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Posted by Cyganet
Mar 23, 2021 at 07:31 AM


I would also be interested in hearing about solutions, e.g. is Zoot a good option?

Related to the desktop search programs mentioned above, there’s a huge range in pricing so perhaps also in functionality.

Can anyone speak from experience about how they compare? I’m on Windows and would want to search inside OneDrive, OneNote, office documents, emails and PDFs.

Thank you.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 23, 2021 at 02:39 PM


Sorry, @eurobubba, I’ve only just seen this – many apologies!

I’ve used HoudahSpot too, but there’s no real comparison between it and FoxTrot Pro. The basic version of FoxTrot Search does more or less the same thing as HoudahSpot – in fact, I’d say the latest version of HoudahSpot is rather more sophisticated. But once you move over to FoxTrot Pro, there really isn’t any comparison. Notably the ability to include/exclude specific indexes is amazingly useful, as is the word clusters function (this term near that term, to a specified degree). The one thing I’d love FoxTrot Pro to have is HoudahSpot’s rather neat “folding” capability (i.e. HoudahSpot folds up all paragraphs between one search “hit” and the next search “hit”, so you can see them close together but also in context – neat).

It really depends on your needs – if you’re a heavy text producer/user for many different clients, you’re going to go for FoxTrot Pro. If you’ve got broader/less specialised needs, you’re going to opt for HoudahSpot. I also occasionally use PDF Search, which I can thoroughly recommend. The limitations are effectively stated in the name ;-)

There’s a useful rundown of the differences between the different versions of FoxTrot Pro here: http://foxtrot-search.com/compare.html


eurobubba wrote:
Interesting. Can you (or anyone else here) comment on how it compares to
> >MadaboutDana wrote:
>>FoxTrot Pro is the bees’ pyjamas for macOS, of course.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 23, 2021 at 02:43 PM


Oh, the only other thing to mention is that HoudahSpot effectively uses Spotlight indexing behind the scenes (it amounts to a vastly more flexible version of Spotlight, really), whereas FoxTrot Pro creates its own indices.



Posted by Smithers
Mar 23, 2021 at 09:42 PM


There’s a service out there, I can’t remember it’s name, that was specifically designed to map autoresponders.

It was designed for internet marketers—i believe.  It was expensive.  I used it once, to map the autoresponders of one of my client’s competitors. 

Now I’ve gotta see what it was!  I can’t remember the name!


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