Desktop Software Shell Enhancement Copernic Desktop Search

Copernic Desktop Search 6.0.0 for Windows

by Copernic Technologies, Inc.

Avg. Rating 4.2 (103 votes)

File Details

File Size 97.2 MB
License Shareware, $49.95
Operating System Windows 7/8/10
Date Added
Total Downloads 8,142
Publisher Copernic Technologies, Inc.
Homepage Copernic Desktop Search

Publisher's Description

Copernic Desktop Search lets you easily search your entire hard drive in less than a second to pinpoint the right file, e-mail, music or pictures. It brings the power of a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use search engine right to your PC and allows you instantly to search files, e-mails, and email attachments stored anywhere on your PC hard drive. It executes sub-second searching of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Acrobat PDFs, and all popular music, picture and video formats. CDS also searches your browser history, favorites, and contacts.

Latest Reviews

dhry

dhry reviewed v3.0 on Mar 2, 2009

Couldn't agree more about the observations of how underhanded these guys were with their shady "downgrade". For the moment, you can still download v2.3 build 18 from here: http://www.topdownloads....search-2-_2_145138.html

And if that download link goes away I'll make damn sure that the last free version of CDS is downloadable from SOMEWHERE (took me a while to find that link above). Maybe I'll submit it to oldversion.com.

Anyway - great program, but taking it from free to not-free gets them an instant 1-star rating from me.

aihyah

aihyah reviewed v3.0 on Nov 5, 2008

i was a very loyal copernic user until 3.0.
beware. they slipped this downgrade in sneakily. the update window is not informative and it just seems like you are getting a normal patch. no user thinks a patch will cripple their program. so i clicked ok, and was left with a crippled program that couldn’t do network drives or turn off the preview pane. worst it inconvenienced me as now i had to uninstall the damned thing and downgrade myself back to functionality. if they wanted to gain customers i’m sorry, this is a good way to guarantee bad will.

also downgrading and blocking the program from accessing the internet with a software firewall is not enough to stop it from harassing you with upgrade notice popups that cannot be shut off to my knowledge. my guess is that 3.0 leaves something behind that causes this. quite annoying.

philosopher_dog

philosopher_dog reviewed v3.0 on Sep 12, 2008

If you're using the free version DON'T UPGRADE! They've taken away features like search as you type and moved that to the pay version. Also, there's an indication on their site that they intend to make the free version adware! This was an amazing product, but rolling back features in an upgrade isn't the way to make friends with users. Version 2.3 is very good if you can find a download of it somewhere. I think Copernic needs to review their policies if they want to keep users.

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v3.0 on Sep 12, 2008

This is actually a downgrade from v2. Some of the features that were available for free in v2 such as saved searches and search as you type are now only available in the paid for versions. I installed, and then uninstalled and reverted back to v2. X1 6.1 Build 3575 (the last free version) is still the best desktop search by long long way.

oRoFLash

oRoFLash reviewed v2.0 on Mar 8, 2008

Please, check the news:
Version 2.3 - Build 18 – February 21, 2008

Changes & improvements
Added default desktop search integration options for Windows Vista SP1
New “Search Everywhere” shortcut in Windows Start Menu
New shortcuts in Windows Explorer
Windows Key+F integration

Fixes
Fixed email address issue with Global Address List contacts
Fixed fax number display in contact preview
Fixed issues with .DWG files
Search box now cleared when minimizing to tray
Other stability tweaks

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stefeq

stefeq reviewed v2.0 on Jan 15, 2007

Version 2.1.1 - Build 3011 - July 25, 2007

Changes & improvements

* Added multiple deployment options for system administrators (through GPO)

Fixes

* Fixed ZIP archive indexing issues
* Fixed issues with dual monitor setups
* Other stability and performance tweaks

Version 2.1 - Build 2569 - May 23, 2007

Changes & improvements

* Full compatibility with Windows Vista
* Support for Windows Mail (Windows Vista's email program)
* Support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents (requires Office 2007 to be installed)

Version 2.0 consumes a bit more RAM but I must say it offers more functionality.

If you don't have much RAM I recommend using version 1.7 Build977 which is perfect.

mikes1616

mikes1616 reviewed v2.0 on Dec 14, 2006

On functionality, ease of use I rate this a 5.

