needed a search engine for PCNet. The aforementioned
index server was getting more and more cranky
and even though I had written custom code
for the output I still wasn't happy with it.
dtSearch I have a world class search
engine, all in less than 10 minutes ... Highly
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I'm always looking for a way to keep up with
stuff and frankly Windows search doesn't cut it.
Even the indexing service in NT/200x/XP is, as
far as I'm concerned, miserable.
I've been aware of dtSearch for quite some time;
they've been around since 1991, but I'd lost track
of them until I ran into a new version of their
dtSearch Desktop product. It came at just the
right time, I was pretty much unable to find anything
in my archived email and it did a great job of
indexing my 10,000 plus emails to the point where
I can find that critical email in a couple of
Search features are robust and you can use fuzzy,
phonic, wildcard and more in your searches. But
most of all it's blazingly fast. It supports just
about any file format as well; HTML, ZIP, PDF,
XML, Access and more.
But I had a bigger problem, I needed a search
engine for PCNet. The aforementioned index server
was getting more and more cranky and even though
I had written custom code for the output I still
wasn't happy with it.
I figured if dtSearch Desktop did such a great
job why not try dtSearch Web? It's not cheap,
but hey, a good search tool that's easy to use
is indispensable and a trail version is available.
I was more than a little hesitant, typically I
get involved in a server project and, given my lack
of skills, it's a major undertaking involving installs,
uninstalls, restores and lots of expletives but
given the huge growth in the download area I was
I installed the package, no problems there, and
started up the index wizard. Figuring I'd start
with the most critical area I selected the PCNet
download area. I selected the pages I wanted to
index, told the wizard where I wanted them stored
and bang, it did it and did it FAST. Even though
the numbers looked good I still didn't quite believe
it so I created another index for another area.
It went even faster.
Next I fired up the search page generation wizard.
I selected the index (the downloads area, but I
could have included as many indexes as I had created),
told it where I wanted them placed and bang, the
download area search form was created.
Nah, it couldn't be that easy. I fired up my browser,
navigated to the search form and fed it a query
that I knew the results of. Everything turned up.
Here are some of the features of dtSearch Web:
Now I'll probably not use even half of these features,
but who knows, I might grow a brain but until then
I have a world class search engine, all in less
than 10 minutes.
- Windows GUI administration interface.
- Uses the Windows Task Scheduler.
- Simple configuration to connect to IIS
web server via ASP and ISAPI
- Spider for web site robot indexing comes
with all versions of the software
- Also indexes local file systems and
- Can include based on URL path and exclude
based on file type extension
- Can exclude text between <!--BeginNoIndex-->
and <!--EndNoIndex--> tags.
- Incremental index updates.
- In addition to English supports French,
German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish,
Danish, Portuguese (Brazilian/European),
Finnish and Norwegian
- Unicode support, including Arabic
- Indexes and searches nested XML fields
- ODBC interface to databases
- Indexes HTML, Outlook email directories,
PDF, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft
Access, PowerPoint, RTF, ZIP archives
- Supports multiple indexes, each containing
4 to 8 gigabytes of text
- Search type option for forms, selecting
among "all words", "any
words", "exact phrase",
and "boolean" search types.
- Searching using phrases, Boolean operators,
natural-Language queries, fuzzy logic,
stemming and phonetic matches.
- Can search specified fields and meta
- Advanced search interface lists search
zones, query options, fuzziness, number
of results and sorting options.
- Default search result (wizard generated)
page shows results in side frame.
- Match word highlighting in search results
- Can display web pages and office documents
in browser with match words marked.
- Extensive customization, including ASP
- Customizable logging of search requests
(very handy for seeing what people are
- API supports Java JNI, C++, Visual C++,
Visual Basic, .NET, and Delphi
If only writing these articles was so easy.
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