Copernic Desktop Search 4 RC

Today, we are releasing a new version of Copernic Desktop Search. For now, only the English version can be downloaded. However, it is only available as a “Release Candidate” version. We decided to launch this version to get additional testing from the community

Of course, the final release of Copernic Desktop Search 4 will have additional features and many bug fixes. It will be available for purchase in the 3rd Quarter of 2013.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or issues regarding the “Release Candidate” version, please visit the Copernic Forum.

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How to search inside pdf files?

Many documents now come in the Adobe PDF file format. Those documents can contain multiple pages and opening one at-a-time is a very long task, a very unproductive task!

How can you search inside pdf files in Windows 7 & 8? How do you search without having to open every single file you might want to look at?

Well, Copernic Desktop Search has been doing it for years. Simply type in your keywords and all PDF files containing the keyword will come up. It will even show you a preview of where the keyword is located in the pdf file. You don’t even have to open the file unless you are sure this is the document you want.

Stay productive with Copernic Desktop Search!

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Search across Windows

How do you search inside files on Windows? Many users rely on Windows Search to find files but searching for text inside files is very limited. Most users can only find what they are looking for half of the time but you know you have that file saved somwehere. Since the replacement of Windows Desktop Search in Windows XP, most Windows users complain the lack of searching capabilities found in the new operating systems especially for searching the file content. So, how do you go about searching inside your files?

Yes, you can change the indexing options in Windows Search but what if you could search and find all your files across your hard drive and network drive by default. By downloading Copernic Desktop Search, you can accomplish such a feat without even changing any settings.

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Legal document search

Information is knowledge and knowing more knowledge means gaining a valuable advantage over your competitor especially in a legal case. More and more lawyers use Copernic Desktop Search to search for keywords inside legal documents.

Often legal documents are PDF files and OCR files. Many search engine will not index OCR files which can prove to have valuable information when working on a legal case. By using Copernic search engine you access information faster and in a more efficient way.

By providing a search engine to your legal team, you all become more productive and can focus even more on your client’s needs.

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Using Information Technology to reduce cost, increase efficiencies

Investing in a central repository or data warehouse has been an increasing trend for the past few years. Many SMBs are choosing such solution as an IT infrastructure to share their knowledge. However, most of them do not have a search tool to quickly find their documents.

Yes a good filing structure will save you time but what if you join a filing structure with a search tool to execute deep searches into your documents content, then you can gain valuable insight into your data.

Investing in a central data warehouse provides an advantage to share knowledge but to increase efficiencies; a search tool could provide that competitive advantage. You should take a look at Copernic Desktop Search, where you can search a central database and locally on your PC.

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Is Copernic a good alternative to Google Desktop?

Awhile back, Google decided to discontinue Google Desktop due to a change in how users searched their data. We strongly believe there is still a need for users to search data stored on their PC as the information available is exponentially growing.

Many users came and are still coming to asking us if Copernic Desktop Search is a good replacement for Google Desktop?
The answer is definitely yes!

There are a few differences and here is a table showing them:

Features Copernic Desktop Search Google Desktop
Privacy and Security Client’s information is secured and kept private Keeps track of everything you do
Interface Stand-Alone Software Browser
Categorize Search Multiple categories Not available
File size indexed By default : 10 MB, but customizable 10,000 first characters only
File type supported Over 150 Over 75
Folder name indexation Supported Not supported
E-mail Attachment Supported Not supported
Technical Support First answer between 24 to 72 hours No longer available
Software Development Update every 3 months Discontinued

Have you made the switch from Google to Copernic?

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How do you organise your information?

Most users have some sort of filing system; however your structure will get bigger with files in multiple locations, which can become hard to navigate. You need to remember where the file is located. From time to time, you will ask yourself where to save the document. When you decide to organize your computer, it all makes sense now, but will it make sense further down the road? Probably not!

So, you will start to look for a solution that helps you find that information. Basic search tool offered on Windows PCs have to go through every file every time a query is launched. That’s why there are several search engines available for your desktop. Most of them will have to build an index of the contents of your hard drive and it usually takes several hours.

With the use of a Desktop Search, you may ask yourself, why should I organize my computer now? By knowing where a file could be located, you can help the desktop search refine the search and find the document faster. There is still a need for you to have a basic structure to classify your documents.

How do you find your information?

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How to optimize indexing performance?

Copernic Desktop Search constantly monitors your computer’s activity to pause the indexing process when the computer resources are highly used by other programs (or processes). It also pauses the indexing process while you use other programs and restarts indexing after a certain period of inactivity. These two features enable CDS to save your computer’s resources.

To modify the indexing performance while you use the computer, open Copernic Desktop Search menu, go to Tools → Options → Indexing & Performance. For optimized performance, we recommend to select Manual when checking both boxes for Suspend indexing while I use my computer and Suspend indexing while resources are highly used.

Using these two settings will ensure Copernic Desktop Search is optimized to have the lowest impact on your computer resources. This way, your search experience will be optimal.

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Version 3.6 is now available!

Yes, a new update for Copernic Desktop Search is now available. We did not included brand new features as we are working very hard to release a new major version.

Here are the fixes:

Changes & Improvements

  • Indexing of Windows Live Mail is now supported (except Contacts)
  • New archive content is now indexed by default (.7z, .rar, .tgz, .tbz, .tbz2, .tb2, .taz, .tlz, .txz)
  • Improved PDF indexation
  • Improved Microsoft Office documents indexation


  • Fixed deskband activation issue when deploying (through GPO).
  • Category count does not disappear when minimizing CDS.
  • Web search inside the deskband now uses the keyword as it should.
  • Annotations and comments inside .pdf and Microsoft Office documents are now supported and shown in the preview.
  • Outlook emails are now printable even if Outlook is closed.


For CDS Home users, please go to the Download page to get the update.

For CDS Professional users, open CDS and click on Tools – Check for software updates

For CDS Corporate users, go to the Copernic Support page and click on Download my software again.

As we always want to move forward and improve our products, feel free to use the Copernic Forum or support to send us your suggestions. We always take your comments and support requests seriously to build on these for our future releases.

-Your Copernic Team 

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