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peter schleifer Is it possible to buy here, at this price, version 3 instead? (See Or even better, is it possible to buy version 4, but to get a download link for version 3, in order to use version 3, with the key from version 4, for as long as version 4 might have issues? Thank you!
Nov 27 2013 at 2:11am Copy Link
Copernic Sales Most likely but for this kind of request, please fill out the contact form and select Sales to send in your question.
Copernic Inc - Nov 27 2013 at 5:24am Copy Link
Iam Private Still too much for a ver. 3 to ver. 4 user. When you offer it below $20, I'll upgrade.
Nov 27 2013 at 6:09am Copy Link
David Lawrie 50% + CPU use on the intro screens after installation?

There were lots of reports of high CPU use on v3 when indexing, but I didn't get that far. I've used v2 successfully.

v4- there are 4 intro. screens. I heard my fan start screaming- 50% + CPU as I stepped thru these. Froze on the last- no response to 'Done'.

Running as admin on Win 7 32 bit Ult.
Nov 27 2013 at 7:25am Copy Link
Farhang STILL no sort by relevance...

I have not tried ver 4 (just started) but have worked with ver 3 before and I am always looking for good desktop search.

A few good things about it:This is a very good price for paid desktop search; Copernic has removed the web search tab in ver 4 and that's a great addition by subtraction; its general index was quite good in ver 3 (and I hope it hasn't dipped in 4). Its index was bigger on my computer than X1 Desktop search (another good but paid software) for the same number of files. Overall, I found it just about as good as and among the best of any user paid friendly desktop search.

What is extremely disappointing is that in version 4 (like all previous versions), there is no SORT by RELEVANCE.

If I want pure search of file name, I use faster non-indexing software. But if you have an indexed search, I am baffled that there is no real sort. I have over 10,000 pdf that I need indexed and searched. (By the way, they should make it MUCH faster and easier to batch exclude file types instead of having to click on every single one to remove). Without a sort by relevance, the search is rather pointless

@copernic sales: is there anywhere on your road-map a real plan for sort by relevance?

In the meantime, I keep using the FREE but sortable DocFetcher. It is nowhere as sophisticated as Copernic or X1 but hasthe most important feature.
Nov 27 2013 at 7:35am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Farhang: We will be working on the Index nesxt year, therefore, you should see the Relevance Sort in 2014.
Copernic Inc - Nov 27 2013 at 8:29am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun So, I'm already a customer of version 4. Unfortunately, as other customers have noted, the CPU spiking and thrashing is significant on Win 7 64 bit instances ( despite several hotfixes since initial release). And if the reversal of "sort by relevance" wasn't bad enough, there is no longer a windows taskbar search toolbar, which is a real tragedy, since this was primarily how I performed rapid searches.
Version 4 could have been a really great opportunity to provide social search services (twitter, facebook), but ... nothing.
I would suggest a pass on this version (or invest into version 3).
Nov 27 2013 at 1:21pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Copernic Inc has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 28 2013 at 12:11am Copy Link
DrTeeth @ Iam Private

I am a v3 user and I got an email for an upgrade offer of $19.98 a day or two ago..

Contact sales.
Nov 28 2013 at 3:32am Copy Link
Mr_Yeh Licencing per computer for non-commercial users (students etc.) is rather unattractive. Almost all software I use allows me to use it at least on a PC and a laptop. I know you have a 30% educational, gov. and non-profit discount, but still...

I also miss the Relevance Sort.
Nov 28 2013 at 4:25am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @DrTeeth, this is the standard upgrade price from version 3 to 4, it is only offered and valid to version 3 license holders!
Copernic Inc - Nov 28 2013 at 4:35am Copy Link
Alexander Deliyannis I copy from an older comment:

Copernic Sales: We will be working on the Index nesxt year, therefore, you should see the Relevance Sort in 2014.

Just wondering whether development on Relevance Sort is proceeding as planned.
Mar 17 2014 at 1:17pm Copy Link
Copernic Sales The Relevance sort won't be added in version 4. We are currently working on improving the index and we will add new features in version 5 but it will only be in 2015!
Copernic Inc - Mar 18 2014 at 6:21am Copy Link
peter schleifer Old comments are really instructive in this case, and there are just 11 of them, so checking them out is not difficult.

I had a look into the website, and yes, the info that the license is per computer, not per user is official, can be found there.

Also, I checked for file formats there (in the past, I had the unpleasant experience that most of my (ok, more or less exotic) file formats were NOT integrated into the index.

Now, trying to check possible progress being made in the meanwhile, on that field, I discovered that the list of "150 file formats" has been built up in a quite strange way:

- Lots of file formats are listed under the heading "CD will index their metadata" but in fact, the term "metadata" there seems to have been (wrongly) used as a synonym for "content" (since "metadata" clearly designs something very different from "content", or then, where's the list of file formats whose content is indexed?)

