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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

Local time: 13:35
Italian to English
Nov 7, 2005

What is IntelliWebSearch?
IntelliWebSearch is a freeware application designed to save translators time when searching the web.

What does IntelliWebSearch do?
Pressing a convenient shortcut key combination (CTRL+ALT+B by default, but this may be changed by the user):

1. copies highlighted text from a Windows application (MS Word, Déjà Vu, SDLX, etc.) by simulating the copy function shortcut key combination (CTRL+C by default);
2. strips the text of paragraph marks, line breaks, tabs, double spaces, punctuation marks and various other superfluous characters (customizable);
3. opens your default browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc.) and sends the copied text to one of up to ten user preset search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.), on-line dictionaries (Dictionary.com, etc.) or on-line encyclopaedias (Wikipedia, etc.) together with other customizable instructions which limit the search according to the advanced search options available for the engine/dictionary/encyclopaedia chosen.

Another convenient shortcut key combination (CTRL+ALT+C by default) copies any text highlighted in your browser and returns to the original application, where you can choose to paste it in using the application's own paste function (usually CTRL+V).
IntelliWebSearch is designed to be highly customizable, and to work (in theory) with any browser, any search engine*, any on-line dictionary*, any on-line encyclopaedia* and any Windows application that has a copy function which can be accessed through a shortcut key combination.

* Except those which use FORM method=post.

Where can I download IntelliWebSearch?
From here: http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/download.html.

Regards
Mike Farrell


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Similar to a ProZ.com tool Nov 7, 2005

Hi Mike,

how does it compare to this tool available in ProZ.com?
http://www.proz.com/?sp=asearch

Gianfranco


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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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Quite different to the ProZ.com tool Nov 7, 2005

I have just had a look at ProZ Web Term Search

It takes a totally different approach.

To look up a term in ProZ Web Term Search you have to:
1) Highlight the term in your application
2) Copy it (CTRL+C)
3) Move to your browser (CTRL+ALT, assuming it is already open at the ProZ Web Term Search Page)
4) Click in the Term box
5) Paste your term in (CTRL+V)
6) Hit Enter (assuming the default settings are what you want)

To do the same thing in IntelliWebSearch you have to:
1) Highlight the term in your application
2) Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+B (assuming the default settings are what you want)

OR
1) Highlight the term in your application
2) Press CTRL+ALT+B
3) Press ALT+n (where n is a number from 0 to 9, if you want to use a different engine, dictionary, etc.)

As you see IntelliWebSearch is up to 300% quicker.

By the way you can actually use IntelliWebSearch to access ProZ Web Term Search more quickly (I've just done it): as I wrote, the program is highly customizable. If anyone is interested I'll send them the settings needed.

Regards
Mike


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IskraA
Local time: 14:35
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Any English info? Nov 7, 2005

Is there any info in English I could take a look at? This sounds very interesting but I don't know any Italian so I'm clueless over there. Thanks.

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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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Info in English Nov 8, 2005

Actually the only language information is available in at the moment is English. Only the Yahoo Group home page is in Italian. I opened the Group through Yahoo Italia, but specified English when I got to "main group language". I thought that would be enough, but it seems Yahoo Groups is not that bright

In any case, I have uploaded the latest readme file to the IntelliWebSearch site, so you can look at it without subscribing to the group:
http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/readme.html

Bear in mind that the program is still beta at the moment.

Regards
Mike


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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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IntelliWebSearch, three steps to term searchers' paradise Dec 2, 2005

This message is just to announce that there is a new users' group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IntelliWebSearch-l

Happy Searching
Mike


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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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New version - new languages Dec 19, 2005

IntelliWebSearch Version 2.0 now available.

What's new
1) IntelliWebSearch's text copying capability is now fully UTF-8 compliant. In other words it can be used with multi-byte languages, such as Chinese and Japanese (however see the known problems section of the new version readme file, point 6: http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/readme.html).
2) It is now possible to choose a specific browser to use with IntelliWebSearch (General>Settings). If the option is left blank, IntelliWebSearch will use your default browser as before.
3) The URL "Finish" string (see Settings) can now start with a "." or a "/".
4) The shortcut keys are no longer disabled when the Search or Settings Windows are inadvertently left open, unless unsaved changes have been made to the Copy Key, Shortcut Key, Express Shortcut Key, Return Key, Alternative Copy Key or Command Before Returning (Settings>General). In these cases the shortcut keys are only disabled if no changes have been made to other settings after that.
5) Localized interfaces (British English, German, Italian and Russian) can now be installed during normal program installation without having to download a second interface language changing utility. If you choose the wrong language during installation, simply run the installation program again and choose "Update IntelliWebSearch".

You can download the new version from here (your customized settings are not lost):
http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/download.html

** Important note for IWS localizers **
Make sure the Lang field in the interface.ini file is set to something different from British English, Ðóññêèé, Deutsch or italiano. The installer will only automatically backup interface files in other languages (your localized file will be given the name interfaceN.old, where N is a number chosen by the installer so that the file name does not already exist).


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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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FORM method=post Sep 25, 2006

Michael Farrell wrote:

IntelliWebSearch is designed to be highly customizable, and to work (in theory) with any browser, any search engine*, any on-line dictionary*, any on-line encyclopaedia* and any Windows application that has a copy function which can be accessed through a shortcut key combination.

* Except those which use FORM method=post.


That should read "Except perhaps some which use FORM method=post".

IntelliWebSearch can in fact be used with almost all resources which use FORM method=post too. To find out how, see the new "Finding the URL" section of the readme file: http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/readme.html

Regards
Mike


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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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New French Interface Dec 4, 2006

Besides Dutch, English, German, Italian and Russian, IntelliWebSearch is now available with a French interface thanks to Roger McKeon.

If you want to install it, all you have to do is download and install the program from here (your customized settings are not lost): http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/fr

and choose "français" from the dropdown list of interface languages.

** Important note for IWS localizers **
Make sure the Lang field in the interface.ini file is set to something different from British English, Ðóññêèé, Deutsch, français, italiano or Nederlands. The installer will only automatically backup interface files in other languages (your localized file will be given the name interfaceN.old, where N is a number chosen by the installer so that the file name does not already exist).

Regards
Mike


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Michael Farrell  Identity Verified

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Multi-byte languages Jan 26, 2007

Michael Farrell wrote:

IntelliWebSearch (...) can be used with multi-byte languages, such as Chinese and Japanese (however see the known problems section of the new version readme file, point 6: http://www.intelliwebsearch.com/readme.html).


Multi-byte language users should also read known problem number 7.

Regards
Mike


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