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Platform: Mac OS X v.10.3.9 and higher (PPC/Intel universal binary).
Generates a site index that lists all the words contained in a file collection, with links to the files which contain them.
Offers scheduled automatic re-indexing and caching.
Supports query searches with exact, partial, approximate, case sensitive, proximity, phrase, and regular expression pattern matching.
Spell-checking of queries and generation of new queries for the corrected terms (as in "Did you mean...?")
Can search by name, kind, date, type, etc. together with a content query for more targeted searching.
Choice of program or browser-based user interface; the browser-based interface enables remote configuration.
Match term highlighting in search results.
Templates can be modified with HTML and Applescript for results page customization.
Contains an integrated HTTP& server so it can serve and process its own search forms.
Customizable logging for each search directory.
Search directory administration includes settings for word break characters, stopwords, synonyms, variety of file filters, "last visit cookies."
Drag and drop functionality.
Monitor window shows indexing progress in detail, allows user to stop a rebuild in progress.
- Can also run on an individual Mac or LAN.
Articles & Reviews
get more search tools MacWEEK, July 13, 1998 by Avi Rappoport
Description of the benefits and issues of site search tools, including
indexers vs. crawlers. Covers the features of iHound,
Boolean Search, Phantom and WebSTAR
tools hold their own MacWEEK, December 1, 1997, by April Streeter
Short but thoughtful coverage, with user comments. Maxum's
Phantom, Social Engineering Search Server, Limit Point Software Boolean
Search, Metasys Mango, Icatt iHound, and Virginia