Price: Free (up to 10,000 pages, 10,000 hits per day), $700 up to 20,000
pages; $2,500 up to 50,000 pages; $5,800 up to 200,000 pages and 25,000 hits
Platform: Solaris SPARC, x86; Linux 2.2 and 2.4; Windows NT, 2000 and XP; FreeBSD 4, DEC Alpha Unix 4, Compaq Tru64, HP UX 10, IBM AIX 4.3; Mac OS X.
1u rack-mountable server
Indexes up to 500,000 pages, high-end version will index 1,000,000 pages
Handles 1,000 queries per second
Software pre-configured, no installation required
Allows an unlimited number of separate search collections
Includes Webinator search features
Powerful robot indexing spider
Handles cookies, meta robots tags, iframes
Support for SSL and HTTPS, ftp, and proxy authentication in all versions.
Master.com version and paid versions index Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect and
MS Word documents and over 100 other file formats.
Innovative feature, "Remove common" will not index text that's
the same on two or more documents, so that the index does not store navigation
text before or after the content text.
Index multiple sites using one or many indexes.
Detailed index logging and reports.
Update indexes while searching.
Search by date and limit by category
Very configurable result page layout using HTML
Web-based administration using standard browsers
View and delete URLs from the index
Zone searching (called "categories") based on URL path
Automatic categorization tool available.
Articles, Links and Reviews
Review and Analysis of Webinator
SearchTools.com: April 2007 by Avi Rappoport
Extensive review of all aspects of the Webinator search engine, including locating documents, indexing content,
query processing and expansion, retrieval, relevance ranking, results page layout, search reports and administration.
Search Technologies: Thunderstone TEXIS
CRN (Computer Reseller News)Test Center, May 7 2002 by Mario Morejon
Describes the special features of Webinator/Texis including handling dynamic
data with frequent changes. Integration between the relational database and
search indexes keep search in sync with the content for high-traffic sites
such as Ebay and Alibris. Extensions to SQL for searching including Boolean
and natural language operators, fuzzy logic and relevancy ranking. Documentation
was extensive enough to for installation with little effort. See also the
Search Of The Enterprise which has an analysis and reseller information.
SearchTools Review of Remote
Search ServicesSeptember 27, 1999 (updated October 2, 2000) by Avi
Rappoport Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote
search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links,
search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization,
maintenance and reporting.