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Hot Apps: Third-Party Desktop Search Tools Revisited

Until a dozen or so full moons ago, if you created a lot of documents and hoped to find them later, you had four choices: create a compulsively well-designed hierarchy of folders, subfolders, and filenames; wade through endless screens of My Documents files; play, and usually lose, the lottery with the Windows search feature; or open your billfold for a powerful third-party search tool (typically the better part of $100).

But as often, the tech world — especially the Internet — has changed the rules. Freebie desktop search tools such as Google Desktop beg for a reconsideration of the best solution. So I invited vendors of my favorite traditional desktop search products, X1 and NEO Pro, to provide their latest version.

X1 remains blazingly fast after it has indexed your hard disk. When you begin to type a search term, X1 instantly displays potential matches, narrowing its results while you type. You can then select and display matches with your search terms highlighted for hundreds of file formats (even if you don’t have the app that created the file), including email messages and email attachments.




The X1 desktop search application can highlight search terms found in documents and index and display hundreds of file formats even if you don't have the app that created the files installed.
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