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Search Tools Product Reports
iPlanet Portal (was Netscape Compass Server)
Portal Product Information
Sun ONE Web Server search documentation
old Compass Server Product Information
Price: included with iPlanet Portal
Platforms: Windows NT 4, 2000; Unix: Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, DEC Unix
In December, 2000, a company spokesperson said:
Netscape Compass Server will no longer be sold as an independent product,
although current customers will be supported and upgraded to the latest
version, 3.01c. From this point forward, it will be included as part of
the iPlanet Portal Server.
The GrapeVINE for Compass product, will be renamed to iPlanet Portal Server:
Personalized Knowledge Services. It will work as a module to the iPlanet
Portal Server, much the same way GrapeVINE worked with Netscape Compass
Both products should be integrated and available to customers by the first
quarter of 2001.
Articles & Reviews
- Search Engines
Fire on More Cylinders InternetWeek December 7, 2000 by Christine Zimmerman
Describes the new features of in the November 2000 AltaVista
Search update, and benefits of search engines to e-commerce sites.
Also mentions incorporation of Netscape Compass into iPlanet Portal Server.
gegen den Compass Server (in German) late 1998, minor updates 1999,
by Walter Hafner
Evaluation compares Compass with ht://Dig,
and PLWeb. Praises Compass for browser administration
system, filtering, virtual hosts, and realtime monitoring: downsides are proprietary
database format and price. PLWeb has some text configuration files, every
efficient customization, good indexing speed and scheduling, multiple indexes
can be created, and it is free; however it had problems with multiple servers,
domains and virtual hosts. Ht://Dig is open source and free, but can be hard
to configure, slow to index and search large indexes, and provides minimal
Server 3.0: A Compass for Your Data Computer Shopper, June 1998 by
Explains how the new version of Compass Server acts as an information agent
for intranet users, automatically creating and updating indexes of relevant
documents. Includes review of administration and Setup wizard, as well as
features and use in an intranet. Recommended.
Up Quality Searches Internet Computing, March, 1998 by Kevin Railsback
Comprehensive comparative review of AltaVista eXtension
97, Integrated I-Search 3.0, Microsoft
Index Server 2.0, Innotech Net Results 1.2,
Verity Search 97 Information Server and Netscape
Compass 3.0 (recommended).
Analysis: Netscape Compass
Recommendation from the large comparative review described above.
Compass Server 3.0: Bringing Order to Intranet Chaos Netscape View
Source, December, 1997, by Kris Dalebout Newby
Describes how Compass Server provides an information-management framework,
searches web sites outside the intranet, summarizes, creates a knowledge base,
automates a personal profile, uses the grapeVine option to categorize and
sort data. Distributed architecture allows multiple robots, so each site can
work in parallel rather than tying up networks.
of Site Search Packages WebReview Nov. 21, 1997
Chart covering Excite, Microsoft Index Server,
ht://Dig, Verity Search97,
Netscape Catalog and SWISH.
- Internal Search
Engines Get You Where You Want To Go TechWeb October 15, 1997 by
Good, thorough coverage of AltaVista eXtension 97,
Folio siteDirector 3.1, Ultraseek 1.1, Inmagic/Lycos, DB/Text
Intranet Spider, ISYS:Web 2.0, Maxum Phantom 2.0;
Microsoft Index Server 3.0, Netscape
Compass 3.0, Quadralay WebWorks Search
2.0, Verity IntelliServe 1.0, freeWAIS
0.3, WebGlimpse 4.0B1 and \ 1.1.
- US Department of Education
1997 report on Netscape Catalog
The evaluation praises the friendly interface, simplicity of installation,
indexing time and distributed indexing process.
- Buyer's Guide: Search Engines
WebServer OnLine, 1997 by Lang Zerner
Tables for platforms and configuration, indexing, document types, query languages.
covers AltaVista, Fulcrum,
Microsoft Index Server, Compass (now from
Netscape), PLWeb Turbo, Excalibur,
Verity Search '97 and Ultraseek.
- Compass shows
way PC Week, July 11, 1997 by Jim Rapoza
Early review of beta version of Compass Server 3.0. Describes somewhat complex
configuration and administration, excellent searching, automated personalized
web pages or email updating of new information. Main benefits are for intranets
and large enterprise.
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