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Search Tools Product Report
Subject Search Server (SSServer) from Kryloff Technologies
Platform:Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, 2003; Linux, FreeBSD
Price: Free with link to Kryloff site; Software Development Kit, aka code library, $795
Local file system indexing
- Indexes HTML and text files, can link plain-text files to PDF or other formats.
Complex search form with fuzzy and concept matching
- Supports many languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian,
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German,
Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin,
Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian,
Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
- Non-Roman character sets including Chinese (Traditional
BIG5), Greek (standard
and Latin encoding), Hebrew, Japanese (Shift-JIS and EUC), Korean
(Windows and KOI-8 encoding), Arabic (Windows encoding).
- Shows match terms in context, with highlight (red text, yellow background).
- Admin via configuration file.
- Also creates a sitemap.
Subject Search Server indexes local 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 configuration files.
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