MS Filter Pack released !

I’m pleased to announce that after months of blood, sweat and toil, the MS Filter Pack is finally available !!! The package can be downloaded from :  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en Contents: The filter pack includes the following IFilters: ·         Metro (.docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb) ·         Zip (.zip) ·         OneNote (.one) ·         Visio (.vdx, .vsd,…

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FOXIT vs. Adobe PDF IFilter [ 32-bit only ]

Sometimes back I had the chance to run a performance and international sufficiency analysis on the Adobe and FOXIT ifilters for some of our customers. The following report is now made available for a broader audience.   PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF 32-BIT FOXIT PDF IFILTER vs. ADOBE PDF IFILTER Machine :   Intel Xeon CPU @ 1.4…

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64-bit support for Adobe PDF IFilter finally available.

Finally Adobe has come up with an interim solution to address the non-availability of a 64 bit ifilter. Now one can use the 32-bit Adobe IFilter on 64-bit platforms after installing a DCOM addin from Adobe. The installation instructions can be found on the Adobe Labs Wiki .  This is a great oppurtunity for folks who…

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DWG (Autocad) Filter is now available.

I’m pleased to announce that after a lot of trails and tribulations, the DWG IFilter is finally ready. Those who have been following the posts by Marco and myself under Chronicles of an IFilter development must be curious to know as to what the end result was. Well, here’s the latest on the topic in Marco’s own…

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Long awaited 64-bit PDF IFilter finally available.

Finally we have a 64 bit PDF IFilter – surprisingly the solution is not from Adobe or Microsoft, but from a company called Foxit Software.The IFilter is compatiable with the following Microsoft products: Windows Indexing Service, MSN Desktop Search, Internet Information Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), Site Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server…

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Indexing pdf documents with Adobe Reader v.8 and MOSS 2007

The version 8 of the adobe reader has some significant architectural changes (for the better of course) including an inbuilt IFilter to index PDF documents. Previously the adobe IFilter was available as a seperate download. This new change in architecture compromised the ability to search pdf documents from within MOSS 2007. However, the pdf filter works fine with WDS 3.0…

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Indexing XPS documents with MOSS 2007

With the XML Paper Specification (XPS) document format gaining popularity, many are wondering how to integrate MOSS 2007 to index and search XPS documents. Here’s a quick recipe to configure your index server to crawl and catalog tokens in XPS documents:      1.       Install the XPS Essentials pack from : http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx   2.       Add the filter-extension…

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Insights into MS IFilter Testing Strategy.

Ever since I started dealing with filters, I’ve seen numerous questions regarding “What does the proper validation of an IFilter mean? What tests should we execute and how to excute them?” . Hence, its only appropriate that we publish a document detailing our rigorous test procedure so that everyone targeting components at MS Search products…

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Debugging IFilters with WDS 3.0 and Windows Vista.

With the public release of Vista a week back, soon developers will be wondering how to write and debug IFilters in the vista environment. Here’s a quick and easy way, in addition to the one stated by Marco under Chronicles of an IFilter development – inception to deployment.:  1.     Disable back-off (this prevents the indexer to…

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Debugging IFilters in MOSS/WSS.

The steps we use to debug searchfilters with MOSS/ WSS are listed below: 1.     Disable filter host termination, add Assert to suspend filter host when it starts: MOSS  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\12.0\Search\Global\Gathering Manager] WSS  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Global\Gathering Manager] “DebugFilters”=dword:00000001 2.     Restart the OSearch service. 3.     MOSS:  Start a full/incremental crawl WSS:  Touch the file of…

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