PDF Search
PDF Search
7.8

4.8

PDF Search free download for Mac

PDF Search

7.8
26 August 2019

Search through your PDF documents lightening fast.

Overview

PDF Search is a utility which has a revolutionary search algorithm especially developed for PDF documents. The time to reach the information in your PDF documents will be minimum with it. It will make you able to find what you are looking for within thousands of documents instantly. It is system integrated. You can start a search directly from system menu bar like Spotlight.

Features:
  • Ultra-fast search
  • Synchronization between iOS and macOS app.
  • Page ranking system
  • Word distance algorithm
  • Keyword placement analyze
  • Ability to understand what you mean when you mistype a keyword
  • Export search results as a new PDF document which is containing all best pages from most relevant documents. So you can share results as one document.
  • Wild-char search ability to search words starting or ending with other words.
  • Export current page as PDF easily to share with others
  • Folder based navigation 
  • iCloud folder support
  • Tag support
  • Bookmark support
  • Empower search with similar keywords 
  • Emphasize power ranking (Header, title, paragraph detection)
  • PDF Converter : Convert office documents to PDF
  • Export as PDF
  • Support for Word, Powerpoint, Pages, Keynote and RTF documents with the integration of PDF Converter app.
  • Ability to run as a window app or menu bar app.
  • Search specific files
  • Higher rank for up-to-date files
  • Quick navigation between pages in different documents
  • Highlighting keywords in animations
  • Insert annotates to pages (Highlight, Underline, Strikethrough)
  • Global shortcut key to search
  • Backup index database

What's new in PDF Search

Version 7.8:
  • Highlight problem for similar words is fixed
  • Local Folder refresh experience is improved
  • Stability improvements
  • Small bug fixes

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6 PDF Search Reviews

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Saladin
25 May 2017

Most helpful

This PDF search utility is unlike any other. Once it has indexed the searchable PDFs contained in user-specified folders in the Preferences, the file names of the PDFs appear as a list in its Document Library pane which shows the indexing status of the files and allows to open any file in the list or locate it in the Finder. Individual PDFs can also be imported to the Document Library by pressing Command-I to invoke the Import Documents pane. Search is done from the app’s search box in the system menu bar. Other commands can be invoked from the gear menu in the search box pane. Results of the search of thousands of PDF files appear instantly in the Documents window, without opening any documents: images of cover pages of the documents on one side and, on the other, images of corresponding pages where the search term was found. The context displayed is ample, allowing entire documents to be viewed without opening them. The original document, if needed, can also be opened right away. The Document window, which can be invoked from the gear menu, also has a search box. When the search box is empty, the Document window displays images of the cover pages of all the PDFs in the library on one side and, on the other, images of all the pages of all the PDFs in the library.
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Version 1.1
Jimw
15 June 2019
While this product may have some merit in in a professional environment, given its price point, I would invite users consider trying this first before investing in this product as it may be adaquate to serve your needs: In the Finder: while on your "Desktop" - Type CMD-N or choose 'New Window from the 'File" menu - Type CMD-F or choose 'Find' near the bottom of the 'File' menu. - Choose either your computer or your home folder in the 'Search' line - Underneath, where the word 'kind' appears, click on 'Any' to show a list of file types - Click PDF - Enter what you want to search for in the 'Search' line. You can use AND or OR for additional functionality - Press the return key Now you have a list of all PDF's that match your search for free. By 'right clicking and choosing Finder, a contextual menu pops out to allow finding the enclosing folder, sharing, quick look, compressing, info, etc. Most of the features in this app are already built into the Finder for free By exploring the Finder 'Search' command there are a multitude of things you can do including multiple criteria, hidden files, system files, saved searches, etc. Apple has already provided you with one of the most powerful search tools available for the Mac and since MacOS has already indexed your files, it is quite fast. All you need to do is to spend a little time to train yourself on how to use it.
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Version 7.3
1 answer(s)
Muharrem Ozkan
Muharrem Ozkan
08 July 2019
Hi Jimw,

I am the developer of PDF Search. First of all thank you very much for these useful tips about Finder App. I would like to tell a little bit about why I have developed this app even there is search ability within Finder or Spotlight.

Finder, Spotlight or similar search tools are targeting documents as result. You are searching something and they are giving you a list of documents. But for my workflow this was not enough for me. Having a list of documents also requires additional time to find the right pages within them. This was becoming even a bigger problem for Office documents because of their long opening times. I was looking for a tool which should directly show the pages containing what I am searching for.

The main difference starts at this point for the PDF Search. PDF Search targets pages, not documents. As search result you see directly the related pages within seconds. Another powerful feature is navigating instantly between resulting pages even they are in different documents. Office documents are automatically converted to PDF so opening time for them also happens in seconds. Additionally I have tried to strengthen these features with AI and some export functionalities.

Of course for some people Finder and other tools may be enough. But if you are frequently searching huge amount of documents to find some info, I believe PDF Search will make a big difference and save a lot of time for the user.

