Business users who want the desktop searching power of Copernic
have a new option: Copernic Desktop Search Professional 3.0. This
application bridges the gap between Copernic’s free Home version
(designed for use only in non-corporate settings) and the $60
Corporate version, which includes features for managed deployments
in an enterprise setting.
Copernic Desktop Search Professional includes all the same
excellent searching features found in the Home
version: It indexes the contents of your computer upon initial
installation, lets you search more than 150 common file types, and
displays your results in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.
The Professional version adds the ability to search
appointments, tasks, and notes in Outlook; the Home version only
searches the contents of e-mail messages and attachments. Proalso
adds the ability to search network drives. Despite this added
feature, the initial indexing process took about the same amount of
time–about an hour–when using both Home and Professional.
Another nice feature in Professional is the lack of
advertisements. Both Home and Professional have a preview pane at
the bottom of the interface, which allows you to quickly scan the
contents of the files that the application finds for you. When it’s
not in use, the Home version takes advantage of this space to show
an ad for the Professional version or to hawk Copernic’s Web
searching features. But in the Professional version, it remains
Other added features in the Professional version are the ability
to save searches, the inclusion of Copernic’s customer support, and
the ability to see search results as you’re typing. Overall, $50
seems a bit steep for this application–especially compared to the
free Home version. But if you’re a business user who doesn’t need
all the enterprise-level features in the Corporate version,
Professional is a nice middle ground.