Wednesday, December 22, 2004

 

IFilters galore

The MSN Search team have a wiki for both Web search and Desktop search.

One of the pages lists the many available IFilters that MSN Desktop Search can use. Some of these are shipped with the desktop search download, some come with other Microsoft products, some with third party products, or free downloads, and some can be purchased. For a company that has just had a huge new market opened up to it, the IFilterShop seems to be very slow off the mark - its website does not even mention MSN Desktop Search.

Onfolio also makes use of the IFilter interface to allow it to index Office documents, though their developers point out that its actually not a sufficiently rich enough interface to allow many other types of document to be properly indexed - the API does not allow "deep linking" to the relevent data.

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