SSScanner™ - Expert in Text Search
Subject Search Scanner™ is a full-text search utility,
which scans within files, e-mail messages and archives on your local,
network, CD-ROM, DVD and flash drives looking for a given word or phrase
(see also: SSScanner™ CD Edition below).
As SSScanner™ searches for your query, it shows the directory
path to the files that match it most of all.
The application uses the intelligent Subject Search™
method, which matches your search phrase with the text being
searched even if the corresponding text fragment and your search
phrase are not exactly the same, some of the words are swapped, not
present or spelling varies; searches can be done
in any of nearly 40 languages supported.
The product provides each of its findings with a relevancy score shown as a
percentage; this helps you to judge whether a particular file does or does not
actually contain information of your interest.
SSScanner™ processes files of any format, including text files,
documents written under MS Word, HTML, PDF, RTF, HLP formats as well as binary or even
Beginning from version 4.5, Kryloff Technologies issues a
special edition of SSScanner™ for CD: SSScanner™ CD Edition.
This product has been developed to let your customers search in contents of
documents and files that you are burning and distributing on CD-ROM devices. Being based
on the source code of the regular SSScanner™ utility, CD Edition inherits all
of its benefits such as, rich multi-language capabilities, intelligent
"Subject Search" technique, easy-to-use product interface, etc.
Unlike the regular SSScanner™ utility, CD Edition does not require
any installation on your customer's machines: after being burnt on your CD's
along with your documents and data files, this product is ready to search
in them right after the user inserts your CD's in the CD-ROM drive.
SSScanner™ CD Edition is provided free of charge: you may obtain it
from the product download page.
This section is written with regards to the appearance of
Windows Vista® and Windows® 7, into which Miscrosoft has embedded some
full-text search functionality. SSScanner™ is fully compatible with
these platforms; furthermore, installing SSScanner™ on Windows
Vista® and Windows® 7, which look wonderful
indeed is strongly recommended.
However, according to the opinion of Sergey Kryloff, president of Kryloff
Technologies and the team of his experts, the full-text search functionality
in Windows Vista® and Windows® 7 is poor and unreliable. Corresponding
explanations and examples are provided below.
Microsoft states: "Windows Mail includes the Search box,
which makes it easy to find specific e-mail and newsgroup messages. Using the
Search box, you can quickly filter your message list so that it only shows
messages containing specific words, characters, or e-mail addresses.".
Sounds good. However, when you start Windows Mail® (former,
Outlook Express®), it welcomes you by a message, which tells
about new search features, and which amongst other words, definitely contains
"search" (as well as "searching", "searchers", etc.). But, after typing in
just the only word "search" for the query, all messages including the welcome
one disappear, and displayed is a picture stating "0 messages", and
"no items match your search":
Note, that when you enter other words (such as, "Microsoft"), the welcome
message does not get filtered. The list of similar cases may be prolonged; for
example, when you type in "e-mail" for the query, Windows Mail selects some
messages, which do not contain this word ...
Now please, look at the SSScanner™ findings after scanning the same messages:
SSScanner™ has found even 4 quotations in a single file! (the number of
quotes SSScanner™ can extract from the same file is controllable)
Let us go further and see what Windows Vista®
and Windows® 7
can find in regular files. Unfortunately, not too much either: even in English
different forms of the same word (such as, "possibility" and "possibilities")
do not get matched to each other nor our experts have discovered a single slice
of what Microsoft calls, "natural language searches".
As an example, Windows Vista® and Windows ® 7 find nothing for a simple
query "phrase structure":
As for SSScanner™, it easily matches the query "phrase structure"
to "structuring your phrase", and after scanning exactly
the same folder displays:
The table below compares key full-text search features in Windows
Vista® (or, Windows® 7), and SSScanner™:
* - on an average PC SSScanner™ processes hundreds of e-mail
messages and several megabytes of file data per a second. For even faster searches,
index files are supported by SSSleuth™, one
more product of Kryloff Technologies.
|Selecting different forms of search terms
||does not support
|Reporting with paragraphs that match search queries
||does not support
|Estimating items found with relevancy scores
||does not support
|Support of queries formulated in natural form
|Customizing to a particular area (medicine, physics, ...)
||supported by vendor upon request
|The ability to build index files
|Searching in results of previous searches
|Saving and restoring results of searches
The SSScanner™ ability to generate reports with quotations from original
files that answer your questions is completely unique and powerful.
Below is a sample report which gives you some idea of what the product
does for you. Note, that quoted are phrases, which do not bodily match the
example search query "Making content available for offline viewing";
some search terms are swapped, altered, and even not obligatory present
in the original text:
As you can see on the picture, SSScanner is capable of
searching in documents of multiple types such as, MS Word, HTML, TXT, etc.
