LAN Search Pro
LAN Search Pro is a powerful network file search tool, allowing users to look for documents, photos, music or pictures on any computer in the network.
You may be tempted to believe that such an application is more or less difficult to use, but the way LAN Search Pro manages to handle this task is absolutely impressive.
First of all, the foundation of the whole program is an easy to use and clean interface that allows even the very beginners to take advantage of the great tools bundled into LAN Search Pro. There's a search field along with nifty buttons that lead you to other sides of the application, such as “Options” or “Password Management”.
Typing a file name in the search box and pressing the “Enter” button starts an instant search, which can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, depending on the size of the network and the number of results it may find.
If you wish to look for a certain file just on a single computer or exclude some systems, have a look in the “Options” menu in the “Net search” tab, where there's a dedicated tool to configure the search and scan the entire network, only the specified computers, the given IPs or exclude some systems.
If some of the content shared over your LAN is password protected, you can configure LAN Search Pro to authenticate before searching for files using the dedicated “Password Management” screen.
Once a scan comes to an end, you may export the results in three different formats, HTML, XML or CSV, but you can also save the results to load them back into the app at a later time.
Overall, LAN Search Pro is quite a handy tool, especially if your computer is part of a large network. And it's no doubt it comes as a more effective replacement to the classic Windows search tool, requiring at the same time a lower amount of hardware resources.