Very best regards
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ahmedhatata-ah
11 March 2019
This app since I try it , i love it . I used it as my daily driver for study and get works done , very convenient and helpful. I deal with a lot of documents every minute for study and exams , some work needs to get done quickly for a dead line , pdf search is a time saver for my , relevant results with AI technology save my time and with the ability to convert and deal with all kinds of documents, it became a piece of cake to find out what I want . Very powerful and very simple to use . The most convenient pdf application in the market , very nice job seriously.
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Version 6.6
Dellu
03 March 2019
Sounds very interesting app. I am just trying it right now. But, I am wondering how this nifty little app compares with the big search tools such as Foxtrot and Devonsphere (or Devonthink)?
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Version 6.6
Jfm
09 February 2019
It is time to let MU readers know that this app has now entirely solved the issues that I had reported in December 2017. It has become a very efficient tool for indexing and researching PDF files. The developer took at heart to answer and fix the problems that I had encountered, and he has been successful. The app is reliable and does no longer create any problem on my Mac now. If you have many PDF files, it will take many hours to index, but it works in the background - however, the process is intensive for the fgirst indexing, and I wouldn't do it while having other heavy work going.. You only need to have enough space on your Mac: in my case, with some 22,000 PDF files, the container with the information for the index takes some 16 Go space.
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Version 5.2
Jfm
16 December 2017
I agree that it is a nice tool for searching PDF files, unlike any other that I have seen, although it takes a few minutes to launch (true, I have more than 14,000 PDF files on my Mac). Results are really good. It takes time to index all the PDFs (once again, 14,000...), but once it is done, it works. It also adds new PDFs. And the developer is friendly and helpful, as I could see when I asked for advice when I started using the application. But there is one caveat. After installing PDF Search, I noticed that cloning my Mac would take much more time than usual - three times longer, actually, up to 18 hours with a Firewire connection. First, it didn't come to my mind that it could have something to do with that little application, that isn't huge at all (4.3 Mo). Then, as I monitored with Carbon Copy Cloner which files made a clone of my Mac take an endless time, I noticed that it was due to PDF Search files in the Library/Containers (com.mozkan files). It would take hours to clone them. I am not technically gifted enough to understand all that, but it appears that the application is creating for indexing purposes a huge number of very small files, ending with .dat: I spotted many of them in a folder named "words". They don't take much space on one's Mac, and thus are not really a problem from that angle. But when copying all files on one's Mac, they make it an endless process. Despite liking the app, I decided to remove it from my Mac Pro. And after moving the app-related files to the basket, and starting to delete them, I realized that there were... more than 2 million files associated with that small application! Now I understand why cloning had become endless. For those people who do not clone their Mac (but they should!), it won't be an issue. For people like me, the application cannot be used for that reason for the time being. Let's hope that the developer will find another way for indexing and finding PDF content.
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Version 2.1
4 answer(s)
Maestrosteve
Maestrosteve
11 February 2018
I found your comments to be incredibly helpful. I was considering this app, but because I very regularly do Carbon Copy Cloner backups, I would find that increased backup time intolerable. Sounds like a great app for what it does, works well, but the copy aspect makes it a dealbreaker for me. Thanks for putting this out there.
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Jfm
Jfm
12 February 2018
Newest developments: the developer wrote to me and said that he had solved that issue with a new method of indexing. I attempted to install again and to index again: however, it made the other applications freeze after some time, while the heat of the system went up and up (no high use of CPU, however). I have notified the developer, who has promised to look into that issue too. Let's see if he finds a way to solve it.
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Muharrem Ozkan
Muharrem Ozkan
15 February 2018
Thank you very much again for this detailed review. As I communicated with you, this helped a lot to me especially to see the effect of index structure over backup times. So I have re-designed the index structure so it will not effect on backup times. Also with latest version V3.3 I have tried to address stability problems also. Hope you will like it. Please feel free always to contact me for any request. Regards.
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Jfm
Jfm
16 February 2018
Thank you very much, Muharrem! It is nice to see responsive developers like you. Currently, I am too busy, but as soon as I have some more time, I will test the app again, for the third time, and see if the issues have now been solved. Possibly people with a high number of PDF files, iike myself, encounter issues that won't affect in the same way people with a smaller number of PDF files (I have myself some 14,000 including hundreds of very heavy ones).
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Saladin
25 May 2017
This PDF search utility is unlike any other. Once it has indexed the searchable PDFs contained in user-specified folders in the Preferences, the file names of the PDFs appear as a list in its Document Library pane which shows the indexing status of the files and allows to open any file in the list or locate it in the Finder. Individual PDFs can also be imported to the Document Library by pressing Command-I to invoke the Import Documents pane. Search is done from the app’s search box in the system menu bar. Other commands can be invoked from the gear menu in the search box pane. Results of the search of thousands of PDF files appear instantly in the Documents window, without opening any documents: images of cover pages of the documents on one side and, on the other, images of corresponding pages where the search term was found. The context displayed is ample, allowing entire documents to be viewed without opening them. The original document, if needed, can also be opened right away. The Document window, which can be invoked from the gear menu, also has a search box. When the search box is empty, the Document window displays images of the cover pages of all the PDFs in the library on one side and, on the other, images of all the pages of all the PDFs in the library.
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Version 1.1
1 answer(s)
bisnukumar678
bisnukumar678
14 March 2018
Results of a search of OF pdf file appears simultaneously on Document window without opening any document.This can be done by PDF utility but what I want to do something more what should I use?.
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4.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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