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Jonathan
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A client wants searches run over a PST and the results providing in PDFs, one PDF per relevant email. What's the best way to achieve this? How would attachments be dealt with? Is it possible in X-Ways Forensics or Nuix Proof Finder? I don't need any solution to be free, reasonably priced would be nice though. Thanks.

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Posted : 28/05/2013 10:21 pm
pbobby
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Intella works very well for this task ($1k for a 10gig license)

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Posted : 28/05/2013 11:14 pm
Bulldawg
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Intella works very well for this task ($1k for a 10gig license)

+1 for Intella

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The attachments can be handled a number of ways. With individual PDFs, I suggest just including them with the PDF, which Intella can do for you.

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Posted : 30/05/2013 3:48 am
lancesl
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I Would try one of these

http//www.coolutils.com/TotalOutlookConverterPro

http//www.encryptomatic.com/messageexport/indexg.html

http//discoveryassistant.com/

Good Luck.

Lance

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Posted : 30/05/2013 9:37 am
mitch
(@mitch)
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J

I would go down the Aid4Mail route, excellent app, and will benefit you in future

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Posted : 30/05/2013 3:51 pm
Cults14
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I just upgraded to Proof Finder 4.2.5. Assuming I've interpreted your requirements correctly then it does just what you need.

Admitedly I only tested it on one email so I don't know how it would pan out on a volume operation, but it saved the email as a PDF (and the original email in .msg format, there are other options)

$100AUS - if there are any licenses left. Or you maybe have it already?

HTH

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Posted : 31/05/2013 6:36 pm
Jonathan
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Many thanks to all that replied. I looked into all of the suggestions.

pbobby, Bulldawg; Intella seems to do the task, but at $1000 for a 10GB license doesn't strike me as good value for money to do the single task that Proof Finder (which costs $100 for a 15GB license) apparently can't do. Thanks for your replies anyway.

Lance; Total Outlook Converter Pro looks to do the job and specifically states it'll also convert attachment into a separate folder. Free trial version before you need to commit too. However in testing it loaded my local Outlook PST but when I imported a test PST it was incorrectly shown as blank.The MessageExport for Outlook extension is really good (no support for Outlook 2013 though) has loads of configuration options, attachments are included in the converted PDF; all in all really impressive. DiscoveryAssistant appears interesting, though the investment size required is quite hefty. Couldn't test it though as am still waiting for their demo email key to arrive in my inbox. Strange how none your 3 suggestions came up in my Google searches.

NehwalSaina; Kernel for Outlook to PDF is really good. The conversion process is a little slow, but the output is fine, and attachments are handled by being placed into separate folders named after the email’s subject line. This is a great tool, especially as it's free.

Mitch; Aid4Mail is good but again, doesn't strike me as good value for money to do the single task; $1500 for the Aid4Mail eDiscovery Service which is the license I'd need.

Cults14; big fan of Proof Finder. Am running latest version which can batch export PDFs but it doesn't appear able to deal with the emails’ attachments.

Thanks all again.

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Posted : 02/06/2013 2:08 am
bshavers
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www.arcpst.com
Really good price, one license for all your machines, no size limit for PST files or limit to the number of PSTs..

XWF can do it as well.

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Posted : 02/06/2013 11:17 am
Jonathan
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Thanks Brett. How does XWF deal with email attachments in this situation?

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Posted : 02/06/2013 10:12 pm
bshavers
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-Take a Refine Volume Snapshot of the PST to break it apart into EML files (you can hash/dedupe, etc..at the same time). *Since you can't print attached videos, if you add MPlayer to XWF, you can also configure XWF to export frames from videos at pre-set intervals, which you can print.

-Tag the responsive emails (either after a keyword search or however you choose to find the responsive emails).

-Hide all files except your tagged files.

-Explore recursively (you'll see the attachments listed).

-Select and print all files.

If you choose to print cover sheet for each file, you can choose the fields (metadata, description, etc..) to be printed for each file. This will also list the relative parent (email) or child (attachment) to the files.

PDFCreator from SourceForge does a good job at PDF'ing a group of files into one PDF (for free…).

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When I've done the above, I have also exported (recover/copy) the native files into a folder since there are sometimes files that cannot be printed (exe as an example). The copylog created during the recover/copy command is your log of all the files you copied and their identifying metadata, great for a spreadsheet.

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Posted : 03/06/2013 1:06 am
dannekastner
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Regarding the strict requirement of creating single PDF file for every PST email, PCVITA PST Extractor is definitely a perfect solution. Although it is paid but brilliant to extract individual emails as pdf. The application composes individual PDF file for each-n-every emails stored in PST file as well as save attachments and embedded images. Additionally, you will get option to save emails as pdf with or without headers. You may explore the product to successfully read PST emails in PDF format with attachments and email header information.

Reach to Product http//www.pcvita.com/pst-xtractor.html

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Posted : 03/06/2013 11:41 am
biju_joseph
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Hey,

PDF export is possible with latest version of ProofFinder 4.2.5.

If you want email attachments to be exported as PDF you will need select the attachment as well for export. I will suggest following workflow.

1. From the result set you have selected, you will need to make sure attachment/family is included, for which you can right click and Show All Families.

2. Now you will get a new workbench with item & its families just select them and export to PDF using the recreate directory structure of original data.

This will create a PDF for email and folder of the PDF's of the attachment.

Hope this helps.

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Posted : 25/06/2013 7:50 pm
jhup
 jhup
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I guess now we just need a Näive Bayesian classification module, and we are all ready to go!

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Posted : 25/06/2013 11:56 pm
shemira
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I will recommend you to try the tools here

http//www,cubexsoft.com/outlook-export/

It just converted my PST files into PDF format very well with all attachments.

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Posted : 15/09/2016 2:11 pm
hmorgan
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Intella PI is the same kind of licence as Proof Finder, one year, locked to a single PC for $99.

Does pretty much what normal Intella does.

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Posted : 15/09/2016 2:16 pm
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