Love Everything. Searched for, researched and tried several search and tagging solutions. Everything is best for all the reasons listed on website homepage. I love the small footprint, very fast indexing (I actually wondered if it built an index because I could start searching immediately!). Allowing search in file names and folder names, and finding files in folder names that match the search term even though file name itself does not match the search term is powerful; actually the different search options and syntax I think is unmatched - very powerful. Especially with the addition in latest release of searching in file content (it does not bother me at all that you have to first narrow down the search scope via file name search - works perfectly for me)
Only addition I would love is searching for file tags, hence my post in this thread.
I was wondering if an option would not be to use the standard windows file "tag" field. Standard tag just available for office files by default at the moment (due to complexities yet unsolved by microsoft - read full story here: https://filemeta.codeplex.com/
). Just being able to search based on tags for office files would already meet most windows user's need I guess (might be very wrong). However, there is another cool utility called "File Meta" (see previous link) which allows the "tags" property of other file types to be opened up (not added - just opening up what is already available in windows through registry edit). So within the limitations as explained on the File Meta website, this could be a practical solution for NTFS file systems in that file itself carries the tag and can thus be moved etc. without losing tag... I.e. using the standard file property available in windows.
What do you think..?
So instead of having a tag somewhere in an "Everything" database that poses problems when files move, or are emailed, or shared via cloud service, or when PC or laptop is replaced or crashes or is backed up somewhere, use the standard "tag" property already available in the windows files, which would allow the tags to be indexed as part of normal indexing. Together with a reference to File Meta for people who want to tag other file types than what windows currently give access to. This would at least solve the "searching based on tags" challenge.
I am still searching for a tool that would make it easier to actually tag files and keep track of the tag names in use by me. Tabbles is a good tool for this, but I had some issues on my laptop that made it less ideal for my use. Still considering to use it just to "mass assign tags" via the "tag rule builder" functionality they provide (if I can find an effective tool for searching the tags). So far nothing beats Everything when it comes to raw searching power, even without the ability to search tags.
Thanks for considering this and for any thoughtful replies.