- Lots of file formats (hence the "big" total of 150 claimed there) are listed under the heading "CD will index their file names". Now this is weird indeed: Why have a special list for just file names? Should it not be possible to index ANY given file name, of ANY file on your pc, independently of the specific (and, by CD, unreadable) file format, given the fact that even numerous free file search tools index/find ANY file name, or parts of them, in an ntfs or even fat file system - where's the difficulty here that motivates CD to specifically list those file formats of which (only???) it is able to index the names (alone)?

Frankly speaking, I would prefer to buy sw with developers who are more straighhtforward than the above remarks seem to indicate (and let alone version-3 users' experience with version 4). This being said, (professionally-executed) relevance sort should indeed be a very good point FOR this tool, whenever this can/will be delivered.
Mar 18 2014 at 7:15am Copy Link
Eugene Saltz I have used version 3 and it worked with Microsoft Outlook 2013 (Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit). But when tried the trial of version 4, it did not, and I had to revert back to version 3. Has this been resolved, and it not, when?
Mar 18 2014 at 8:29am Copy Link
Cem Erdogdu I am currently testing the trial.
System: Win XP SP3, Firefox 25.0.1.
I had problems to start the programming. As I set up things in the wizzard at the beginning I assume that it started indexing.
The thing is that the programm didnt react. I had to shut it down twice.
Then I started with indexing only a few folders, first of all my Thunderbird folders.

At the moment I have this problem:
Firefox browser doesnt react about once in a minute. Task manager
shows that it crashed.
Since I changed two other things on my pc today, I wa not sure if this was
related to Copernic.
I then deactivated the addon in Firefox and Firefox is running now.
Are there any known issues with the addon in Firefox?

Additionally I have seen this.
Though I closed Copernic completely I could still see a related process
in the task manager.
But this occured only once.

The important question is about the Firefox addon.
Thanks and regards
Mar 18 2014 at 1:50pm Copy Link
B Josephs I'm desperately looking for a replacement for Outlook email search which was always quite adequate until Windows 8 (Outlook 2013). I tried some other paid options, but none so far have worked well with Outlook and my exchange online .ost file. Does anyone have experience with CDS and outlook 2013/windows 8?
I'm trying the trial right now. I'll see how long the indexing takes. I have it running at performance speed and my i7-3770 isn't having any issues.
I notice that it's indexing all the calendar events, including holidays. This seems like a waste. I would like to index my appointments, but I imagine there could be a list of holidays it knows to exclude.
Mar 18 2014 at 2:59pm Copy Link
Cem Erdogdu I have another problem here.
My emails from Thunderbird are indexed now, but most of them show the current date instead of the date I sent/received them. So I cant filter by date.
Mar 18 2014 at 3:57pm Copy Link
42gr I understand that the software is sold for use on one computer.

How do i go about transfering my license to another computer.
For example when I upgrade to a new PC or my hard disk goes down ?

Mar 18 2014 at 4:11pm Copy Link
B Josephs Well, it didn't start indexing emails till I rebooted. But now seems to be indexing even with Outlook running. It seems to be doing what it's supposed to.
Thanks for the deal!
Mar 18 2014 at 9:17pm Copy Link
Copernic Sales @peter schleifer. All the file types found on this page, the content will be indexed and supported. It is possible to add other file types but only the file name will be indexed.
Copernic Inc - Mar 19 2014 at 4:56am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Eugene Saltz. The version 4 trial does support Office 2013 and Outlook 2013. Are you having issues indexing your emails?
Copernic Inc - Mar 19 2014 at 4:57am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @George Raicevich. We need to release the license from your computer. Simply send us an email that you want to transfer your license.
Copernic Inc - Mar 19 2014 at 4:59am Copy Link
Eugene Saltz Yes. In version 3, the Outlook 2013 pst files are located (displayed: Tools - Options - Emails & Organizer) and indexed. My pst files are in a subdirectory called "C:\OutLook Files". Under version 4, they do not show up and apparently are not indexed..
Mar 19 2014 at 5:15am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Eugene Saltz. In both version, PST files that are not open in Outlook won't be indexed. If you do not see them in Tools - Options - Emails & Organizer, then it means that you haven't open them in Outlook
Copernic Inc - Mar 19 2014 at 5:51am Copy Link
Farhang I was the one who asked in the "old comments" about Relevance Sort and was told that 2014 was the year it will happen. I bought the software because of that response. Now we're told 2015. Make of that what you want but I don't appreciate it.

This is the single most important "category" of software for me and some thoughts for those wondering whether to buy this one.

I can't speak to casual users. I suspect it's a decent option. But DocFetcher is free, indexes better, has sorting, and is even portable.

If you are a "power user" this software is simply not for you. As a college professor with about 80 gb of pdfs alone on my computer, not counting word documents etc, this type of software is crucial for my research. I have Copernic on my computer (mostly to see what the next "update" brings) but I practically never use it or X1.

It is a resource hog, obviously not relevance sort, and its indexing is actually not the best but certainly not the worst.

I just use DocFetcher.

That said, if you are a power user and this is for your job, I hope you can afford it and buy it to support its development and generally this category.

