FoxTrot Personal Search
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FoxTrot Personal Search delivers the fastest, most focused and precise way to find data in the files on your Mac. Based on the revolutionary FoxTrot search engine -- used in more than 40 countries by users of CTM's PowerMail -- FoxTrot Personal Search brings high performance document retrieval and indexing to your most important files.
What's New
Version 4.6:

OS X 10.9 Mavericks support
  • Finder tags are indexed and categorized, in addition to OpenMeta tags.
Miscellaneous improvements
  • Google Earth .kml files are now indexed.
  • A hidden preference has been added to allow indexing a given file type using the metadata importer of another file type.
Bug fixes
  • Some text documents containing very long lines with no space character could fail to display in the preview pane.
  • Some document types were not indexed when no specific metadata importer was found, although they were a variant of another document type for which a compatible importer existed.
  • Indexing .eml files (email messages exported from Microsoft Outlook or other email clients) that contained large attachments using EagleFiler's Spotlight importer would cause some performance problems (the fix requires FoxTrot 4.6 or later and EagleFiler 1.6.1 or later).
Version 4.6:

OS X 10.9 Mavericks support
  • Finder tags are indexed and categorized, in addition to OpenMeta tags.
Miscellaneous improvements
  • Google Earth .kml files are now indexed.
  • A hidden preference has been added to allow indexing a given file type using the metadata importer of another file more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Lord-Lightning commented on 06 Jun 2011
Pretty much abandoned this app. You need to keep on contacting CTM after you do any work on your computer - such as a directory rebuild in DisWarrior. Fox Trot zaps the license and it tells you that your app is unlicensed. Can't be bothered - but hell, I feel ripped off. Too expensive - far too expensive for an app that behaves like a beta app. Look at the other options - just as good and they seem to work.
[Version 3.2b1]

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Oldmiller replied on 06 Jun 2011
I couldn't believe this, so I tested it (OS10.6.7, DiskWarrior 4.2 and Foxtrot Pro).
After a directory rebuild on my system boot clone I started from that and FoxTrot Pro did fine. The app was registered as expected and all my indices were working, searches performed correct.
The license is written in a regular plist in your home folder. I don't see how a directory rebuild should affect this.
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Lord-Lightning replied on 06 Jun 2011
Also ran CleanMyMac and MacKeeper - maybe it was one of those. Seriously though I have contacted CTM previously on this issue and got the reply OldMiller gives. This is probably particular to my system - but I am not inventing it and it is a bummer to see an app you have paid for fall over with a license alert. Last fail was in an attempt to run the app to look for the current update. Believe it or not, it happened and I am now a sadder and wiser ex client of CTM.
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Oldmiller replied on 06 Jun 2011
Well, as I said FT reads the license info from a file in your preferences folder. Tons of apps store this kind of information in a file somewhere on your disk. If you shred the file, it is just inevitable that you will be asked to enter the registration details again, which is a matter of seconds if you are organized.

I suspect that one of the maintenance tools you have used was set to delete plists, that haven't been used for period x.
Matter of fact is you're rating this app with only half a star because you're blaming it for things it is not responsible for.
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Lord-Lightning replied on 07 Jun 2011
Well, I've been using macs and teaching computing at University since 1986, but thanks for the lesson. I do know how to enter and save a preferences file. The half star is because the software that cost me $40 or so lets me down repeatedly. CTM have given me the answers you gave me. It just does not work without a license/registration call - every single time in spite of doctoring the Pref file using PlistEdit Pro. Hey, I'm one user. Loosen up. I'm entitled to relate my experience to potential users. This story is just a sigle user experience suggesting that folks look at the other search tools such as those listed above - Easy Find is Free, Grupa Dupa and HoudaSpot consistently get terrific user affirmation. Others have had problems with FoxTrot. So why are you getting pernickity? I just call it as I see it and have over a long period if time. My receipt for the Fox Trot purchase goes back to v2.6 and I have stayed with it since then - but not any more. Half a star is generous. However, I respect your advocacy for what probably is a fantastic search app for you. It's just not for me.
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Pirx replied on 01 Apr 2013
@Oldmiller: I have that de-licensing issue with other applications, too. It is not unusual.

I used Foxtrot for a brief period and then did away with it, followed by abandoning PowerMail.
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Anon-Bud commented on 16 Feb 2011
FWIW:
I used Foxtrot back in the day (pre-X and a bit post-X) and it worked well. But then something happened and it quit working as well and there was an upgrade policy that I thought was a bit, shall I say, odd. Haven't used FT in quite some time.

I've tried it again and can say that, IMO, both HoudahSpot and Leap outperform FT, both in terms of speed of searches and in number of results found.

So, for my money, HoudahSpot and Leap. Your results may be different.
[Version 3.1]


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Jean-Pierre Gattuso commented on 12 Feb 2010
Foxtrot is a great program which I have used for a long time. However, there is NO technical support. Every time I have a question or a request, it takes several reminders to get a reply. Sometimes, there is no reply at all.

This is appalling and I have enough. I have purchased HoudahSpot, which may be a product inferior to Foxtrot but its support is reported to be outstanding.

