Saturday, October 14, 2006

Getting Started with ESP

This isn't your typical "Getting Started" guide. That's because ESP isn't a typical application...

Step 1) Download ESP (It's only 700 Kb) and run the installer

Step 2) Double click the "!" icon on your desktop. This launches ESP.

Step 3) Press F-11 to bring ESP up. Type any part of a file name or path to locate it. By default, ESP will search your desktop, startmenu, and My Documents folders.

Step 4) Launch the file by pressing "Enter" or double clicking on it.

(Optional but recommended)
Step 5) Choose "Options->Manage Directories" to have ESP search more directories on your local and network drives.

That's it. You now know just about everything there is to know about ESP. There are other cool things ESP can do for you (read the help file for those details), but you already know the important stuff!


At 8:02 AM, Blogger Tao said...

It's amazingly simple yet useful software. The only problem I have is that I wish to save the index files somewhere else other than the default %HOME%\Application data\ESP -- is this possible?

At 7:34 PM, Blogger chadschw said...

This is a good suggestion that we've heard from a few different people. We hid the file away under a folder specific to each windows account so each individual windows account would have its own file and the user wouldn't have to worry about loading or saving anything.

I can imagine wanting to save and load different esp -- lets call them project files -- if a user absolutely did not want to see results from a certain drive or folder. We chose not to implement the feature because we found it was easy enough to filter our results by including a drive letter (like c: my_file .xls) or folder name etc.

Another case I could imagine is that you need to index hundreds of thousands of files (500k+) and the searches are a little sluggish. Then if you could break the index up into smaller chucks, and switch between indexes simply, searches would remain quick.

Please let us know if you fall into either of these categories, or if there is another reason we haven't considered.

Thanks for the feedback!


At 3:51 PM, Blogger hmedia said...

One of the few MUST HAVE utilities that EVERY computer owner should have installed and used!

What would be cool although i understand why it might not be possible - is multiple item select and subsequent ability to CTRL+C to be pasted elsewhere.

Also - the ability to be able to CTRL+V into the search box would help speed things up somewhat.

All of this aside - it is a killer app and I too - use it every single day. Thanks guys!

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous arkas said...

any changelog info available?

At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great software.
Only 3 things :
1) An option to clear the search result when close (no exit) the program
2) A window (as Google) on deskbar
3) More colored icons (program and search result)

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the tool and especially since it doen't require any installation. I can still use it on my locked down workstation at work.

I'm wondering why the bars at the top of the columns depress, but they don't seem to do anything. It would be nice it they sorted just as they do in a typical Windows application.

Is this application being updated? I noticed the most recent version is September 2005. And where are the help files?

At 8:32 PM, Blogger chadschw said...


A help page with examples can be found here.

At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a great application.
Do you update it ?

At 11:28 AM, Blogger hmedia said...

Where o where have our little esp website gone? where can they be?
WIth such a powerful and usefule piece of kit - they should be everywhere.


I live in hope.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Chad said...

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