Copernic Desktop Search

Copernic Desktop Search

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 200 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2
  • Total Downloads:
    267,053
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 06, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    20.85MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    422
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #5 in Search Tools

Editors' Review

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Copernic Desktop Search is an advanced search tool that indexes and scans your Windows PC's hard drives for specific files.

Pros

Powerful search: In stark contrast to the default Windows search option, Copernic Desktop Search gives you complete, detailed control over searching for files in a somewhat intuitive interface. Though Windows 7 and 8 have decent search features that should suffice for the average user, Copernic Desktop Search displays search parameters much more elegantly than Windows does.

Automatic filtering: Copernic Desktop Search automatically indexes and displays media files and documents via tabbed results. Many file types -- including movies, music, and documents -- are previewable in the Copernic Desktop Search interface as well.

Cons

Tedious trial procedure: To sign up for the full trial version, Copernic Desktop Search forces you to scour the Help section and click a link to request a trial key...from a French website. It's not the best process for enticing users to sign up for the Pro version. We would much prefer a trial version unlocked by default for 30 days in the native app.

Limited audience: It's hard to justify going Pro, especially when the built-in Windows search runs relatively satisfactorily for most common file types. There are other solutions for finding and managing hard-to-find files, such as spending a couple minutes to properly organize your email and data, or searching via power commands. Copernic's most notable advantages apply primarily to the most cluttered, file-hoarding, disorganized Windows users.

Bottom Line

Copernic Desktop Search is a niche product for a small audience. For most users, the free version will be enough (if the default Windows search isn't already doing the job). Copernic does go that extra mile by throwing in email search from a single console, which could come in handy. Ultimately, Copernic Desktop Search accomplishes what it advertises and does it well, but the Pro version may be a tough sell. Download it and try it out for yourself.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Do not upgrade to new version"

October 05, 2014  |  By acoustesh

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.1.2.5606

Pros

Old version was very nice

Cons

Does not work. Even paid version doesn´t work. Technical support is very bad

Summary

Keep your old version. Do not upgrade.

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1 stars

"Negative. v4.05 has very low file limit search."

March 17, 2014  |  By SoftwareTestPilot

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.0.5.1231

Pros

Better search than what Windows 7 offers internally.

Cons

I've used this software for years. Just recently with their 4.05 Lite update release, it re-indexed everything then ceased searching my files. It now has a drastic limit reduction! Very disappointed. Now looking for another free desktop search.

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2 stars

"Free version works but with restrictions"

February 28, 2014  |  By yowface1

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.0.5.1231

Pros

Scans your local hard disk quickly.

Cons

Doesn't let you add in new file types to be scanned even if the files are text based. Won't scan Microsoft Outlook email (at least not my 64-bit 2013 Outlook)

Summary

If you just want basic desktop scanning and don't need to make any modifications to the base product then this program will work for you. If you need to scan anything else, try using the native scanner built into Windows 7 as it finds more matches and integrates with email.

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3 stars

"DOWNGRADE AND SENT ME TO A FRENCH SITE TO ACTIVATE"

February 28, 2014  |  By jcadbiz

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.0.5.1231

Pros

FREE
Probably still works okay.

Cons

USED TO BE BETTER - now limited to 75,000 files - and has some kind of new AUTHORIZATION PROCESS that it never had before - and BLEW IT ON THE INSTALL PACKAGE for some reason.

Summary

I'm going to wait until 4.1 or so - somebody obvious had a bad day building the install. Also I want to see a NEO review before I even take a chance installing this version.

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4 stars

"Quite Pleased"

November 11, 2013  |  By TBanghart

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search Lite 4.0.2.1085

Pros

Comprehensive List of Files
Easily sorted by Name or Date
Preview allows quick view if needs to be opened.
Not overly comples
Search intuitive based on keywords or lack thereof.

Cons

Does not load as quick on double [ctrl} click as Google did.
Lots of revisions have been released lately

Summary

I found it very comprehensive. I was a Google Desktop Search user,and after that was retired looked for a comparable product. Copernic meets my expectations.

