The Ifilter is back at Adobe! Over the
past two months it was removed from Adobe's site because of trade embargo
restrictions. ASP Trencher, G. Jurgele, informed me that it is available
again at the FTP site and will be available on their website soon. Here
are the URL's.
Skip to "The
Index Server Tutorial"
I call this the $25K solution because that's
how much the next cheapest alternative was going to cost this company I was
working for. Actually, we found alternatives for over $150,000 and these other
solutions only purhased the site licences- no configuration, no development, no
free upgrades! So the next time somebody asks you if you're worth $100 an
hour, tell them that you're the expert that can help them save money! Then tell
them this story:
OBJECTIVE: Provide web-based full text
searching on thousands of pdf files for a major car manufacturer's Intranet.
WindowsNT is the server platform of choice.
PROBLEM: This Intranet/Extranet was going to be
designed to support dealerships nationally with important up-to-date technical
bulletins. In the past two years they had compiled thousands of pdf files
which they were indexing with Adobe's Acrobat and they would burn CD's quarterly
for all the dealerships. This means that real imortant updates would have
to be sent by Fed-X for delivery the next day in paper format which would often
end up misplaced, destroyed, or just plain impossible for the mechanics to find.
SOLUTION: Adobe's "PDF
Ifilter DLL"! When we found it on Adobe's website, noone knew about it.
We talked with the Adobe Engineers who referred us to companies that had $25K
plus solutions for what we needed. Microsoft's Engineers also referred us
to expensive alternatives. When we found this needle in a haystack we
couldn't believe noone knew about it. Microsoft referred to it briefly on
a couple web pages and Adobe referred to it on three pages but it was barely
documented and not suported by either. It was funny when the Adobe
salesperson called a week later and we told them that we were using one of their
DLL's as a solution. He blew his lid because he was in the process of
setting up meetings with other vendors for us. He was also embarrassed
that none of THEIR engineers that we talked to knew about it.
You'll notice that Adobe is working on a beta
DLL that works with IIS 4.0. There is also improved documentation and more
referrences to it on their site. Unfortunately the PDF Ifilter 1.0 ONLY
works with Index Server 1.0 and IIS 3.0. The IIS4.0 beta is available as
The ifilter.exe file registers a dll in seconds
and voila, Index server amazingly picks apart those darn pdf files. Enjoy!
Now, go learn how to make index server
work for you! It's
here ( In its "draft" stages!)