Wilbur Features

Fast Searches, Reasonable Index Sizes
Search Expressions Support Wild Cards and Logicals
Flexible File Specifications
Index Files in Zip Archives
Support for distributing indexed CD-ROMs
Wilbur is a True Win32 Application
International Character Support
Quickview Support
Run Wilbur from Inside Other Applications
Fully Automatic Install and Full Uninstall

  • Fast Searches, Reasonable Index Sizes

    Once Wilbur has indexed your files, he can display all of the files containing a specific word or set of words almost instantly. It is able to do this while keeping its index file much smaller than that the alternatives we have looked at.  Wilbur can optionally track information on all files on your disk, not just the ones whose content is indexed.

    The resulting file list can be sorted by number of hits, date, name, extension, size, attributes or path name. When a file is selected, the sought after word(s) are displayed in context in either compressed (just the lines containing hits) or expanded (all lines) format.

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  • Search Expressions Support Wild Cards and Logicals

    Wilbur allows word descriptions to contain wild cards and logical expressions including parenthesis. This makes it easier to find just the files that are relevant to your goal.   Searchs can be further contrained by combinations of:

    • Contents
    • File Name
    • Folder Name
    • Size (Min and Max)
    • Modification date (Before and After)
    • Attributes

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  • Flexible File Specifications

    Wildcard characters can also be used to specify which files are to be included or excluded from an index. Subdirectories are automatically included, so something like *:\*.txt would include all the txt files on all of your non-removable local drives. Optionally you can also include all network drives or specific removable drives.

  • Index Files in Zip Archives

    If you wish, Wilbur can treat any zip archive it comes across as if it was a directory. Any files in the archive that meet your specifications for inclusion in the index will be indexed so they can be searched and viewed like any other file. Nested zip files (zip files inside other zip files) are handled properly.

  • Support for distributing indexed CD-ROMs

    You can index material for distribution on CD-ROMs and distribute Wilbur on the CD to search and display the material. Click here for more information.

  • Wilbur is a True Win32 Application

    Wilbur is a true 32 bit application for Windows 95 or Windows NT. This means better performance, long file name support as well as a multi-threaded design which allows Wilbur to smoothly do its indexing while running in the background.

  • International Character Support

    Limited support is available for indexing and displaying files which use international characters with diacritic marks such as , , , etc.

  • Quickview Support

    Once Wilbur has found the files containing your search targets, it will display their contents in a simple text format. If you are running Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, a single mouse click will display the file in Quickview or Quickview Plus. It is also possible to have Wilbur synchronize the Quickview contents with which ever file is currently selected in Wilbur. Wilbur also supports popping up the context menu with a right mouse click in a manner similar to Explorer.

  • Run Wilbur from Inside Other Applications

    Command line options make it easy to create macros which will launch Wilbur directly from inside another application. For instance a hot key combination can be created in MS Word which will cause Wilbur to pop up and search a given index for whatever word is under the cursor. Examples are given for MS Word and for the MS Visual C++ development environment. It is also simple to set Wilbur up to build its indexes automatically in the middle of the night by using System Agent or an equivalent. Wilbur is also an OLE Automation server and indexes can be created and searches done under program control from languages such as Visual Basic.

  • Fully Automatic Install and Full Uninstall

    Wilbur installs easily with a simple setup program. Perhaps more importantly Wilbur will uninstall itself and remove all vestiges of itself from your disk. (Wilbur does not delete user created indexes but they can just be deleted manually.) If you are running Windows 95 or version 4.0 or greater of Windows NT, Wilbur can be installed and uninstalled using the system add/remove software applet in the control panel.


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