Enfish Tracker Pro offers cataloging by keyword HELP LINE

November 23, 1998|By James Coates | James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

I'm a research manager and get a lot of technical documents that I can remember seeing but have trouble finding. I'm always on the lookout for software to catalog files by keyword on my own computer and the network.

I know you're a fan of Info Select, but that doesn't seem to be the right engine to actually index keywords to later search.

I've tried Alta Vista Personal Edition and found it too bloated and slow.

I'm a beta tester for Enfish Tracker Pro, which seems to have a lot of potential, but I'm still not persuaded.

Do you know of anything better - or even similar?

Thanks for the tip.

I checked out Enfish Tracker Pro after getting your note and had the company send me a review copy.

Wow.

This $99 software package starts out with a long session sniffing out every file on your PC and indexing every word and every number in every document.

After the initial setup, the software watches as you create and import files and indexes them in a matter of seconds. Suddenly every file you own is as close as a keyword search and the magic just starts there.

Built into the search engine is a window that displays the content of every file that matches the keyword.

Photos get displayed, as do word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases and even e-mail messages, including America Online e-mail.

I continue to prefer Info Select (www.miclog.com) for things such as archiving my columns, but Info Select doesn't hold a candle to Enfish when you want to search an entire hard drive rather than documents you have carefully collected in a single place, as I do with my columns.

Send e-mail to jcoateribune.com.

Pub Date: 11/23/98

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