@Copernic Sales: I strongly urge you to consider the needs of power users and not keep updating the bells and whistles. I would be happy to discuss anything with the dev team about my use as I know that I am not an outlier. You could "own" this market if you adjust to the needs that no one is meeting
Mar 19 2014 at 8:21am Copy Link
singularity Also UI has old win7 window style, which gets hard enabled over win 8 windows UI style.
Apr 16 2014 at 6:33am Copy Link
Copernic Sales Version 4 has a brand new interface which matches the Windows 8 style. You likely installed version 3.
Copernic Inc - Apr 16 2014 at 7:20am Copy Link
singularity No i downloaded latest trial from your website and UI showed oldstyle close/minimise buttons see the difference :
Apr 16 2014 at 7:49am Copy Link
Copernic Sales Yes we are aware of this small difference! It will be fixed shortly!
Copernic Inc - Apr 16 2014 at 8:01am Copy Link
singularity Yah these embossed buttons and elements makes UIs look primitive and out of place in win 8 flat minimal environment. :)
Also the search results scrollbar
Apr 16 2014 at 8:05am Copy Link
Jaap Aap Hi, is my understanding from the fine print correct that this includes the upgrade to v5? And will sorting by relevance be included at that point?
Jan 12 2015 at 1:15am Copy Link
Retired Engineer When duplicate text appears in multiple files, does Copernic group these together, and align the duplicate phrases together with a few lines of text before and after them? This, I've found, is the fastest way to find the document you *want* by searching for a key phrase contained in *many* documents.
Jan 12 2015 at 6:20am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun Caveat Emptor: Please review old comments before deciding to commit to this lame duck v 4 which, I ultimately uninstalled, as all the proper dev work appears to be targeted for v 5 ( we shall see ), and nowhere near as versatile and stable as v 3.

Consider looking into VoidTools, Search Everything (free) for lightning quick file / directory type results, as well as BDJ user recommended DocFetcher (free) for search for content-in-files.
Jan 12 2015 at 6:33am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Jaap Aap. For upgrade to v5, it mentions that the "Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version and minor versions thereafter." Therefore, all updates until version 5 will be free. As for the sorting by relevance, it is planned to be in version 5.
Copernic Inc - Jan 12 2015 at 7:24am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Retired Engineer. Thank you for the suggestion, however, this feature is very specific to a text comparison tool. Your request has been forwarded to our Product Management team.
Copernic Inc - Jan 12 2015 at 7:32am Copy Link
Jaap Aap Thanks - but if the next major version is v5, the "minor versions thereafter" are v5.01, v5.02 etc. aren't they? If upgrades to v5.x are not free, the statements in the fine print are misleading, as it explicitly states that upgrades to minor versions after v5 are free.
Jan 12 2015 at 7:36am Copy Link
Ronald Jurman Noticed 'external drives'.

Does that include drives that go off-line (e.g. perhaps Plug&Play USB drives), and can such drives be recognized (versus other P&P drives) when they come back on-line?
Jan 12 2015 at 11:23am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Jaap Aap. I understand that it can be misleading but this is Bits Du Jour wording. Our licensing works on a per computer basis and it includes all updates to the next major version and basic technical support. Upgrades are never included unless the user buys Software Assurance and it is valid when we release a major version. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Copernic Inc - Jan 12 2015 at 11:28am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Ronald Jurman. The data is kept inside the index if the drive go off-line. However, if you plug-in another USB drive and it takes the previous drive letter that is now off-line, you will loose the data inside the index. If the drive has always the same letter when connected, the data will be kept.
Copernic Inc - Jan 12 2015 at 12:36pm Copy Link
Don Canaan You are asking $29.97, yet there is a page in the free version that upgrades you to the paid version for $24.97. Is there something missing?
Jan 12 2015 at 12:37pm Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Don Canaan. The free version has a special pricing inside. This promotion is for new user that are not aware of Copernic.
Copernic Inc - Jan 12 2015 at 12:59pm Copy Link
Don Canaan so does that mean that if you are aware of Copernic, you have to pay $5 more?
Jan 12 2015 at 2:38pm Copy Link
Dippy Dawg I don't view this deal on Bitsdujour as a very good deal. If you go to their website under "Store" and then select "Daily Deal" you can get two copies of Copernic Desktop Search 4 for $39.96. That works out to $19.98 for each copy. Most people have at least one PC and a Laptop, so if you purchased the Bitsdujour deal it would cost you $59.94 for two copies... I will pass on this.
Jan 12 2015 at 7:55pm Copy Link
Brian W Disappointed in BDJ. I expect that sales here should be the best currently available offer but the pricing available from the trial version is cheaper and their "buy two" offer is cheaper. :( Please don't bother posting deals that are not better than those continuously offered on the developer's website!!!


Don Canaan: You are asking $29.97, yet there is a page in the free version that upgrades you to the paid version for $24.97. Is there something missing?

Copernic Sales: @Don Canaan. The free version has a special pricing inside. This promotion is for new user that are not aware of Copernic.

