Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

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Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by 58Random » 21 Sep 2011 21:01

I registered for this forum in order to inquire whether the developer of Xyplorer would have any interest in taking over development of Locate32, which is a fine desktop search program. The developer of locate32 posted today that he basically does not intend to further develop it. I use both Xyplorer and Locate32 and otherwise have no affiliation with either.

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by admin » 21 Sep 2011 21:14

Hi and welcome,

interesting, but does locate32 do anything that XY does not?

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by 58Random » 21 Sep 2011 21:38

It indexes file names so a search for a file name is much quicker.

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by zer0 » 21 Sep 2011 21:58

No disrespect meant to the product, but is it not reinventing the wheel of Windows Search Index?
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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by 58Random » 21 Sep 2011 22:08

I don't know if it is reinventing the wheel, but it seems to make the wheel turn faster.

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by TheQwerty » 21 Sep 2011 22:13

zer0 wrote:No disrespect meant to the product, but is it not reinventing the wheel of Windows Search Index?
It was better than Windows prior to Vista/7 and was trying to fill the same gap as, the also recently killed, Google Desktop.

Considering it's open source but only has one (quitting) developer I'd say it probably hasn't managed to maintain anything compelling compared to Microsoft's newer non-crappy attempts.
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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by nas8e9 » 21 Sep 2011 22:14

Two things XYplorer is missing are (arguably) indexed search (which Locate32 could provide) as well as the ability to search inside compressed or otherwise binary files (Office XML files, compressed as ZIP's, i.e. docx, xlsx, etc.). From a quick glance, Locate32 doesn't solve the latter (through IFilter support or otherwise)?

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by eil » 23 Sep 2011 01:17

imo, it's good that XY has no indexing, 'cause it's crappy technology(same imo). seriously, do users create(copy) and delete so few files a day that indexing can be up to date?! yet, it's just a humiliation over HD. :?
as for Locator32 -it's good for it's free and has many options for search, but indexing.. already mentioned. probably this was the reason i have chosen shareware searcher when i checked all the search programs i could find a 1.5 year ago(no indexing, great amount of search options, search in 15+ archive types, internal preview and on top not heavy on ram/cpu 8) ).

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by Jerry » 12 Oct 2011 17:57

I haven't used Locate32, but have found Everything.exe (from http://voidtools.com) to be hands-down, the fastest, best implemented name-based search tool there is. While it does maintain a minimal index of sorts, it's not done in the cumbersome, performance impacting way of other similar tools. (I think it takes some advantage of the Master File Table (MFT) in NTFS.) I routinely use it to search across over 17 TB of files on as many as 15 attached USB drives. And I am always detaching/attaching drives.

Unfortunately, the author of this program is not very active in maintaining it on a timely basis, but even with it's current issues, it works exceedingly well and is absolutely indispensable to me.
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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by aurumdigitus » 12 Oct 2011 19:36

Can't remember a time without using locate32. That said, at first blush Everything.exe looks promising and will try it for awhile. The latter software seems to have the advantage in simplicity of operation.

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by Jerry » 12 Oct 2011 19:54

aurumdigitus wrote:Can't remember a time without using locate32. That said, at first blush Everything.exe looks promising and will try it for awhile. The latter software seems to have the advantage in simplicity of operation.
You should use this beta (alpha) version, 1.2.1.451a, which has some improvements, such as search history and auto-completion:
http://forum.voidtools.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=592
It's been out for awhile and I've been using it with no problems.
You will not be disappointed, at least with regards to speed.

Note that Everything.exe won't search network drives, though I think there's something you can run separately to have it search drives on networked computers. And while the regexp is great, the library he's currently using doesn't match foreign characters (unicode I guess). So for example you can't match "Händel" with "H.ndel", but it will otherwise find files with "Händel" directly. [This is a particularly longstanding issue for me.]
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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by aurumdigitus » 12 Oct 2011 20:25

Jerry wrote:You should use this beta (alpha) version, 1.2.1.451a, which has some improvements, such as search history and auto-completion:
http://forum.voidtools.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=592
Thank you for the "heads up".

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by Jerry » 12 Oct 2011 20:34

aurumdigitus wrote:
Jerry wrote:You should use this beta (alpha) version, 1.2.1.451a, which has some improvements, such as search history and auto-completion:
http://forum.voidtools.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=592
Thank you for the "heads up".
Alas, as you can see from that post, the current alpha version was created by the author, David Carpenter, nearly 2 years ago! I intend to start a post there suggesting he make the code available as open source. Oh, if only he was as dedicated to his users as Don!
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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by eil » 12 Oct 2011 22:14

not promoting or anything, but got interested what will anyone say(or maybe try and compare) about FileLocator. though Pro(paid) version is much more advanced there is a Lite(free) version to try. i've been using it for long time(Pro), and never found any better with same abilities.

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Re: Any interest in taking over development of Locate32?

Post by aurumdigitus » 13 Oct 2011 12:51

Jerry wrote:Oh, if only he was as dedicated to his users as Don!
Amen, brother, amen!

To eil - Will try to test drive FileLocator but year end pressure at work is mounting already so it may be some time. :(

Getting back to XY, there was recently a tip on the Forum about using Info Panel|Find Files|Attributes|Directory to locate Folders. Very nice.

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