Pros Quickly assembles search results with different criteria
Cons Untrustworthy, will try another desktop search program.
Summary I loved Copernic when I first downloaded it, but I have run into too many instances where a document I know is on my hard disk doesn't show up in the search. When I go looking for it manually, sure enough, there it is. Copernic is great when I find an email or file quickly, it's a headache when I know the file is there but Copernic ain't showing it.
Pros Fast, convenient
Cons Searches frequently miss files
Summary If I can't completely trust that a search engine will find what I'm looking for, then what good is it really? There have been too many times when Copernic Desktop Search has missed files that meet my criteria, and I'm not talking about obscure files. Standard Word and Text documents in My Documents folder that have never changed and that contain the word or words I'm looking for don't get picked up by Copernic. What's up with that? And the web-based tech support appears to be non-existant or non-workable. I like Copernic a lot but if I can't trust it, I won't use it.
Pros Fast finder, very accurate !!
Cons Carefull in combination with other software
Summary Let's rate the prduct at 7.5 because it conflicts with some backup software.
When Copernic Desktop search is active and you use Outlook 2003 (with .pst files - archiving files included) my Retrospect backup software (from Dantz) will NOT backup the .pst files (error code : the file(s) is (are) locked).
Even the very simple XCOPY command 'hangs'.
But Copernic Desktop Search finds the data very fast, so I only start it when I need it.
Pros Very fast. Previews, great interface.
Cons Search criteria too wide so brings up dozens of irrelevant files
Summary So much to like about this program, but for the one big flaw. Searching for a file with, say, the word "project" in it, shows up not only files with that word, but any path with that word and thus all files in that folder which don't match the criteria except for the fact that the word is in the directory path to it. Also if the word simply appears somewhere in the text of the document itself. As such, dozens and even hundreds of entirely irrelevant files show up in the search results. For me, this is a surprising problem which impacts on the basic function of the program in a big way. If this was fixed, I would rate it 9.5.
Pros Free, fast searching, supports firefox
Cons Can't support more than 1 browser at a time, thumbnailing for pictures could be better
Summary By far the best free desktop search tool. Unlike google, it clearly seperates web results from desktop results. The interface also feels much cleaner than the other desktop search tools.
I use this program daily at work and at home, and I honestly can't live without it. This is the closest thing to Apple's spotlight that the PC will probably ever see.
My only reasons for not giving it a 10 are that it can't index more than one web browser at a time (I personally use firefox 80% and IE 20%), and the thumnails for picture and video results could be better. It would be nice if you could define how large they are.
The preview pane should also display side by side with the search results as well as below.