FoxTrot Professional Search
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Networkable search for legal, media, mobile professionals.   Demo ($132.25)
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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
What's New
Version 4.6:

iOS Support
  • FoxTrot indices can now also be synced from FoxTrot Professional or FoxTrot Server, to FoxTrot Attaché on iOS, using web sharing. This requires you to have a web server that you can save to from FoxTrot Professional, and that will make your archived index available to FoxTrot Attaché over HTTP.
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:

iOS Support
  • FoxTrot indices can now also be synced from FoxTrot Professional or FoxTrot Server, to FoxTrot Attaché on iOS, using web sharing. This requires you to have a web server that you can save to from FoxTrot Professional, and that will make your archived index available to FoxTrot Attaché over HTTP.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Offline reviewed on 19 Feb 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.
[Version 4.6]

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Bort1611 replied on 03 Apr 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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walo reviewed on 07 Feb 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.
[Version 4.1]


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Francisco Medina Espinosa reviewed on 29 Feb 2012
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!
[Version 4.0b7]


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Offline reviewed on 04 Oct 2011
Even though two emails to the company went unanswered, I bought it.

This is the equivalent product to DTSearch on Windows and performs just as well.

It indexes files and content (including system files in both Libraries) so you can look for any word or phrase and expect a return set of what it found and where.

It's so fast and the results so complete (on my early 2008 MacBook Pro) that no other desktop search product is worth paying for.

My sole regret is the lack of responsiveness of the developers.

But it's a hell of a product!
[Version 3.2.1]


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Tvalleau commented on 30 Sep 2010
Has anyone figured out how to upgrade from version 2.5 to version 3? Several emails to the company have gone unanswered.
[Version 3.0]

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Espiridion replied on 01 Oct 2010
IIRC, they send users a coupon code. At least that's what they did for me with PowerMail and then they also sent some coupons for FoxTrot.
Of course, having an upgrade price at their store would be a better option.
Have you tried this?
http://www.mail-archive.com/foxtrot-discuss@ctmdev.com/
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Aydinyulug replied on 06 Oct 2010
Same here. The product is excellent but this company just does not reply to emails so buy at your own peril. They had mentioned in an email several weeks ago that they would be supplying discount codes to previous customers for upgrading to the Pro version in September but I guess they forgot later on.

Aydin Yulug
Ankara, Turkey
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Ronkoller reviewed on 10 Sep 2010
I am a management consultant that spends half his time writing proposals, writing papers for my doctoral studies or blogging. I'm always remembering an old file that I could use, but could never find ... that is until I found FoxTrot. On my old Windows system, I would use Google Desktop and maybe, after what seemed like an hour of searching, I might find what I was looking for. More often than not I would not find the file in question.

Once I moved to Mac, the search function was just not enough. I bought an earlier version of FoxTrot and it was ready to go in almost no time at all. I was surprised at how fast it indexed all of my files. I have several old external drives hooked up and have more than a terabyte of old data.

With FoxTrot, I was finding files that I didn't remember having. It was waaaaaay better than Google Desktop search. I now save countless hours of searching and have the confidence to know that if FoxTrot doesn't turn it up, I don't have the file.

I sleep much better since I don't feel quite as disorganized.

The newest version of FoxTrot put everything together in a seamless window rather than have optional windows to the side of the main search window. It is pretty darn simple. You search, you find, you get closure fast.
[Version 3.0b3]


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Rlevent reviewed on 01 Apr 2010
Excellent fast search capabilities with document previews. It does much more than spotlight. It is faster (almost instantaneous) and highlights the hits inside the document preview. Could use better documentation. You need to explore its features to see what it can do. I use DevonThing to organize documents, Tinderbox to organize notes, and Firefox to search my hard drive. The three together are an excellent combination.
[Version 2.6]


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Tom-Smith commented on 30 Sep 2009
I've noticed a couple of enhancements in 2.5 so far, more informative process icons for the indices and the ability to share archives over a local network. According to email sent to users there are also fixes for a few Snow Leopard issues
[Version 2.5b6]


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Zeb B reviewed on 24 Sep 2009
Nothing searches better than FoxTrot. My only gripe about it was that you could do very little with the found files except look at them. But I was wrong: I've discovered that you can drag from the list of found files into File Buddy and Leap windows. In File Buddy you can do almost anything to files except tag them, and Leap can do that. I'm now completely sold on this app.
[Version 2.0.4]


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mike.1 commented on 28 Jul 2009
Foxtrot Pro Search has no support. It won't index my Mail - and I've tried to get support twice. I get an automated response - but they don't bother to reply. Be warned! It's a pity, because the indexer is otherwise very impressive, and I'd be tempted to buy it if they supported the product properly.
[Version 2.0.4]

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Tom-Smith commented on 24 Sep 2009
OS X 10.5.8: FTP will fail to index mail unless you have selected the Mail Folder AND checked the "Mail Messages" box in the Index Contents pane on the right.

I suspect that writing to the little-used forum would also get you some response from a user. Since this is the app I use most, I'm reluctant to switch to Snow Leopard until I hear some reports that it works there.
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Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 4.6]



+5

Badgerone rated on 16 Sep 2013

[Version 4.6]



Kmh rated on 04 Dec 2012

[Version 4.1]



+5

Badgerone rated on 20 Feb 2012

[Version 4.0b7]



+5

Badgerone rated on 08 Sep 2011

[Version 3.2.1]


Downloads:6,483
Version Downloads:341
Type:Business : Legal
License:Demo
Date:16 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $132.25
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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).


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