Desktop search is never going to be a highly fundable investment category — rightly or wrongly, investors are just too skittish about the impending entry of Google, Microsoft, et al., — but I’m still an admitted search junkie. Call it the triumph of hope over experience: Maybe someone can help me make sense of my cluttered hard-drive.
Anyway, all of this is by way of explaining that I’m trying out the just-released desktop search tool from Copernic and comparing it to Blinkx, to which I’ve admittedly become increasingly attached. Here are some first impressions:
- Good, clean display of results
- Date-ordered categorization of results is useful, but it takes some getting used to
- Quick preview is handy, containing a full view of document
- Google-like desktop search bar
- No unified all-document search of email, files, etc.
- No contextual search, a la Blinkx
- Doesn’t simultaneously search web and desktop
- Somewhat obtrusive results page
- Routes web searches to AlltheWeb only
- No selectable default search option when using desktop search bar
- While Copernic Desktop Search is nice, it is not (yet) nice enough to unseat Blinkx from my toolbar.
[Update 9/1/2004] Martin Bouchard of Copernic is a friendly fellow who has been speedy and open-minded in spotting the above comments and sending me a couple of notes. As I said to him, I quite like what Copernic has done — it is a more solid-feeling app than Blinkx — but I do miss Blinkx’s contextual search.