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#1 Sean R.

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:18 PM

The Search All feature is a great tool. The ability to confine the search to a user defined group of resources is helpful. I would appreciate, as others have indicated, the ability to show some context of the results returned and some options with regards to sorting the results.

Another note on the Search All feature: when the search group includes a voluminous amount of material, the search can take quite some time (and understandably so) and prevents the user from using Accordance until the search is complete.

I'd like to see the ability to conduct such searches in the background, allowing the user to continue using other features of Accordance while the search is in progress. I imagine this would to some degree slow the responsiveness of Accordance while a search is being conducted in the background, but I would prefer using a sluggish Accordance rather than having to wait until the search is complete.

Has this idea been considered before?
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:03 PM

Yes, we hope to implement this in the future, no promises as to when, no vaporware!
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 01:30 PM

Yes, we hope to implement this in the future, no promises as to when, no vaporware!


Great! And I'm eagerly looking forward to the release of version 8. Keep up the good work!
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 01:15 PM

Instead of/as well as searching in the background, any way to search faster would be most welcome, especially when searching through many books.

Perhaps some kind of one-off indexing or spotlight-style approach would work?

I've recently been using other software to search through large libraries of documents, and have been impressed by the speed.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 03:07 PM

I am afraid that searching in the background is not feasible, but we will look at other ways to speed up the delivery of the results.
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:41 PM

Any developments in the speeding up of searches? I have been working with a large library of PDFs and other text files (over 6 GB) and am able to get almost instantaneous results using a program that indexes all these files and creates its own database (over 800 MB).

Is the comparatively slow speed of searches related to the fact that Accordance modules are encrypted/encoded/compressed and have to be decrypted/decoded/expanded and searched on the fly every time a search is run?

(With reference to "Search all", not the usual search inside a Bible text module)


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:59 PM

Any developments in the speeding up of searches? I have been working with a large library of PDFs and other text files (over 6 GB) and am able to get almost instantaneous results using a program that indexes all these files and creates its own database (over 800 MB).
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I'm curious. What is the name of the program you are referring to?

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 02:42 PM

I am afraid that searching in the background is not feasible, but we will look at other ways to speed up the delivery of the results.


Just curious if it would be feasible or possible to have some kind of a progress bar or meter. Something by which the overall progress of the [Search All] can be gauged.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 04:00 PM

I'm curious. What is the name of the program you are referring to?


Apologies for the slightly delayed response, I only just noticed your posting. I'm using FoxTrot Professional Search, http://www.foxtrot.ch/.

I've tried Leap, Yep, HoudahSpot and a load of other Spotlight-related apps, but in the end decided that FoxTrot Pro did the job best and was worth the money.

I have 11,834 files totalling about 36 GB indexed in a database 1.5 GB in size.

I have to wait a handful of seconds for the index to load on launch, after which searching and seeing results is virtually instantaneous.




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