June 20th, 2003

searchtools.com

Product Report: Atomica

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.

Atomica

Product Information

Platform: server: Windows NT, Solaris, Unix: Linux; client: Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Price: Starts at $50/user

Features

  • Stores meta-information about internal data sources.
  • Metasearch engine queries multiple locations
  • Topic builder unifies content across multiple data sources
  • Integrates with enterprise security
  • Windows client application.
searchtools.com

Product Report: Plumtree Portal Search Server

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.

Plumtree Portal Search Server

(formerly Ripfire Ignite Search Engine)

Product Information

Platform: Unix; Windows NT / 2000; requires Java 2
Price: contact company

Features

  • Now integrated with the Plumtree Portal and Content Management Systems
  • Sophisticated extraction of structured text from SQL databases via JDBC: Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and Informix.
  • Crawlers for web sites, Lotus Notes, Unix file servers, Documentum, DOCS Open
  • Web Services connectors for Microsoft Exchange, NT File Servers
  • Indexes XML files with hierarchical and repeated tags.
  • Indexes HTML and text files, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDF, and over 200 additional document formats.
  • Uses Inxight LinguistX software for stemming and tokenization in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. (April 2003)
  • Real-time incremental index updating.
  • Customizable synonym lists for products and industry-specific terms.
  • Searching recognizes Boolean operators and number ranges.
  • Parametric and field-based queries available.
  • Includes stemming and spellchecking.
  • Fast performance, 110 queries per second per CPU.
  • Document-level security features include ACL information, domain and group mapping.
  • Integrates personalization to improve results rankings.
  • Automatic categorization of search results.
  • Hit highlighting of matching text.
  • Statistical analysis of search behavior.
  • Takes advantage of multiple CPUs.
  • For high-availability, can use multiple servers in a pool arrangement.
  • Works with J2EE application servers such as IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, and ATG Dynamo.
  • Administration via a Java / browser interface
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Remote Site Search Services Report: PicoSearch

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.

PicoSearch

PicoSearch will crawl your site and store your info in a remote database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the PicoSearch server application receives the query, formats the results, and sends them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.

Service Information

Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers

Price: Free service for up to 1500 pages, 3 starting URLs, sponsored links (as of April, 2003)
Professional Plan 3,000 pages, unlimited URLs, file formats, templates for results pages, schedule updates: $249 per year.
Premium Plan 6,000 pages, $499 per year, all features

Special Features

  • Indexes MP3 tags, Shockwave files, MIDI tags.
  • Paid versions can read Word, Excel, RTF, PostScript and PDF, with nice little icons.
  • Index log listing in browser in real time, or by email
  • Indexes pages with CGI URLs (using question marks)
  • Indexing pages protected by passwords
  • Duplicate page detection
  • Excellent index logging and nice list of pages indexed
  • Indexes multiple sites (portal searching) and/or searches by zone.
  • Multiple search forms and results in different languages
  • Boolean search operators along with menu for any words, all words, exact phrase and +,-
  • Stemming for plural and singular word matching in 14 languages.
  • Relevance rank weight controls
  • Flexible date and file size displays, with timezone calculations.
  • Date sorting (pro and premium accounts)
  • Search reports dynamically updated, easily printable.
  • Admins can put recommendations for specific queries at top of search results
  • Special link to picture in page will display picture in results
  • Option to search within results
  • Can set search zones in popup menu
  • Options for "guest" sites and "mini portals"

Reviews and Articles

  • PicoSearch offers inexpensive search engine SoftCart Merchants Network, Winter 2002
    Short but laudatory description of the PicoSearch service.
  • PicoSearch, a free Web-based search engine May 20, 2001 by Philip Stripling
    Describes features of of the free PicoSearch service, concentrating on relevance ranking and results page layout. Problems with this version (not the paid version) reported include lack of automatic re-indexing, no directory or search exclusion, no search results page customization, and only the top twenty search requests reported.
  • SearchTools Review of Remote Search Services September 27, 1999 (updated October 2, 2000) by Avi Rappoport
    Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links, search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization, maintenance and reporting.
  • Search Me (More Stupid Web Tricks) CNET Builder.com, January 26, 1999 by Lauren Guzak and Patrick Joseph
    Three steps to adding PicoSearch to a web site.

