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  1. OCR for common image formats (GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

    Extract text from image files.

    201 votes
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      12 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for crawling HTML/websites

      Enable Azure Search to crawl a local HTML website

      149 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 58 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support user-provided query in SQL indexer

          Let's say I run an indexer to read a really large table, with a billion records, out of which I'm interested in only a few thousands. This is a database I do not own, and I have only read permissions to it.

          In this case it would be better to have a simple filter on which data to keep in the indexer throw away the irrelevant data.

          For eg: "Index this table where TeamName equals MyTeam"

          Even though the indexer runs on a large set of data, my index would only contain a smaller subset of data.

          Smaller the index,…

          35 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Blob Indexer should continue indexing documents after encountering an error

            This is related to...

            https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263029-azure-search/suggestions/11628435-blob-indexer-should-be-able-to-skip-unsupported-co

            ...whilst a change has been added to easily configure the indexer to exclude unsupported document formats, this is inadequate. Bugs in the indexer and corrupt documents are going to ensure that there will always be a percentage of documents that can't be processed by the indexer. This shouldn't stop the indexer from processing data it can index.

            When the indexer encounters an error processing a document it should log the error then proceed with indexing of the rest of the documents in storage.

            A run shouldn't be halted until the indexer has attempted to index…

            31 votes
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            • Add support for using Azure Data Lake with blob indexer or new indexer

              Customer would want to use ADL as a centralized store and then use various services like Azure Search, HDInsight on top of the same document store

              23 votes
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              • Add support to Blob indexer for OpenOffice formats

                Enable searching of OpenOffice documents stored in Azure Blob storage by adding support for indexing OpenOffice formats such as .odt, .ott, .oth, .odm, .ods, .ots, .odp, .odg, and .otp.

                18 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Indexer for Azure File shares

                  Index Azure File shares similar to blobs

                  15 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • SQL Server integrated change detection for VIEWS

                    Currently, only tables can use SQL Server integrated change detection, for automatically detect if rows are changed or deleted.

                    For views, this is manually coded.

                    Please, add support to it.

                    THANKS

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                    Text removed from https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/search-howto-connecting-azure-sql-database-to-azure-search-using-indexers-2015-02-28/

                    If the data is scattered across multiple tables, you can create a view and use that view with the indexer. However, be aware that if you use a view, you won’t be able to use SQL Server integrated change detection. See this section for more details.

                    13 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Run multiple Indexers at once

                      We have many indexes with matching indexers that scan SQL Server tables to import/update data.

                      I found that during the initial import of a new large index (millions of records, taking several hours), none of the other indexers on the same service are run at all. This means that just by adding a new index, all other indexes will become stale until the large index is finished!

                      Please add the ability for multiple indexers to run simultaneously.

                      12 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add xpath syntax to promote out interesting values from source [XML] documents to predefined index fields

                        I have lots of structured blobs (XML, JSON), I would like a mechanism to promote/extract a given field so it can be present in a specified index field rather than just rely on text in the content field? Or must I still run an external process to parse and write these promoted values instead of using built-in Azure Search features and the Data Source / Import process?

                        12 votes
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                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • allow indexers to call DocumentDB stored procedures

                          We have difficulty in transferring documents where we require multiple maps of our data into the flat search index. There is a limit of two user defined functions (which we use to do this) and there doesn't appear to be a way to call a stored procedure through the query language. Having the search indexers support DocumentDB stored procedures gives us far more power and flexibility to map the data correctly. At the moment we have had to revert back to writing our own code to do this.

                          12 votes
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                          • Add an RSS indexer

                            An RSS feed indexer would be helpful because it’s so generic. Also easy to create reuse on different platforms. (Request from Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeidoKevin/status/585660800980877313)

                            11 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add an API for Text extraction from a file (or string/stream with file content)

                              Indexer https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/search-howto-indexing-azure-blob-storage/ does extraction of text from a file (document).
                              Instead of using azure blob (extra implementation and usage charge) and delay with processing a document from there, client will have possibility to extract text from document and do mergeOrUpload content.

                              We know when file content was changed (or a new file created) and would like to handle that our self.

                              10 votes
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                              • Please provide support for MySQL database for pushing data to the index from azure portal

                                Please provide support for MySQL database for pushing data to the index from azure portal

                                7 votes
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                                • Ability to identify from what data source the index document was created

                                  While indexing multiple data sources(azure tables) into same index I'd like to identify what data source produces specific document. This will allow to reference back to the system that can show original document.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Add support for indexing PDF Custom meta data

                                    PDF Files allow custom meta data fields. In an archive it is good practice that the meta data is not separated from the document and hence we use the custom fields. We do however want to be able to search our archives don't want to have to write custom extractors to add the meta data to the index

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Support add-ins for custom file types (e.g. DICOM)

                                      Would like to have DICOM files indexed for search in the Azure Portal. Support for adding custom logic for parsing arbitrary file types would be sufficient.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • support a mix of JSON and non-JSON blobs in the same data source

                                        Support a mix of JSON and non-JSON blobs in the same data source

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Support indexing JSON-LD embedded in HTML documents

                                          Support indexing structured data (e.g. schema.org) in HTML documents.

                                          6 votes
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