Gwynne: I don't view this deal on Bitsdujour as a very good deal. If you go to their website under "Store" and then select "Daily Deal" you can get two copies of Copernic Desktop Search 4 for $39.96. That works out to $19.98 for each copy. Most people have at least one PC and a Laptop, so if you purchased the Bitsdujour deal it would cost you $59.94 for two copies... I will pass on this.
Jan 12 2015 at 8:45pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Copernic Inc has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 13 2015 at 12:11am Copy Link
Kimmo Lahtinen @Gwynne, you do not get that price ($39.96) even though you can see the offer. The current price seems to be $49.95 but that is little cheaper than this offer for two computers.
Jan 13 2015 at 1:31am Copy Link
Dippy Dawg @Kimmo. Not sure what you mean by "Current price is $49.95" When I select add to cart it shows $39.96 and then I can select my payment type and checkout.
What do you mean by "you do not get that price ($39.96) even though you can see the offer"?

Did go to their website under "Store" and then select "Daily Deal"? You can get two copies of Copernic Desktop Search 4 for $39.96. Add it to the cart and you will see it is $39.96
Jan 13 2015 at 2:01am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Gwyne. We've updated the deal so that you can get 2 licenses for 29.97 USD.
Copernic Inc - Jan 13 2015 at 4:49am Copy Link
HarBri I have just tried to buy Copernic Desktop Search, but for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, I am being charged VAT despite being a UK VAT registered business, and adding my business name and VAT ID to the order form.

To make matters worse, the order form actually charges VAT TWICE. That's right - TWICE.

The UK price is shown as £18.09 ex VAT, £21.71 incl VAT at the top of the order section.

At the bottom, the sub-total is shown as £21.71 + £4.35 VAT, making £26.06 in total.

That's a total VAT charge of over 44% on the base price.

UK VAT is only 20% and as a VAT Registered business I shouldn't even be paying that.

How can Digital River justify charging VAT when it isn't due, let alone charging more than TWICE the amount due.

Tell Copernic thanks but no thanks. It isn't worth it.
Jan 13 2015 at 10:57am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @HarBri - I have just contacted the vendor regarding the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 13 2015 at 12:07pm Copy Link
Copernic Sales @HarBri. I've contacted Digital River to let them know about this issue. We will honor the deal once this is resolved. Can you write to and leave your contact information?
Copernic Inc - Jan 13 2015 at 1:02pm Copy Link
disenchanted I have been researching which software to purchase as my next Desktop Search utility.
I have several other Copernic software products (tracker, summarizer, and the old web search) but I do not yet have your Desktop Search.

1. Do you happen to have a features comparison chart that shows Copernic and other desktop search products?

2. I currently use DTSearch but the very first time you go to "index" any files, folders or your whole hard drive, DTSearch takes several hours to a full day.
However, once indexed, lookup results are instantaneous.
- The Downside is that DTSearch cost like $200

Do you have any speed benchmarks as to how long it takes to index one's hard drive the first time Copernic is used? [Example: 50Mb/second, 100Mb/sec]?

3. Can an end user setup Copernic's indexing manually?
So that any/all Indexing occurs only in the very early AM, like at 01:00, when the computer is not in use?
Or does Copernic run it's Indexing all the time, in the background?

Thanks for your time.
Aug 12 2015 at 4:38pm Copy Link
Copernic Sales @disenchanted.
1. No, we do not have such a chart.
2. Its not standard for every file type. The initial indexing depends on the amount of files, the file type and the file size. With version 5, we improved the indexing engine and it is up to 10x faster as in version 4.
3. It is possible to schedule the daily indexing tasks at any time of the day. It is also possible to change the indexing schedule interval for each category.
Copernic Inc - Aug 13 2015 at 6:46am Copy Link
disenchanted Thanks for the response Copernic Sales person. :^)
Aug 14 2015 at 8:24am Copy Link
Dianne Moses Is this version compatible with Windows 10?
Many thanks
Aug 15 2015 at 12:49am Copy Link
Gerard Booth In the fine print there is the sentence

"This promotion can be used to upgrade or extend an existing license"

How does this work, can this promotion be applied on top of an already discounted upgrade offer ?. Just curious.
Aug 15 2015 at 12:49am Copy Link
Gunderic Hagen QUESTION: Say I buy one licence for my PC. When looking for specific files, am I allowed to use it to scan my PC and any external HD and USB plugged to it?
Aug 15 2015 at 1:51am Copy Link
Pat Weber I have been using Version 4 for quite some time. I'm hesitant to upgrade because V4 consistently crashes after one search. When I'm having to look for several items, this is painful.

Is V5 more stable?

-- note - I just launched V4 and set it to update the index. Crashed after 10 seconds.
Aug 15 2015 at 5:22am Copy Link
Farhang @pat weber: same here. I completely gave up on V4. It only crashed regardless of settings, clean reinstall etc.
Aug 15 2015 at 6:16am Copy Link
Pat Weber Guess I'll be looking elsewhere. I used to recommend Copernic to everyone I knew - but that was before V4. Although I'm sorry you're having the same problems, at least I know it's not just me.
Aug 15 2015 at 6:18am Copy Link
Farhang V5 does seem faster BUT still no "relevance sort".

