January 22nd, 2007

searchtools.com

Subject Search Server (SSServer) SearchTools Report Updated

Subject Search Server indexes local text and HTML files only, handles many languages and character sets. It has a technical and ambitious interface, offering control over the length and number of extracts to display, as well as defaulting to fuzzy search -- matching parts of the query terms rather than the more standard exact match -- which can be changed in the search form. Although it's free (with a link to the Kryloff site) on Windows, Linux and FreeBSD, it lacks a robot spider for indexing via HTTP, has less-than-user-friendly search form and results pages, and has no admin interface, using only configuration files.
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Search Tools discontinued or no longer developed

The Siteforum Docfather search engine is now part of the SFS-Software Siteforum Online Enterprise Suite.

The Harvest suites of web crawling and robot spidering tools are no longer being developed. They were some of the first developed in the field, and were widely used in the 1990s for locating and collecting information using multiple standard protocols.

Rutersearch is gone: it was a personal project and is no longer distributed.
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Webetiser (formerly re.s@earch suite) SearchTools Report Updated

Webetiser, which comes in a free version, "Worx", and various paid versions (including those for distribution via CD or other media), runs primarily on Windows NT. It has indexing and configuration wizards using a Windows GUI, and the paid versions read Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Acrobat PDF files (via OLE). It can index local file shares, and offers a reasonable set of templates for results presentation, using a set of JavaScript files. It's been around for a while as re.s@earch suite, and has some happy customers.
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Xapian Code Library SearchTools Report Updated

Xapian is an active open source high-performance text retrieval system, based on years of research and scalable to very large sets of documents. It now includes the Omega search engine, an application that implements the code library and makes it relatively simple to install and run.
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