Using IFilterShop products on Windows desktop operation systems
IFilterShop designs a special edition of its products called IFilter Workstation Edition. Workstation Edition makes it possible for end users to manage their documents such as Jpeg, Tiff, Psd and other digital images, StarOffice and OpenOffice documents and Electronic Bussiness Card files the same way they got used to with standard Windows documents. The advantage is that you do not have to install any extra sotfware to make your files organized. After appropriate IFilter is installed, there is only one easy step to take control over your documents. Let's take digital images as an example.
First you have to add nessasary file information such as Title, Author and Keywords to the image files. Most Adobe tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, FrameMaker and Acrobat are capable of annotating content that they produce.
The screenshot below shows how image file can be annotated using Adobe Photoshop version 7.0. File Info dialog is available under File menu. Use it to add information such as Title, Keywords, Category, etc to your image files.
Add description to your image files
After image file has been annotated, go to Search dialog available through Windows Start menu, select "All Files and Folders" option and search for any word or a combination of words in image annotation.
Search your content with Windows Search program
IFilter Workstation Edition can be installed only on Windows desktop operating systems, such as Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP Pro and Home, etc. It seamlessly integrates with Windows Search program. Even more, there are several ways to search for property values and content of your documents:
- Through Windows Search Program as described earlier. This way it is possible to search for both property values and file content in a single query.
- Using Indexing Service query form. With this form, you can run any kind of query using all of the features of the query language.
- Using a Web page to submit a query through Internet Information Service (IIS). Query Web page must be created first.
Windows Search uses information generated by Microsoft Indexing Service. Microsoft Indexing Service is enabled by default. However it is possible to turn it off or limit it to indexing only particular folders. Should you experience problems finding your content make sure that Indexing Service is enabled for the folders where you store your files.