If you click on "load older comments", you can see that in 2013 I raised this issue of "relevance sorting" and this is the reply I received from Copernic Sales:

@Farhang: We will be working on the Index nesxt year, therefore, you
should see the Relevance Sort in 2014.
Copernic Inc - Nov 27 2013 at 8:29am

So I bought V4 based on that comment in 2013. 2014 went by and nothing.

now in 2015, v5: still no relevance sort AND a paid upgrade...
Aug 15 2015 at 6:22am Copy Link
John Hood Exactly which version is being offered with this deal? Too much confusion going on with 3.0, 4.0, and whatever.

I have 3.xxxx but have not used it for a years. May be interested if the messiness above has been resolved and version being offered here has cleaned up its act.

Need an answer before I fork up the bucks and your clock is running out.

Aug 15 2015 at 8:32am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Dianne Moses. Yes it is compatible with Windows10
Copernic Inc - Aug 15 2015 at 8:52am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Gerard Booth. No, this is a promotion specific to Bits Du jour. The upgrade pricing via our website is not linked to this promotion.
Copernic Inc - Aug 15 2015 at 8:53am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Gunderic Hagen. Yes, any external hard drives plugged in can be indexed by Copernic.
Copernic Inc - Aug 15 2015 at 8:54am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Pat Weber. You can always try the 30-day trial. It's free. Since it's release, version 5 has fixed many issues that users were encountering in version 4.
Copernic Inc - Aug 15 2015 at 8:55am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @John Hood. This is for version 5.0.1.
Copernic Inc - Aug 15 2015 at 8:56am Copy Link
John Hood Is version 5.0 64 bit or still 32 bit software?

Aug 15 2015 at 9:37am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @John Hood It is still a 32 bit application but it is optimized for 64-bits systems
Copernic Inc - Aug 15 2015 at 12:24pm Copy Link
singularity I have been using version 5 for a month now. So far it is much better and stable than version 4. Running on Windows 10. No more crashes. Searches faster too.
Though I have to mention one con is the UI. There is no much upgrade in that part. Still not optimized for high DPI screens. Bit heavy too. Embedded within windows' native windows.. the UI is mostly the same with old style scroll bars and non responsive columns. For a productivity and system tool where "beauty" is not a real factor.. you must go for more "native" light weight UI and UX. When I installed I actually felt like its a minor version of v4 and not a major version 5. Looked like you hurried to market a major version and upgrades.

But again I am happy that finally copernic is way more stable and funtional.
Aug 16 2015 at 7:23am Copy Link
DrTeeth @ Copernic Sales "Since it's release, version 5 has fixed many issues that users were encountering in version 4."

Not happy that we are having to to pay to fix issues that were found in v4. Thanks for admitting that this is the case though.
Aug 17 2015 at 1:55am Copy Link
Petr Q1: Does Copernic build it's own index?
Q2: I use Outlook, emClient and web based email for my various accounts. What can it index (and what can't it index)?

Years ago, I used a program like this to save me lots of time and effort. Not yet convinced this kind of ease can be repeated, but I hope so.

Feb 26 2016 at 12:43am Copy Link
Chuck Is this for 5.0 or 5.1?

How does this version compare to version 4?

Are there any upgrade deals for those who may have a prior version and want to upgrade?
Feb 26 2016 at 2:42am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Petr: Q1: Yes, it builds it's own index. Q2: Outlook is indexed but not emClient or any web-based clients.
Copernic Inc - Feb 26 2016 at 4:08am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Chuck: It's 5.1. For the comparison, here is the page: As for any upgrade, please write to
Copernic Inc - Feb 26 2016 at 4:15am Copy Link
Chris User I like this program a lot. I use it for documents and emails so I can't say anything about its use for music, video or pictures. I found Copernic when Google shut down Google Desktop Search a few years back.

I paid full price for V3, V4, and V5. The stability of the program in V5 is leaps and bounds better than it was in V4. I don't go a day without using it.

I use this program daily in my accounting firm. I'll throw out a couple of ways I use it:
- Email searches are way quicker in Copernic than in Outlook
- Copernic is vital to my role as a VBA developer. Over the years I've collected numerous code repositories in text files, pdf (>35 GB), bookmarked a heck of a lot of other resources; well Copernic indexed them all.
- example? say I forgot how to run an SQL command in VBA I'll search, "As ADODB.Connection" and Copernic will find all those instances in the various PDFs and code repositories (.vb, .bas, .txt files).
- Copernic's index used to be on the C:\ drive, but the settings allowed me to move the index to an SSD.
- to give you an idea of speed: I ran the exact search above ("As ADODB.Connection"), and Copernic returned 113 documents to me in a little over 3 seconds. The preview pane is essential. It takes me directly to result in the document so I can get enough context to figure out whether to open the file or skip it and look for a better match.

I'm not disappointed at all that I paid retail for this. With the release of every major version, the program did get better so props to them. It also gets updates regularly, so I know the developers are still at it. - just my two cents.
Feb 26 2016 at 8:25am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Copernic Inc has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 27 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
Farhang Nov 2013: "@Farhang: should see the Relevance Sort in 2014."

