Mini-Guide to the Best Search Toolbars
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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Jul 9, 2003

Mini-Guide to Robin Good's Best Search Toolbars:


Here I have grouped and selected the very best search tools that you can find around today. While these tools do not cover many
search-related tasks, like monitoring, tracking, organizing and filtering, they are all extremely good at tapping into the
existing Internet search engines by exploiting their key features, by simplifying searches across multiple engines and by facilitating access to a search box when you really need it.

I have listed tools that work with all computers and across all operating systems. Each one of you should find something of
value here.

Most of the tools are also completely free, though some of the best may require a small price to be paid for unlimited use.

All recommended.

.........................................
GG Search
http://www.frysianfools.com/ggsearch/
FREE

Google search junkies should try this one. This floating toolbar
is a very effective desktop interface to Google. You don't even need to open your browser. If you use Google and want to tap all of its best features GGSearch will make you smile. All of Google facilities and options are easily accessible from your desktop.
Use it to translate a Web page or to try out many other Google goodies like: "are you lucky". It uses your windows default
browser for showing the final search results.


.........................................
Gophoria
http://www.gophoria.com/
FREE

Gophoria makes ANY text, url, or image in your Internet browser instantly searchable. With gophoria, you have the ability to
return a new window with search results from any web page.
Gophoria is free for general use and distribution
Download Gophoria free at: http://www.gophoria.com/download.html


.........................................
Macintosh SearchGoogle.service
http://gu.st/proj/SearchGoogle.service/
FREE

This is a very handy utility for all Mac users on Mac OS X. A simple background service allows you to select text in (nearly)
any application and press "Shift-Apple->" to launch a Google search for that text. This release is context aware. When you select text from Project Builder, a browser opens up searching http://developer.apple.com/ instead of Google. You can define your own contexts (application-grain) and choose what URLs they apply to. This so called "liftware" is in the Public Domain.


.........................................
Rocketinfo Desktop (Win, Mac, Linux, Sun)
http://www.rocketdesktop.com/
Free to try - $ 29.95

Rocketinfo Desktop is search software for finding and sharing current news, blogs, rss feeds, books, market research, white papers and company information. Rocketinfo Dekstop allows you to search over 10,000 current news and business information sources
including:
Newspapers
Web-Only News sites
Newswires
Traditional Media Websites
Corporate Websites
Government Institutions
RSS & Weblogs
Top Market Research Sites
Leading White Paper Sites
Book Sites
Corporate Information

Rocketinfo Desktop is available both in Win and Mac versions.
A free 30-day trial is available at:
http://www.rocketdesktop.com/downloads.html


.........................................
Google Toolbar
http://toolbar.google.com
FREE

Special toolbar for Internet Explorer users that puts a Google search box right into your browser. The Google Toolbar allows
you to see the "PageRank" popularity score of any page you are viewing. You can also search within any particular site rather
than searching across the whole Internet. Extra features allow you to see a previous "cached" copy of any dead pages, find pages similar to the one you are viewing, and all the sites that are linking to anyone of your Web pages. The Google Toolbar provides features to highlight your searched keywords on the pages found as well as the Word Find option that allows you to
highlight each and every instance of a specified keywords on the page you are viewing. Something that not many people know is that in addition to basic searching, you can add buttons to your toolbar for quick access to all the searches you use regularly:
Google Groups or Google Images, for example. Or you can add the Combined Search Button, which gives you one click access to all
of the searches, from Google News to the U.S. government search.

Please Note: Using the Google Toolbar with the PageRank feature enabled does send some information back to Google. If that concerns you, choose the "Install Without Advanced Features" option.


.........................................
Groowe Toolbar
http://www.groowe.com
FREE

Through the Groowe Toolbar you can access Google and many other search engines including Yahoo, MSN Search, AllTheWeb, Teoma, AltaVista, and others. The toolbar can also perform complex and specialized searches taking advantage of the specific features of each one.


.........................................
UltraBar
http://www.ultrabar.com/
FREE
UltraBar is a meta-searching toolbar while adding the option for you to add additional ones of your choice. The UltraBar sports
many features introduced with the original Google Toolbar, such as term highlighting and jumping to keyword buttons.


