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Search Maker Pro

Type of Program: Search Engine Compiler
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000
Company Name: Search Maker Pro
Version: 2.1
Price: $40.00
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This is the "easiest to use" piece of software I have come across for many a moon and if you are looking for software that will build a search engine with just a few mouse clicks then this is it.

Search Maker Pro uses Javascript and HTML to perform its very efficient duties The generated search result pages are fully configurable and can be effectively integrated into your sites "look and feel".
The actual building of your search engine is done through a Wizard which offers very clear and easy to understand options but if you do get stuck there is access to a very informative help file on each page. You can index whole sites on or offline or files from your hard drive. There is a whole host of features which I reproduce below:

Generated client search HTML file will work on any website (no access to web server required).
Indexes web sites on the Internet or on local storage (hard disk, CD, DVD etc).
Search results can be displayed in the same window, a new window or a new frame.
Search result page format is fully configurable (font type, font size, font color, background image, background color, link color, active link color, followed link color).
Full control over which pages to include or exclude from the indexes.
Full control over editing of indexes.
Alter the default sort order and amount of information that each search generates.
Generated JavaScript compatible with most common browsers (Internet Explorer v3, 4, 5 & 6, Netscape Navigator v3, 4, 5 & 6, other browsers using JavaScript 1.1).
Generate relative links, absolute links or virtual links (on local storage for later use on the Internet).
Wildcard search provisions.
User friendly interface for ease of use.
Save and load search configurations for easy maintenance of search pages.
Scalable to 100s of pages (the only limit is the power of the client's machine).

A remarkably easy to install and use program which represents superb value for money. Try the shareware version and you'll be using your "Flexible friend" (Credit card to non UK persons) very shortly.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie

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