November 22nd, 2003

searchtools.com

Remote Site Search Services Report: MiniSearch (SpaceSurfer)

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.

MiniSearch (SpaceSurfer)

MiniSearch from SpaceSurfer 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 MiniSearch 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 with advertising banners

Special Features

  • Easy administration
  • handles robots directives correctly
  • Very nice indexing report

Articles and Reviews

  • 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.

Examples

searchtools.com

Product Report: Google Site Search Options

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.

Google Site Search Options

You can choose from the Google Enterprise Application Search box

or the Google Search Service

searchtools.com

Product Report: Glimpse & WebGlimpse

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.

Glimpse & WebGlimpse

Product Information (new site)
Original Glimpse Academic Project Site

Platforms: Unix: Solaris, SunOS openBSD, AIX, IRIX, Mach, OSF, Rhapsody (Mac OS X)
Price: free for noncommercial use, $200 for 1 company, 1 domain, fewer than 100 employees; $500 for 1 to 100 companies, fewer than 10 domains; $750 fewer than 100 domains; $2000 unlimited
Open Source

Features

Note that glimpse is the search engine (written in C) and webglimpse is the spider and indexer (primarily in Perl).

  • Both binaries and source code distributed
  • Robot spider and file system indexing
  • Follow links from page through "neighborhood"
  • Now recognizes HTML extended character codes
  • Supports standard Boolean operators and wildcards.
  • Limit search to recent files
  • Partial matches and misspellings accepted
  • Case sensitivity
  • Multiple domains on a single server
  • Hit highlighting and results in context
  • Paid versions can specify a formula for results sorting.

Articles & Reviews

Examples

searchtools.com

Product Report: F3DSearch

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.

F3DSearch

Product Information

Platform: Perl on Unix or Windows
Price: $299 (includes installation and 30 days support)

Features

  • Designed for topical portals.
  • Indexing robot gathers page data
  • Stores index in specialized database
  • Customizable templates
  • Boolean AND, OR, NOT and other search functions
  • Special relevance algorithm, with override option
  • Classification and categorization of results.
  • Up to about 20,000 URLs.