.........................................
Googlebar
http://googlebar.mozdev.org/
FREE
A Google Toolbar for Netscape users. This volunteer-created Googlebar for Netscape is a must try solution if you are a Netscape-aficionado.


.........................................
Teoma Search Bar
http://sp.ask.com/docs/teoma/toolbar/
FREE

Search directly Teoma's with effective search term highlighting on the pages you visit. It also allows you to access an online
dictionary. One unique feature of the Teoma Search Bar is its ability to allow you to easily send via email any Web page you
view.


.........................................
Girafa
http://www.girafa.com/
FREE

This is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer that searches multiple search engines while displaying thumbnails of the Web search results in a sidebar.


.........................................
Ask Jeeves Toolbar
http://sp.ask.com/docs/toolbar/
FREE

Direct access to Ask Jeeves' search results plus a set of unique features including search only kid-friendly Web sites, searching for the most relevant news headlines and looking up word definitions online. It is also possible to change the page view of the current Web page through a Zoom facility and to email any page to a friend.


.........................................
Yahoo Companion
http://companion.yahoo.com/
FREE

Search Yahoo, access Yahoo Mail, check stocks and other Yahoo services directly from this browser toolbar.


.........................................
Nutshell Toolbar
http://www.torrez.org/projects/nutshell/
FREE

Direct access to the search engines of Google, Amazon, Dictionary.com, the Internet Movie Database, and Daypop.


.........................................
Surfarama
http://www.surfarama.com/
FREE

IE toolbar for surfers and media junkies searches Daypop http://www.daypop.com/) and links to Daypop News Bursts and Words Bursts.


.........................................
Trellian Seo Toolbar
http://www.trellian.com/toolbar/
Free to download

Trellian Toolbar is the most *feature packed* toolbar available online. While offering an endless array of functionality, tools and services, Trellian Toolbars unique intuitive tab menu and search functions are a pleasure to use. It incorporates search
functions for many of the top search engines and it can search multiple search engines from one toolbar. It also integrates a
pop-up killer, and a more direct way to access your links. The Trellian Toolbar via the PPC search tab, provides easy search of
the major PPC engines. Includes: Overture, Kanoodle, FindWhat, Ah-Ha, Sprinks, 7search, xuppa, plus more. A great way to search
the PPC Engines via a single interface.

Finally, the Trellian SEO Toolbar provides a treasure-kit of SEO tools, supporting the task that online marketeers and entrepreneurs needing to optimize their pages for better ranking inside the search engines crave to have at their fingertips all
the time. To do so Trellian integrates the full SEO Toolkit
(http://www.trellian.com/seotoolkit/index.html)
which is by itself an application suite in its own right.
The toolkit includes:
Server Header Check
Search Term Suggestion tool
Keyword Density
Pay Per Click Bid Tracker
Link Popularity
Meta Tag Editor
Ranking Advisor
Ranking Analyzer
PrioritySubmit Desktop
SubmitWolf PRO v6.0
3 ROI Calculators
Traffic Stats and other services.

Trellian also integrates the whole set of InternetStudio authoring tools
(http://www.trellian.com/internetstudio/index.html) such as a spell checker, HTML validator and a HTML tidy tool.

Download a free copy at:
http://www.trellian.com/toolbar/index.html


.........................................
HotBot QuickSearck Deskbar
http://www.hotbot.com/tools/
FREE

The HotBot Quick Search Deskbar allows you to search over 200 search sites, including HotBot, from one searchbox. You can also
access a number of useful tools from the same input. Free up browser and folder windows with the HotBot Quick Search Deskbar
as it is installed directly into your Windows Explorer Taskbar.

N.B.: HotBot Quick Search Deskbar is based on Dave's Quick Search Deskbar.


.........................................
Cnet Search Bar
http://www.search.com/guides/sb/main.html
FREE

The CNET SearchBar is a very useful Internet Explorer toolbar if you like to search across technical information, reviews, and articles available on the CNET family of sites.