I have scored it a 3 however, because on 3 test systems this program conflicted with Java applications so heavily that the Java apps simply "dissappeared" - it seamed to be related to mouse movement. This happened with 2 commercial Java applications I use - 1 is an IDE, the other is a Schematic Capture package. Both tools - at random times, would simply "poof" and be gone - no log files - during mouse movement in the app.

On all three machines - all with fresh WInXp installs, simple removal of Copernic solved the problem.

I have written Copernic and have gotten no response.

SO- if you experience no conflicts - this is "THE" desktop search to use - I miss it greatly. If Java misbehaves all of the sudden, this is why.

oompoop

oompoop reviewed v2.0 on Nov 24, 2006

Maybe all ...
... but the search-option in TOTAL COMMANDER ist amazingly fast, comfortably for all kind of files, even zipped, and only one of hundreds of features of TC

Deedstyger

Deedstyger reviewed v2.0 on Nov 16, 2006

these desktop searcher types cant index cd-roms do they? i searched for a definition everywhere and couldnt find.. if someone knows exactly could he\she please tell?

hell0

hell0 reviewed v2.0 on Oct 28, 2006

The best feature of Copernic (vs Google Desktop Search and Windows Desktop Search) is that it supports wildcards. So searching for "App*" will match "Apple", "Application", etc.

Biggest fault is that its a bit unstable. I've been using it for a couple hours and its already crashed a few times. Also, unlike GDS, when you type a search it only gives you the filename of the results. GDS will actually show you a snippet of text from the matching file. This means if you get lots of results for your search, you have to click on each match one by one to figure out which file you actually want.

Avg. Rating 4.2 (103 votes)
Your Rating
dhry

dhry reviewed v3.0 on Mar 2, 2009

Couldn't agree more about the observations of how underhanded these guys were with their shady "downgrade". For the moment, you can still download v2.3 build 18 from here: http://www.topdownloads....search-2-_2_145138.html

And if that download link goes away I'll make damn sure that the last free version of CDS is downloadable from SOMEWHERE (took me a while to find that link above). Maybe I'll submit it to oldversion.com.

Anyway - great program, but taking it from free to not-free gets them an instant 1-star rating from me.

aihyah

aihyah reviewed v3.0 on Nov 5, 2008

i was a very loyal copernic user until 3.0.
beware. they slipped this downgrade in sneakily. the update window is not informative and it just seems like you are getting a normal patch. no user thinks a patch will cripple their program. so i clicked ok, and was left with a crippled program that couldn’t do network drives or turn off the preview pane. worst it inconvenienced me as now i had to uninstall the damned thing and downgrade myself back to functionality. if they wanted to gain customers i’m sorry, this is a good way to guarantee bad will.

also downgrading and blocking the program from accessing the internet with a software firewall is not enough to stop it from harassing you with upgrade notice popups that cannot be shut off to my knowledge. my guess is that 3.0 leaves something behind that causes this. quite annoying.

philosopher_dog

philosopher_dog reviewed v3.0 on Sep 12, 2008

If you're using the free version DON'T UPGRADE! They've taken away features like search as you type and moved that to the pay version. Also, there's an indication on their site that they intend to make the free version adware! This was an amazing product, but rolling back features in an upgrade isn't the way to make friends with users. Version 2.3 is very good if you can find a download of it somewhere. I think Copernic needs to review their policies if they want to keep users.

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v3.0 on Sep 12, 2008

This is actually a downgrade from v2. Some of the features that were available for free in v2 such as saved searches and search as you type are now only available in the paid for versions. I installed, and then uninstalled and reverted back to v2. X1 6.1 Build 3575 (the last free version) is still the best desktop search by long long way.

oRoFLash

oRoFLash reviewed v2.0 on Mar 8, 2008

Please, check the news:
Version 2.3 - Build 18 – February 21, 2008

Changes & improvements
Added default desktop search integration options for Windows Vista SP1
New “Search Everywhere” shortcut in Windows Start Menu
New shortcuts in Windows Explorer
Windows Key+F integration

Fixes
Fixed email address issue with Global Address List contacts
Fixed fax number display in contact preview
Fixed issues with .DWG files
Search box now cleared when minimizing to tray
Other stability tweaks

*****************

stefeq

stefeq reviewed v2.0 on Jan 15, 2007

Version 2.1.1 - Build 3011 - July 25, 2007

Changes & improvements

* Added multiple deployment options for system administrators (through GPO)

Fixes

* Fixed ZIP archive indexing issues
* Fixed issues with dual monitor setups
* Other stability and performance tweaks

Version 2.1 - Build 2569 - May 23, 2007

Changes & improvements

* Full compatibility with Windows Vista
* Support for Windows Mail (Windows Vista's email program)
* Support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents (requires Office 2007 to be installed)

Version 2.0 consumes a bit more RAM but I must say it offers more functionality.