Examples

searchtools.com

Product Report: Atomz

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.

Atomz Search


Atomz Search will crawl your site and store your info in a remote database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the Atomz server application receives the query, formats the results, and sends them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.

Atomz Enterprise Search is designed for larger sites, ecommerce stores and enterprise intranets.

Service Information

Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers, Intranets as well.

Prices

  • Free trial version) for 500 pages, on-demand updates, reports, no ads, just an Atomz logo.
  • Paid version: $15,000 per year and up, depending on the number of domains and page (price went up as of spring 2003).

Special Features

  • Multiple accounts can index several different sites
  • Deep integration with Atomz Content Management System.
  • On-demand, schedule or incremental indexing as frequently as every 5 minutes.
  • Indexes and searches HTML and text pages.
  • Indexes Acrobat (PDF) documents, MP3 tags and Flash files.
  • Password access to index protected pages, SSL/HTTPS support.
  • Choice of 15 languages for dictionaries and character set encoding: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese (European), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Slovak and Swedish.
  • Good indexing logs and search reports, weekly status report by email
  • Relevance ranking weighting options
  • Custom synonym and stopword lists
  • Advanced Search Form with date and field searching fields.
  • Search results page customization with wizards, special tags in an editable template, or XML.
  • Automatic search form object in Dreamweaver
  • Easy integration with Apple's Sherlock metasearch client on Mac OS.
  • Multiple data centers, server redundancy, 24/7 administration, 99.9% uptime.
  • Scales well, to hundreds of thousands of documents.
  • Enterprise version
    • supports incremental index updating, parallel indexing, and session IDs.
    • Content Mining Engine uses metadata to provide field searching, by such elements as author, publisher or ISBN number.
    • Target meta tag for additional relevance control of top results, creating recommendations for specific searches.
    • Personalization features, including support for session IDs such as those used by Broadvision.
    • Parallel indexing, up to 10 simultaneous connections.
    • Private Domain Labeling places search engine URL within client domain name.
  • Atomz Promote service integrates site search and Web content management, allowing search admins and marketing people to site search requests and add relevant content to search results. Provides a powerful framework for search recommendations.
  • Lighting Search service responds to heavy loads, up to 400 searches per second.
  • VPN Solution provides protected access to enterprise content.

  • November 2002
    • Now indexes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
    • Extends synonyms from single words to phrases
    • Indexes and searches Korean text.
    • Can send forms and cookie-based authentication, for protected sites.
    • Searches default to matching all words in the query, reducing the number retrieved.

Reviews and Articles

  • I still haven't found what I'm looking for... Search engine technology works both ways Newpapers & Technology, December 2002 by Hays Goodman
    Describes webwide seach engine submission issues, and site search tool for news sites. Examples are Atomz at Cincinnati.com, which replaced Netscape and Excite search engines, and was so successful that it is now being used at many of the Gannett newpaper sites. The Deseret News has used Convera RetrievalWare domvr 1998, apparently on both internal and public sites.
  • Now search this InfoWorld, June 3, 2002 by Brian Livingston
    Eminent columnist uses Atomz search service at BrianLivingston.com to make seven years of columns searchable, watch popular topics, and provide a searchable portal to high-quality Windows information sites.

  • Atomz Search wins the Internet World Fall 2001 Best of Show in the Design Category December 13, 2001 by John Zipperer
    The remote search service was chosen for search administration control, customization, integration and reporting.

  • 2001 Web Tools Award Winner, Design Category WebTechniques, September 2001

  • Atomz.com, a free Web-based search engine May 20, 2001 by Philip Stripling
    Describes features of Atomz service, starting with the search results page and the powerful options for formatting the results in raw HTML. Describes index controls and exclusions, scheduling, file format support for PDF, MPE and Flash files, stopwords, synonyms and other features. Reports are limited to "top requests" with queries and number of results. Rates Atomz an excellent service, greatest limitation is that it only indexes 500 pages for free.