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Joanna Mimmack  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:45
German to English
Toolbar list - thanks Jul 10, 2003

Evert DELOOF-SYS wrote:

Mini-Guide to Robin Good's Best Search Toolbars:


Here I have grouped and selected the very best search tools that you can find around today. While these tools do not cover many
search-related tasks, like monitoring, tracking, organizing and filtering, they are all extremely good at tapping into the
existing Internet search engines by exploiting their key features, by simplifying searches across multiple engines and by facilitating access to a search box when you really need it.

I have listed tools that work with all computers and across all operating systems. Each one of you should find something of
value here.

Most of the tools are also completely free, though some of the best may require a small price to be paid for unlimited use.

All recommended.

.........................................
GG Search
http://www.frysianfools.com/ggsearch/
FREE

Google search junkies should try this one. This floating toolbar
is a very effective desktop interface to Google. You don't even need to open your browser. If you use Google and want to tap all of its best features GGSearch will make you smile. All of Google facilities and options are easily accessible from your desktop.
Use it to translate a Web page or to try out many other Google goodies like: "are you lucky". It uses your windows default
browser for showing the final search results.


.........................................
Gophoria
http://www.gophoria.com/
FREE

Gophoria makes ANY text, url, or image in your Internet browser instantly searchable. With gophoria, you have the ability to
return a new window with search results from any web page.
Gophoria is free for general use and distribution
Download Gophoria free at: http://www.gophoria.com/download.html


.........................................
Macintosh SearchGoogle.service
http://gu.st/proj/SearchGoogle.service/
FREE

This is a very handy utility for all Mac users on Mac OS X. A simple background service allows you to select text in (nearly)
any application and press "Shift-Apple->" to launch a Google search for that text. This release is context aware. When you select text from Project Builder, a browser opens up searching http://developer.apple.com/ instead of Google. You can define your own contexts (application-grain) and choose what URLs they apply to. This so called "liftware" is in the Public Domain.


.........................................
Rocketinfo Desktop (Win, Mac, Linux, Sun)
http://www.rocketdesktop.com/
Free to try - $ 29.95

Rocketinfo Desktop is search software for finding and sharing current news, blogs, rss feeds, books, market research, white papers and company information. Rocketinfo Dekstop allows you to search over 10,000 current news and business information sources
including:
Newspapers
Web-Only News sites
Newswires
Traditional Media Websites
Corporate Websites
Government Institutions
RSS & Weblogs
Top Market Research Sites
Leading White Paper Sites
Book Sites
Corporate Information

Rocketinfo Desktop is available both in Win and Mac versions.
A free 30-day trial is available at:
http://www.rocketdesktop.com/downloads.html


.........................................
Google Toolbar
http://toolbar.google.com
FREE

Special toolbar for Internet Explorer users that puts a Google search box right into your browser. The Google Toolbar allows
you to see the "PageRank" popularity score of any page you are viewing. You can also search within any particular site rather
than searching across the whole Internet. Extra features allow you to see a previous "cached" copy of any dead pages, find pages similar to the one you are viewing, and all the sites that are linking to anyone of your Web pages. The Google Toolbar provides features to highlight your searched keywords on the pages found as well as the Word Find option that allows you to
highlight each and every instance of a specified keywords on the page you are viewing. Something that not many people know is that in addition to basic searching, you can add buttons to your toolbar for quick access to all the searches you use regularly:
Google Groups or Google Images, for example. Or you can add the Combined Search Button, which gives you one click access to all
of the searches, from Google News to the U.S. government search.

Please Note: Using the Google Toolbar with the PageRank feature enabled does send some information back to Google. If that concerns you, choose the "Install Without Advanced Features" option.


.........................................
Groowe Toolbar
http://www.groowe.com
FREE

Through the Groowe Toolbar you can access Google and many other search engines including Yahoo, MSN Search, AllTheWeb, Teoma, AltaVista, and others. The toolbar can also perform complex and specialized searches taking advantage of the specific features of each one.


.........................................
UltraBar
http://www.ultrabar.com/
FREE
UltraBar is a meta-searching toolbar while adding the option for you to add additional ones of your choice. The UltraBar sports
many features introduced with the original Google Toolbar, such as term highlighting and jumping to keyword buttons.


.........................................
Googlebar
http://googlebar.mozdev.org/
FREE
A Google Toolbar for Netscape users. This volunteer-created Googlebar for Netscape is a must try solution if you are a Netscape-aficionado.


