EagleFiler (http://c-command.com/eaglefiler/) — a tool that lets you archive and search mail, web pages, PDF files, word processing documents, images and more — has been updated to version 1.5. This update includes the following enhancements:

° The new “Quick entry” hotkey lets you create a new RTF or text file from from within any application. You can enter the contents of the file, choose which library and folder it’s saved in, and set metadata such as the tags, label, and notes.

° When importing via drag and drop or Save PDF to EagleFiler, you can now hold down the Option key to have EagleFiler show the options dialog (which was previously only available when capturing). This lets you set the destination folder, tags, label, notes, etc. There is also a new EagleFiler: Import (Ask for Options) system service, which presents the options dialog when importing the selected text or file from another application, and the options dialog is also available for bookmarklets.

° You can now perform quick tag “searches” by selecting multiple sources (folders, smart folders, mailboxes, tags) at once (holding down the Command key). Previously, EagleFiler displayed the union of all the records in the selected sources. Now it displays the union of the records, but only those that have all of the selected tags. This makes it possible to winnow records by tag without typing a search query. For example, to see the flagged files in a folder, select the folder and the flagged tag. To see the records that are both flagged and unread, select both the flagged and unread tags.

° The main window now displays much better previews for iWork documents than what Quick Look provides. For Keynote, Numbers, and Pages documents that were saved with an embedded preview, EagleFiler can now display full-size previews with multiple pages and highlighted search result text. This also works for OmniGraffle documents, and it works on Mac OS X 10.4 (where Quick Look is not available).

° Double-clicking a folder or mailbox in the records list now opens it in the same window rather than making a new window. This should make browsing faster. If you do want a new window, you can Option-double-click or use the “Open in New Window” command.

° There’s a new “Move To” command in the Record menu and the contextual menu, which lets you quickly move records to a different folder.

° You can now add files directly to EagleFiler’s library folder (or a subfolder) in the Finder. When EagleFiler scans for new files (which it does when you open the library or use the “Scan for New Files” command), it will automatically import any files that it did not previously know about. You can turn off the “ScanForNewFilesOnOpen” “esoteric preference”_ if you don’t want EagleFiler to automatically scan when the library is opened.

° EagleFiler can now index and search files that are attached to e-mail messages. This includes text, RTF, PDF, and Word files, as well as file types that have Spotlight importers.

° Smart folders that search for “contains any/all tags” are about 10 times faster than in EagleFiler 1.4.

° There’s a new “Web page format” called PDF (Single Page), which creates PDF files that are optimized for on-screen viewing in a single, continuous page.

° The tags bar can now be used to assign (or remove) tags from multiple selected records at once. This also works in the Info inspector. (If the records have differing tags, EagleFiler shows the Batch Change… button, as before.)

° Version 1.5 adds the “Close & Lock” command, which closes an encrypted library and also locks it (by ejecting the disk image) so that accessing library’s contents requires the passphrase.

EagleFiler lets you archive and search mail, web pages, PDF files, word processing documents, images and more. You can use it to collect information from a variety of sources, browse different types of files using a standard three-pane interface and organize them into folders and annotate them with tags and notes. Or you can leave everything in one folder and pin-point the information you need using the live search. Since EagleFiler stores its library in Finder format, you can use it in concert with the other tools in your Mac ecosystem.

The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and costs US$40 for new users. Version 1.5 is a free update for registered users.