Feb 2016: Has that happened? Does 5.1 sort by relevance? I bought the previous version based on that reply that never materialized.
Feb 27 2016 at 10:37am Copy Link
Dierk Have found CDS very useful - and, particularly, v5 was enough of an improvement over v4 that we sprang for TWO Licenses (admittedly during a sale...).

However, CDS still struggles with Thunderbird (E-mails), with odd Preview formatting, and often returning incomplete results. To be fair, Thunderbird's OWN Search function sometimes seems rather hit-or-miss - to the extent that it can be a crap shoot whether CDS, Thunderbird or NEITHER will come up with a particular result.

But have yet to find a Better Overall program for finding Content within common desktop files (MS Office / Open Office / PDF), and that includes several runs with earlier versions of X1 - which always seemed like it should have blown CDS out of the water...

So, short of putting EVERYTHING inside a Knowledge Database - such as RightNote Professional (a GREAT program, btw) - we'll be sticking with CDS. (Even though we are getting concerned about the future of Thunderbird - and really wish CDS would broaden support for other E-mail applications!)
Feb 27 2016 at 11:29am Copy Link
ebdju License Query
Fine Print says "Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version and minor versions thereafter. For versions after that, upgrades will require additional payment, which will not be discounted.".

Does this mean I get upgrade to major version 6 and all minor versions released until version 7 is released.

Even after the BDJ promotion is over, if I purchase using the website link, do I still get the upgrade to next major version for free.

Technical Query
Can I include external drives during the time index is built to include external drive content in index. If the external drives are not connected to PC later on, can I still search from within its contents which are already indexed without connecting the external drive and connect the drive only if I need to open the actual file stored on it based on the search results.
Feb 27 2016 at 7:01pm Copy Link
Bjondc Does this index/search Windows Live Mail Storage Folders or just the mailboxes under each account.
If it won't search Storage it isn't much use for email searching AFAIC -- even WLM's own 'find message' can do that.
I'm running the trial version; am I missing a setting? is it only available in paid version?
Sep 9 2016 at 8:22am Copy Link
Colin McAllister The Copernic FAQS state that "Data are indexed for PDF files"

What data is indexed? Is it
a) only file name and type, or
b) all the text included in the file, as well as any keywords, etc?
There's a big difference between (a) and (b).

Also, I was a premium user several years ago, but I gave up because the program used up too many resources on my PC. How "light" is Copernic search in 2016? Thanks.
Sep 10 2016 at 8:26am Copy Link
Petr Hello Copernic,
I have a few pre-sales questions please:
Q1: Does Copernic build it's own index? Or, does it use a pre-existing index that's built by Windows? If you build your own index, how do I control the size?

Q2: To include NETWORK drives in the search, is an index used or does Copernic perform the search on-the-fly without an index? Same question for external USB drives?

Q3: How does Copernic differ from X1? I'm not sure which I'll buy or what the differences are?
Mar 25 2017 at 4:58am Copy Link
J User There are 2 issues:

First issue:
I got a message from your site saying my first PayPal purchase was cancelled. So I placed another order. It turned out there are 2 orders and PayPal sends the same amount twice. My I have a refund of $29.97?

Second issue:
The serial number is invalid. Please send me a valid one or let me know how to activate the software.
Mar 25 2017 at 6:14am Copy Link
Dierk Copernic builds its own index. Within the program Options you can chose a Location for the Index (believe default is under User account; move mine to another drive), AND you can set a Maximum File Size for the Index.
Note that setting too SMALL of an Index File Size could result in files NOT being included in the Index, which would hinder performance.
Instead, you could Restrict either the File Types and / or Locations that you want Indexed.

This internal index also applies to connected external drives.

It has been a number of years since I have used X1. From memory, it will Index & Search a greater number of file types than Copernic, and probably offers greater search & preview capabilities. However, it is also more expensive.

FWIW, the current version of Copernic performs quite well, and although it presents a "simple" interface, a journey through their Help document is well worth the time invested. This is a Daily Use program, among a handful of "Essentials," & have it licensed on 2 machines.
Mar 25 2017 at 6:25am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @Dierk. The maximum file size is the size of one specific file and not the index size. If you leave it to 20MB, only the initial 20MB of each file will be indexed and not the rest. .
Copernic Inc - Mar 25 2017 at 7:49am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @j user. It seems the download link is still for version 5. Here is the link for version 6:
Copernic Inc - Mar 25 2017 at 7:53am Copy Link
J User Serial number for Version 6 works. Thanks!
Mar 25 2017 at 8:31am Copy Link
Dierk "The maximum file size is the size of one specific file and not the index size. If you leave it to 20MB, only the initial 20MB of each file will be indexed and not the rest."

This is, of course, CORRECT. Apologies for not thinking hard enough before the post!
Mar 25 2017 at 8:58am Copy Link
singularity When I read that there has been an upgrade in the user interface.. I expected too much. The UI doesn't change much since version 4 and looks dated and not native in Windows 10. And I think the UI makes it heavy to run for a productivity system app. And doesn't look very good on high DPI. Please focus on a lightweight simple native UI.

