Softpedia Editor's Review for DocFetcher
This application will help you easily find your files and documents
Written by Elena Opris on April 16th, 2013
DocFetcher is a powerful software program designed for quickly locating document files on your computer, together with other file types (e.g. music, pictures). The tool also searches for content within these items.
The interface of DocFetcher is based on a standard window with a well-organized layout. On the left side of the frame, you can filter the document types. The app supports FLAC, HTML, AbiWord, MP3, MS Excel, TXT, RTF and PDF files, among others.
In order to perform a search task, you must define the location to look in, by creating an index form; this can be a folder, archive, Outlook PST item or the Clipboard.
It is possible to filter results by establishing the minimum and maximum file size. When building an index form you can make several adjustments. For instance, you can index HTML pairs as single documents, detect executable 7Z and ZIP archives, and store relative paths if it's possible. Options can be restored to their default values.
Several configuration settings are also available through the Preferences screen. Therefore, the search history can be automatically cleared on exit. But you may also reconfigure the global hotkey and alter the default highlight color, among others. A Readme file explains every aspect of DocFetcher.
The program requires a very low amount of CPU and system memory, so it doesn't put a strain on the computer's overall performance. It has a good response time and quickly reveals results, without causing the operating system to hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. All in all, DocFetcher provides a straightforward solution to searching text within files. There's also a portable edition, Portable DocFetcher.
Here are some key features of "DocFetcher":
· Detection of HTML pairs (e.g. "foo.htm" and a folder named "foo_files")
· Various file operations on the document repository (e.g. creating folders, inserting new files) can be performed through DocFetcher's interface.
· Customizable text and HTML file extensions (e.g. "nfo", "cpp", "java", "py", "shtml", and so on)
· Regular expression based exclusion of files from indexing
· Automatic index updates on changes to the indexed documents (optional).
· Preview panel with search-term highlighting and a simple built-in web browser
· Search results can be sorted and filtered according to different criteria (filetype, filesize, path, etc.).
· A portable version for both Windows and Linux is available, which, amongst other things, is useful in combination with volume encryption (TrueCrypt).
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Advanced setting 'InitialSorting' for changing the initial sorting of the results (e.g. sort by last-modified date instead of by score).
· Command-line index updating via '–update-indexes' parameter.
· Support for FLAC files.
· Certain MS Office files were not closed properly after indexing.
· Bug #462: Crash when changing the OS theme after indexing.
· File exclusion didn't work with UNC paths.
· Copying files on the result pane via Ctrl+C did not work.
· DocFetcher could not read RTF files created by TextMaker.
· DocFetcher got stuck when indexing corrupted MP3 files.
· Bug #487: Incorrect reference from the Windows Registry to the daemon executable.
· Workaround for bug #422 and others: Crash when expanding a node in the Search Scope during indexing.
· Bug #430: Crash when entering certain invalid queries, e.g. fuzzy query with similarity >= 1: “example~1”.
· Bug #469: AssertionError in some MS Word documents.
· When the indexes are loaded during startup, a loading message is...