  • Finding: Site Search PC Magazine, January 31, 2001 by Troy Dreier
    Describes features of Atomz Search with praise for indexing, search forms, relevant results pages, hit highlighting and customization. Would prefer more reporting archives. For free search for sites over 500 pages, recommends FreeFind, praising its indexing scheduling and notification, What's New page, and emailed simple search reports, but faults its many wizard screens and problems with search results.

  • Little Apps Make Web Sites Sticky InternetWeek December 4, 2000 by Lenny Liebmann
    Among other web applications, describes implementing Atomz Search on the O'Reilly site. Discusses the value of having flexible search for both free and paid content, such as results that display category, book title, cover thumbnail and links. Mentions that the search is used internally as well as for customers, recommends the simplicity of the ASP model, but notes that success depends on consistency of naming and tagging.

  • Search Engines: The Hunt Is On Network Computing Magazine: October 16, 2000 by Avi Rappoport
    In-depth discussion of search engines for e-commerce and other web sites covers features and future trends, software vs. services, database vs. text searching, natural-language searching, and open-source search engines covering ht://Dig and mnoGoSearch (formerly UdmSearch). The testing included indexing over 150,000 pages, and covered administration tools, customization, search features, relevance ranking and search logs. Products were Ultraseek (then Inktomi Search) (which won Editor's Choice), AltaVista Search, and Excalibur RetrievalWare, services were Atomz Enterprise Search and Searchbutton Corporate, which has since addressed some of the shortcomings reported. Also included an email poll of Network Computing readers.

  • Duo takes Web searching to a new plateau eWeek, June 21, 2000 by Grant DuBois
    Describes Atomz Enterprise Search, with praise from a customer, and iPhrase natural-language analysis, with description from a Charles Schwab executive and general pricing.

  • Add Powerful Search Capabilities to Your Site To Create a Better Customer Experience Internet Business Informer, January 12 2000
    Description of using Atomz Search for a site after outgrowing the search features provided by FrontPage. The reviewer exercised all the features and functions of the service and is a very happy customer.

  • SearchTools Review of Remote Search Services September 27, 1999 (updated October 2, 2000) by Avi Rappoport
    Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links, search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization, maintenance and reporting.

  • A free search engine for your Web site NetworkWorldFusion October 4, 1999 by Mark Gibbs
    Simple description of the Atomz search engine.

Examples

searchtools.com

Product Report: Darwin SET

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.

DarWin SET

Product Information

Platform: Linux-based
Price: negotiable

Features

  • Search engine designed for commerce portals.
  • Dynamic Categorization with categories created on the fly. There are no predefined or established categories (see our report on Classification)
  • Results tables are cached for quick retrieval.
  • Monitors how users respond, tracking click-throughs, time spent on each site, returns, etc. and incorporates those weighted measures to produce increasingly relevant search results.
  • E-commerce detection automatically separates out e-commerce websites and includes them in their own categories
searchtools.com

Product Report: Cybotics Search Engine

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.

Cybotics Search Engine


Warning: this product has no indication of continuing development

Price: $99, up to 50 users; additional users @ $65 each (credit cards only)
Platform: Pure Java

searchtools.com

Remote Site Search Services Reports: crawl it

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.

Remote Site Search Services Reports: crawl-it


crawl-it will crawl your site and store your info in a remote database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the crawl-it server application receives the query, formats the results, and sends them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.

Service Information

Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers

Price: free for 800 pages, with advertising.
Paid version (no advertising, more control, more frequent updates):

  • $10 per month ($100 per year) up to 300 pages
  • $20 per month ($200 per year) up to 800 pages
  • $30 per month ($300 per year) up to 1300 pages
  • for larger sites, contact the company

Special Features

  • Can index several different servers
  • Fairly helpful reports on frequent searches and no-matches searches
  • substring searching (search on "search" finds "searchtools" and "research"
  • Internet query operators + and -
  • German characters (für converted to fuer)
  • "What's New" option shows pages with recent modification dates