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I would like to know if there are some active open source projects to develop alternatives to Google Desktop or Regain for Windows 7.

The situation is the following:

  • I have a folder full of PDF documents (organised in many subfolders). There is a least one document updated or created every day,
  • I often need to search some words and sentences in these documents,
  • Windows search and Agent Ransack are too slow and their interfaces do not suit my needs,
  • The interface of Regain suits my needs almost perfectly: I type my search criteria and I get a list of result with a short overview, but I can't restrict the search perimeter to a specific directory,
  • The last update to regain was on 2014-07-30 - this makes me wonder if it is outdated or uses obsolete components (and I wouldn't want to compromise the security of my computer),
  • I searched on many websites before posting here (This topic led me to Regain).

Here is an example of search results with Regain: Regain: example of search results

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I used to use Recoll and it was very neat: http://www.lesbonscomptes.com/recoll/ It uses poppler, the well-known PDF library.

Modern OS often have such search features by default, for instance Fedora provides Nepomuk. They can be very resource-intensive, though.

  • Thanks! I failed to mention though: the software needs to run on Windows. I updated my post to add the missing information. – Lucien Oct 5 '15 at 18:55
  • Oh. Maybe someone will do a port. Apparently Poppler is available in Windows too, so that's one thing less to worry about. – Nemo Oct 5 '15 at 18:58
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    Recoll now has an almost native port to windows; see the news at lesbonscomptes.com/recoll ... you might have to compile from source. Stay tuned for an installer, it's likely on its way. – baitisj Oct 10 '15 at 20:19
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From Brian Z.'s answer: DocFetcher is a cross-platform solution under Eclipse Public License and seems very powerful judging from the documentation.

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Anyway you mentioned that you have all the documents arranged in folders, in that case, try Adobe Reader's advance search feature.

Once you have opened the Adobe reader, Shift+Ctrl+F should bring up the interface [ or you can navigate by Edit(menu) -> Advance Search ] I noticed that for Regain you are running a server ( it must be a light weight one, but still its an extra process ) Screenshot is from Adobe Reader XI version. Advance Search Interface

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