File Management Search FileLocator Pro

FileLocator Pro 5.2.0.1025 for Windows

by Mythicsoft Ltd.

Avg. Rating 3.9 (57 votes)

File Details

File Size 3.8 MB
License Shareware, $24.95
Operating System Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 2,546
Publisher Mythicsoft Ltd.
Homepage FileLocator Pro

Publisher's Description

FileLocator Pro offers the most affordable way to exhaustively search your computer for all your important data. Unlike other search products like Windows XP's built in search, it does not consider any file too small or insignificant to examine. It works with regular exressions in both contents and file names, supports scripting, internal and external editing, sorting, etc.

Latest Reviews

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v5.2.0.1025 on Oct 30, 2009

The utility by the name of "Everything" is good at what it does, but it doesn't let you search within documents (DOC, DOCX, PDF, TIF, XLS, XLSX, etc.) or within archives (7Z, CAB, ISO, RAR, ZIP, etc.) the way FLP can. FLP also lets you restrict results by attribute (archive, folder, system, compressed, hidden, sparse, encrypted, offline, index, or readonly). It can also show file content in search results, and let you jump directly to the line(s) displayed therein.

So in short, while FLP isn't perfect (see my previous review), comparing it to "Everything" doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v4.5 Build 842 on Aug 12, 2009

I cannot believe that after all this time, FLP still does not allow you to search by file/directory CREATION DATE/TIME. You cannot even display a create date column in the search results. This is an annoying limitation.

aleng

aleng reviewed v4.5 Build 842 on Jan 16, 2009

Found FL good, as i hate the indexing stuff. But prefer "Everything" from http://www.voidtools.com/. Fast and Free

uecic

uecic reviewed v4.5 Build 828 on Aug 7, 2008

Simply the best ! I use it for 2 years now, and I couldn't live without.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v4.5 Build 828 on Aug 7, 2008

Yawn? Let me know when Locate32 has a preview pane like FileLocator Pro does. Also let me know how fun it is that you need to be sure you have a recent index each time you search with Locate32, or else the results may not be accurate. And how about searching within 7Z, CAB, ISO, PDF, and all the other file types FLP supports? Can Locate32 do that? I hope I haven't disturbed your slumber with all these facts.

zridling

zridling reviewed v4.0.0 Build 754 on Feb 27, 2007

Really cool.
Really strong features, including RegEx.
Really powerful.
Really fast.

zridling

zridling reviewed v3.0 Build 638 on Mar 27, 2006

Most will like the changes in 3.1x. Check it out. Oh, and this should be listed as 3.1 build 638, not 3.0.

Inray

Inray reviewed v3.0 Build 609 on Aug 21, 2005

I always used GREP like utilities to locate files in my computer. Unfortunately most GUI file find utilities available are slow or limited in terms of regular expressions support.
FileLocator Pro is an excellent alternative to command line GREP utils. It has the speed and many advanced features like scripting, regex etc.

I have to agree with previous reviewers, FLP lacks some features. It has no Explorer like renaming, visible columns customization or full drag and drop support.

But it is fast, even when searching for text content or a regular expression and that's enough for me to adopt FLP for my searchings.

Highly Recommended

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v3.0 Build 609 on Aug 21, 2005

I don't expect it to be a full-fledged renaming utility; but even PowerDesk Pro's "File Finder" applet supports F2 renaming (which, come on now, is the de-facto standard for renaming a file in Windows).

The PowerDesk Pro applet also supports full drag-and-drop. FileLocator Pro 3.0 still only lets you drag-and-drop with the left mouse button (to perform a copy), but not at all with the right mouse button (to do ... whatever you want). This also means, of course, that FLP can't work with any shell extensions making use of DragDropHandlers registration.

But zridling's Alt+Enter suggestion led me to a new FLP discovery (read: annoyance/limitation): Alt+Enter does bring up a file's Properties dialog, but Alt+DoubleClick simply runs the file. The Alt key is ignored. Again, this runs counter to any decent file finder or Explorer replacement, not to mention Explorer itself.

When you throw in the fact that FLP's built-in accelerator keys (i.e. Alt+N to go to the "File name" text box; Alt+C to go to the "Containing text" text box, etc.) don't work at all when the file list has focus, hopefully my points begin to sink in.

The main reason I use FLP is for its very-useful "contents view" feature. But the limitations above will keep it from getting a 5 out of me for as long as they continue to exist.

zridling

zridling reviewed v3.0 Build 609 on Aug 20, 2005

Hey, that's why it's a locator, not a renamer. (But would an F2 rename operation kill them?) Just hit ALT+Enter and rename. The 3.x version adds more RegEx functionality and speeds everything up, from file find to running scripts.

[Addendum]: Hey, no fair, httpd. FLP is not a Windows Explorer replacement like PowerDesk Pro, even with PDP's File Finder module. I'll grant it could add an F2 renaming shortcut, and I'll even submit your suggestions to the developer. The inability to jump back to the File Name box using its own shortcut key (ALT+N) unless your cursor is in that part of the program is an annoyance. (But PowerDesk's File Finder has the exact flaw.) So I'll recant, change my vote to a 4, write the developer and see how long it takes to add/fix these issues. Should be interesting.

Avg. Rating 3.9 (57 votes)
Your Rating
emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v5.2.0.1025 on Oct 30, 2009

The utility by the name of "Everything" is good at what it does, but it doesn't let you search within documents (DOC, DOCX, PDF, TIF, XLS, XLSX, etc.) or within archives (7Z, CAB, ISO, RAR, ZIP, etc.) the way FLP can. FLP also lets you restrict results by attribute (archive, folder, system, compressed, hidden, sparse, encrypted, offline, index, or readonly). It can also show file content in search results, and let you jump directly to the line(s) displayed therein.