.........................................
Teoma Search Bar
http://sp.ask.com/docs/teoma/toolbar/
FREE

Search directly Teoma's with effective search term highlighting on the pages you visit. It also allows you to access an online
dictionary. One unique feature of the Teoma Search Bar is its ability to allow you to easily send via email any Web page you
view.


.........................................
Girafa
http://www.girafa.com/
FREE

This is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer that searches multiple search engines while displaying thumbnails of the Web search results in a sidebar.


.........................................
Ask Jeeves Toolbar
http://sp.ask.com/docs/toolbar/
FREE

Direct access to Ask Jeeves' search results plus a set of unique features including search only kid-friendly Web sites, searching for the most relevant news headlines and looking up word definitions online. It is also possible to change the page view of the current Web page through a Zoom facility and to email any page to a friend.


.........................................
Yahoo Companion
http://companion.yahoo.com/
FREE

Search Yahoo, access Yahoo Mail, check stocks and other Yahoo services directly from this browser toolbar.


.........................................
Nutshell Toolbar
http://www.torrez.org/projects/nutshell/
FREE

Direct access to the search engines of Google, Amazon, Dictionary.com, the Internet Movie Database, and Daypop.


.........................................
Surfarama
http://www.surfarama.com/
FREE

IE toolbar for surfers and media junkies searches Daypop http://www.daypop.com/) and links to Daypop News Bursts and Words Bursts.


.........................................
Trellian Seo Toolbar
http://www.trellian.com/toolbar/
Free to download

Trellian Toolbar is the most *feature packed* toolbar available online. While offering an endless array of functionality, tools and services, Trellian Toolbars unique intuitive tab menu and search functions are a pleasure to use. It incorporates search
functions for many of the top search engines and it can search multiple search engines from one toolbar. It also integrates a
pop-up killer, and a more direct way to access your links. The Trellian Toolbar via the PPC search tab, provides easy search of
the major PPC engines. Includes: Overture, Kanoodle, FindWhat, Ah-Ha, Sprinks, 7search, xuppa, plus more. A great way to search
the PPC Engines via a single interface.

Finally, the Trellian SEO Toolbar provides a treasure-kit of SEO tools, supporting the task that online marketeers and entrepreneurs needing to optimize their pages for better ranking inside the search engines crave to have at their fingertips all
the time. To do so Trellian integrates the full SEO Toolkit
(http://www.trellian.com/seotoolkit/index.html)
which is by itself an application suite in its own right.
The toolkit includes:
Server Header Check
Search Term Suggestion tool
Keyword Density
Pay Per Click Bid Tracker
Link Popularity
Meta Tag Editor
Ranking Advisor
Ranking Analyzer
PrioritySubmit Desktop
SubmitWolf PRO v6.0
3 ROI Calculators
Traffic Stats and other services.

Trellian also integrates the whole set of InternetStudio authoring tools
(http://www.trellian.com/internetstudio/index.html) such as a spell checker, HTML validator and a HTML tidy tool.

Download a free copy at:
http://www.trellian.com/toolbar/index.html


.........................................
HotBot QuickSearck Deskbar
http://www.hotbot.com/tools/
FREE

The HotBot Quick Search Deskbar allows you to search over 200 search sites, including HotBot, from one searchbox. You can also
access a number of useful tools from the same input. Free up browser and folder windows with the HotBot Quick Search Deskbar
as it is installed directly into your Windows Explorer Taskbar.

N.B.: HotBot Quick Search Deskbar is based on Dave's Quick Search Deskbar.


.........................................
Cnet Search Bar
http://www.search.com/guides/sb/main.html
FREE

The CNET SearchBar is a very useful Internet Explorer toolbar if you like to search across technical information, reviews, and articles available on the CNET family of sites.




Thanks very much Evert for this very useful list.


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Paul Lambert  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:45
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searchalot Jul 10, 2003

have used many of the above - all great! always found www.searchalot.com a great help as well!

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Andrea Bullrich  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:45
English to Spanish
Thank you Evert! Sep 2, 2003

This must have taken quite some time, thanks for sharing,
Andrea


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