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1 stars

"can't even search for .pst files"

November 04, 2013  |  By kteaff

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search Lite 4.0.2.1085

Pros

none. none. none. (CNET told me I had to have at least ten characters in my review)

Cons

not intuitive
won't search for .pst files
won't allow addition of .pst to its file-search table

Summary

Wasted 15 minutes downloading and trying to use this piece of junk, then uninstalling it, then writing this review.

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2 stars

"Immediately uninstalled due to lack of Outlook support"

September 24, 2013  |  By shiner1963

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search Lite 4.0.2.1017

Pros

Looks nice.

Cons

Can't Outlook email.

Summary

If I cant search email this function is mostly useless to me.

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1 stars

"Don't download the free app - Outlook search is gone."

September 11, 2013  |  By glenn_dr

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

Pros

I used to love the free app but in their lite newest version you loose the ability to search Outlook.

Cons

You can't search Outlook in the lates release.

Summary

The new release updated for me today 9/11/13 and they took away Outlook search

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5 stars

"I love this app!"

May 10, 2013  |  By EllenParrish

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

Pros

fast, comprehensive search. Pro version doesn't spam up your desktop. Who has time and patience to wait for windows explorer. Also, you can really get specific with keyword and file type searches

Cons

the indexing takes a little effort to conquer

Summary

If you have to sift through zillions of folders for obscure documents this is the app for you!

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1 stars

"Adds advertisements to EVERYTHING"

April 02, 2013  |  By phlypp

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

Pros

Did find the files I was looking for.

Cons

After I installed, ads started popping up everywhere, Reddit, newspaper columns, comment fields, etc. It talked about an ad-free version if you paid but I assumed this meant ads when you were using the software, not in my entire browsing experience. STAY AWAY!

Summary

Malware infected, unless you don't mind ads in everything you read on-line.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2

Version 4.2.0 - November 4, 2014

Changes & Improvements

  • Improved PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint file extractors
    • Fixed text superposition issue for PDF documents
    • Fixed indexation issue for PDF and Word documents
    • Fixed indexation issue for special characters for PDF documents
    • Fixed stack overflow issue for ODS, Word and PowerPoint documents
  • Added "Browser" refine criteria for History and Favorites categories
  • Improved search speed for the File Name refine field
  • Added the option to Search as you type
  • Added the feature to automatically select the entire text when the search bar or refinement is selected
  • Added the feature to show the refine field history when selected
  • Added a gray border on the interface to increase the contrast on white background
  • Improved interface to standardize the header in the Preview Pane
  • Improved the integration with external links inside the application; the default browser is now used
  • Added credentials for connections requiring proxy
  • Improved Feedback window to allow users to contact different Copernic departments (Help > Give us Feedback...)
  • Added validation to ignore key events not originating from the keyboard

Fixes

  • Fixed configuration issue for archives files indexation
  • Fixed licensing issue when installing a software update
  • Fixed index directory display issue in the options pane
  • Fixed date sorting issue
  • Fixed display issue for icons with extensions longer than 5 characters
  • Fixed issue when the index is no longer available
  • Fixed issue when starting the application when the index file is locked by another software
  • Fixed error message inside the Lite version when serial number is invalid
  • Fixed an issue when moving the index
  • Fixed an issue with opening and printing sub-documents for Microsoft Outlook documents
  • Fixed issue when starting the application when some Windows folders are invalid
  • Fixed an issue when calling the COM function
  • Fixed issues when starting the application
  • Fixed user interface issue when the interface is expended
  • Fixed user interface issue in the Preview Pane header
  • Fixed user interface issue when the Windows task bar is configured to auto-hide
  • Fixed losing configuration issue when updating from previous version
  • Fixed saving issue when using a different calendar then the Gregorian one
  • Fixed user interface issue when an image is contained inside a resource
  • Fixed issue with links to Copernic's website in the application
  • Fixed user interface issue in Standard View when the user was adding or removing another column
  • Fixed issue with the preview and copy of RSS feeds
  • Fixed issue with temporary files used for previews (Read Only)
  • Fixed display issue with the indexing status
  • Fixed updating issue with non-administrator account
  • Fixed several minor issues
General
Publisher Copernic
Publisher web site http://www.copernic.com
Release Date November 04, 2014
Date Added November 06, 2014
Version 4.2
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Search Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 20.85MB
File Name copernicdesktopsearch.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 267,053
Downloads Last Week 422
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.95

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