Easily review the search results, which are shown in
order of relevance.
Click on a document title to view or edit the file.
Click on a file name to open the folder that contains
View extracts in the the result window, and scroll or
search within any extract.
- Drag and drop files from results to Windows folders and
- Search in nearly all Western and Middle Eastern languages
SUPPORTED FILE TYPES
Filehand Search can examine the following types of files
on your system:
* WordPerfect support requires filter software
SEARCHING MADE SIMPLE
You enter Filehand Search requests the same way that you use an
internet search engine. Initially you are shown the short search form.
Type your search terms into the text box, click the Search button and
the results are shown immediately.
The easy-to-use syntax allows you to specify word
combinations, exact phrases, and excluded words. An advanced search form
provides a direct way to enter complex search requests, as well as
search by filename and dates.
When you click the Search button Filehand Search
displays the title, file name and an extract for each file that contains
your search terms. The files are listed in order of relevance. Files at
the top of the list are more likely to suit your purpose.
REVIEWING THE RESULTS
When you click the Search button, the first line of the
result tells you how many files matched your request.
Each result is numbered. The first result is the most
relevant for your query. The relevance for each file is shown as a
percentage compared to the first file.
You can scroll through the list with the vertical scroll bar. When you
get to the bottom of the first 10 results, there is a link that you can
click to see the next batch of results.
To open a file, click on the title. To open the folder
containing a file, click on the file name.
NAVIGATING TEXT EXTRACTS
Filehand Search provides a unique method to quickly find
information within a file. The browsing controls work like the
buttons on a VCR. Use them to instantly view other relevant extracts
within a file, move backward, forward, or see the beginning or end of a
file. You can also change the amount of text displayed within an
FAST AND EFFICIENT INDEXING
Filehand Search uses a powerful
technique of pre-indexing files so that when you enter your search
request, the results can be shown to you immediately. In effect, the
answers to all of your search requests are calculated before you ask for
Filehand Search adds 500-10,000
files per hour per to its index. But you don't have to wait for the
entire index to be constructed before you can search. Search at any
time, and Filehand Search consults the index that has already been
built. The index is automatically updated when you add, modify or delete
Filehand Search works on systems
with Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000. Disk space required is about
20% of the space used by searched files. More disk space is required
while the index is built. Minimum main memory is 256 MBytes, with 512
MBytes recommended to index thousands of files. If you have less than
512 MBytes, you can restrict indexing to a convenient time of day.
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Doesn't Windows have file searching built in?
Actually, Windows 2000 and Windows XP have two ways to search
files: a slow way and a fast way.
The slow way is to go into start»Search.
It will take several minutes, if not longer, to find the files you are
looking for. And, of course, it will not show you extracts like
Filehand Search will.
Windows XP also supports the notion of indexing. If you can figure
out how to use it, you might be able to perform fast searches.
The problem is that Windows XP is not very friendly with indexing.
Windows XP starts indexing at unexpected intervals, and the process of
indexing slows your computer to a crawl.
In fact, many Windows experts recommend that you turn off
Windows XP indexing. See the FAQ for
instructions on how to do this.
In contrast, Filehand Search's indexing is friendlier and uses only
the processing power available that you are not using.
Bob's mother says: "It's like making the beds while the
potatoes are boiling."
And, Filehand Search is a lot easier to use.