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Getting Started

To put the FindinSite-CD search engine on your CD, follow the Getting Started instructions. Use FindinSite-CD-Wizard to index your CD, ie build a search database of words found in many types of file. FindinSite-CD-Wizard then builds a search page which you can view in any browser - see the computer compatibility information.

If you are evaluating the software and want to release the file display limits, then email sales for a Temporary licence id.

If you need any help at this stage, consult our Frequently Asked Questions. Or try out one of example searches now to see how FindinSite-CD looks. For background information on producing a CD from a web site, see our HTML CDs article.

Alternatively, you can index your CD using the Findex Java application. This is platform-independent, and indexes HTML, PDF, DOC, PPT, RDF and TXT files, but does not generate a search page and has no editor. Findex finds meta-data and stores this in the search database for field searches (FindinSite-CD-Wizard does not find meta-data); RDF files only contain meta-data describing other files.
Advanced users can add to the file types scanned by Findex - see the indexing parser plug-in specification.

Applet configuration

The FindinSite-CD CD runtime is a Java applet that can be configured in many ways using applet parameters. Indeed, if you really want to, you can build a search page manually.

Some people like to configure how FindinSite-CD looks on screen. See the Screen layout page for details of the many ways to do this. (You need a Professional Subscription licence to change the FindinSite-CD icon at the top left of the applet.) You can also control FindinSite-CD using JavaScript, and generate HTML with FindinSite-CD in an invisible window.

If you want to do field searches, then you must use Findex to build your search database.

If you want to let your CD users search more than one index, or break an index up into subsets, then consult the indexes and subsets page.

Advanced options

This documentation also explains various advanced features of FindinSite-CD. The index loading page describes how FindinSite-CD optimises its file accesses to work well from CD and - if need be - from the net or an intranet.

You can also configure how FindinSite-CD does word highlighting.

FindinSite-CD uses a rules file to do word stemming, match synonyms and correct spellings. English, French and German rules files are supplied with FindinSite-CD, with English used by default.

FindinSite-CD-Wizard builds a search page from a template which you can alter if you use FindinSite-CD-Wizard to generate many search pages.

Here are some suggestions for ensuring that the correct frameset is shown


The FindinSite-CD runtime has built-in support for several languages. By default it displays its prompts using a language that matches your CD user's locale. The Languages page shows how to configure the available languages. You can alter the built-in languages or provide whole new languages.

FindinSite-CD-Wizard and Findex cope well with files written in many languages. Many web page character sets are supported. In FindinSite-CD-Wizard, all characters in Microsoft Office files should be recognised, and most, but not all, characters in Abobe PDF files are recognised.

The Japanese, Simple Chinese and Traditional Chinese pages detail the support for these languages in the FindinSite-CD runtime and when indexing with FindinSite-CD-Wizard. Western users are recommended to use Windows 2000, XP or later when editing non-Western characters in FindinSite-CD-Wizard.

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