If you don't have much RAM I recommend using version 1.7 Build977 which is perfect.

mikes1616

mikes1616 reviewed v2.0 on Dec 14, 2006

On functionality, ease of use I rate this a 5.

I have scored it a 3 however, because on 3 test systems this program conflicted with Java applications so heavily that the Java apps simply "dissappeared" - it seamed to be related to mouse movement. This happened with 2 commercial Java applications I use - 1 is an IDE, the other is a Schematic Capture package. Both tools - at random times, would simply "poof" and be gone - no log files - during mouse movement in the app.

On all three machines - all with fresh WInXp installs, simple removal of Copernic solved the problem.

I have written Copernic and have gotten no response.

SO- if you experience no conflicts - this is "THE" desktop search to use - I miss it greatly. If Java misbehaves all of the sudden, this is why.

oompoop

oompoop reviewed v2.0 on Nov 24, 2006

Maybe all ...
... but the search-option in TOTAL COMMANDER ist amazingly fast, comfortably for all kind of files, even zipped, and only one of hundreds of features of TC

Deedstyger

Deedstyger reviewed v2.0 on Nov 16, 2006

these desktop searcher types cant index cd-roms do they? i searched for a definition everywhere and couldnt find.. if someone knows exactly could he\she please tell?

hell0

hell0 reviewed v2.0 on Oct 28, 2006

The best feature of Copernic (vs Google Desktop Search and Windows Desktop Search) is that it supports wildcards. So searching for "App*" will match "Apple", "Application", etc.

Biggest fault is that its a bit unstable. I've been using it for a couple hours and its already crashed a few times. Also, unlike GDS, when you type a search it only gives you the filename of the results. GDS will actually show you a snippet of text from the matching file. This means if you get lots of results for your search, you have to click on each match one by one to figure out which file you actually want.

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.0 on Sep 20, 2006

Because unlike other download sites, it's the software authors who often control their product info and download info here, not BetaNews.

amavida

amavida reviewed v2.0 Beta on Jul 11, 2006

Great freeware & better than it's competitors.

By the way Copernic Desktop Search 2.0.2392 Beta was launched on July 10th, 20:17 GMT. Don't know why betanews did'nt know about it but softpedia does...

luckman212

luckman212 reviewed v2.0 Beta on Jun 16, 2006

(Using beta2.0 build 2365)

great! just great! keeps improving with every beta build, this is the only desktop search app (tried MSN and Google also) that could get through building an index of my entire 2.4 terabytes of data without crashing. Searches are super quick and the context highlighting is a nice feature. I like the options to auto-update the index on a schedule in addition to "on the fly" indexing for 2000/XP. Overall, a very solid desktop search app with low impact on CPU resources. I only hope they don't load it up with bloat when the release the final 2.0. I would be willing to pay for this, not sure if they are going to keep it free or not.

wanderer2005

wanderer2005 reviewed v2.0 Beta on May 30, 2006

Copernic Desktop Search 2 beta has been out for some time now before appearing on BetaNews. I was using version 1.63 before switching to version 2 beta. The beta has some bugs; for instance, it would freeze during a search. The new interface has a lot of eye candy but portions of a number of menus would be blacked out. I am confident that Copernic will work out the bugs before releasing the next stable version. In my opinion, people should wait until the stable version is released. But, if you want to experiment with the beta then why not? p.s. the latest stable version is 1.70, but the only difference between version 1.63 and 1.70 is better toolbars for IE and Firefox. Otherwise, the two version are identical.

utomo

utomo reviewed v2.0 Beta on May 24, 2006

Nice software.

I hope copernic also update the Copernic agent www.copernic.com
so it use Google as default, and many other improvements.

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