Jean-Pierre
[Version 2.5.3]

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Ctm Development Sa (developer) replied on 01 Sep 2010
On February 22nd, 2010 we wrote you back with a reply, Mr. Gattuso, to which you said that this had solved the issue. Ever since then, we've been trying on FIVE occasions to kindly request that you remove your misleading comment and cannot get so much as an acknowledgement back. Is it fair for a consumer to do such damage without any recourse for the developer ?
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Jean-Pierre Gattuso replied on 07 Sep 2010
I was contacted once (not 5 times) by "jean michel/ctm qa" on 13 March 2010. He asked me to delete my comment on the lack of support, which I did not do. This comment is not misleading, accurately described the situation at the time, and I stand by it. Looking at the other comments on MacUpdate, it looks like I am not the only one who experienced similar problems with tech support in 2009 and 2010. That being said, FoxTrot is a great program and will have a go with v3.0 when it will become available, hoping that the company has understood that it is critical to provide high-quality customer support.
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Espiridion replied on 15 Oct 2010
I agree. Your comment is not misleading at all. Any damage to CTM is done by CTM themselves and their lack of support. You can view other similar comments regarding their professional version. I stopped using their products years ago. I did give Foxtrot Professional a try, but the lack of support prevented me from making a purchase. For general information in my computer I also use HoudahSpot. For more specific information I have several DevonThink Pro databases. I'm no longer interested in Foxtrot.
If their support ever improves I may consider them again for a future version.
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Superglide reviewed on 23 Jan 2010
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.
[Version 2.5.3]


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ajoe reviewed on 29 Jul 2008
Wow, this is an amazing application. I have been looking for a fast local search tool that provides live previews and FoxTrot does the trick.

I often have to search thousands of pages of developer references to find answers and this is the only search program I have found that is worth keeping open on my desktop.

Using FoxTrot 2 on Mac OS X 10.5.4 (Intel)
[Version 2.0.2]


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lev commented on 21 May 2008
The new FoxTrot Professional beta is promising, although at €99 it's pretty steeply priced. BUT... it can't index Mail.app emails. Just ignores them. And if you index them with FoxTrot 1.5 and then upgrade the index (automatically) to 2.0 beta, it's unable to preview them, which rather kills the point.

Hopefully this is a beta bug. If not, it obliterates FoxTrot, which would be a shame.

I'd have filed a bug reported, but their website -- perhaps the worst developer's site I've ever seen, so bad it makes me want to demolish the internet -- has no means of doing so. Perhaps they just don't want to know bad news. Perhaps it's some Swiss secrecy thing. Who knows?

The skinny: stick with 1.5 for the time being.
[Version 2.0b3]

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sampler replied on 16 Dec 2008
FoxTrot Professional 2.0.2 (and, I presume, FT Personal) does indeed search email.
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MacMaria reviewed on 18 Apr 2007
It's been now more than three months using FT. I must say I'm very happy with it. It has been very stable, including the indexing process. I really love its capability of searching inside packages. That makes all the difference.
My only cons is the price. It's a bit pricey, however it was the only app that did all that I wanted/needed...
[Version 1.5]


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MacMaria commented on 13 Dec 2006
I have to say that I don't agree with Anon Bud at all.

I knew of FoxTrot for the first time in a user's forum of a different application (DEVONthink). Someone said it made an amazing job on searching files and contents, including metadata. (For instance, it finds pdf contents that are inside a DEVONthink database without it being open.) Since I don't like Spotlight capacities (or lack of them) I decided to give it a try.

Version 1.1 indeed made a fine job on searching (and indexing). Its capacities are great. However, it crashed from time to time. So, while on trial mode, I reported this to the developers. They were fast and very competent on their reply. More so for two weeks they asked me to try several builds and report the crash logs to them.

I got today a final build (already on 1.2) made specially for me. I'm thinking: "Wow! These people really care about users. Even when they are still trying their application."

It has not crashed so far. I'll give it some more use and if the great behaviour continues, I'll buy it. Then I'll make my review here.

I must say that on terms of support I can already give this application *5 stars.* I wish all developers would behave like them. :)
[Version 1.2]


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Anon-Bud commented on 11 Dec 2006
This is my final two words on FoxTrot: Doesn’t work.

After some bugginess reported earlier and fixed, or so I thought. This latest version brings back the buginess. Indexing takes forever; updating the index takes forever; and then, it can’t even find what I am searching for. What Spotlight was able to find in less than five seconds...Foxtrot worked on for over ten minutes. I got tired of waiting and quit the app.

Now I’m going to trash it and consider that my money has just gone down the drain!
[Version 1.2]

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MacMaria replied on 13 Dec 2006
Maybe you should contact the developers. They have been absolutely great with me. (Please see my general comment on FoxTrot.)
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Anon-Bud replied on 13 Dec 2006
I have contacted them and they have not been able to help. I haven't heard back from them in a while. Hence my low marks on support....

Maybe I've just got bad karma or something!
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Anon-Bud reviewed on 17 Oct 2006
Well, the developer did respond about some erratic behavior I‘d been having. Things are working now.

I like that I can have a real time view into the docs I’ve searched and plug-ins from various apps really helps this (i.e. Mellel, VooDooPad, etc.)

I’m upgrading the rating a bit, but just hope that all bad behavior has stopped.....
[Version 1.1]


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License:Demo
Date:16 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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