FoxTrot Personal Search for Mac

FoxTrot Personal Search for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,213
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 08, 2014
  • Price:
    Update; $36.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    4.64MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Platform:
    Mac

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2 stars

"Contravenes Consumer law in this country under ACL2010"

July 12, 2014  |  By Ghostly02

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 5.0

Pros

Some functions work.

Cons

JUST DO NOT BUY THIS - The Personal version has one purpose only. That is to give a consumer the impression that the Personal Product is a stand alone product and fully functional. It is technically deceptive advertising to provide what appear to be functional processes that have no function other than to throw a Push Promotion for another product.

Summary

Here is the latest from CTM:

I understand your frustration to see that quite a few features are available in Pro.

unfortunately, we have to do things this way, because Foxtrot Personal does not cover its costs and hence is subsidized by the Professional version. It is important to us to have an entry level product because not everyone can afford Pro, but we do need the upgrade revenue to justify having an entry level product.

There are two things that can be done. One is that you get used to ignoring the features which are not inherently part of FoxTrot personal.

Exceptionally, I can offer a second alternative to you, which is to to offer you a discount on a copy of Pro, which, as you will have understood by now, does bring you much more functionality, instead of the 30% you are entitled to as a personal user.

Jean-Michel / CTM qa

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5 stars

"Very Impressive"

February 07, 2013  |  By waldorfog

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 4.0

Pros

Fastest indexer out there
Easy to use
Great for large amount of documents
OK Tabs, Bookmarks, Layout

Cons

No twitter activity
Distant Support
Not a very polished UI

Summary

Ok.. will start by stating that i have tried every document organizer/manager for mac out there: Devonthink, Eaglefiler, together, Yojimbo.. even Sente, Papers, Bookends and similar research tools. Spent many hours experimenting and looking for the tool to round off my workflow. In terms of indexing speed, which in my case is very important because I use hundreds of thousands of files, non of the above come close to Foxtrot. It is extremely fast. Indices are easy to manage, it has tabs, searches are bookmarked, layout works fine. I could not find a way to edit or add OpenMeta tags which would be nice. UI is not as polished as Devonthink, Together or Papers. I would also like to see it pick up my document's custom icons. Support seems distant and slow and they have only two tweets on their twitter account which is pretty sad considering its value. For this reasons I gave it a 4.5 instead of a 5.

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5 stars

"One of the best software investments I've made!"

March 05, 2012  |  By fmedinae

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 4.0b7

Pros

At work, it has signified for me much less stress to find that letter, that PDF, that report, that email where the information I urgently needed was—having very often someone at the other side of the phone waiting for it. I also use it at home to find that citation I needed among my research papers or OCR scanned documents.

I used to have other database applications, more tag orientend, but having to deal with Gigabites of texts, it simply was not the best approach. Now, although I still classify my info in mayor cathegories, I don't spend more time in tagging files, trying to guess when will I need to find them in order to arrange them accordingly. With FoxTrot I can find the context in the document I'm looking for, and not just the file to search in it. And the time scroll also lets me narrow the results, in real time.

I also use Yojimbo very much, and it was a so nice surprise to find out that FoxTrot even searches the Yojimbo database without necessarily having it running.

Cons

None. I wish I had known it years ago.

Summary

I recently have purchased a license of FoxTrot Professional and it's really one of the best software investments I've made.

A computer is as powerful as the programms you run in it, and FoxTrot has really empowered me to instantly find the right information. It's excellent!

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5 stars

"Do you want to save hours and hours of your time?"

September 10, 2010  |  By rkolle01

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 2.6

Pros

Very easy to use and quite fast scanning. It is waaaaaaaay better than using Google desktop search on my old windows system. Apple should buy the makers of FoxTrot!

Cons

As long as you have a good processor and enough memory, you shouldn't have any problems.

Summary

I'm a management consultant and spend about half my time in my home office. I used to spend hours and hours looking for a file that I swear that I had on one of my drives, but just could not locate. FoxTrot Personal Search has saved me countless hours of frustration. I strongly recommend this to anyone who is tired of misplacing files and then having that bad feeling when you can't find it.

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5 stars

"Saved the day..."

