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12:42 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google has produced an updated version of its desktop search. It will now be able to search the full text of pdf files and the metadata of multi-media files.

Until now, the product could only index the names of such files. But the new version will indexing the entire content, including such data as song and artist names in music files.

Google has produced an updated version of its desktop search. It will now be able to search the full text of pdf files and the metadata of multi-media files.

Until now, the product could only index the names of such files. But the new version will indexing the entire content, including such data as song and artist names in music files.

The search is also now considered a finished product. "We've taken the product out of beta because now we have all the file types and features that were high on the list of user requests," said product manager Nikhil Bhatla, adding that by removing the beta tag, Google is hoping more users will feel encouraged to download and install the product.

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They opened it up for developers to write plug-ins [desktop.google.com]
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Short-term, I like the Firefox/Netscape support. But I'll be more interested in what neat things developers do with the API. It's actually two different APIs. If you check out [desktop.google.com...]

The Developer Indexing API consists of interfaces used to construct event objects and send them to GDS, register to receive notifications from the GDS crawler, and for registering your application with GDS.

The Developer Search API is much simpler. It consists of sending an HTTP request to Google Desktop Search that contains your search query terms. The HTTP response contains the desktop search results in XML format.

People have already written some cool plug-ins (Trillian, etc.).

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Kongulo
This plugin is a web spider ("Kongulo" is Icelandic for spider) that crawls websites you specify, e.g. intranet websites, and makes them searchable via GDS.

Are we going to start seeing AdSense on Intranet sites? ;)

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Still nothing for Eudora.
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Does it have a rebuild index feature? If not, its still beta.
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it's just a label and a technicality IMO. If it works, does what it says it does, and doesn't crash it's fine in my eyes.

"Does it have a rebuild index feature? If not, its still beta."

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can Kongulo check for broken links and be used to build a site's link structure?
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Hi,

I really liked Google Desktop Search, but when I brought McAfee Internet Security Suite 2005 I had to remove it because Google Desktop Search refused to work with McAfee Privacy Service. Does anyone know weather it will work with McAfee Privacy Service now?

I would try myself but canít get to my personal computer as there are Screens and bits of PC everywhere in my room (got some more test systems just trying to get them to work).

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I am very happily using MSN as it has a "rebuild index" feature and does an excellent job of indexing/searching e-mails. But I took a peak at the GDS Plug-Ins and this one caught my eye:

[desktop.google.com...]

I have a lot of PDF and inbound faxes (in PDF) that could all be OCR'ed on the fly and searchable. That's a very good reason for me to try Google Desktop Search again.

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Hail to the API!

That is going to be the most useful feature of the product I think. I'm going to take a look at it some point this week, I'm assuming that "metadata of media files" includes the ID2 tags in MP3s which will be very handy.

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I have a lot of PDF and inbound faxes (in PDF) that could all be OCR'ed on the fly and searchable. That's a very good reason for me to try Google Desktop Search again.

well, if i were you i woudn't .. it doesn't have "rebuild index" feature

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> it doesn't have "rebuild index" feature

Thanks, then I will wait. The only way your files and e-mail will be synchronized is if GDS is running at all times. And if at any time GDS is disabled or not running, you have to uninstall and reinstall for the index to be rebuilt. Not exactly an elegant way to rebuild the index.

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> it doesn't have "rebuild index" feature

Quite a curious and frustrating omission. For all the smarts and coolness over at Google, sometimes they miss things that are -- IMHO -- really basic... both in terms of features and UI.

I like GDS, but -- despite its very useful additions -- it's still considerably lagging behind YDS and Copernic, IMHO.

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> it doesn't have "rebuild index" feature

Have you tried deleting it manualy

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop Search

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> it doesn't have "rebuild index" feature

Have you tried deleting it manualy

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop Search