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Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 27, 2013 at 04:30 PM


Dr Andus wrote:
>In the meantime I’ve upgraded to Adobe Reader XI to see if it makes a
>difference. It returns the same (incomplete) result, except now it
>includes 4 PDFs (instead of 3). But there is still no sign of the other
>6 PDFs that XChange finds with the same search term. I think I’ll be
>sticking with XChange for my searches for now…

Out of curiosity I also ran the test in Copernic Desktop Search and it also found 9 PDFs, just like XChange. And it seemed the fastest of all 3 (again, perhaps because of the indexing).


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 27, 2013 at 05:20 PM


Yes, perfectly true, Copernic does create indexes (indices), unlike the two others. But I think the two others win in terms of search result presentation!

I hadn’t realised Adobe Reader XI is out - I must download it.


Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM


BTW, thank you all for your replies. Some interesting combinations of tools came up here. It looks like the “3 tools” restriction was conducive to revealing some of the implicit workflows, which I find even more interesting than the tools themselves.


Posted by Gorski
Feb 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM


Zoot - For quickly grabbing, highlighting and categorizing information from the Web. Mostly I grab and highlight text rather than whole Web pages. (I’m a news editor and I’m constantly on deadline, so speed is paramount and Zoot is the best tool for this in my experience)

OneNote - For more leisurely notetaking, modest outlining, storing staff emails by project (retrieving archived email is a nightmare in my office and you can dump email from Outlook to a destination in OneNote with one click.) I also like its flawless synchronization so I always have it on my phone, at home and on my laptop. It’s also great for grabbing images. I could do some or all of this in Zoot but find it wanting in various respects.

UltraEdit - For writing, coding, sometimes outlining and numerous other text manipulation tasks. I prefer writing in plain text and sometimes toy with going plain-text only but it doesn’t work well for marking up articles and other reasons.


Posted by moritz
Feb 27, 2013 at 06:38 PM


survival on a lonely island would probably work if I had these
1. Office
2. MindManager
3. Dtsearch

(now, I guess that for most folks in this forum “top 30” would be easier to answer :-)


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