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Posted by Lucine
Mar 29, 2024 at 10:39 AM


Is there a software for Windows that searches inside selected pdfs (eg a specific folder of pdfs or you upload a couple of pdfs and group them, doesnt matter how but you have to be able to search various groups of pdfs and possibly save the group content info).

And it has to produce a list of results found inside all the pdfs. Then you have to be able to select any search result and it jumps to the corresponding PDF line/paragraph.

DtSearch is very good, but it only produces a list of output in plain text, with the page nr in which the results were found, and no ability to jump to that line.

Copernic desktop and other tools like this did not search inside. UltraRecall upload of the files did not find keywords that were definitely in the PDFs.

AtLasTi does all of the above but is expensive, and it takes a long time to start a project/upload documents/select which docs to search, then the searching itself. Then the output they put in a window where only half the window has the pdf content, and resizing the window is a hassle, and they dont have browse options to move the pdf (eg the hand tool to move a page with the mouse). They only have a small side scroll bar.

Does anyone know of such software for windows? It’s extremely crucial for my studies but atlasti/dtsearch have been a pain to keep up for reasons mentioned above.


Posted by Lucas
Mar 29, 2024 at 05:06 PM


A good free option that seems to do everything you ask for, except “save the group content info”, is:


See instructions here for searching a folder of PDFS:



Posted by Amontillado
Mar 29, 2024 at 05:20 PM


Will Obsidian search the text component of OCR’d PDFs?

Lucas wrote:
A good free option that seems to do everything you ask for, except “save
>the group content info”, is:
> >https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer/download?fileid=448
> >See instructions here for searching a folder of PDFS:
> >https://superuser.com/questions/402673/how-to-search-inside-pdfs-with-windows-search/402704#402704
> >


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