In this season of big credit card bills and constant requests to ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’ we have a little treat for you that won’t cost a penny, a new version of Agent Ransack (and of course FileLocator Lite).
Both have a more polished look and include loads of improvements, here are the big ones…
For anyone who had any, slightly odd, nostalgic affection for the badly drawn wire frame Agent Ransack icon I’ve some bad news… we have a new logo.
It’s a huge improvement and should work much better on dark backgrounds. But that’s not all, almost all elements of the User Interface have been given a make-over and look much better.
Contents View Tabs
The Contents View is now broken up into three tabs. The standard Summary and Hits tab, which you’ll recognize from previous versions, and now a new Reports Tab.
The Reports tab provides a convenient way to copy/save text information from search results. It’s sort of like Exporting with a preview.
File name matching
In previous versions of Agent Ransack to exclude a group of files you would enter an expression, such as
and then click the ‘Not’ button. But what if you also wanted to add an additional filter, e.g. the file name itself? In previous versions you couldn’t do it, but now you can. If you want to search for all files with the word Holiday in them but exclude mp3 files you can enter something this:
There’s quite a few more expression matching enhancements that you can read about here: DOS Expressions
License agreement changes
There’s a small but important license change. The product is still completely free for personal or commercial use but we now require that commercial users register the product. We don’t think that’s too much to ask for a free product.
We have also introduced an option of a ‘Supporter’ license for anyone who’d like to support the continued development of Agent Ransack / FileLocator Lite. The product still has the same functionality but the support license offers premium technical support and includes the option of a MSI installer, ie instead of using the usual EXE installer, for unattended installs. If you’re interested in a supporter’s license you can pick one up here:
Much much more
Since this release has been built on top of the latest FileLocator Pro core search engine there are many small improvements, too many to list. Things like better icon handling so that SolidWorks shell extensions stop causing problems, better PDF searching, hit counts, improved memory management, exporting to Unicode formats, improved CSV exporting, support for UI internationalization, better folder browsing, and much more. Give it a try and I think you’ll agree it’s a nice improvement.
Finally, a big thank you to all the enthusiastic Agent Ransack supporters who have sent us feedback over the last year. Every email is read and goes to forming the direction for future development.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!