Computing - general &Flying Nerd recommends 18 Sep 2006 06:39 pm

Possibly the most useful tool for your PC

Yes, it’s a big call.

But those who have installed some form of ‘desktop search’ application will usually swear by them.

For a couple of years now, I’ve been using Yahoo Desktop Search – a free program that can be downloaded from Yahoo. YDS works in the background to index all your files and emails, and allows a near-instantaneous search when you’re looking for something. The underlying technology for YDS came from another company: X1. It’s my impression that Yahoo has lost interest in YDS. The updates seem to have stopped flowing, and the level of support is poor.

But the news is not all bad. In fact, it’s good! X1 has made their full X1 desktop search tool – the latest version – available for free from their website. And it’s a really tremendous tool.

I’ve installed it so that X1 has taken up residence in my Windows taskbar as a little search box:

X1 in taskbar

and as a toolbar in Outlook:

X1 in Outlook toolbar

Highly recommended.

3 Responses to “Possibly the most useful tool for your PC”

  1. on 19 Sep 2006 at 7:38 (Sydney) 1.Zog said …

    does that mean you deleted YDS first?

  2. on 19 Sep 2006 at 9:41 (Sydney) 2.Richard said …


    Correct. Although there would probably be a way to get X1 to re-use the YDS indexes, it’s almost certainly simpler to let X1 create its own.

    By the way, I find X1 to be significantly more stable than YDS.


  3. on 25 Sep 2006 at 11:48 (Sydney) 3.Zog said …

    loaded, used already, excellent, ta!