IFilterShop PostScript IFilter Server Edition 1.0 README


General Information

PostScript IFilter is a plug-in that allows Microsoft Search products and services to index PostScript documents, enabling customers to search and organize their content.

PostScript IFilter supports Indexing Service, SharePoint Portal Server, SQL Server Full-Text Search, Window Search Service and all other products based on Microsoft Search technology.

System Requirements

PostScript IFilter supports the following Microsoft server operating systems:

PostScript IFilter supports the following Microsoft desktop operating systems:

PostScript IFilter supports the following Microsoft Search products

Installation Instructions

Setup file is a self-extracting archive that must be downloaded and opened on the machine where you wish to use PostScript IFilter.

  1. Stop all appropriate Search services.
  2. Uninstall any previous version of PostScript IFilter.
  3. Start setup file and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Start all appropriate Search services.
  5. Re-index catalogs containing PostScript files.

Additional Setup Steps

Some Microsoft Search products require additional setup steps as described below:

SharePoint Portal Server 2003:

  1. Open "Site Settings" web page
  2. In the "Search Settings and Indexed Content" section click on "Configure search and indexing"
  3. Click on "Include file types"
  4. Make sure that ".ps" file type is included

Office SharePoint Server 2007:

  1. Open Shared Services Provider Admin Site
  2. In the "Search" section click on "Search settings"
  3. Click on "File type inclusions"
  4. Make sure that ".ps" file type is included

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0:

  1. Open registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\Search\Applications\<WSS Server Name>\Gather\Search\Extensions\ExtensionList"
  2. Add ".ps" extension to the list of indexable file types
  3. Restart Windows SharePoint Services Search

SharePoint Server 2010:

  1. In SharePoint Central Administration go to "General Application Settings" page
  2. In the "Search" section click on "Farm-Wide Search Administration"
  3. Click on " Search Service Application" link
  4. On the left side menu select "File Types"
  5. Make sure that ".ps" file type is included

Windows Desktop Search:

When integrated with Windows Desktop Search PostScript IFilter may use temporary directory to process Windows Media files. By default it uses system temporary directory. For Window Desktop Search versions 3.x and later PostScript IFilter must be set to work with user specified temporary directory. To change temporary directory settings:

  1. Stop Windows Search service.
  2. Open registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IFilterShop\PostScriptFilter"
  3. Add new String value named "TempPath" and enter the full path to the new temporary directory. If this value is missing, empty or the path is not pointing to a valid directory, system temporary directory will be used. Please make sure that "Users" or "Authenticated Users" Group has "Full Control" permissions to the custom temporary directory.
  4. Start Windows Search service.
When using custom temporary directory, we recommend that you set it as "not indexable" in all your indexing products. Otherwise temporary files may be indexed. This will pollute the index and also can prevent temporary files from proper removal by PostScript IFilter.

Vista Search, Windows 7 Search:

Configure custom temporary directory as described in "Additional Setup Steps" for Windows Desktop Search section above.

How to Uninstall

If you ever have to uninstall PostScript IFilter application you can easily do it using any of the following methods:

Known Issues

PostScript files are not searchable in Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Desktop Search

Custom temporary directory has to be configured as described in "Additional Setup Steps" for Windows Desktop Search section above.

PostScript IFilter does not index all the content of a PS file.

PostScript files are inherently complex. Instead of text they may contain expressions which need to be evaluated to produce the document's content. Evaluating these expressions at runtime is prohibitively hard and in some cases can lead to system instability. Current version of PostScript IFilter only extracts readily available text.

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