Besides death and taxes there is at least one
certainty in our lives, particularly as it applies to our
attempts to find information on the Internet, all search engines
are not created equal! How many times have you chosen a search
engine, keyed in your query, then waded through page after page
of links that just didn't cut it. Then on to another search
engine and hopefully before you have aged greatly you may find
what you are after.
Solway's Internet Search increases your odds of finding your information much more quickly. It does this by searching multiple engines at once and showing search results in their own distinct frame. A word of explanation is in order here. As you can see from the above screen shot, this program can actually query 11 search engines at the same time. But be aware that to do this it would load each search result in it's own browser window. The author suggests that for best results you should restrict your search to any 4 engines at a given time. I found this method does indeed produce a good mix of presented possibilities.
If you choose 4 or less engines you can also decide how you want the frames to be positioned, in a grid format, in rows, or in columns. On a personal basis I like the rows format but the grid certainly looks interesting as each resulting search is loaded into it's own little window. Regardless of which format you choose you can resize the frame to take up whatever amount of the screen you desire. If you right click on any given search site, you can, Open Frame in New Window, Back, Forward, Reload Frame, Stop, View Frame Source, View Frame Info, Add Bookmark, and Send Page.
This program is easy to install and automatically found my browser. When you first run it, you are presented with the above screen shot where you can choose your search engines, turn all engines on or off, and even invert the current selections. A drop down list is also available showing you past search topics which you can modify for a new search or Ctrl-rightclick to clear the stored search strings.
I was very pleased with my use of Solway's Internet Search. It performed without any problems and I found it to have a number of nice features. Most importantly, it has reduce my search time dramatically and has made the information highway a much smoother ride. I recommend this program to anyone who has experienced the same type of frustration in finding whatever your looking for. I would also suggest you visit Solway's web site and take a look at his other Shareware and Freeware programs.
NOTE: As a Canadian of Scottish ancestry I must confess that I get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I find a program that betters my computing experience and also says FREE. What is that old saying about being "tighter than bark to a tree":)
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