Desktop search softwares and long PDF files: need your advice

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  1. Jean Marc

    Jean Marc Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    I've got a big PDF database (around 8 GB) and some of these PDF files are very long: 18,000 pages and 400 Mb. The PDF versions are different (v1.1 up to v1.6).

    Beside its reliability, I would like to have a software that allows to locate searches (keywords) within PDFs.

    What would you recommend?


    Tia for your help ;)
    Cheers


    PS : I currently use Foxit Reader
     
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  2. JRViejo

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    Jean Marc,
    Looks like your Foxit Reader has a Find feature, similar to Adobe Reader, according to a screen capture (seen below) on their Web site. That feature does not work for you?
     

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  3. Jean Marc

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    Hi JRViejo,

    I know this feature but it's not handy when you've got a large amount of PDFs. Each time you have to perform a search through thousands of pages (!!!) and it's very tedious and long...

    That's the reason why I'd like to have a desktop search software to quickly find what I want.

    Tia,
    Cheers
     
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  5. Jean Marc

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    Hi Ian,

    I tried it but it can't do the job properly... :rolleyes:
    It is unable to process large PDFs : obviously, it doesn't index the whole content and furthermore it is unable to open to large files (it freezes!).

    Tia
     
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    "InfoRapid Search & Replace", free.

    I am using it and it works well but I don't know how it will perform with so big pdf files as yours...

    Please note:

    "Searching PDF files
    Before you can search PDF files with InfoRapid, you first have to copy the freeware program pdftotext.exe, which is part of the XPDF package, into the installation directory of InfoRapid Search & Replace. Please click here to download a zip archive with the program pdftotext.exe.
    "
     
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    http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-desktop-search-utility.htm

    Try the last free X1 discussed here.

    Ian
     
  8. Jean Marc

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    Hi,

    I tried X1 Desktop out and it can't do the job...
    Hoping nfoRapid Search & Replace will be the right solution!

    Cheers
     
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    I use ISYS.

    It's not free nor is it cheap. But it sure does work well.
     
  11. Jean Marc

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    Thanks for the advice, I'm gonna try them out;)

    Cheers
     
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