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Find In Context & Firewalls

Exactly what file formats are supported?

Can I highlight and move all found files into their own subdirectory?

Why does my firewall ask me if I want to allow Find In Context to act as a server? If I say "No", I can't see the search reports in my browser then.

In order to see the search results and read the documents in your browser with the Context Viewer, you need to allow Find In Context to work as a local server. It will connect to your browser and feed it the pages to display. Find In Context doesn't connect to the Interent, all it needs is to be able to connect to your browser.

Exactly what file formats are supported?

Basically, FIC treats all files as if they were plain text. It means that it will be able to extract information from the majority of files belonging to word processors, databases, spreadsheets etc (e.g. Word, Excel files). Of course, there will be some level of "noise" because of the additional formatting information contained in those files. However, the text info itself will be extracted without any problems.

A good example of how it can be useful is search through email databases of Outlook, Netscape, Eudora or any other email program. Even though these software programs use proprietary database formats, they don't encrypt or compress the actual text of the emails, so FIC can search through the whole email database very fast and extract the information you need, without the need to "understand" the actual format of the database.

FIC will also be able to find text comments/description embedded in graphic files (e.g., TIFF or JPEG) regardless of the standard or software used to embed that info (IPTC, Exiff, etc). It can also read descriptions embedded in MP3 and other music files.

On the other hand, if the text information is compressed or encrypted within the file, FIC won't be able to extract it. An example of such file format is PDF. PDF files can't be read by Find In Context.

I would like to see a list of the full file names of the hits, but without the summaries, and be able to highlight them and move the found files into their own subdirectory. Can this be done?

No, it cannot be done, and that's why. FIC doesn't actually search for "files". It searches for information, i.e. for pieces of text relevant to the search criteria. That means that a particular file can (and often does) produce more than one "hit". If you search through a large file, e.g. an email database of Outlook, you might have many dozen hits, all referring to different parts of the same file. FIC looks at all files in the folders you search through as if they were all just one mass of text; it allows you then to search through it, read it here and there, without having to pay attention to such things as file names and locations of individual files.

Because of that emphasis on the actual information and content, rather than on files and their location, FIC can't really be used for file management purposes, at least in the current version.

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