I'll post the answer here showing examples of applications I found
that are for searching Data CDs, so I believe at least one of them
will meet your needs. Most can be distributed in the CDs you'll be
Most I believe are shareware, so you are free to try any one, but to
have the full features, you must purchase the program.
Let me know also if you have encountered any of them previously.
Spy-CD: Full Text Search engine for HTML, PDF, DOC, XLS and PPT CDs:
- This is the most promoted product in the Google search results I came up with.
AFSearch offline search engine, cd search engine, file search, full
text search engine
- This fits you requirement that it can be included on a CD-ROM. "NO
installation required for easy distribution on CDROM."
QueryMaster - search (and browse) application for CD-ROM
- Yet another product.
ASTAware: CD-ROM Search Engine
- Came up often in websites about CD-ROM searches more often than others.
Search Engine Studio Software: Create Full-Text Web Site, Intranet or
- This is a program for making a search engine mainly for a website,
but it can be used for CD-ROMS too.
Google Search terms used:
search engine within cd
cd-rom search engine
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