Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files.
I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated.
Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom
on Feb 12, 2014 -
I need an online calendar that can be shared by numerous organizations. It must be printable (where class titles can be clearly read with a month on a page). I have tried Outlook and Google Calendar without success. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Free materials tracking/inventory software specifically for nonprofits rather than businesses: does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by naoko
on Jul 3, 2011 -
I need a computer program that can take the text of my novel and scroll it across the laptop screen like one of those LED ticker scrolling signs in Times Square. [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Jan 6, 2011 -
MacFilter: Looking for a program or shell script that will allow me to quickly and easily scan my computer (Mac) for duplicates of images and consolidate them so that aren't redundant copies taking up space everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Bengston
on Oct 26, 2010 -
I have trouble remembering to pay bills/bring stamps/find envelopes in a timely manner. But I don't like having my account auto-drafted. Is there anything do-it-yourself style that will send me an e-mail and I can click a button to approve a transaction to pay an amount specified by me to the company that needs paying (or something like that)? [more inside]
posted by Ys
on Aug 6, 2010 -
I need to edit a series of basic videos together within the next 24 hours. I have no idea what I'm doing! Please help me. [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight
on May 17, 2010 -
I am thinking about setting up a personal knowledge-base of items at work (Help Desk). Looking for a freeware app with a very simple notepad style interface, that will store mostly text based notes. A few preferences inside... [more inside]
posted by AltReality
on Sep 2, 2009 -
I'm interested in a random sampling of opinions regarding software. What titles do you swear by shareware over freeware alternatives? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn
on Jul 1, 2009 -
What is the simplest way (free or otherwise) to convert M4P and M4A audio files to MP3 en masse?
posted by fusinski
on Mar 1, 2009 -
What is a good lightweight anti-spyware/anti-virus application that wouldn't slow down an already old, slow computer, and would act as an extra layer on top of good behavior and careful Firefox usage? [more inside]
posted by Ricket
on Feb 16, 2008 -
What free or cheap software, or webapps, can I recommend to help my friend manage and build her small business, a salon? Although there is software out there specifically made for this purpose, it seems out of her price range and shares a lot in common with more general software. [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee
on Dec 13, 2007 -
I get to take an inventory of my work's comic library. Fun, yes - but also... Yikes. There has to be a better way to track our comics than this clunky excel spreadsheet. And I'm no wiz at filemaker. Is there a free/cheap software that can help? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews
on May 2, 2007 -
I'm looking for freeware cdrw software that will allow me to use cdrw's like they are floppy disk. I know this can be done using roxio etc but I would like to know if any free versions exist.
and it will be for a windows xp machine.
posted by antisocialiting
on Jun 12, 2006 -
I am looking for word processing software that will do very specific accented-character-related tasks. [more inside]
posted by anjamu
on May 9, 2006 -
Is there a good piece of software (either for WindowsXP, or web based) specifically used for tracking customers, invoices, and jobs for someone doing freelance computer tech support? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Apr 26, 2006 -
I'm looking for some type of freeware that will display stock info in realtime on my mac ibook. I'm not too stoked on apple's stock widget because it always seems to be unable to retrieve the data I request. I need something that will allow me to type in ticker symbols for stocks, index funds, ETFs etc. and will give me a chart or graph of current and recent performance. Any suggestions fellow readers??
posted by thatjackbuilt
on Mar 6, 2006 -
Looking for a macro program or method that captures and pastes text among different browser windows? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut
on Jan 26, 2006 -
New Mac UserFilter - Loading up a new iBook: What software and utilities should I put on it. [more inside]
posted by clarkie666
on Dec 16, 2005 -
Music mixing program needed!
Does anyone know of a freeware program I can download that lets you mix wav files together? I am creating cd's for my wedding reception and I want to mix the songs so that when one song is ending, the next will start without that second or two of silence. [more inside]
posted by Shfishp
on Sep 19, 2005 -
I would like to begin keeping a journal, preferably using software. I don't know what software to use- can you help? [more inside]
posted by id
on Sep 9, 2005 -
Is there alternative photo organizer software for OS X? iPhoto is driving me nuts. I'm not interested in anything that costs money -- just a reliable free download that will organize and display photos. Thanks.
posted by crapples
on Aug 18, 2005 -
Does anyone have a suggestion for a good freeware (or cheapware) program which teachers can use to schedule computer time in a high school library? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13
on Aug 16, 2005 -
I'm looking for some very simple Windows freeware that will let the 20-odd people in my office assign hours to projects and then add up the costs. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Jul 18, 2005 -
I want to spend some of my creative currency creating music using software such as Fruity Loops. However, I would really like to have a freeware/open source option since I am not sure if I will enjoy it or not. [more inside]
posted by jopreacher
on Apr 12, 2005 -
In the past I've had some fun with making music using tracker programs to make .mod files (and .s3m, etc). I'm guessing this is probably a bit outdated now, so my question is really twofold...[more inside] [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Jan 12, 2005 -
I'm looking for shareware/freeware or Matlab .m files that will do Target Factor Analysis or Evolving Factor Analysis or some other chemometric technique that will allow me to analyze some titration data. The first few spectra are of a pure component and the later spectra are a mixture of components that I don't basis spectra for.
posted by 445supermag
on Jan 2, 2005 -
I want a utility (freeware?) which will scan an NCSA extended logfile and create a simple report on which referrers generated how many sales transactions.
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Dec 20, 2004 -
Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?
2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Dec 16, 2004 -
I'm looking for a good turbo listing program for ebay (I know I know) that works with Macintosh (OS 10.3). I have found one called GarageSale. Does anyone have experience with this or any other turbolister? I would prefer a shareware/free program, but am willing to pay if the program is highly recommended.
posted by getupandgo
on Dec 14, 2004 -
I'm looking for simple GIF animation freeware/cheapware. What are your faves/dogs?
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Nov 24, 2004 -
File Management Filter - I'm looking for a piece of software (Windows XP / preferably free), that will:
1 - Create directories on a daily or weekly basis (i.e. 2211, 2311, 2411) to store downloaded files, and/or: 2 - Move the 'oldest' set of files to a subdirectory - or CD/DVD archive
posted by mattr
on Nov 22, 2004 -
So, Konfabulator's just been released for Windows. And I like it. But presumably, it'll eventually stop working if I don't pay (trial shareware whatever). Is there free software (free in the Beer sense) that does the same thing? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer
on Nov 16, 2004 -
I'm giving away an old tray-loading iMac (256MB, either 266 or 333Mhz, I really can't recall right now) to a friend and have loaded it up with productivity-related stuff. Now I'm looking for games I can download. Freeware and shareware, preferably, as opposed to warez (although if you care to recommend a NES/SNES/etc. emulator ...). In particular, is there a decent FPS I can download for this machine? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer
on Nov 5, 2004 -
What are the best free cool programs for a mac running OSX?
posted by adrober
on Sep 27, 2004 -
Does anyone know of a freeware or shareware database program that can read and edit .fp5 files? I know they're proprietary to filemaker. [more inside]
posted by Metametadata
on Sep 15, 2004 -
Multi-page tiffs: I'm currently working on a project which involves scanning letters from microfilm onto a laptop. We save letters with more than one page as multi-page tiffs for logistics reasons. What I'm wondering is if there is a way to edit the individual pages after the fact (cropping, brightness, contrast etc. basic stuff)? Preferably free/inexpensive software.
posted by normal_molly
on Aug 13, 2004 -