April 28, 2013
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Description of DocFetcher 1.1.7
Fast desktop search tool
DocFetcher is an Open Source desktop search application: It allows you to quickly access documents on your computer by typing keywords. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository. The application is currently available for Windows and GTK-based Linux distributions.
• Automatic index updates: Indexes are updated automatically when files in the corresponding folders are modified, even when DocFetcher isn't running. This is done via a daemon that waits in the background and watches all indexed folders. The daemon has very low CPU usage, because, rather than indexing files itself, it only remembers which indexes need to be updated the next time DocFetcher is launched.
• A portable version: Runs on both Windows and Linux. You can put all your documents in it and then freely move the entire folder around (i.e., DocFetcher + indexes + documents). Possible destinations include other computers, encrypted volumes (TrueCrypt), CD-ROMs and USB drives. The portable version can also be used for sharing an indexed document repository across a local area network, or across the OS'ses of a Windows/Linux dual boot system.
• Detection of HTML pairs, e.g. "foo.htm" and a folder named "foo_files". Each pair will be treated as a single document. This feature may seem rather useless on first sight, but it turned out that this dramatically increases the quality of the search results when you're searching for HTML files, since all the "clutter" inside the HTML folders disappears from the results.
• Search in source code files: The file extensions by which DocFetcher recognizes plain text and HTML files can be fully customized. Therefore you can use DocFetcher to search in any kind of source code.
• Regular expression based exclusion of files from indexing.
• Various file operations on the document repository can be performed through DocFetcher's interface (e.g. creating folders, inserting new files).
• Preview panel with search-term highlighting and a simple built-in web browser.
• Search results can be sorted and filtered by different criteria (filetype, filesize, path, etc.).
• Global hotkey to bring DocFetcher to the front.
Requirements for DocFetcher 1.1.7
Java Runtime Environment
What is new in version 1.1.7
• 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 shown in the Search Scope pane.
• Files on the result pane can now be opened by pressing Enter.
• Windows installer: Daemon is now installed for all users, not only for the current user.
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