April 15th, 2007

searchtools.com

IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition - new SearchTools Report

OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is a free search engine based on the open-source Lucene core, is a reasonably full-featured search that can index up to 500,000 pages, making it an interesting competitor to the Google Search Appliance, Autonomy Ultraseek and Solr, as well as lower-end search engines.

Features include an automated install package for Windows and Linux, browser administration, a powerful web crawling robot, file system remote crawler, index support for over 400 file types (using the Inside Out system for file reading), query parsing recognizes Internet Query Operators and Boolean operators, provides a spellchecker, synonym and suggestions, and Lucene-based stemming. It indexes and searches Arabic, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Searches can be sent via REST, and the results formatted within the admin interface, or sent back as ATOM, HTML with XSLT or XML, and linked to optional local document caching. Enterprise support is available from IBM.

There are some first-release glitches, but it's a well-designed package that's easy to use interactively, with some powerful automation interfaces ready for those who need more flexibility. Definitely worth a look.
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