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Posted by doablesoftware
Apr 8, 2018 at 11:13 PM

 

any updated lists of things with good search?


**best post on search** (could be more simplified tho, good usage of caps as **bolds**)

- (2016) http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/6316/0/list-of-all-the-info-managers-with-search-folders


**search as you type** (onenote has this and some other things has this)

- (2015) http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/5971/0/search-as-you-type


**‘smart’ folders**
- (2015) http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/6006/0/text-editors-with-smart-folder-saved-search-filter-functionality


**searching within attached files**

- (2015) http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/6050/0/any-windows-offline-note-taker-apps-that-allows-to-import-ms-office-msg-docx-xlsx-and-pdf-files-and-search-within-them
- (2015) http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/5991/0/programs-that-search-attachments


current 2018 solution?

- unknown http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/8160/0/effective-searching-finding-your-info

in case anything was missed, could just add

 


Posted by Jan S.
Apr 9, 2018 at 07:46 AM

 

https://www.powergrep.com/index.html?wlr=1
https://jblevins.org/projects/deft/
https://dtsearch.com/
https://geoff.greer.fm/ag/

 


Posted by mdlynam
Apr 9, 2018 at 01:42 PM

 

I’ve seen mention of dtsearch a few times in the forum.  Does anyone know of a decent ‘front end’ for dtsearch?  I know it’s not meant for a general desktop user, but would be curious if others have found its interface a bit lacking.

 


Posted by Jan S.
Apr 9, 2018 at 02:20 PM

 

x1 is a lot more user friendly (and cheaper), https://www.x1.com/products/x1_search/

But it really depends what exactly you want to search for where. Questions like: what is the best app with search in 2018 can’t really be answered.

If you just want to search text files in a set of fixed directories, then grep, ag or some other command line tool is probably hard to beat since they are very fast and also free. You have to learn the syntax, though.

mdlynam wrote:
I’ve seen mention of dtsearch a few times in the forum.  Does anyone
>know of a decent ‘front end’ for dtsearch?  I know it’s not meant for a
>general desktop user, but would be curious if others have found its
>interface a bit lacking.

 


Posted by mdlynam
Apr 9, 2018 at 04:00 PM

 

Thanks, Jan.

I do like X1, it’s my go-to at work.  What I like about dtsearch is the ability to include synonyms in the search.  I also use carrot2 now that iMetaSearch is defunct.  I really, really, like the ability to see what categories my search results fall in to.  That kind of auto-analysis isn’t fool-proof, but for me it’s a good starting point when assembling and making connections between various topics.  I’m babbling and off-topic now. 

 


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