But otherwise a really good desktop search alternative.
Mar 25 2017 at 1:40pm Copy Link
JimR Very Cool ....Reserved the 6 and decided to get 2nd license .. My Macgyver for sloppy record keeping ..There's not really much variation in my searches ..
Thinking of stripping down the file type extensions.. I did hear that some tweaks are out there but I guess thats for some other time..Works Great ..Time Saver !
Mar 25 2017 at 1:47pm Copy Link
J User Thanks for fast refund!
Mar 25 2017 at 3:25pm Copy Link
William W. Geertsema I take issue with the phrasing of the upgrade policy in The Fine Print.

My present version of Copernic was 5.2.1, updated from my original BitsDuJour purchase (February 26, 2016) of version 5.0. The Fine Print of that offer stated: Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version and minor versions thereafter. Because the phrase "and minor versions thereafter" implies that the words "up to the next major version" actually mean "up to and including the next major version" I assumed I could download and install version 6.0 from the Copernic site and register it with my 5.0 registration code.

That, however, proved to be impossible; attempting to register with that code, I got the message "Your Copernic Desktop Search serial number is invalid". And the program reverted to the Lite version, with its (very low) limit of 75,000 files

. Whereas I can understand Copernic's (rather normal) upgrading policy, I do not understand why its ambiguous presentation, which Copernic uses again in today's offer, has not been clarified. In effect, the presentation is deceptive (although I do not believe that was intended), and causes users to waste their time until they find out by trial and error.

William W. Geertsema w.w.geertsema
Mar 26 2017 at 10:10am Copy Link
Copernic Sales @William W. Geertsema. It mentions up to the next major which means that you need to pay for the upgrade to version 6. Therefore, your code for version 5 will not work with version 6. Our upgrade policy reflects the same policy here.
Copernic Inc - Mar 26 2017 at 12:26pm Copy Link
William W. Geertsema 21:50 26-3-2017Copernic Sales

I believe you misunderstood me. I have no problem with your upgrade policy, but merely pointed out that you have not stated it clearly in "The Fine Print".

Instead of writing
"Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version and minor versions thereafter""
you could write something like this:
"Upgrades to future versions will be free for all minor versions of the present major version".

That would remove the ambiguity!
And it would spare other users loss of time and effort.
Thanks anyway for clarifying the issue.

William W. Geertsema
Mar 26 2017 at 12:52pm Copy Link
JimR So then Im good until version 10... Take a look back 10-15 years and you'll understand this company N.Harris ? Spent/spends alot money on development and support when this almost went bye bye.. now how's free (limited) going to keep it forward ?.. And how can anyone read and assume that they get it at a discount plus a Free $49 version a year later ?

Mar 26 2017 at 2:08pm Copy Link
H. H. Hallo,
does copernic desktop search also foler names (like the freeware everytihing),
so that looing for "test" does not only recognize files named "test" but also folders named "test".
If copernic search still is not capable of this (would be the dealbreaker) can this feature be exspected in the near future?
thank you for clarifying in advance
Mar 26 2017 at 4:30pm Copy Link
Copernic Sales @H. H. Copernic will recognize the folder name but it will not put the folder on its own in the search results. If you search for a folder name, it will give out all the results inside that folder and it will highlight the folder name in the Folder column.
Copernic Inc - Mar 27 2017 at 4:48am Copy Link
Richard User I bought 2 licenses yesterday 3/27 before the deal ended. My Paypal transaction went through but I never recieved my Serials and they don't show up as purchased on my BitsDuJour account.

Any help would be appreciated. I also sent an email to BDJ last night, still no response.

Mar 27 2017 at 9:52am Copy Link
Noel Rodrigue I'm getting a message that the connection is not secure! Not the first time I shop here, but the first one that I get the note " uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate expired on October 29, 2017, 7:59 PM. The current time is November 2, 2017, 7:36 PM. Error code: SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE".

Can you update before the end of sale time or could extend that to be able to allow shoppers to not get the message?

Nov 2 2017 at 4:37pm Copy Link
Eugene Saltz It was a great product...until they made it an annual subscription.
May 11 2018 at 6:14am Copy Link
MK I agree with Eugene. Great product - I compared it with other desktop search engines and it found text the others didn't.
But "After you purchase Copernic Desktop Search it may be used for 12 months and will not function after that unless you renew your subscription" has meant I stick to the older version. Good grief - at least stop updates & upgrades after 12 months, but let it still function.
May 11 2018 at 10:18am Copy Link
Eugene Saltz MK - Exactly, I am sticking with the older versions. I have used Copernic many, many years - and upgraded over time - but no more. When the older versions no longer work with newer Microsoft software, I will use other desktop search options.
May 11 2018 at 11:03am Copy Link
Dierk Also unhappy with their new subscription program - with the further note that it is a tiered product now, with the "base" price leaving out useful-to-important features.

To be fair, the version offered here IS the "Full" version - all features included - hence the $55+ price tag (before 40% off): in that regard, this is a relatively good deal.

