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    Posted: 12 Oct 2011 at 1:51pm
Hello,
I don't have/use Acrobat, but I have lots of pdf files that I have collected.
Many of them are books, History etc, that I would like to search.
Rather than searching individualy, I'm wondering if there is a Search tool (shareware or something)
that will search all of the files ?

I'm sure there is; so my questions are these;
1) what is a good one, (good = simple yet robust, easy to set up maintain....)
2) are there any that will do text and text as image
3) needs to work across many vintages of pdf files

I'm on Vista, and use Reader v10
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aandi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2011 at 2:16pm
I have a feeling that the Windows indexing facility should just work. It doesn't understand PDF files natively, but I _think_ that Reader installs a system extension to index PDF files.
 
Have you tried it?
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Are you talking about a search under the "start" menu ?
Assuming I've indexed certain folders, or is there a special search option.

Not sure if this would do the text/image files


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any other options/programs ??
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rowan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct 2011 at 2:23pm
I think they've discontinued Google Desktop Search but what about something like Copernic Desktop Search? That will let you search PDF files (amongst other files).



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Post Options Post Options   Quote cowboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct 2011 at 9:14pm
Thanks
Sounds like an option, I wonder if it will search the PDF files that are image based ?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rowan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2011 at 11:34am
I doubt that it will search for PDF files that are image based. To search an image based PDF this would require the PDF to be OCR'd first. I've had a quick look on their site and I don't see any mention of OCR support.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cowboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2011 at 1:56pm
Thanks

Anyone know of anything that will search with OCR ?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cowboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Oct 2011 at 3:28pm
Anything on OCR ?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aandi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Oct 2011 at 3:37pm
Acrobat will OCR, but not as part of searching. So will other products. They convert an image-only PDF to a text PDF, which can then be indexed.
 
There is nothing wrong in theory with something that does OCR while indexing (indeed, Google does), but I haven't seen anything in practice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cowboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 2011 at 2:03pm
I guess the issue for me then is this, since I have many files like this it would be quite an effort to convert them all, and since I may only use them occasionally, hence the OCR search would be the preferred method....

p.s. It seems like a gaping hole, that while you are "in" i.e. viewing a PDF doc, that is image based you can't search it ????
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