I’m really pleased to announce that Agent Ransack 2016 is now available.
It’s always a tricky balance deciding what new features to add to Agent Ransack and which to keep for the Pro (ie FileLocator Pro) user. Which new features will make Agent Ransack a nicer all-round product for the average ‘lite’ user without overloading on the extra features and control that the ‘pro’ user needs. I think Agent Ransack 2016 has found this balance, I hope you do too. So, what’s new?
At the end of a search, Agent Ransack will now provide extra information on factors that might have effected the search results. This includes:
- Errors that prevented files being searched, such as access rights or locked files.
- Warnings for common mistakes, such as forgetting that you’d unchecked the ‘Sub folders’ option, or that you’d switched Match case on.
- Information on which criteria was responsible for excluding files.
This feature has been in the Pro version for a while and saved my sanity on numerous occasions. It’s really, really useful.
Similar to most Internet browsers separate searches are now shown as different tabs.
To allow for easier reading of results individual keywords are now highlighted in separate colors.
Boolean support on File Name criteria
Once upon a time Agent Ransack only supported regular expressions, which if you didn’t understand could appear quite arcane, so DOS expression support was added. However, increasingly new Agent Ransack users expect to write Boolean expressions, which Agent Ransack 2016 now supports. So file name criteria can now be written like this:
.txt OR .doc
Or something more complex like:
help NOT (.dll OR .png)
Ever wondered why a search was taking so long? Well, the Search Threads window now shows what each separate search thread is searching.
Really useful for understanding what is being searched.
Full IFilter support
Agent Ransack now supports all IFilters registered rather than a predefined subset.
There is even an IFilter Settings dialog to view the status of available IFilters.
There are plenty of other small changes, including:
- Agent Ransack icon that works well for dark backgrounds
- Exclude folders
- Faster searching
- UTF-8 auto detection
- Sticky sort order
- Improved date/time parsing
- Installation issues
- Various bug fixes
- and more…
but there’s one change that Windows XP users will not like. I’m afraid Agent Ransack 2016 does not support it. Sorry.
The FileLocator Pro Challenge
As I said before it’s a fine balance of which features to add and which to leave. Agent Ransack, while a great search tool, is just a taste of what’s available in FileLocator Pro. FileLocator Pro’s text viewing functionality is amazingly useful while the new caching and indexing features turn long searches into split-second operations. As one recent FileLocator Pro convert said:
“Love FileLocator Pro. Don’t know what took me so long to buy it. Agent Ransack was so good. File-preview was what moved me off the dime… I didn’t know it was this good. Thanks!”
So why not take the FileLocator Pro challenge? Just try it out for the one month free trial period and if you don’t like it or if it simply doesn’t offer you anything you need stick with Agent Ransack. Ultimately, Agent Ransack is only possible because of FileLocator Pro so please don’t dismiss FileLocator Pro as something only ‘other’ people use.
Which ever product you do decide to use my thanks go out to you. Your enthusiastic requests, bug reports, and general support keep making Mythicsoft search tools better and better.