FoxTrot Professional Search
FoxTrot Professional Search
6.6.3

5.0

FoxTrot Professional Search free download for Mac

FoxTrot Professional Search

6.6.3
03 September 2019

Networkable search for legal, media, mobile professionals.

Overview

FoxTrot Professional Search extends far beyond OS X's buit-in Spotlight, building on years of experience in search functionality refined within CTM's PowerMail and FoxTrot Personal Search products; it includes:

  • Multiple categorizations of search results, relevance-ranked
  • Document preview and full view, with secondary document-level search
  • Multiple indexed collections and timed updates without the application launched
  • Client-server access to peer-to-peer and dedicated CTM FoxTrot Search servers

FoxTrot Professional is relevant to anyone with documents saved for future reference; in field testing, the product has been especially well received in legal (law firm and courts), media (newsrooms researchers, ad agencies and editors) and mobile contexts (MacBook users with document collections).

What's new in FoxTrot Professional Search

Version 6.6.3:
MacOS 10.15 Catalina support:
  • When indexing the whole boot volume on Catalina, every file (except those in the read-only system volume) were indexed twice.
  • Fixed a crash on Catalina when displaying a found document using a Quick Look plugin.
  • Spotlight metadata importers can be used correctly on Catalina.
  • Note that the highlighting of several searched words using different colors in PDF documents, which was partially flawed since macOS 10.12, has finally been fixed by Apple in Catalina.

Note: FoxTrot is now a notarized application, and uses the hardened runtime on macOS 10.14 and later.

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I recently have purchased a license of FoxTrot Professional and it's really one of the best software investments I've made: 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. 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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Version 4.0b7
Silkrd
10 February 2019
Apple's Spotlight is to FTP what TextEdit is to an advanced word processor. I've been using FTP for several years now: it's search capabilities are unmatched and I've never had a problem with their support; once they responded only after a couple of weeks but to tell me that my problem was solved, that it would be integrated in the forthcoming update and gave me a link to its beta version. For me, FTP is a 'must have'.
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Version 6.5.2
Bort1611
12 July 2017
Works perfectly, I can search through nearly 1TB of files (almost 200,000 of them) in a matter of seconds. I've never found anything else to compare with it, not DEVONthink or Yojimbo or Evernote or Leap or Yep any other program. It searches through my files perfectly, it ranks the results, it previews the files. It does what I want perfectly.
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Version 6.0
Morlo
17 March 2017
support is not helpful via "help-Send message to support", but (after years of using this app) I learned that support is available and quick to respond at google groups, so I'm back to give this amazing app 5 stars again. the option is in the help menu under "visit foxtrot discussion group" ....
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Version 5.7.1
Morlo
08 February 2017
while i've always raved about foxtrot, i have to echo the voices here complaining about support. there's absolutely no response by the support team. it's a pity because it's such a fast search tool.
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Version 5.7
Nitroxer
04 July 2015
A licensed program is only as good as its support. Efforts to reach FTP support via the app and by email have not been answered. The app's Indexer spontaneously crashes multiple times per day and with every attempt to update the index. I've attempted to reinstall without success. Have abandoned hope and removed the app. Inexcusable for a program at this price point.
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Version 5.0.2
MacDev
12 March 2015
Software looks nice, but I didn't see a way to search for either:

1. Hidden files (files that start with a "."), or
2. Files inside of Mac Package files (for example an "App" file in the applications folder).

Note that EasyFind, a free search tool can do both 1. and 2. above.

These omissions, if I'm right, are a deal breaker.

Didn't see a way to contact the company other than a Google group I didn't want to "join" just to ask a question.
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Version 5.0
1 answer(s)
Ctm-Engineering
Ctm-Engineering
31 March 2015
Check "also index hidden files and package contents" in the bottom of the "indexed data" pane; on versions earlier than 5.1 (currently in private beta test), this option is only available for custom folders, and not for predefined locations such as the Documents folder (but you can add the Documents folder as a custom folder).
To contact support, please use the form at http://ctmdev.com/support/index.html
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Sgmiller
01 November 2014
Let me first say that it was this program that allowed me to make the switch from PC to Mac in 2006 as I had been using Copernic Search on the PC and there was no Spotlight at that time. Over the years, Spotlight has improved substantially but still cannot match FoxTrot for: 1) A viewer that highlights search terms 2) The ability to search inside package files 3) The ability to create a custom index Of the above, the first two are absolutely essential for me and I would be hard-pressed to do with out them. Yes, there have been hiccups over the years but every problem has been fixed. Just this week, the crawler stopped working for me after the Yosemite update and the next day following my panicked email to tech support (in the evening), I got a response. The problem was not easy to solved but in two says they sent me a brand new build which completely resolved the issue. I would say tech support cannot be better than that! So, if you need search capabilities beyond what Spotlight can provide (and there are far more than what I listed above), then Foxtrot is the only game in town. I would still like them to work on the interface to make it more Mac-like, but that is a small thing in comparison to what it provides.
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Version 5.0
2 answer(s)
Sgmiller
Sgmiller
01 November 2014
In retrospect, I shouldn't have made the comment about the interface as it does fit in very well with OSX.....it was probably an old feeling that I need to revise!
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MacDev
MacDev
12 March 2015
I didn't see how to search inside package files OR, just as importantly, search for "invisible" files (files that start with a ".").

File Locator Pro, from Windows, an awesome search tool, may be coming to the Mac soon.
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Aydinyulug
29 May 2014
It's worked well for me, especially when I need to find and edit something in multiple documents. Technical support was indeed an issue 2 years ago but I received an instant reply to my latest query so that seems to have changed as well.
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Version 4.6
markrfriedman
19 February 2014
A SYSTEM-DEGRADING and USELESS product with ATROCIOUS technical support! I've never slammed a product like this before - this is the first time. Technical support and disregard for the customer is at the heart of the problem. Their background indexing processes hang. Always. Repeatedly. And when they do, my machine slows down so much, no other processing is possible - like backups. I've sent them crash reports, copies of the Activity Monitor screens and samples - no reply. I've attempted to post these issues in their Yahoo Group, but they review every posting and nothing negative or suggesting their product is less than stellar is allowed to post. I'm angry because I'm dependent upon this tool - or one like it (I can't find anything similar — if you can suggest something, please do). So, here's a potential 5-star product that, because of product mis-management and unreliability, is useless. It's really a shame.
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Version 4.6
2 answer(s)
Bort1611
Bort1611
03 April 2014
Very strange. I've never encountered anything like this. You can check the console to see what files are being indexed (it is constantly being updated) and that will help you find if a corrupted file is causing the crash. I have found this program to be efficient, thorough, and reliable, and technical support has been good. :)
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Reegor
Reegor
28 July 2014
Be sure you try Eaglefiler and see if it fills your needs. It's running for me with 15,000 documents and 25 GB, and doing fine.
It allows compound searches, has tagging, preview (but no in-window editing, which I miss), and handles a multitude of document types. It is not designed to handle everything on your system, however; just documents (of any type) that you want in a database.
Eaglefiler is very robust, and tech support is very fast. It has many other advantages. Of course, learning to make full use of everything takes time.
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Morlo
08 February 2013
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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Version 4.1
$120.00

5.0

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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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