Ideas and Validation October 21, 2020

What's your experience searching PDFs on your computer?

I. Romeo Kwihangana @kwiromeo


  • Problem: I need to consult a lot of PDFs during my workday, and I can't find the PDF I need about 80% of the time
  • Proposed solution: A desktop application that searches the internal content of a PDF and return relevant results
  • Questions: (1) Do you have the same problem? (2) How do you currently solve it?

Hi IH,

I started working as a C++ developer in January, and the best way to get answers on how to deal with bugs, or implementing new features is the old school way: by consulting reference documentation, and books on the specific topic that I am dealing with.
One challenge with consulting PDFs is that I either:

  • forget that I have the PDF I need, and I download it again
  • or I have to open each document to browse and see if I can find an answer to what I am looking for.

Before becoming a software developer, I was an electrical engineer, and back then, this issue was even more severe because I ended up always searching the web or internal company intranet for documents that I already had because I could not remember the exact title of the document (but I remembered what I was looking for 😅 )

My questions are:

  1. Do you have a similar issue to mine?
  2. How do you currently solve it? I am on Windows, and it's possible that other platforms may have this issue solved
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