March 22nd, 2002

searchtools.com

Product Report: EWS (Excite for Web Servers)

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

EWS (Excite for Web Servers) - obsolete

Warning: this product is no longer being maintained or updated

EWS version 1.1 had a serious security bug found as of January 14 1998. If you're using it, switch to something else right away!

Price: Free download, $995 annual maintenance agreement for support
Platforms: Unix: Solaris, SunOS, HP-UX, AIX, BSDI, Linux (released Sept. 1998)

Examples

Useful Information

From Doug Hedenkamp, Freecaselaw.com:

Please tell all your Linux using readers that Excite's perl is wrong. To fix it, you must unpack the installation archive, delete the perl that it is packed with, replace it with your own perl, fix the file size for perl in the packing list, and re-pack the archive. Also, in the install-Excite script, you must change the Linux perl name from perl to ./perl .If someone had told me all this, it would have saved me many hours, and I'm sure your readers will appreciate it if any of them use linux. Other than that, the Excite search engine is pretty good, although indexing with the cgi script is tricky, using aindex.pl is much more reliable.

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Product Report: DolphinSearch

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DolphinSearch

Product Information

Special versions for Legal, Litigation and Email searching

Platform: proprietary hardware included
Price: The price is $0.15 per doc for the first million, $0.10 thereafter. The minimum installation is $24K; for Litigation support, ranges from $0.10 - $0.20/page; E-mail search is $0.60/Megabyte.

Features

  • Uses Neural Networks to perform pattern and concept recognition in text
  • Designed for specific domains, especially Intranets and law firms, using training documents
  • Does not require human editors
  • Recognizes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, PDF, Lotus Notes files as well as HTML
  • Easy to install, hardware configures itself and does not require server space.

Articles & Reviews

  • DolphinSearch's KnowledgeBox Trawls Networks Forbes.com; October 17, 2000 by Matthew Herper
    Information about the company, product and distribution network, with comments from the company founders and industry analysts.

  • Ride Dolphin Through Web Waters PCWorld; May 5, 2000 by David Essex
    Describes the technology, with reaction from an MIT scientist who tried a demonstration version.

  • Firms combine search tools to uncover the best answers ITWeek UK, February 10, 2000 by Kris Sangani
    Describes both KnowledgeBox from DolphinSearch and Autonomy's Knowledge Server. DolphinSearch is based on cognitive and syntactical paterns of languge, while Autoomy looks for mathematical patterns within documents and fits them with in a structured taxonomy. Analyst Ashim Pal looks forward to improved technology such as that pioneered by DolphinSearch, but suggests that organizations work on categorization and integration with document management systems.
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Product Report: WideSource Peer Search

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WideSource Peer Search

Product Information

Platform: Windows 95 / 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP
Price: free

Features

  • Peer to Peer (P2P) search engine for finding web pages on the Internet.
  • Options for metasearch fields such as date, language, keywords and page size.
  • Can limit to bookmarks or other specific areas
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Product Report: WizDoc

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

WizDoc

Product Information

Platform: Windows NT / 2000 / XP
Price: $3995

Features

  • Indexes about 100 pages per minute
  • Concept-based search improves recall, finding many more relevant results
  • Also supports "string" Boolean search
  • Recognizes natural-language queries
  • Divides the documents into topical segments, displaying these in results
  • Includes spellchecker and fuzzy matching.
  • Includes thesaurus for synonyms.

Examples

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Product Report: Web Server 4D Site-Search

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Web Server 4D Site-Search

Product Information

Platform: Windows NT, Mac 68K or PowerPC
Price: Included with WebServer 4D, which is $295

Version 2.0 of this web server includes a simple site-search form. There are minimal search options, although it will index and search PDF files.

MDG adds searches to Web Server 4D MacWEEK, July 16, 1998 by Andrea Dudrow.
Describes the new features of the web server: search indexes meta tags and PDF files.