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Hi All

I am using asp.net2 and VB.Net. I wondered whether anyone could point me in the right direction on how to create a website search function particularly searching PDF files located on the web server.

I am starting with a blank canvas on this task so any ideas on how to implement this would be much appreciated.

My initial thought is for the PDF content to be also housed in a SQL Server table and the search performed on this table.

Saying that, the website currently just uses a simple file structure and the chap who maintains the website would like to keep it this way. So I was wondering whether there is a different alternative to a database approach.

Just to make this even more interesting the current hosting for this site is on a shared server so installation of search software could an issue.

Many thanks

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I also should have mentioned that I have been searching the Net for inspiration. I did find a solution using Index Server and PDF IFilter but their current host's don't enable them to use Index Server which stopped that idea right in its tracks.

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