As part of our continued investment in customer data security we’ve moved to BCrypt password hashing for the main MyAccount authentication. Unfortunately this means that all previous passwords are now obsolete and have been reset. You can request a new password here:
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? Continue reading
It’s been a while coming but… FileLocator Pro 8.0 is now available for immediate download!
In a FileLocator Pro QA “Does FileLocator Pro create an index for searching?” I once answered:
“No FileLocator Pro does not use file or content indexes and for very good reasons. While indexing can certainly improve the speed of searches in certain circumstances there are many drawbacks. These drawbacks include …”
and I go on to list resource issues, syncing issues, security issues and more. So it might seem surprising that I’m now announcing that FileLocator Pro v.8 supports indexing. Yes, I know, I’m still a little surprised myself.
However, and this is a really important point, it’s not the type of indexing component that’s always running in the background. If you don’t use the feature then you won’t notice it because it’s effectively disabled by default. It won’t be running in the background consuming valuable CPU cycles and it won’t be building secret indexes consuming valuable disk space. It won’t do anything until you ask it to.
That’s because it’s not intended as a Desktop Search replacement instead it’s more for searching large repositories of fairly static data. Continue reading
How is it already the end of 2015? Boy, times flies by when you’re having fun.
Looking back over this last year my Mythicsoft highlight of 2015 was the decoding of the 2013 OST format. After, literally, years of trying to coax Microsoft into providing us with the information we gave up and just did it ourselves. I won’t deny I’m still slightly annoyed we had to spend the extra time on what turned out to be such small differences but it was a very satisfying end result.
So what’s going to be the highlight of 2016 I wonder? Well, it’s easy… FileLocator Pro version 8! It’s been a long time in the making, the first prototyping of one of the new features goes back to 2011. To be honest, I had really hoped FileLocator Pro v8 would have been released in 2015 but the good news is that it’s very close. And because of the delay we’ll be extending the one year upgrade period so that anyone who purchased v7 in 2015 will be eligible for a free upgrade to v8.
One small admin note: Technical Support over the Christmas period will be available but the responses might be slightly slower than what you may have normally received.
Which just leaves me, and everyone at Mythicsoft, to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
An enthusiastic customer recently sent us an email:
Hi guys, please include the keywords “desktop search” on your home page so people may actually find your product when searching for a desktop search program. (All your competitors are named things like Google|Yahoo|Windows Desktop Search.)
Hope this little tip will help you and your users!
It’s really nice to receive comments like this, people WANT us to be found, but I’ve never really thought about FileLocator Pro or Agent Ransack as Desktop Search products. So, what is Desktop Search? A quick search of the Internet highlights a large number of different uses:
Desktop Search vs Mobile Search: Distinguishing between Internet searches that are performed by someone sitting at a traditional Desktop computer as opposed to someone searching the Internet using a mobile device such as a smart phone.
Desktop Search vs Internet Search: Distinguishing between someone searching files on a local computer as opposed to someone searching the Internet.
Other: And then you get some examples that really confuse the terminology. Bing Desktop is a Microsoft desktop app that allows people to quickly search the Internet, via their desktop. Google Desktop Search is (was) a desktop app written by Google for searching files on their local computer.
So, what do I think Desktop Search is? Well, let’s break it down… Continue reading
With the release of Outlook 2013 the format of the OST file changed significantly enough to break FileLocator Pro’s OST reading code and for some reason Microsoft refused to divulge the changes (I’ve personally spoken to or emailed several different Microsoft employees on this issue, at least half with ‘Senior’ in their job title, and while they all initially seemed responsive they ultimately said it would not be possible to share the information). So eventually we decided to roll-up our sleeves and dig down into the binary content and figure it out for ourselves. Here’s what we found… Continue reading
If I’m honest Agent Ransack was an accident. After reading an article by Brian Kernighan (co-father of C and Unix) in 1999 on regular expressions I decided to play around with my own regex engine. However, to really test it out I needed a framework to throw lots of data at it so I created a basic C++ application (initially called FileLocator) that would run through all the source files on my computer and match it against the regex engine. And it worked!
Feeling really pleased with myself I had a look on the Internet for other regex engines and realized that there were some MUCH better implementations. I found one by a guy named Henry Spencer and plugged that into my search framework. It not only worked, it was REALLY fast.
A few weeks back a colleague showed me a keyboard short-cut that I’ve been using constantly since. It’s concerned with how to snap windows using just the keyboard. It’s really simple:
WinKey + Left arrow
WinKey + Right arrow
Even better, if you have multiple monitors repeated ‘snapping’ moves the window across the monitors. Brilliant.
At the end of March there was a new update for FileLocator Pro titled March 28th Performance Release. The significant performance enhancement was concerned with how FileLocator Pro handles Boolean searches, especially when concerned with wildcards or word boundaries. It’s not such a big deal when searching for one or two keywords (modern processors are SO much faster than standard HDDs that the performance bottleneck is reading the data not searching it) but with faster SSDs (or cached data) and large keywords lists the performance improvements of the new Boolean searching routines really make a difference.
Keep checking the Version History page because there a plenty more upgrades on the way!
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!