So in short, while FLP isn't perfect (see my previous review), comparing it to "Everything" doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v4.5 Build 842 on Aug 12, 2009

I cannot believe that after all this time, FLP still does not allow you to search by file/directory CREATION DATE/TIME. You cannot even display a create date column in the search results. This is an annoying limitation.

aleng

aleng reviewed v4.5 Build 842 on Jan 16, 2009

Found FL good, as i hate the indexing stuff. But prefer "Everything" from http://www.voidtools.com/. Fast and Free

uecic

uecic reviewed v4.5 Build 828 on Aug 7, 2008

Simply the best ! I use it for 2 years now, and I couldn't live without.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v4.5 Build 828 on Aug 7, 2008

Yawn? Let me know when Locate32 has a preview pane like FileLocator Pro does. Also let me know how fun it is that you need to be sure you have a recent index each time you search with Locate32, or else the results may not be accurate. And how about searching within 7Z, CAB, ISO, PDF, and all the other file types FLP supports? Can Locate32 do that? I hope I haven't disturbed your slumber with all these facts.

zridling

zridling reviewed v4.0.0 Build 754 on Feb 27, 2007

Really cool.
Really strong features, including RegEx.
Really powerful.
Really fast.

zridling

zridling reviewed v3.0 Build 638 on Mar 27, 2006

Most will like the changes in 3.1x. Check it out. Oh, and this should be listed as 3.1 build 638, not 3.0.

Inray

Inray reviewed v3.0 Build 609 on Aug 21, 2005

I always used GREP like utilities to locate files in my computer. Unfortunately most GUI file find utilities available are slow or limited in terms of regular expressions support.
FileLocator Pro is an excellent alternative to command line GREP utils. It has the speed and many advanced features like scripting, regex etc.

I have to agree with previous reviewers, FLP lacks some features. It has no Explorer like renaming, visible columns customization or full drag and drop support.

But it is fast, even when searching for text content or a regular expression and that's enough for me to adopt FLP for my searchings.

Highly Recommended

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v3.0 Build 609 on Aug 21, 2005

I don't expect it to be a full-fledged renaming utility; but even PowerDesk Pro's "File Finder" applet supports F2 renaming (which, come on now, is the de-facto standard for renaming a file in Windows).

The PowerDesk Pro applet also supports full drag-and-drop. FileLocator Pro 3.0 still only lets you drag-and-drop with the left mouse button (to perform a copy), but not at all with the right mouse button (to do ... whatever you want). This also means, of course, that FLP can't work with any shell extensions making use of DragDropHandlers registration.

But zridling's Alt+Enter suggestion led me to a new FLP discovery (read: annoyance/limitation): Alt+Enter does bring up a file's Properties dialog, but Alt+DoubleClick simply runs the file. The Alt key is ignored. Again, this runs counter to any decent file finder or Explorer replacement, not to mention Explorer itself.

When you throw in the fact that FLP's built-in accelerator keys (i.e. Alt+N to go to the "File name" text box; Alt+C to go to the "Containing text" text box, etc.) don't work at all when the file list has focus, hopefully my points begin to sink in.

The main reason I use FLP is for its very-useful "contents view" feature. But the limitations above will keep it from getting a 5 out of me for as long as they continue to exist.

zridling

zridling reviewed v3.0 Build 609 on Aug 20, 2005

Hey, that's why it's a locator, not a renamer. (But would an F2 rename operation kill them?) Just hit ALT+Enter and rename. The 3.x version adds more RegEx functionality and speeds everything up, from file find to running scripts.

[Addendum]: Hey, no fair, httpd. FLP is not a Windows Explorer replacement like PowerDesk Pro, even with PDP's File Finder module. I'll grant it could add an F2 renaming shortcut, and I'll even submit your suggestions to the developer. The inability to jump back to the File Name box using its own shortcut key (ALT+N) unless your cursor is in that part of the program is an annoyance. (But PowerDesk's File Finder has the exact flaw.) So I'll recant, change my vote to a 4, write the developer and see how long it takes to add/fix these issues. Should be interesting.

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v2.0.2 Build 531 on May 23, 2005

Never quite finished is right! So why give it a 5? You can't even rename a file with F2 in FileLocator Pro!

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.0.2 Build 531 on Mar 7, 2005

httpd.confused has a point about the utility of drag-n-drop here, but like much software, this is an app that was never quite finished.

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v2.0.2 Build 526 on Jan 14, 2005

[Note: Price was not a factor in my rating of this software.]

I like FileLocator Pro, and have used it constantly since registering it in early 2003. The best feature for me is the contents view. The speed is fantastic, especially on repeated searches (due to caching).

But it won't get 5 stars out of me until it supports drag-and-drop. Not having that capability in a search tool is frustrating, and an obvious shortcoming.

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.0.2 Build 526 on Sep 9, 2004

WindowsXP users soon realize that the OS's search function has been changed to include only registered file types. That's why you can't find those old WordStar files any more. According to Microsoft, this change is meant to improve performance. To me, it makes the search function useless. There is a Registry fix that makes Win XP look at all the files, the way Windows 2000 and Windows 98 do. But why bother, when you can buy a tool that is much more powerful and versatile, such as FileLocator Pro? A single-user license is extremely cheap, at $13. The preview window is very important when you're looking for lost files, and WinXP search without a window can be agonizing. My advice: Get FileLocator Pro. This product is a gem.

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