Since comparing Blinkx and Copernic Desktop Search earlier this week, I have stubbornly continued to run the two tools in tandem. And now I have surprised myself somewhat with the results. While the things that bugged me about Copernic (and Blinkx for that matter) haven’t gone away, I’m now tilting toward Copernic search as my local search tool of choice.
What made the difference? Spending more time in the Copernic interface, to be frank. While I still find it a little cluttered, I’m becoming very fond of the granular control it gives me over search — by folder, in particular — and at least as fond of the full document preview feature. While Blinkx is somewhat cleaner and its functionality marginally more accessible, Copernic is a richer tool that rewards searchers willing to spend more time getting comfortable in the product.
Winner: Copernic Desktop Search. (Sorry Blinkx.)