July 2nd, 2003


Product Report: Panoptic Search

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Panoptic Search

Product Information

Platform: available as a server appliance, software for Solaris, Linux or Windows 2000, or a remote search service
Price: contact company


  • Fast but polite robot crawler for indexing internal/external web sites
  • Flexible include/exclude rules using regexp (grep) patterns
  • Accesses SSL secure sites via HTTPS
  • Handles proxy servers and password protected areas.
  • Indexes mounted file system volumes in native formats, NFS, Samba, Novell
  • Handles file formats: HTML, ASCII text, RTF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat PDF, PostScript
  • Indexes XML files and searches within XML tags, can define DTDs and metadata.
  • Indexes relational databases, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL using JDBC interfaces.
  • Update scheduler options.
  • Metadata fields: URL, images, mailtos, hrefs, anchors, Dublin Core and AGLS
  • External metadata assignment to documents or directories
  • Supports Western European languages (ISO-8859-1) Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Scottish, Spanish, and Swedish
  • Advanced search interface for additional metadata and query operators
  • Synonym list
  • Spellchecking using aspell, dictionaries and/or the site content text.
  • Can enable stemming for searches.
  • Can search in specified subsites or combined meta-collections
  • Search page and results page customization using HTML templates.
  • Results sorted by relevance, with extra weight for metadata matches
  • Date sort option
  • Shows "Featured pages" (manual recommendations).
  • Shows search word in context in results pages and/or metadata content
  • Option to view cached versions of files
  • Advanced results customization uses Perl syntax for extensive flexibility
  • Can return results in XML
  • Web-browser administration interface for general customization
  • Extensive config files for complete control
  • Query log reports include most common queries, no-matches, time taken
  • Based on PADRE (PArallel Document Retrieval Engine), started in 1994
  • Scales to over 18 million web pages (100 gigabytes) on low-end hardware.