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

    Extract text from image files.

    281 votes
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      started  ·  17 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for crawling HTML/websites

      Enable Azure Search to crawl a local HTML website

      178 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 76 votes
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          5 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,…

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

            Index Azure File shares similar to blobs

            44 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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

              38 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • DocumentDB indexer should be able to index MongoDb collections

                If I create a MongoDB collection backed by DocumentDB, I should be able to use the DocumentDB indexer to ingest it into Azure Search.

                36 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…

                  34 votes
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                    2 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.

                    25 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • 18 votes
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                          2 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.

                          16 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  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.

                            16 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Table Storage Indexing of multiple tables at scale

                              I believe that a good pattern for Azure Table Storage is to enable fast deletes by simply dropping tables. I've implemented a multi-tenant model for my data using a table per tenant, and would like to aggregate search data across tables.

                              The current recommendation is to create an indexer per table. This means the number of tenants I support (which I'm hoping to be in the thousands) is limited to the number of indexers I can create, which is a very low number.

                              The latest table storage SDK has methods to asynchronously list tables in a segmented fashion using continuation…

                              14 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

                                14 votes
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                                • 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?

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Allow custom defined Field Mapping Function

                                    Currently when defining the indexers, one can specify the field mappings from source to target fields. Only a limited set of functions such as Extract token at position etc are supported. It would be desirable to support Func syntax such that each row is passed onto the func which then decide the target field value based on developer defined logic in func.

                                    Eg: we have a cosmo db source and a azure table storage data source. The partition key for cosmo db collection is combination of tenantId:studentId for efficient read/writes across partitions based on our data. The azure table storage…

                                    13 votes
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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • Support for indexing multi-line JSON files

                                          Support for indexing multi-line JSON files (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSON_Streaming). Currently blob indexer extracts entire json file as one document.

                                          It would be also nice to pair this with the gzip support so that it will be able to index *.json.gz files

                                          7 votes
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