How do you search FTP Asimov? There are several ways that immediately come to mind:
1- Load the "site_index.txt" file into your browser or favorite word processor and simply search there. You can find most anything with a few well chosen keywords. Try the name or partial name, try the manufacturer, publisher, or author. Getting desperate? Try even the class of software, like BBS, WORD PROCESSOR, DISK UTILITY, something like that.
2- Bad comes to worse, back out of it and start browsing through the folder trees manually.
3- Make a local mirror of it and then you can search your own local HDD. This is handy because if you maintain a mirror, you can search by "file created date". This lets you see everything added to your disk on the date you updated your mirror. Thus presenting all new/recent files since date xx/xx/xxxx. It works for a range of dates too.
4- It is possible that your item of interest is going to be hidden in a Zip file. You can download all the .zips in a category and search through them. Windows treats a .zip file as a standard folder.
5- If you suspect your target may be in a series of Public Domain collections or User Group compilations, then.. Download them, unpack them into their native .dsk files. Then search the .dsk files with MDC which is included in CiderPress. It will make a text file of each file in each .dsk "container". You can then skim or search that. Sounds tedious, but not really. Just another tool in the box.
6- Sometimes notes and docs are zipped together with the program. Or the other way around. you may find docs with disk images. Or images in doc files.
If there are other methods or techniques for locating material in FTP Asimove, let's hear them!