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Cold Fusion Verity Oracle Enterprise Search Acrobat PDF Index Assistant Comparison. Arden O. Weiss ardenweiss@ verizon .net. Scope of Presentation:. The Application using these Tools The Menu Structure Tool Pros/Cons Output Examples Conclusions. The Application Purposes:.

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Cold Fusion Verity

Oracle Enterprise Search

Acrobat PDF Index Assistant

Comparison

Arden O. Weissardenweiss@verizon.net

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scope of presentation
Scope of Presentation:
  • The Application using these Tools
  • The Menu Structure
  • Tool Pros/Cons
  • Output Examples
  • Conclusions

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the application purposes
The Application Purposes:
  • A Cold Fusion Application that:
    • Organizes all archival Facilities, Goals andDocuments by source and content.
    • Assists users do archival research using SQL on fields and full-text search logic.
    • Reports on quantity of archival documents and types thereof.

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the application attributes
The Application Attributes:
  • Searches the content of:
    • Archival PDF files
    • Several Oracle Databases
    • Email Archive
    • Other Public/shared Folders
  • Displays Search Results
  • Does bean-counting type reports
  • Access controlled by Database/App.

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the analyses tree structure
The Analyses Tree Structure:
  • Facilities (name/address/contact data)
    • Research Goals (descp/conflicts/dates)
      • Research Documents, Interviews, categorization data (detailed info)

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Full text Verity Search includes all Oracle fields plus PDF documents.

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the cf program in action
The CF Program In Action:
  • Accessing documents from the top-down.
  • Searching for Facilities.
  • Searching for Goals
  • Searching for Documents
  • Searching for words in Verity Index.

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cold fusion verity pros cons
Cold Fusion Verity Pros/Cons:
  • Cold Fusion Verity Pros:
    • Search under Cold Fusion Program control.
    • Search speed and results display is fast.
    • Drilldown logic can be used to add specificity.
    • Output can be formatted as desired.
    • Output can be redirected to other data stores.
    • Index update under Cold Fusion Program control.
  • Cold Fusion Verity Cons:
    • Problems Indexing large data stores.
    • Context for search results not always obvious.

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oracle search pros cons
Oracle Search Pros/Cons:
  • Oracle Enterprise Search Pros:
    • Search can do a global search of LAN/WAN.
    • Indexing of large data stores is excellent.
    • Search speed is fast even for large data stores.
    • Output is displayed in Google-like display.
    • Search can be run external to/parallel w/CF App.
  • Oracle Enterprise Search Cons:
    • Search logic limited to simple queries.
    • Output can not be formatted as desired.
    • Output is displayed in Google-like display.
    • Search results export is manual via copy/paste.

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pdf index assistant pros cons
PDF Index Assistant Pros/Cons:
  • Index Assistant Search Pros:
    • Indexing of large folders of PDF files works well.
    • Search speed is fast even for a big set of PDF files.
    • Results are displayed in a well-organized manner.
    • Results are displayed/highlighted in full context.
    • Search can be run external to/parallel w/CF App.
  • Index Assistant Search Cons:
    • Search is limited to contents of indexed PDF files.
    • All included files must be in PDF format.
    • Keeping the index current is a manual process.
    • Search results export is manual via copy/paste.

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oracle search example results
Oracle Search Example Results:

Results can be:

- Grouped by: Source, Date, Author, File Format

- Sorted by: Relevance, Date, Author, File Format, Title, Path, Language

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oracle example search results
Oracle Example Search Results:

Matching Attribute Names Include (any or all):

Author, Description, Headline 1 2 or 3, Host, Keywords, Language,

Last Modified Date, Mimetype, Reference to Text, Subject, Title, Urldepth, Url

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selecting folders to include
Selecting Folders to Include:

Rebuild recreates PDX

file from Scratch – about8 min for 1471 PDF files.

Build updates existing PDXfile (took seconds when changes were minimal).

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finding pdf files to include
Finding PDF Files to Include:

This is a rebuild operation – 1st looks for files to include.

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building acrobat pdx index
Building Acrobat PDX Index:

Build (update) operation is faster than Rebuild operation.

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scheduled pdx index updates
Scheduled PDX Index Updates:
  • Use a catalog batch PDX file (.bpdx) to schedule when to automatically build, rebuild, update, and purge an index.
  • A BPDX text file contains a list of platform- dependent catalog index file paths and flags.
  • Use a scheduling application, such as Windows Scheduler, to display the BPDX file in Acrobat.
  • Acrobat re-creates the index according to the flags in the BPDX file.

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searching pdx index 1 of 3
Searching PDX Index (1 of 3):
  • On Acrobat’s Main Menu click on “Edit” then “Search” or press <Shift> <Ctrl> F to display the Search Window.
  • Click on Advanced Search Options link at Screen Bottom.
  • Click on Select Index at top of Window to display:

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searching pdx index 2 of 3
Searching PDX Index (2 of 3):
  • The Search Window then changes to show “Currently Selected Indexes” with excellent search options.
  • Enter criteria and Press the “Search” button to display results.

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searching pdx index 3 of 3
Searching PDX Index (3 of 3):
  • Search for “WEISS” in the “Currently Selected Indexes” -- whole words only checked. Results shown below.

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conclusions and thoughts
Conclusions and Thoughts:
  • All three search technologies co-exist well.
  • Oracle Search is not PDF-centric and may be too broad a search function to easily control.
  • Oracle Search may be a good way to discover what missed being put into the CF Archive.
  • SQL Server may have functionality similar to Oracle Enterprise Search.
  • Acrobat Index Search gets you immediately closer to the real PDFs (Verity does not highlight search words displayed PDFs.
  • Verity and Acrobat are much cheaper dates.

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