FoxTrot Professional Search

Goodbye haystack, hello needle.

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FoxTrot Professional Search is simply the most comprehensive document-searching application available for Mac OS.

Built on top of CTM's FoxTrot Search engine, FoxTrot Professional Search builds multiple index files from documents on your disks and servers, making their contents accessible in a split second.

How it works

All common document types (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, Apple Mail…) and any document type for which a Spotlight metadata importer plugin is present (over 300 file types altogether) get indexed and become searchable using eight different search keys (Content, File name, Metadata…) with seven combinations (Includes all / any / none of the words, exact phrases, complex search strings…) and multiple search criteria.

Whether your needs are focused on indexing a single project folder or span across multiple-gigabyte document archives, FoxTrot Professional Search delivers the most precise list of results with optional excerpts – a new feature in version 4.

Mince, dice and categorize

Search results can be narrowed-down using dynamic categorization by relevance, file type, location, language, OpenMeta tag, Finder label and author, then opened in a separate multi-tabbed window for further preview, perusal and searching under different terms.

FoxTrot Professional will outline the search terms found in the current chapter (bold lines) or any chapter. 

Share the knowledge

Index files may be updated in the background and made available for searching by remote users (requires 5-user license). And if you're on a larger network, any 10-user or greater license includes a dedicated FoxTrot Professional Server application with a remote configuration application (FoxTrot Admin). And that even includes a focused Windows Server application administrable from Mac OS. 

Carry essentials, leave heavy stuff at work

Version 4 also innovates with an optional addition to indexes to store a compressed, text-only cache of indexed documents in a fraction of the space. These enriched indexes can be carried around on a MacBook for instant off-line access to the essential information contained in documents on your desktop's hard disk, iMac or network file server.


Dynamic categorization In order to "zero in" on the documents which really matter, FoxTrot lets you narrow the number of hits by clicking on several categories, which are dynamically generated based on the information and content of found files. This advanced process, derived from scientific investigation techniques, lets you successively tag hits by file kind, age or parent folder. Dynamic categorization is a unique FoxTrot feature.

Flexible relevance ranking Typical searches yield too many results: FoxTrot Personal Search‘s exclusive ranking mechanism weighs each search result, and displays most relevant documents first. If you‘re overwhelmed by the number of matches, a slider setting will repeat the search with a more discriminating eye.

Wildcards, exclusions and more Searches are performed on full words by default; they can be made to include: - words "beginning with" given characters - all words in a search string - at least one of the words - an exact phrase or portion of sentence - any term except as well as complex search patterns combining several criteria.


FoxTrot Professional Search delivers an ultra-fast and precise find-by-content solution, while extending Spotlight with a vast array of additional search possibilities and supporting all the file types translated by the Spotlight importer plug-ins (including metadata indexing). The built-in document preview additionally offers enhanced PDF display and navigation. FoxTrot Professional Search also offers:

- Multiple categories of relevance-ranked results

- Document preview and full view, with secondary document-level search 

- Multiple indexed collections and timed updates without the application launched 

- Client-server access to peer-to-peer and dedicated CTM FoxTrot Search servers

- Worldwide Unicode language support



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