I've got a folder full of about 2000 MS Word (DOC and DOCX) files that I need to do complex searches in -- for example, finding documents that contain
John but not
John Doe. Or
21,000 but not
21,000,000. I can't see a way to do that with Spotlight. Word will do it, but only on one file at a time. EasyFind would do it on a folder full of files, but it won't search text inside Word documents.
The best idea I can come up with is to convert all the Word files to RTF format, and then do the search either with EasyFind or BBEdit. The unix command
textutil does this very nicely and quickly (about 2000 docs in about 3 seconds).
But I need to preserve the modification dates from the original files -- and I can't see a way to do that with
Does anyone have a suggestion? Is there a better search program? Or a way to convert the documents and keep the modification dates?