Still, as others have remarked, am sticking with the previous version for now - and likely for as long as it continues to work (2 Pro Licenses). Have been looking at alternatives and while none are "perfect" they do at least exist. Have even considered simply Importing or Linking files with RightNote Pro, which has its own internal full-text search engine AND is capable of Indexing Linked external files.

Alas, Subscription priced software seems to be a trend. Quicken is another program we have used for years which has switched over. Most of the competition for it is Web based (and a lot of that is 'Free'). But don't want our Financial data entrusted to a web service: at least here MoneyDance is a viable alternative.
May 12 2018 at 4:51am Copy Link
Paul Companies are so out of touch, the only reason subscriptions have been successful thus far is because not EVERYTHING is a subscription, people only have so much income and they can’t afford to have everything in their lives become a subscription. Companies like this jump and say, it’s working for Adobe let’s give it a go...... Adobe is a different breed of software, I could never see paying an annual subscription for something that searches files on my computer........
May 12 2018 at 4:57am Copy Link
Sputnik I have bought Copernic Desktop Search 6 years ago but I have used it only for a couple of months.

It is a good software but it must do frequent scans to update its database and I found that very annoying. So, since then, I use 3 different free softwares to do all my searches : Everything, Agent Ransack and Super Finder XT, each of them for different and specific purposes, and that covers all of my needs.

I know that it is very possible that these software would not be sufficient for many people but it may be so for many other people, everyone is its own judge in this matter.

For those who like a software like Copernic but don't like the new subscription basis, you could check for X1 Desktop Search, I tried it a couple of years ago and found it at this time much more powerful than Copernic.

Its price seems to be 96$, which is very expensive, but it seems to be a lifetime licence with updates free for a year only. You should however verify this with someone working in this company. If it is so and that you changed the software once each 4 years, it would cost you only about 25$ a year compared to Copernic who would cost 55$ year after year.

Understand me : I dont say that Copernic is no good, it is in fact a very good software but at an actual cost of 55$ a year, it is not far from being as expensive as Microsoft's Windows itself, which is a far more elaborate and complex software...
May 12 2018 at 2:00pm Copy Link
Benjamin User Well, I was tempted to buy it. I already own DeskSearch Pro and FileLocator Pro which are great but not as user friendly as Copernic Desktop Search seems to be but since it does not allow to use the program after 12 months, I won't buy it. Of course, most people tend to upgrade whenever there is a new version but unless they do really offer new version I see no point in buying annual subscription for a search software that has nothing new to offer.
May 12 2018 at 3:24pm Copy Link
Leland Whitlock I was considering buying it for the first time until I saw it had become a subscription. That was it no purchase from me. I have tools that will get the job done for free. Sorry Copernic but I suspect this may be the beginning of the end for you...
May 12 2018 at 5:22pm Copy Link
Dierk X1 Search does indeed run $96 per license, including 1 year of support. It also does NOT support Thunderbird, which is a primary appeal to Copernic, even though T-Bird does have its own built-in Search function.

Part of the Cost problem with Copernic is that it is licensed Per Machine: therefore usage on both a Desktop & Laptop requires buying 2 licenses. Actually HAVE 2 Pro licenses, but a) they were available at a fair discount each time we purchased, and b) we were not "locked" into HAVING to purchase upgrades Every Year.

Support for Thunderbird seems to be vanishing, but there are precious few alternatives for anyone wanting a Non-MicroSoft Desktop email program - and of the ones that are available, Good Luck in finding an Indexed Search app that recognizes their file format.

Current fall-back for Copernic would be Archivarius 3000. Price is fair, and product supports a good range of file formats - but last update was Sep 2017, so some concern for its future, plus the interface is dated - especially within the "Help" document which lacked an internal Search function (as far as I was able to determine...).

We should not expect companies to provide software with NO cost to the end user (even though clearly a handful do so), and there obviously needs to be a balance between Pricing Too High (or Too Low) and being able to Stay In Business.

Have a lot of sympathy for the small developer, having once worked for such a company - but a Subscription based app needs to offer a Compelling feature set against its competitors, including a reasonable "Personal License" which permits installation on at least 2 systems, does not require a CONSTANT Internet connection (my laptop is often used in locations which lack wifi even in today's world), and does not impose TOO Severe of restrictions on system upgrades & re-installations.

All, of course, FWIW & IMHO.....
May 12 2018 at 6:55pm Copy Link
Rodina User I have been using copernic since version 3. Will use version 6, as subscription model is not acceptable for me.
I prefer File Locator Pro and hope they will not follow the subscription trend
May 13 2018 at 4:24am Copy Link
Benjamin User Lookeen is also great on PC, especially when you're looking for email. I use it along with DeskSeach and FileLocator Pro. The latter one was described as a must-have according to review and it uses special coding that allow you to find more files and compare them with others...

Just give the file I mentioned above a look and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
May 13 2018 at 9:26am Copy Link
Indusekar SK Locate 32 is the best alternative to any of the search engines for desktop. It's free
May 13 2018 at 8:08pm Copy Link

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