January 23, 2010  |  By ripvw51

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 2.5.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This app is awesome. I was on deadline to submit a grant proposal and couldn't for the life of me find a document containing pertinent information. Fortunately for me, I had a trial version of FoxTrot Personal Search (FPS) still active, so I fired it up. Upon first starting the app you are given a choice which folder on your hard drive you want to index. The index building process takes several minutes depending on the number of records it has to process. The index created makes for very fast searches using key word(s). The FPS uses normal boolean logic and wildcards. Well, when I typed in the search box the phrase "united way" that I so desperately needed to find, bam, a list of records (rtf, doc, pdf, etc.) popped up with all occurrences found in the folder selected to index. A separate viewer below this list shows a preview of the record with the phrase "united way" in bold and highlighted. There's also another window on the side that allows you to further drill down. For example, there's a section with a slider you use to narrow the date range to search. A second section shows the location(s) where the records were found (folders and subfolders on your hard drive) and the number of items found containing the key word(s) or phrase. You can also see in a third section the file type found (e.g., pdf, word processor, plain text, mail message, etc.) with the total number found. Within a few seconds I found the phrase I was looking for in a mail message from a colleague. That made my day and allowed me to complete the proposal on time. I immediately and gladly bought a license. There's more power under the hood (in Preferences) where you can add additional folders to include in the index (like User/Library/Mail for email searches), but it's not a good idea to index the entire hard drive because that will increase the size of the index file and slow down searches. Moreover, you can exclude certain folders (like a Backup folder) which will reduce redundancy and speed up the search function. I'm thrilled and highly recommend FPS if you have thousands of documents and/or email messages you need to regularly search for arcane data that you couldn't possibly keep straight in your head.

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

July 29, 2008  |  By MacHead

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 2.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Finally a local search tool that can wade through thousands of documents and provide accurate results with live previews. Even hyperlinks are maintained in HTML docs.

Amazingly fast indexing and tons of search features. A little pricey but it is one-of-a-kind.

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5 stars

"Warning re Entourage Email"

October 04, 2007  |  By harveymacfixit

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 1.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This product has the speed and control I've been looking for, but, contrary to the advertising, would not find Entourage email documents. Spent hours indexing and reindexing, to no avail; finally, someone suggested that you had to index the metadata in the user/library/caches/metadata/microsoft folder. That worked for while, but lately the product has stopped finding Entourage docs. Too bad - would like to buy the product otherwise and if it worked would be worth the price to me. There is almost no documentation; help file not available (though on the menu).

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5 stars

"Just Great!"

July 29, 2007  |  By Richard Gordon--2008

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 1.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Excellent! Use it all the time! I find spotlight useless for everyday work.

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5 stars

"Fantastic = Wow!"

March 31, 2007  |  By sloosley--2008

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 1.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is a must have for me. It is simply awesome! Type a few words and it finds and shows you the location in the files. Wow! Got love it. Thank you thank you thank you.
-s

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5 stars

"Just gets better and better"

March 21, 2007  |  By wj shack

 |  Version: FoxTrot Personal Search 1.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have a variety of indexing and searching tools: Spotlight, PathFinder, EagleFiler. Foxtrot is just head and shoulders ahead of everything else in capability. It finds every instance of a search term within a document and highlights them and allows you to jump from instance to instance and even gives a popup menu that shows all the instances in a short context.

It is wonderful to have my Entourage emails listed by subject line rather than a cryptic file name. I wrote an earlier review but the product has improved so much in capability and reliability that it deserves a new review.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
- Full support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks tags:

- multiple color badges displayed in the result list
- list of tags displayed in the preview header
- you can assign tags to one or multiple selected found files [pro]

- New thumbnail sheet (contact sheet) result view
- user interface improvements

- when using the multi-column result list, some columns can now be removed using the contextual menu
- added a button to the toolbar to toggle whether the popover preview of documents is enabled or not
- New toolbar icon to toggle screen layout
- Multiple thumbnail previews when selecting multiple found files
- When selecting multiple tags in the categorization pane, added a button to toggle between "all selected tags" and "any selected tag"

- Updated look and feel to integrate with the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
- FoxTrot Services Menu item, allowing searches from a selection of text within most applications [PRO]
- Ability to earch in a specific folder [PRO]
- Thumbnail popover in list of found items [PRO]
- system menu and AppleScript improvements [PRO]

- search using specific template
- search in a specific folder

- Action menu on one or multiple selected found files [PRO]

- move to trash
- move to folder
- rename
- reindex

- iOS sync improvements [PRO]:

- you can now automate the upload of indices to a server, where FoxTrot Attaché Search for iOS will download them
- iOS sync improvements: created ability to write custom AppleScripts for uploading index files
- Finder comments and tags are now indexed for all document types, and not only those for which a spotlight metadata importer exists

General
Publisher CTM Development
Publisher web site http://www.ctmdev.com
Release Date July 08, 2014
Date Added July 08, 2014
Version 5.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.64MB
File Name foxtrot_personal_search.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,213
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Update
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $36

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