To extract from and then scan textual information from all of these and other
file types, SSScanner™ is shipped with special plug-ins called,
"KT Text Filters". As soon as Kryloff Technologies develops a new Text
Filter, it adds it to the latest version of SSScanner™ and makes it
available for free downloading. Look at the Free
Stuff page to check out if you already have all the filters that are
Additionally, advanced users can configure SSScanner™
to search through any files! Look at the Creating
Text Filters page for details.
Apart from scanning files "on the fly", this release is also
capable of indexing files into so-called, Virtual Folders. When you add
documents to a Virtual Folder, SSScanner™ indexes them to allow your
queries be performed much faster; the product maintains indexes between
The product is shipped with new KT Text Filters for processing
documents created with MS Office® 2007 (DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX
files), and also with an improved filter for the Adobe PDF files.
Improved was the user interface -- SSScanner™ supports
43 built-in Visual Themes, which cover a wide range of user requirements and
make your use of the product easy indeed.
Added was the ability to search in archives. SSScanner™
automatically recognizes and scan files within multiple sorts of archives,
namely, processed are 7Z, ARJ, BZ2, BZIP2, CAB, GZ, GZIP, JAR, RAR, TAR
(either directly or within enclosing .GZ archives), TAZ, TBZ,
TBZ2, TGZ, TPZ, XPI, Z, and of course, the product can scan files within
popular ZIP files, too.
Furthermore, SSScanner™ is capable of processing
files within nested archives! For example, if amongst regular files, the
archive "Archive1.ZIP" also contains the file "Archive2.ARJ", which in turn,
contains one more archive "Archive3.RAR", then files from "Archive3.RAR"
(the "deepest" one) will be scanned as well; nested archives are processed in any
combination and at any depth!
Not to delay your searches, by default, the product processes enclosed
.GZ, .TAR, .RAR, and .ZIP archives only;
read the SSScanner™ Frequently
Asked Questions page for information how to tune the product to make it
process other types of nested archives.
The ability to search in your personal e-mail messages and
folders has been improved. Even though searches in MS Outlook Express®
and other e-mail clients have been accelerated (even considerably when you specify
the message subject or/and date frames), still recommended is Microsoft
Outlook® from the Microsoft Office® suite
of products. Working with this product, SSScanner™ provides the
highest possible performance. Also, beginning from Microsoft Outlook®
2003, SSScanner™ supports searching in messages written under any
encoding tables, and in virtually any human languages.
Integration of SSScanner™ with
Subject Search Pad™ and
Subject Search Summarizer™ has been
improved as well: in particular, SSScanner™ provides SSSummarizer™
with Unicode data only even under Windows 98 and Millennium Edition.
User can now easily copy files found by SSScanner™
either by dropping them onto a desired window or, by copying selected
files to the Clipboard with subsequent pasting them into the Windows Explorer®,
Internet Explorer® or any other applications, browsers and
text processors, which accept file dragging or pasting operations. Also,
you may create copies of files found by SSScanner™ directly in
the product by selecting a desired folder and using a new built-in file/item
When you instruct SSScanner™ to copy files from archives
or e-mail messages from message stores, SSScanner™ automatically
extracts corresponding files (from nested archives, too!) thus working as an
archive decompression utility.
Improved was International support as well: the product
automatically recognizes encoding pages of documents it scans wherever
possible, automatically selects an appropriate keyboard input language among
those installed on your machine.
Added was the ability to save your searches. Using this new
feature, you may group files that match a particular criteria, then restore
them with a single click of mouse button. Unlike Windows® Vista
SSScanner™ saves not only your search criteria, but also the entire list
of files selected; when you restore search results (for example, by pressing
<Ctrl>+R), you may perform subsequent searches in the collection of files
that appear in view after restoring.
When SSScanner™ functions under Windows® Vista (Windows 7),
it places a small box for entering queries in the right upper corner of every
window of Windows Explorer that appears. After pressing <Enter>, SSScanner™
immediately starts searching for your search phrase right in the folder that
is currently open in Windows Explorer as it is shown on the picture:
In addition to the above improvements, the user is given one
more "Literal Search" option; see below. Even though we still
consider the SSScanner™ intelligent "Subject Search"
method to be much more advanced and useful, a number of our customers still
ask us for additional "exact match" functionality, and we of course,
keep on applying efforts to meet these requirements:
- Windows 98/ME (still supported) or Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7.
Preferable are (in decreasing order):
Windows Vista or Windows 7, then
NT 4/Millennium Edition, and finally
- 12 MB free disk space.
- Windows 98/ME or Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7.
It is recommended that you originally install CD Edition at least under
Windows 2000 on your machine. This product
includes utilities which will make its final release (one you will
burn on CD-ROM along with your documents) function under any 32-bit
Windows platforms, starting from and including Windows 98.
- 14 MB free disk space.